While we all love a good swim at our community pool, nothing beats the fun of a Cincinnati 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’ve included our favorite local water parks, which make a great “staycation” option as summer sets in.
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Cincinnati Splash Parks:
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.
Washington Park (pictured)
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. Hours vary by date, so check website before you go!
Parky’s Ark in Winton Woods
Parky’s Pirate Cove in Miami Whitewater Forest
Parky’s Wetland Adventure in Woodland Mound (pictured)
Sharon Woods Sprayground*
(*Located at Sharon Woods Harbor and FREE with your car pass!)
Beech Acres Park (pictured)
This playground is like no other playground in the park district, with a stimulating layout that encourages both active and imaginative play. The most important aspect of the playground’s design is its level of accessibility. Each section features play opportunities for children of varying physical abilities. It’s open 10 am – 8 pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
The sprayground at Clippard Park features a variety of motion activated features for all to enjoy plus a nice shaded picnic table for those who prefer to stay dry. Open 11 am to 7 pm from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.
The Water Park/Splash Pad is great for young children. Part of the Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex, this facility is located at 43rd Street and Decoursey Avenue. Open seven days a week from 12 to 6 pm, 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.
The spray ground is adjacent to the park’s impressive playground, and operates 11 am to 7 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
This splash park in Anderson is adjacent to the eponymous playground. It’s open 10 am – 8 pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Ziegler Park in OTR has a FREE sprayground at the center of the park that’s a fun way to cool off after the kids have played at the brand-new playground.