Spray parks all around the Seattle area are now open with plans to remain open through September 4, 2023. Wading pools are now open too.
Spray parks: a summer staple. Perfect for afternoons out or quick, post-park cool-offs. Time to add them back to your summertime repertoire.
Most city-run spray parks are open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., unless there’s a chance of thunder and lightning, but it’s always a good idea to double-check that a park is open before heading out. And check back for additional park openings throughout the summer. Conveniently, spray parks have a Facebook page for all of the latest updates as well.
Splash away! Here are over 15 spray parks to check out for summer 2023:
Downtown Seattle area
With MOHAI, activities at the Center for Wooden Boats and the best view in town for seaplane-spotting, South Lake Union Park calls for at least a few hours of play. Pack some snacks and send your kids off to run through the sprinkler jets before heading home. Open May 27, 2023 – September 4, 2023.
Built in 1961 for the World’s Fair, the International Fountain is a Seattle Center centerpiece. If you’ve grown up around here, you’ll probably remember spending a school field trip or a summer day running around its huge cement bowl through blasts of water. Last year, it underwent a major renovation and upgrade. Here are some really cool facts about the fountain, including its use of recycled by highly sanitized water. Open for the summer.
Seattle and Snohomish County
This large park offers welcome shade and a spray park with jets that kids can control. It also features a wooded area with hiking paths and a cool playground — and your pup will love the off-leash dog park. Opening on May 27
This super-popular Seattle-area spray park doesn’t skimp on water feature fun. There’s a water dragon soaker, power spinner, aqua dome, power volcano and more. Picnic tables and lots of grassy area make for great lunch spots — just remember to pack out what you pack in, as the park has removed most of its recycle/trash bins. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 27-Sept. 4, 2023. After Sept 4, 2023, the park opens on weekends until we enter cooler weather.
Everett’s oldest park boasts hiking, old growth forest, an animal farm, a huge playground, and — yep — a splash pad with interactive water features. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 27 to September 2023 (Sept date TBD).
Jefferson Park (Beacon Mountain) – No opening date determined. Check back often for updated information.
Beacon Mountain’s eco-friendly play space features two cool hillside slides and a spray pad perfect for the under-5 crowd. Also notable: the spectacular views of the sound and Olympics.
Next to the Yesler Community Center, you’ll find this fun park with its eye-catching play structures and slidable turf hill. Cool off in the spray park’s water jets while taking in the city views. Open May 27, 2023.
This cool park, with its airplane-themed play structures and superb climbing features, also has a spray pad for post-play cooldowns. Open May 27, 2023.
This little park is loads of fun: a jeep-themed spring rider, cool climbers and a spray pad that features a bucket dump for super-soaking. Pack a lunch and stay awhile. The park offers both shade and views of Mount Rainier. Opens May 27, 2023.
Ballard Commons Park features a skate bowl, water feature, engaging public art, relaxing seating areas and lawns and ADA accessible walkways. The park forms part of a new municipal center in Ballard, with a Seattle Public Library branch and Neighborhood Service Center. Spray Park opens May 27, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Judkins Park features picnic areas, a skatespot, playground, spray park and a wonderful area for community gatherings. Spray Park opens May 27, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
A prominent staircase outside the entrance of the building connects the street with the center, fountain/water feature, play area, multi-use playfield and the school. Spray Park opens May 27, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
This park is located next to NewHolly, a mixed-income, diverse community developed around the year 2000. It has picnic shelters, a plaza, an expanded children’s play area, landscaping, and a community garden. Spray Park opens May 27, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Picnic tables and park benches spot this park with ample areas for barbecuing, playing basketball, and running through the grass. Spray Park opens on May 27 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
South of Seattle
This lakefront park offers swimming, a sandy beach, plus one of the coolest spray parks around. Beware the Mega Splasher, a big red bowl perched 20 feet up that slowly fills with water, waiting like a jack-in-the-box to send gallons of gushing water over the heads of parkgoers. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Fountains operate from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, from the third Monday of May to the first Monday of October, except for maintenance needs.
May 2023: The spray feature is having mechanical trouble and is closed. Parts are on back-order and there is no clear estimate of time for when this will be in operation again. Check back for updates.
Check out the water dome, water cannons and fountains, and bring lunch — this park offers lots of grassy area for picnics. Open now and through the 2023 summer season.
This fantastic PNW-inspired spray park has large, climbable killer whales, cool “rock” features and spraying sea creatures. Stay for the day: There’s a big playground nearby, plus trails and covered picnic shelters. Open starting May 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day.
Come for the shopping; stay for the splashing. Redmond Town Center’s pedestrian zone features a splash pad along with as well as pavement games and picnic benches. Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May to Sept.
This park is awesome for both big kids and littles: multiple play structures, biking paths and a cute little sensory-activated spray pad area make Grass Lawn a surefire hit. Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May to September.
Bellevue Downtown Park (Inspiration Playground)
This all-abilities play area feels more like a whimsical playland than your average swing-and-slide go-to. The 1.5-acre park features swings, bouncers, slides, climbing structures and a super-cool “Roots and Rock” climbing wall. The splash area is also a hit — perfect for your pint-sized parkgoers. Open May 26 through Labor Day.
This story was originally published on June 16, 2021 and updated in May 2023.
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