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It’s heating up in San Diego, but there are lots of ways to cool down. Of course, you can head to the beach and the neighborhood pool, but spray pads and water parks are also a great way to celebrate summer in our town.

Here’s a list of places toddlers to school-aged children (and their parents!) will enjoy.

Legoland Water Park's Splash Zoo

Santee Lakes Spraygrounds: For ages 13 and younger, this is a terrific play area with buckets that dump, water that spouts from the ground and it all overlooks the beautiful lakes of this park. The cost is $3-$5 per car to drive in and $2 per child to play on the sprayground. Have a picnic lunch and feed the ducks while you’re there!

Hilton Head Park: Also located in the East County, this Rancho San Diego park includes a popular pirate-themed aquatic park free of charge.

Mountain Hawk Park in Eastlake: This South Bay park overlooks Otay Lakes, nearby mountains and offers a tot lot and picnic shelters in addition to the play fountain. Also in South County you’ll find the Sweetwater Regional Park‘s aquatic park for kids.

Viejas Interactive Fountain: There are lots of fun things to do at the Viejas Outlet Center with the kiddos in addition to the interactive fountain including a new mini-golf, bowling alley and, in the winter, ice skating and an ice princess show!

Otay Ranch Town Center Popper Fountains: Located right in the middle of the food court, this is a great opportunity to splash around. Those who want to stay dry might enjoy coloring the walls of the garden with the provided chalk.

McGrath YMCA Spray Pad: Look for this new addition to the East County Y this summer. We love their water playground in Santee.

Cerro De Las Posas: A popular destination for North County families. Free! Also in San Marcos are the splash pads at Sunset, Mulberry and San Elijo parks and the Lakeview Park’s interactive fountain.

The City of San Diego has at least two Recreation Center Pools that have water features designed for kids. Carmel Valley Pool has two water slides for the big kids, a spash-zone, and a zero-depth entry pool that is perfect for toddlers and parents alike. The Tierrasanta Pool features a children’s pool along with a 30 foot slide and play area.

Splash Landing at La Costa Resort: Why not take a family stay-cation and check this one out?

Seaworld Bay of Play: This pop up fountain is just perfect for little kids. Of course at Seaworld you can get soaked in a variety of ways including sitting in the soak zone of the shows and riding Shipwreck Rapids or Journey to Atlantis.

Legoland Water Park: New to the Legoland Water Park this summer is the Splash Zoo toddler area. Splash Zoo features interactive spray pads, fountains, a teeter totter and giant interactive DUPLOƒ animals.

Knotts Soak City: Better known as a way to entertain older kids, Knotts Soak City does offer a children’s pool and activity area called Gremmie Lagoon.

As I always say, there’s never a shortage of fun things to do with kids in San Diego!

  1. The City of San Diego has at least two Recreation Center Pools have water features designed for the kids. Carmel Valley Pool has a two water slides for the big kids, a spash-zone, and a zero-depth entry pool which is perfect for toddlers and parents alike. The Tierrasanta Pool features a children’s pool along with a 30 foot slide and play area. Due to the city budget, hours are limited, so you should check the website for additional information and detailed hours of operation – http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/aquatics/locations.shtml

  2. Carmen says:

    you are the BEST for this post! Im up in North County and didn’t know there were so many places I could take the kids. thanks for the info!

  3. Kara says:

    This was so well written! Thank you!

  4. Rachael says:

    Great List! We love the ones at the parks in North County! And I just have to brag….that is my adorable little boy in the Legoland photo ;)

  5. abbey boullt says:

    Hilton head charges $2/$3 now, along with most of the city parks with spray grounds that didn’t charge last year.

  6. Jessica says:

    Cerro De Las Posas in San Marcos also charges $3.

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