Tampa Bay area splash pads (free fun!)

Let’s celebrate the good ole’ days of summer … backyard BBQs, later sunsets, nighttime strolls and finding a place to cool off. If you’re a parent, you are also looking for fun (inexpensive) things to do with your kids. Here are some awesome, FREE splash pads around the Tampa Bay area:

Hillsborough County Splash Pads

Curtis Hixon Park
600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa
Hours: Sunrise to 10pm
Huge lawn nearby and next to the Glazer Children’s Museum and the Riverwalk
WaterWorks Park
1701 N Highland, Tampa
Hours: 7am to 10pm
Riverfront park also has a dog park, covered and shaded picnic pavilions and is along the Riverwalk
Ballast Point Park
5300 Interbay Blvd, Tampa
Hours: 9am to 7pm
Shaded benches, nearby playground and fishing pier
Julian B Lane Riverfront
1001 N Blvd
Hours: 7am to 10pm
On the west side of the Hillsborough River (north of University of Tampa), nearby dog park, boat ramp, lawn, playground and shaded picnic pavilions
Carrollwood Village Park
4680 W Village Drive, Tampa
Hours: Sunrise to 9pm
Skatepark, dog park, playground, walking trails and picnic shelters nearby
All Persons Rotary Park
800 S. Parsons Road, Brandon
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Fenced in with shaded benches

Pasco County Splash Pads

Sims Park
5547 Main St, New Port Richey
Hours: 9am to Sunset
Nearby boat dock, walking trails, covered pavilions (2 with grills)
Tarpon Springs Splash Park
508 Live Oak St, Tarpon Springs
Hours: 10am to Dusk
The splash park includes mini-slides and a nearby bathroom and playground

Pinellas County Splash Pads

Cypress Forest Park
650 Pine Ave N, Oldsmar
Hours: 9a-8p
Shaded tables and a walking trail. $5 parking fee
Del Holmes Park
2741 22nd Street N, St. Pete
Hours: 9a to 8p
Nearby lighted trails, fishing pier, covered shelters with grills. Next to Lake Maggiore
St. Pete Pier
600 2nd Ave NE, St. Pete
Fountain/splash pad with nearby playground, lawn, beach, covered pavilions and, of course, the pier with restaurants
Highlander Park
1937 Ed Eckert Dr, Dunedin
Hours: 9a-6p
Nearby playground, pool, tennis courts and picnic pavilions
Crest Lake Park
201 S Glenwood Ave, Clearwater
Hours: 6a-9p
Playground, picnic pavilions, volleyball courts, dog park, arboretum and walking paths

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