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 is a list of places children of all ages (and their parents!) can enjoy.
Aquatica by Seaworld: Featuring a lazy river, a wave pool, a protected play area for younger children and slides for children of all ages, Aquatica is located in the South Bay and offers an annual pass for $40.
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. Open May through October, the charge for day use is $3 and season passes are $30 per person.
The City of Carlsbad’s Alga Norte Park features a pool and splash pad for children.
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.
Easy County YMCA: We love the water playground in Santee. Check all area YMCAs for pools, spray pads and fun water programs like dive in movies!
Cerro De Las Posas: A popular destination for North County families featuring a lap pool and splash pad. There is a $2.50 – $3 per person usage fee. 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: The Legoland Water Park includes the Splash Zoo toddler area, interactive spray pads, fountains, a teeter totter and giant interactive DUPLOÒ animals.
The Wave Waterpark in Vista offers swim lessons, splash camps, a simulated wave for surf lessons, water polo classes plus traditional water park fun like a lazy river and water slides. Annual passes are available starting at $69.
Stay cool (and wet!) San Diego!