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Splash Parks and Water Play in Orange County

Splash Parks and Water Play in Orange County

Orange County Splash Parks and Water Play

Always check official sources for Splash Parks and Water Play for Summer 2021 to see if the splash park you want to visit is open. Reservations may be required!

One of Fun Orange County Parks’ regular readers asked about local “spray parks” for water play – and even gave some suggestions herself. 

I keep hearing that Southern California, especially OC, lacks spray parks. My only explanation is our proximity to the beach and the good weather which allows us to make our own splash parks at home with sprinklers.

All of these parks were closed during Summer of 2020 and I want to get a bit closer to Memorial Day 2021 to say whether they are open are not. But in the meantime, here is the list and you can do some research yourself.

Here are links to a few splash pad options if you are looking to get wet this summer:

FREE SPLASH FOUNTAINS

Splash Parks and Water Play in Orange County

To start let's look at this list of FREE splash fountains.

More FREE splash fountains not featured on this blog:

Always check the city or original source to make sure the parks are open. Sometimes they turn off the water without notice.

lemon park spray pool fullerton
Lemon Park Spray Pool

PAY FOR WATER PLAY

Other Southern California Water Theme Parks:

As I was updating this post, I noticed many of these parks offer spring discounts on annual passes. So if you’re ready to commit to one park, you could probably get your money’s worth.

I’ve never been, but the City of La Mirada Buccaneer Bay (Splash!) reopened May 29th and gets the best reader comments:

“We visited Splash in La Mirada on Saturday and “OH MY GOODNESS” it was sooo much fun!”  (-Lisa)

“We visited La Mirada (all the way from Lake Forest) today – there’s nowhere we won’t drive! It was definitely worth it. The ‘common pool’ area in the middle is free, parking is free, my 2 year old son was free. That’s a bargain in exchange for the cost of gas. I like that locker rental only cost 50 cents and that you can swim for free or enter Buccaneer Bay for a fee. I thought that cost of the Bay was reasonable for all they had to offer. Can’t wait to go again sometime.” (-Heather)

SMALLER SCALE WATER PLAY FOR LOCALS

Southern California Hotels with Water Play

It’s useful to remember that this list is ONLY waterslides or water parks AT hotels — meaning (in most cases) you must be a registered guest and staying at the hotel to enjoy the amenities.

What did I miss? Please help me keep this list up-to-date. I’ve been maintaining it every summer for the past THIRTEEN years.

BEACHES:

Don’t forget the BEACH! Kids can splash in the surf without going all the way in the water. Hold their hands and cool your toes, too. I have a ton of suggestions with details under my Beach category. And I wrote about the Best Toddler Beaches with no waves.

Originally published in Summer 2008.

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Cynthia C.

Sunday 2nd of June 2013

I live in Rancho Santa Margarita, and I have always had a great time in the open splash area next to Kohl's, in front of Daphne's/Baja Fresh/ Niko Niko Sushi.

By 3pm the water is warm enough to stand in, areas are timid enough for toddlers, and it's been really clean every time I've gone.

Hope others have the same great experience.

jim

Thursday 14th of March 2013

Are there any splash parks in south oc? I live in Dana point

Fiona

Sunday 15th of July 2012

There's a splash pad at Atlantis Play Center. We went there yesterday (7/14/12) but it was pretty packed because it was weekend. The official website for the Play Center's here:

http://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/?q=commserv/atlantis/

anah

Monday 9th of July 2012

we just had my son's birthday party at Sigler Park's splash pad yesterday! it was awesome! for $100, you get to rent it out for 2 hours and it was well worth it, we arrived during public hours and it was jam packed...they brought out the megaphone and cleared everyone out for our party. there are 3 benches for parents and chairs along the side... we bought BJ's pizza down the street, i brought fruit and cupcakes and the kids had the pad to themselves!! there's also a playground right next door too for some before/after play. it was the best birthday ever! we'll be back again soon ;) thank you so much for the recommendation - you truly made memories for me and my family!!

Michele

Wednesday 11th of July 2012

Thanks for sharing, Anah.

MIchelle

Wednesday 17th of August 2011

I've seen the splash fountain at the Cerritos Library but we haven't played in it because we visited during the cold weather. It looks fun, though!