The dog days of summer are here, and we are typically in our swimsuits ready for any opportunity to cool off and have some fun in the sun, be it in a pool or one of Jacksonville’s many splash pads.
Make it a summer to remember and pack your days with afternoon dips in the pool, mornings at the water park, or wet-and-wild fun at one of our many local splash pads. Let’s be honest: Summer would be unbearable without the water to give us a break from this brutal Florida heat!
Splash Pads & Parks
Splash Ground at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens: Thank goodness my children always remind me to let them wear their swimsuits to the zoo! Getting wet at the zoo’s splash pad is one of their favorite parts of the trip!
Splash Park at St. Augustine Pier: Head on down to the St. Augustine Pier where kids can splash in the water at the splash pad and also enjoy a sandy playground directly connected to it. If you go on Wednesday morning, you can also enjoy the weekly Farmer’s Market.
Splash Pad at Sunshine Park: We love the splash pad at the newly renovated South Beach Park & Sunshine Playground! They have separate areas to splash around for both big kids and toddlers.
Hanna Park Kids Splash Park: Hanna Park offers fun trails, camping, and beach access, but we have rarely ever been without hitting up the Kids Splash Park. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the splash park is designed for children 48 inches and under, but my older kids have never been turned away! There’s a $5 fee to enter Hanna Park.
Abess Park Splash Pad: The Abess Park Splash Pad is located near Atlantic Boulevard and Girvin Road, and though it might be small, it still offers loads of wet-and-wild fun! Tip: There is limited seating near the splash area, so bring a camp chair, mamas!
Wiley Playground and Splash Pad: Wiley Road Playground is located at the intersection of Lane Avenue and Wiley Road in Southwest Jacksonville. Newer additions include a water feature, perfect for splashing!
Losco Park Splash Pad: Located right near Julington Creek in Mandarin, Losco Regional Park features a can’t-miss splash pad that was recently renovated. Pack a picnic lunch, and make a morning of it!
Murray Hill Playground Splash Pad: Located in the heart of Murray Hill, the Murray Hill Playground boasts a water feature splash pad that is sure to keep kids cool after they have fun on the playground equipment.
JaxParks Aquatics: With many located throughout Jacksonville, there is bound to be one close to you. My twins recently joined the swim team at our local pool, and we are swimming every week. In addition to swim team, many of these pools offer affordable swim lessons and other programs at numerous pools around our city.
First Coast YMCA: Many summers we have had a family membership to the YMCA and enjoyed swimming in several of their pools on the First Coast. They offer a variety of programs including lessons and competitive swimming, but they also have hours for recreational swimming and play!
Beaches Aquatic Center: This domed pool in Atlantic Beach offeres year-round swimming. Members can participate in recreational or competitive swimming, swim lessons, and swim clinics.
Green Cove Springs City Pool: Located in Spring Park of Green Cove Springs, this pool has undergone renovation in recent years and is ready for swimming! Spring Park is a beautiful park located along the St. Johns River, one block east of City Hall, and features playground equipment, picnic facilities, a gazebo, and a swimming pool.
Shipwreck Island Water Park at Adventure Landing: We love this water park, and rest assured, yes, it’s still open (at least through August 2022)! Kids of all ages will love the slides, wave pool, splash pad, pirate ship, and lazy river! Note: Season passes are well worth it, trust!
For more water park fun, check out our post on Water Park Day Trips from Jacksonville!