35 Best Twin Cities Splash Pads & Wading Pools

If you’re looking for a few new places to cool off this summer, we’ve put together a master list of all the Twin Cities Metro-area splash pads we could find. The splash pads are organized 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!

Keep them coming. New splash pads are built every year! Please feel free to leave a comment if you know of any other great places to splash in the Metro.

MINNEAPOLIS SPLASH PAD & WADING POOL SITES – CLOSED FOR 2020

April 2, 2020: Minneapolis Parks has announced that they will not be opening any pools, beaches or waterparks this summer. We will keep you updated on other municipalities, but this is likely the direction we are heading for the entire metro.

Plan for Next Year?

MAKE A BACKYARD SPLASH PAD

Make your own with a pop bottle. Has anyone actually done this? How does it work? Let us know.

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SAINT PAUL AREA SPLASH PADS

Conway Recreation Center
This simple splash pad opened June 2013 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.

Lewis Park
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. (Note: We have more than one reader caution about this park in the comments below. If you’ve had good or bad experiences with any of these parks, we would love to hear. Leave us a comment.) Open 9am-9pm.

Lewis Park, St Paul

Phalen Park
New in 2017! Kids can make a quick dash from the splash pad fountains to the large and sandy Phalen Park beach. Daily 9am-9pm.

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WEST METRO SPLASH PADS

BLOOMINGTON

Cedarcrest Park Splash Pad
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.

EDEN PRAIRIE

Miller Park Splash Pad
This park has it all: a splash pad, sand and water play, and an exceptionally accessible playground for younger children. Daily 10am-8pm

Round Lake Splash Pad
Brand new in 2013, this splash pad has a marine-themed rubber surface to keep slips to a minimum. There are fun interactive features as well as traditional bubblers and fountains. Very close by is elaborate new playground equipment, shaded seating and a sandy beach on Round Lake. Daily 10am-8pm.

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HOPKINS

Burnes Park Splash Pad
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.

ROBBINSDALE

Manor Park Splash Pad
A colorful splash pad with buckets, fountains, and limited shaded seating for adults. There is a decent distance between the splash pad and the playground, so don’t expect it will be easy to watch kids going to and fro. Daily 10am-8pm

ST LOUIS PARK

Oak Hill Splash Pad
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.

DAY TRIP TO BUFFALO

Downtown Splash Pad
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.

Buffalo MN splash pad

Buffalo MN splash pad and music trail


EAST METRO SPLASH PADS

COTTAGE GROVE

Highlands Park Splash Pad
When the city’s public pool closed in 2011 it was replaced with this brand-new splash pad. Water guns and spray nozzles keep the kids cool when the temps rise. Daily 9am-9pm.

WOODBURY

HealthEast Sports Center
Located on the grounds of the Sports Center and next to Madison’s Place inclusive playground, this new 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. (Note: We’ve had a reader comment on the crowds. Does anyone have suggestions for more East Metro options? If not, maybe its time to lobby for more splash pads.) Daily 9am-9pm.

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SOUTH METRO SPLASH PADS

APPLE VALLEY

Kelley Park Splash Pad
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.

BURNSVILLE

Nicollet Commons Park (Anne’s Pick for the Best Splash Pad Twin Cities)
Our pick for one of the best “splash pads” in the city! The layout is that of a circular plaza admist 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. Open during park hours, 5am-midnight

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Nicollet Commons Park

Burnsville Lions Playground Splash Pad | Cliff Fen Park
This pad made a splash when it opened summer of 2015 with a brand new playground to boot. Daily 9am-9pm.

CHASKA

Chaska Community Center Splash Pad
$6.50-$9/pp admission to the Community Center is required to access the pool and splash pad. For free summer swimming, try Chaska’s Clayhole Swim Beach.  Daily 9am-9pm

Firemen’s Park
Interactive fountains to splash in, lit at night. The park is also home to the Clayhole Swim Beach and a concession stand.

EAGAN

Eagan Central Park Splash Pad
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.

ROSEMOUNT

Rosemount Central Park Splash Pad
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.

SOUTH ST. PAUL

Lorraine Park Splash Pool
The interactive zero-depth entry pool is ideal for little waders, containing a 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

Harmon Park Splash Pad
A complete 2016 makeover of the park included the installation of a splash pad, a new playground, ballfields, and space to host gatherings. We can’t wait to check this one out! Daily 9am-9pm.


NORTH METRO SPLASH PAD LOCATIONS

BLAINE

Lakeside Commons Park & Beach
Free to Blaine residents, $5/pp admission to non-residents | The simple splash pad is located within Lakeside Commons Park and admission includes access to the sandy beach, playground equipment, and picnic space. Daily 10am-6pm.

CHAMPLIN

Andrews Park Splash Pad
Daily 10am-7:30pm, closed July 4

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COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

Huset Park West Splash Pad
Scoot through the spraying hoops and watch out for the dump buckets (or don’t!) A playground and picnic shelter are located conveniently nearby. Open daily 10am-7pm.

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Huset Park

COON RAPIDS

Boulevard Plaza Splash Pad
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.

CRYSTAL

Becker Park Interactive Fountain
New in 2020. Becker Park’s new accessible playground includes a side open splash pad with resilient surfacing. 

DELANO

Central Park of Delano
Recommended by a reader, this is a pay splash pad with an on-duty attendant during open hours.
Open daily 12-8pm. $3/pp (season pass available).

MAPLE GROVE

Central Park of Maple Grove
A brand 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.

OTSEGO

Prairie Park Splash Pad
Daily 9am-9pm

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