School’s out, temps are rising — and the Cincinnati Splash Park Guide is here! While we all love a good swim at our community pool — for kids, nothing beats the fun of a splash park.
Part water park, part playground, these summer spots are a big hit with kids. And, since many are free (or just a few dollars), these playgrounds are sure to be a big hit with parents, too! Just for fun, we included our favorite local water parks, which make a great “staycation” option as summer sets in.
All CRC spraygrounds are free except McKie and Pleasant Ridge, which require a pool membership during regular pool hours. Spraygrounds are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
City of Cincinnati Parks
All three of these splash parks are free; however, you’ll pay a few dollars for parking. Open through Labor Day.
Smale Riverfront Park (pictured above)
Open seven days a week from 12 to 6 p.m., June through August. Daily admission is $3 for Covington residents, $5 for non-residents. Seasonal passes are $25 for Covington residents and $50 for non-residents. Passes can be obtained from the Recreation Department in advance or at the water park during regular operating hours.
These splash parks charge a daily admission (Children age 2 – 12: $3.50/each or $8/3 kids. Season Wristband: $24), and require your $10/annual car pass. From May 28 – Aug. 21, splash parks are open daily, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. From Aug. 22 – Sept. 5, splash parks are open weekends & Labor Day from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Parky’s Ark in Winton Woods
Parky’s Pirate Cove in Miami Whitewater Forest
Parky’s Wetland Adventure in Woodland Mound
Sharon Woods Sprayground* (pictured above)
(*Located at Sharon Woods Harbor and FREE with your car pass!)
The water park feature operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Local Water Parks
The Beach Water Park (pictured above)
Did your favorite park make the list? If not, tweet us at @cincyparent and let us know! And while you’re out enjoying the sun, be sure to tag us @cincyparent with your #CPSummer pics. For more summer inspiration, be sure to check out our 100 Things to Do This Summer in Cincy guide — and make it a summer to remember!