It’s here-Our annual guide is 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
SeaTac There is a water spray park at Angle Lake Park closed for the season
Burien interactive fountains in Burien at Town Square Plaza Open through the end of September
Renton- Henry Moses Aquatic Center Opens June 15th You see this one from the road-slides, 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. Closed for the season.
Kent-Water features at the town square plaza Should be open until the first freeze, but I’m still checking for you.
Auburn-Les Gove 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. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day. Readers report the surface has been improved and is less slick. Closed for the season
Enumclaw-Mud Mountain Dam and Park Wading pool with sort of a sprinkler/fountain overhead. Also nature trails and a viewing platform; nice, short hikes. Closed for the season
Puyallup- The wading pool is open! The construction you see is new playground equipment being installed. Sprayground/splash pad has been put off until next year. Closed for the season
Tacoma All spraygrounds are free and Open Weekends only
The wading pools in Tacoma have been removed (see Fircrest for a wading option).
There is also a small lily pad feature in the play area at the Pt.Defiance Zoo. There is a changing tent. I’d go to this after you do the rest of the zoo
Fircrest-There is a wading pool next to the outdoor pool. Both have hours open to non residents. The link opens a pdf. The pool schedule is on pg. 5. I’ve got a post explaining all about it here. Closed for the season
Olympia-Heritage Park Fountain Open
The East Bay Plaza stream runs in between the LOTT Wet Center and the Children’s Museum. Open
Bremerton Harborside Fountain Park Open
Our area 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.