We know how fortunate we are to live where everybody else vacations, and in the summertime the beach crowds can be very overwhelming. On top of that, it’s become more expensive to take the whole family out to a theme park. Thankfully Tampa Bay is full of free family friendly water parks and splash zones, which is a great and cost friendly to keep you and your family cool all summer long. Check out our list of our favorite water parks in Tampa Bay.

  • Kiwanis Sprayground

    Beat the summer heat at this interactive children’s water playground. The 3,000 square-foot play area features colorful, action-packed features that spray, gush, dump and pour water from a variety of whimsical devices. The best part? Admission is FREE.

    Location: 1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin

    Hours of operation for the rest of the summer:
    May 28 – August 5
    Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm
    Sat & Sun: 9am-5pm

     

  • Ballast Point Park

    This splash pad has colorful flower fixtures which shoots out cool water for a fun day in the sun. Also near by is a playground and shaded area’s where parents and caregivers can watch all the fun.

    Hours of operation: April to October 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Location: 5300 Interbay Blvd, Tampa

  • Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

    The highlight of this Tampa splash pad is the giant bucket that dumps cool water over the kids. The play cove offers a fenced children’s play area with playground equipment for children ages 2 to 12 years old.

    Location: 1001 N Boulevard, 33607
    Hours of operation: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, Year Around (weather permitting)

  • Springhill Park

    Amenities from this park don’t just include a splash pad, you can also find a recreation center, a gymnasium, a playground, picnic area, restrooms and an art studio!

    Location: 1000 E Eskimo Ave, Tampa,
    Hours of operation: April to October 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

  • Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

    Stop at this gorgeous park after a stroll down the Tampa Riverwalk. So close to the Glacier Children’s Museum, The Florida Aquarium, and dozens of local restaurants, this is a spot for everyone in the family. This great spot also has climbing equipment, pretend play areas, slides, two merry go rounds, picnic tables, sit and spins, a seesaw and shaded benches.

    Location: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa
    Hours of operation: April to October 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

  • Water Works Park

    Much like the Julian B Lane splash zone, the main attraction at Water Works park in Tampa is the giant bucket filled with cool water that relieves kids and teens from the summer heat; what makes it even better is the water gun feature. It’s a bonus that it’s super close to Ulele and Armature Works so you can grab a coffee and relax while the kiddos splash and play!

    Location: 1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa
    Hours of operation: April to October 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

  • Tarpon Springs Splash Park

    The Splash Park features several types of spray features designed to keep your little one cool and entertained. Why not make a full day out of it and enjoy a picnic lunch at the many picnic tables they offer!

    Location: 508 Live Oak, Tarpon Springs
    Hours of operation: 10 am – 6 pm Daily