Keep Cool at These Stellar Spray Parks
The "mother of all splash parks," the International Fountain at Seattle Center has changing water patterns set to music — and typically is very crowded.
Editor's note: Updated May 2018
On a hot day, you can hear a typical Seattle spray park before you see it.
And it’s not the sound of the water that carries — it’s the giggles and shouts of kids. The Seattle area boasts a variety of spray parks: from the small — the sprinkling sculptural sea creatures of Ballard Commons — to the epic: Seattle Center’s International Fountain, which boasts shows set to music and nozzles that shoot water 120 feet into the air.
The International Fountain flows all year, but for the many spray parks run by parks departments, spray is a strictly summer phenomenon.
The spray parks run by the Seattle Parks Department open May 26 through Sept. 3, and run daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., though it’s a good idea to check the for updated hours by visiting the spray parks and wading pools website.
When you go, bring a change of clothes, towels, sandals with non-slippery soles for the kids, snacks, and a book for yourself: It's usually hard to pull the kids away.
Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave NW
Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St
Highland Park Playground, 1100 SW Cloverdale St
Jefferson Park (Beacon Mountain), 3801 Beacon Ave S
John C. Little, Sr. Park, 6961 37th Ave S
Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St
Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N
Miller Playfield, 330 19th Ave E
Northacres Park, 12718 1st Ave NE
Pratt Park, (Closed for 2018), 1800 S Main St
Yesler Terrace Park, (Under construction, opening late summer), 835 Yesler Way
Les Gove Park, 910 9th St SE, Auburn (facility is open as of June 8 after a delay for repairs)
Crossroads Park, 999 164th Ave NE, Bellevue
Bellevue Downtown Park (Inspiration Playground), 100 100th Ave NE, Bellevue
Grass Lawn Park, 7031 148th Ave NE, Redmond
Sammamish Commons, 550 222nd Place SE, Sammamish
Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd, SeaTac
Tukwila Community Center Spray Park, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila
Edmonds City Park, Hazel Miller Spray Park, Third Avenue South and Howell Way, Edmonds
Town Square Park, 31600 Pete von Reichbauer Way S., Federal Way