Wondering if the wading pool is open at Mud Mountain Dam, whether kids can play in the fountain in Olympia, or what spraygrounds in Tacoma are the MOST fun? We’ve got you covered with answers to all your splashy questions!
It’s our annual guide- the biggest, wettest list of outdoor wading pools, spraygrounds, fountains, and water features in the South Puget Sound. For the sake of my sanity, I’ve only listed public, outdoor venues. Here they are, listed by city:
Angle Lake Park – Currently OPEN. Open 11am-8pm, beginning Memorial Day. There is a water spray park at Angle Lake.
Burien Town Square Plaza – Currently OPEN. Open 9am-9pm, May through September. Weekend hours begin in early June. There are interactive fountains here.
Henry Moses Aquatic Center – OPEN You see this one from the freeway. It has waterslides, water features, toddler play area, and more. Admission is pricey if you’re not a resident, and they do limit capacity. You could arrive and find it closed to further entry, so my suggestion is to go early on a warm day and have a back-up plan.
Town Square Plaza – Currently OPEN (sort of). As of this writing the large one is operating, and the two smaller spheres are being repaired. These are VERY prone to technical issues, so I would check or call ahead if you would be coming from a distance. Over the summer, plan to go for the Kent Summer Concert Series, Wednesdays at noon.
Les Gove Park – Currently OPEN. This park is home to an outstanding playground and one of the best spraygrounds in the area, with tons of fun features guaranteed to give your kids a wet and fun time. This place can get busy. You may want to try packing a picnic and going during dinner time. We’re hosting summer playdates here!
Mud Mountain Dam and Park – It’s OPEN This is a wading pool with sort of a sprinkler/fountain overhead. There are also nature trails and a viewing platform with nice, short hikes. This was scheduled for a July opening, but our writer found it on on June 28th. Woot!
Pioneer Park – Currently OPEN. 10am-8pm, daily. This is in Pioneer Park by the library, right downtown. You can park at the surface lot behind City Hall or on the bottom floor of the building-it’s the one with the Subway and Elements Froyo.
Metro Parks Tacoma – Currently OPEN. There are 10 spray grounds throughout Tacoma, and all are FREE and open from 10am-8pm daily.
Point Ruston – Currently OPEN. There is now a sprayground on Ruston Way at Point Ruston. It’s south of the theatre and a great place to hang out with an amazing view of the Sound. There is also a really cool playground nearby.
Outdoor Pools – OPEN Kandle Park and Stewart Heights Pool are two awesome outdoor pools in Tacoma. My big kid went to Stewart for his class party last year and had a blast with the slides and a lazy river feature! Kandle Park also has a wave pool and a great splash pad area for littles. You can swim for free at these early in the day on July 4th (capacity may be limited).
Pt Defiance Zoo – Currently OPEN. There is a small lily pad feature in the play area at the Pt.Defiance Zoo. There is also a changing tent. I’d go to this after you do the rest of the zoo. This typically gets turned on when it is warm, though it was frequently off last year. You can always hit Owen Beach instead!
Heritage Park Fountain – Currently OPEN. This fountain has a water jet style, and kids can run through them and splash in the water. It is on and OPEN all year round. It is closed for two periods a day for draining.
East Bay Public Plaza – Currently OPEN. The East Bay Plaza stream runs between the LOTT Wet Center and the Children’s Museum. Kids can play in it, and there are periodic special activities here. Check the East Bay Public Plaza Facebook page before you go, as there are sometimes unexpected OFF periods for maintenance.
Harborside Fountain Park – Currently CLOSED. Reader Tiffani let us know that Bremerton fountains are off for maintenance and may not be turned on this year. We’ll work on confirming that for you.
The South Sound is also blessed with many parks where you can take a dip in a lake or the chilly Puget Sound. If you’ve got a favorite place to keep cool, leave a comment and let us in on it! If you know a spot for water play I missed, let me know!
For indoor swimming fun, check with your local high school or parks department. Or, try an indoor pool with water park style features! You can click on the link below for our favorites!