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
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! Reminder that access to the splash pad is included with your admission!
Address: 370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32218
Kathryn Abbey Hanna 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. There’s a $5 fee per car to enter Hanna Park, unless you’re on foot or bicycle, then it’s $3.
Address: 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville 32233
Leonard Abess Park Splash Pad
The Leonard 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!
Address: 12743 Leonard Abess Blvd Jacksonville FL 32225
Losco Regional Park Splash Pad
Located right near Julington Creek in Mandarin, Losco Regional Park features a can’t-miss splash pad that overlooks a beautiful pond. Pack a picnic lunch, and make a morning of it!
Address: 10931 Hood Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257
Murray Hill Playground
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.
Address: 4208 Kingsbury St, Jacksonville, FL 32205
St. Augustine Pier Splash Park
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.
Address: 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080
Sunshine Playground at South Beach 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.
Address: 2514 S Beach Parkway Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Wiley Road Playground
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!
Address: 6750 Wiley Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32210
Pools & Waterparks
Beaches Aquatic Center
This domed pool in Atlantic Beach offers year-round swimming. Members can participate in recreational or competitive swimming, swim lessons, and swim clinics!
Address: 297 Aquatic Dr, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Cecil Aquatic Center
Part of an entire complex (gym & fitness center, community center, and fast pitch softball center), the Cecil Aquatic Center includes an Olympic-sized pool and a smaller instructional pool which allows for a variety of activities.
Address: 13611 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32221
First Coast YMCA
Members are welcomed to enjoy 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!
Address: Find Your Location
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 picturesque and located along the St. Johns River. It also features playground equipment, picnic facilities, and a gazebo.
Address: 229 Walnut Street Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Julius Guinyard Park and Pool
The swimming pool, that was constructed at this park in 1951 and originally called “Blodgett Homes Pool,” is one of the oldest public pools in the City of Jacksonville. The built out park offers a varity of activities that include basketball, baseball, and offers picnic facilities and a playscape for small children.
Address: 1358 N Jefferson St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Shipwreck Island Water Park at Adventure Landing
We love this water park, and rest assured, YES, it’s still open (at least through August 2023)! Kids of all ages will love the slides, wave pool, splash pad, pirate ship, and lazy river! Note: Season passes are well worth it!
Address: 1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Summer Waves Water Park
Summer Waves is just a day trip away with options from lazy laps in the river to high-speed thrills on slides, which is quite perfect to suit every family member!
Address: 210 S Riverview Drive
Honorable Mentions In & Around Jacksonville
- Adolph Wurn Pool — 2115 Dean Rd.
- Andrew Jackson High School — 128 W. 30th St.
- Baldwin Middle/High School — 291 Mill St W.
- Charles Clark Pool — 8793 Sibbald Rd.
- Clanzel T. Brown-Golfair Pool — 4515 Moncrief Rd.
- Eartha H. Napolean Park — 11597 Harts Rd.
- Emmett Reed Swimming Pool — 1093 W. 6th St.
- Eugene Butler YMWLA — 900 Acorn St.
- Fletcher High Swimming Pool — 700 Seagate Ave.
- Fort Caroline Community Center — 131 Ferber Rd.
- Grand Park Swimming Pool — 2740 Division St.
- Jean Ribault High School — 3701 Winton Dr.
- Kennedy Swimming Pool — 1139 Ionia St.
- Lakeshore Middle School Pool — 2519 Bayview Rd.
- Mandarin High School — 4831 Greenland Rd.
- Oceanway Park — 12215 Sago Ave. W.
- Riverside High School — 1200 McDuff Ave. S
- Samuel W. Wolfson High School — 7000 Powers Ave.
- Sandalwood High School — 2750 John Promenade Blvd.
- Adolph Wurn Pool — 2115 Dean Rd.
- Westside High School — 5530 Firestone Rd.
- William Raines Senior High — 3663 Raines Ave.
- Woodland Acres Swimming Pool — 8200 Kona Ave.