If you’re looking for a few new places to cool off during the hot summer days, we’ve put together a master list of all the Twin Cities Metro-area splash pads we could find. We organized these spray parks by region for your convenience and nearly all are free of charge (except where noted). With a few more elaborate exceptions, these aren’t so much swimming holes as simple spots where you might beat the heat with your youngsters. Stay cool!
New splash pads are built every year. We’ve found some of the best spash pads in the Twin Cities through readers. Feel free to leave a comment if you know of any other great places to splash in the Metro.
With more than 75 rides and attractions, Valleyfair is the Twin Cities’ amusement park where families come for thrills and splish-splashing fun with two parks in one! Discover your next big adventure with the stomach-dropping weightlessness of Wild Thing or the dizzying heights of North Star. For the little thrill-seekers, Planet Snoopy features 15 Peanuts-themed rides. Cool off in the area’s premier waterpark and experience ocean-like- waves you won’t find at one of our 10,000 lakes. With waterslides, a ginormous wave pool, two kids’ areas, a looping lazy river, Soak City is the ultimate waterpark experience. Save on tickets at Valleyfair.com.
MINNEAPOLIS SPLASH PADS & SPLASH WADING POOLS
Check out this handy pools dashboard on the Minneapolis Parks website. It gives you real time closure information for pools, leaving less chance of disappointment when you get there.
425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Located on a public green space near the heart of downtown Minneapolis, these splash fountains are on the small side, but definitely do the trick on a hot day. Look for kids activities and programming to satisfy all ages: a farmers market, live music, free lawn games, movies, public art and food trucks. Stay tuned to find out what this summer will bring. Daily 6am-10pm.
500 S 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Recent updates to this park included a new play area and and one of the best splash pads in Minneapolis, along with new restroom amenities near the splash pad. The basketball court was also updated. Other family friendly amenities include soccer fields.
1600 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
This little urban oasis near the southern cusp of downtown Minneapolis also has a playground and a basketball court. Daily 10am-9pm.
2701 E 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Lake Hiawatha Park’s water play space could be more accurately called a wading pool, but there is a zero-depth entry end lined with water jets so we count that as a splash pad. The water is about two feet at its deepest and features spraying cattails. There is also a sand play area on the playground with a tot lot onsite. Daily 10am-9pm (10pm if temp is 85 degrees at 6pm).
701 39th St E., Minneapolis, MN 55407
The splash pad is a large open area with a central mist sprayer and several water jet sprayers that kids can run through. The updated play equipment’s not too shabby either! As the park’s name suggests, you will also find sports fields.
4655 46th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Similar to Lake Hiawatha’s pool, the Wabun splash pad pool (aka Minnehaha Falls Splash Pad) also has a zero-depth entry and maxes out at 2 feet — perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and even those kids just learning to swim. A pair of short bubblers in the shallow end and a spraying arched rock structure keep everyone cool. There’s also a great playground adjacent that’s easy to keep an eye on older kids from and shaded picnic pavilions. Open 10am-9pm.
1810 34th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Cool off at the Waite Park wading pool & splash pad. Check out its zero-depth entry, shade structure and interactive water features. This is the new design for wading pool/ splash pad Minneapolis Parks are heading toward. (Joy says, “Of all the splash pads near me, this is our hands-down favorite. The mix of pool and splash pad is perfect.) Open 10am-9pm.
MINNEAPOLIS FREE SPLASH PADS & WADING POOLS
The above list only includes only splash pads and splash pad-style pools. Find the full list including traditional wading pools in Minneapolis Parks below:
ST PAUL SPLASH PADS & SPRAY GROUNDS
Como Town Amusement Park, 1301 Midway Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55108
The Splash Zone splash pad is included in admission to Hodge Park Park or can be purchased separately and is for all-day admission. 10 pts = $5.00 Admission. Wed-Sun 11am-6pm.
2090 Conway St, St Paul, MN 55119
This simple splash pad hovers near the eastern boundary of St Paul. Enjoy the fountains, playground equipment, and a community recreation center that offers open gym and free summer meals for kids. The Sun Ray branch of the St Paul Public Library, with a lovely children’s space, is steps away from the park if you need a quiet book break. Daily 9am-9pm.
1600 Phalen Dr., St Paul, MN 55106
Added in 2017, kids can make a quick dash from the splash pad fountains to the large and sandy Phalen Park beach. This beautiful park also offers trails, a tot lot, a fire ring, a rec center, tennis courts and regular family events. Daily 9am-9pm.
900 Marion St, St Paul, MN 55117
St. Paul’s first splash pad features fountains and jets plus fun new playground equipment. We love the synthetic turf surfacing on the playground, but I’d advise you to keep your shoes on. Open 9am-9pm.
NORTHWEST METRO SPLASH PADS & SPRINKLER PARKS
3020 Lakes Pkwy, Blaine, MN 55449
The simple splash pad is located within Lakeside Commons Park and admission includes access to the sandy beach, playground equipment, and picnic space. Free to Blaine residents, $10/pp admission to non-residents. Daily 10am-6pm.
7200 117th Ave N, Champlin, MN 55316
This popular community park has it all – the splash pad, playgrounds suitable for a variety of ages, sport fields, sand volleyball courts, a large pavilion and a snack shack if you forget to pack your own.
3965 Jefferson St NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Scoot through the spray tunnels and watch out for the dump buckets (or don’t!) A playground and picnic shelter are located conveniently nearby. Open daily 10am-7pm.
Columbia Heights Wading Pools
The city maintains box-style wading pools with a depth of just over a foot at two parks:
- MCKENNA PARK – 4757 7th St NE, Columbia Heights MN 55421
- RAMSDELL PARK – 4956 Johnson St NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
2880 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
A Grand Opening was held June 2018 to celebrate the city’s first splash pad. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the shaded tables. Open daily, 10am-8pm.
5530 Douglas Dr N, Crystal, MN 55429
New in 2020, Becker Splash Pad is part of the park’s accessible playground and includes resilient surfacing.
650 River St N, Delano, MN 55328
Recommended by a reader, Central Park Splash Paid is a pay splash pad with an on-duty attendant during open hours. Open daily 12-8pm. $3/pp (season pass available).
18599 Gary Street, Elk River, MN 55330-5600
You won’t want to miss cooling off during the summer Orono Park. There’s a well-kept and sandy beach, exciting new destination playground, splash pad for pre-swimmers, covered picnic pavilions, a little nature play area and a skatepark.
12000 Central Park Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369
The Maple Grove splash pad has become one of the favorites among Twin Cities parents. A fairly new (and pretty sweet) playground is also onsite with challenges for a wide variety of ages and abilities. Interactive fountain open daily 10am – 8:30pm, 8:45pm – 10pm – show mode with lights.
2401 County Hwy 10, Mounds View, MN 55112
Splash Down splash pad is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10am to 7:30pm. Families can host a birthday party at this splash pad by renting a pavilion.
13355 90th St NE, Otsego, MN 55330
This park also has nice playgrounds and picnic areas. Open daily 9am-9pm Memorial day into September as weather permits.
We have a lot of search traffic for a splash pad in Plymouth MN. To date, the closest splash pads are probably Maple Grove and St. Louis Park. In the meantime, families can splash around at these Plymouth beaches:
- West Medicine Lake Park and Beach, Plymouth
- East Medicine Lake Park and Beach, Plymouth
- Parkers Lake Park and Beach, Plymouth
ST ANTHONY VILLAGE
3503 Silver Lake Rd NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Local parents of toddlers and preschoolers: if all your kids aim to do is get wet, the splash pad at this mini-park will do. Skip Emerald Park and head here for less elaborate fountains and a sweet little playground. It features dumping buckets and pop-up jets. (Joy says: “This is a splash pad near me, so we visit sometimes, but I find the wet concrete scares me when the park is busy. While Central Park has its own playground, we like to walk across the campus and up a small hill to play at Water Tower Playground.”).
3925 MacAlaster Dr NE, St Anthony, MN 55421
This extra neat and tidy little park has a primary-colored splash pad with a rainbow mister, jumping fountains and dump buckets and a wiggle worm. an impressive number of picnic tables (including 4 in a pavilion), plenty of shaded benches, grassy lawns and clean bathrooms. Open during park hours.
The area’s newest splash pad opened in 2021. The one has a giant dump bucket for maximum thrills.
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SOUTHEAST METRO SPLASH PADS & WATER PLAYGROUNDS
6855 Fortino St, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Hoops of spraying water to run through at this splash pad, plus playground equipment. Free concerts in the park summer Fridays through mid-August, 6-9pm. Open 9am-9pm
12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
The Burnsville Splash Pad is our pick for one of the best “splash pads” in the city! The layout is that of a circular plaza amidst a city shopping district with a shallow stream running around it. There are lots of natural elements – rocks, fountains, and small waterfalls to play in – just be wary of slippery surfaces. There is plenty of street parking nearby if you don’t mind walking a couple of blocks and lots of places to pick up lunch to eat on the grassy amphitheater-style seating. The city hosts a variety of family-friendly events during the summer. So remember to pack your bathing suits when you come for concerts or movies. Open during park hours, 5am-midnight.
120 Cliff Rd E, Burnsville, MN 55337
This Burnsville splash pad made waves when it opened summer of 2015 with a brand new playground to boot. Daily 9am-9pm.
6975 Idsen Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
When the city’s public pool closed in 2011 it was replaced with this brand-new splash pad. Spray nozzles keep the kids cool when the temps rise. Daily 9am-9pm.
1507 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
This Eagan splash pad opened in July of 2018 near the city’s Community Center. Market Fest is held Wednesday nights during the summer for locals to shop within clear view of kids playing in the splash pad. Cool off after using the park’s obstacle course or miles of walking trails.
2893 145th St W, Rosemount, MN 55068
Toddlers and preschoolers will love manipulating the stream through the moving “Water Journey” and splashing about in the nozzles and fountains. The pad has been designed to re-use water for irrigation in nearby fields. Daily 9am-9pm.
1103 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379
New in 2019, this inclusive splash pad is located near the new Fun For All Playground at Lions Park. Daily 10am-8pm.
SOUTH ST. PAUL
756 3rd Ave S, South St Paul, MN 55075
The interactive zero-depth entry pool is ideal for little waders, containing a water slide, sprayers and changing facilities. Daily 12:30-7pm for all ages, Toddler Time 11am-12:30pm weekdays. $2-3.50/pp.
WEST ST PAUL
230 Bernard St W, West St Paul, MN 55118
A complete 2016 makeover of the park included the installation of a splash pad, a new playground, ballfields, and space to host gatherings called Neighborhood Center. Don’t wait to check this one out! Daily 9am-9pm.
4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN 55129
Located on the grounds of the Sports Center and next to Madison’s Place inclusive playground, this new Woodbury splash pad features dumping buckets and “flower showers” on one side and an area geared towards younger children on the other with smaller bubblers. Bring a picnic for the grassy shaded lawn behind the restroom building. Daily 9am-9pm.
SOUTHWEST METRO SPLASH PADS
8700 Bloomington Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425
The small splash pad and playground is located adjacent to the Cedar Valley Church. This splash pad has a rubber tile floor. Park free in the church parking lot (but maybe wait until services are over on Sundays).
8737 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438
While not a full splash pad, the popular Chutes & Ladders Playground in Hyland Park has misting stations where kids can cool off while they play. Daily 5am-10pm.
3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318
The sweet little splash pad consists of interactive ground spray fountains to splash in, lit at night. The park is also home to the Clayhole Swim Beach, a boardwalk to stroll across and along the water, a playground, and a concession stand. There is no charge to play. This is the only FREE Chaska splash pad.
209 Playhouse Street West, Cologne, MN 55322
Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Daily 10am-8pm.
8208 Eden Prairie Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
This park has it all: a splash pad, a sand and water play area, and an exceptionally accessible playground for younger children. Miller Park Splash Pad is Open daily 10am-8pm.
8641 Center Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
A new Eden Prairie splash pad opened June of 2023 at Nesbitt Preserve Park. Additional seating and shade structures were put in near the splash pad and playground to make the area more comfortable.
16691 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Installed in 2013, the Round Lake splash pad has a marine-themed rubber surface to keep slips to a minimum. There are fun interactive spray features as well as traditional bubblers and fountains. Very close by is elaborate new playground equipment, shaded seating and a sandy beach at Round Lake Park. Daily 10am-8pm.
Currently there is no free Edina splash pad. Residents often hop over to Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park or visit the Lil’ Lagoon at Edina Aquatic Center in Rosland Park. Guests with small kids like this zero-depth pool with built in sprayers and triggers like a splash pad. It is fenced off from the lap pool and the rest of the water park for easier supervision. However, Edina Aquatic Center does not currently offer a reduced rate for toddlers, so at $11.50/pp, you may want to consider season passes if you plan to visit the splash area often.
301 2nd St N, Hopkins, MN 55343
This large splash pad is operated on a touch system and turns off when not in use. Open Mon-Sat: 9am- 9pm; Sun: 12-9pm.
300 Park Dr, Jordan, MN 55352
During the summer visit the colorful, interactive splash pad for little ones, the large playground and the sandy beach. We also recommend the scenic waterfall at Sand Creek adjacent to the beach parking lot.
Coming to Avonlea Community Park in 2024
16700 Pilot Knob Rd, Lakeville, MN 55044
The city’s first splash pad is part of updates scheduled for 2024. The city will also be updating trails and the playground.
Abbott Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55422
A colorful splash pad with buckets, fountains, and limited shaded seating for adults. There is a decent distance between the splash pad and the children’s play area, so don’t expect it will be easy to watch kids going to and fro. Daily 10am-8pm.
ST LOUIS PARK
3201 Rhode Island Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426
This splash pad in Oak Hill Park got so popular (and for good reason!) it charges $1 per person for non-residents. It’s one of the largest and most elaborate splash pads in the metro with interactive bubblers and nozzles. Daily 10am-8pm.
688 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Panoway is a new restoration initiative in Wayzata, which includes a new splash pad among its urban greenspace additions. The splash pad opened in the summer of 2021. It is operational from 8am to 8pm during the season and is activated by a push button.
NORTHEAST METRO SPLASH PADS
WHITE BEAR LAKE
Possible Splash Pad in White Bear Lake
Memorial Beach, 4980 Lake Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
White Bear Lake is another place where area parents would like to see the installation of a splash pad. It would be the first in the northeast metro area. In its 2018 Comprehensive Plan, the City of White Bear Lake Parks Commission expressed an interest in working with Ramsey County to install a splash pad at this county-managed beach. If installed, the splash pad would be located near the playground and close to the beach. Stay tuned!
SPLASH PADS A DAY TRIP FROM MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL METRO
Buffalo’s splash pad is made up of simple fountains within easy walking distance of downtown. Families will find nearby picnic tables and and a the music trail full of oversized instruments.
MAKE A BACKYARD SPLASH PAD
Make your own with a pop bottle. Has anyone actually done this? How does it work? Let us know.