Have children and need a fun place to cool down this summer? Look no further than this list of the seven best Tampa splash pads in the Bay area. Splash pads are water play areas specifically designed for children to play and cool off during the hot summer months. It is a popular feature in parks but not all splash pads are created equal. Some Tampa splash pads are in public spaces, and some inside private establishments. Most splash pads have a flat, paved surface with many water like sprinklers, fountains and water sprays. Unlike pools or water parks, splash pads do not have standing water. It’s a fun and safe way for children to run around, use the jets and sprays in an interactive environment.

Splash pads specifically designed so that children stay safe. Most of them have slip-resistant surfaces so they don’t hurt themselves while they’re having fun. As a matter of fact, many help prevent accidents and absorb heat so they can run around without shoes. Many splash pads strategically place their water features so they can cater to different age groups. For toddlers they usually put things lower to the ground for them, while others may have taller fountains so older kids can enjoy the splash pas as well.

Safe water play is one of the most important experience for children especially when many don’t have swimming abilities yet. Since there is no standing water, there’s no risk of drowning. Parents can mostly relax and watch as their kids run around and play without worrying about their safety. Another great aspect is that splash pads promote social interaction. Here’s seven splash pad spots you need to check out with the family during their summer break. Just scroll down to see all the different places in the Tampa Bay area with the best splash pads.

  • Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

    This park is located downtown Tampa and is extremely big. They have a soft play ground where kids can run around plus it’s right on the water. The splash pad area is large too so a lot of kids can run around safely.

  • Dell Holmes Park

    This park is located in St. Petersburg and offers a fun playground for all ages. Their splash pad is perfect for younger children and the best part is that it’s free.

  • Julian B Lane Riverfront Park

    This park is located in Tampa and is a scenic, 25 acre riverside park. It has a boat house, huge lawn and a splash pad. It’s also perfect for dogs to play and go for a walk.

  • Water Works Park

    Located in Tampa the park has an open lawn and a lovely children’s splash pad area. It also offers a playground, amphitheater and fabulous dog park.

  • St. Pete Pier

    Located downtown St. Petersburg there’s plenty of shopping before and after you get on the pier. Just before you go on the long walk there’s a fabulous open splash pad area and a huge playground for all ages.

  • Ballast Point Park

    This park is located in South Tampa and has beautiful views of downtown Tampa. They have a great playground, water park for the kids, a fishing pier with bait shop.

  • Tarpon Springs Splash Park

    Located in Tarpon Springs it’s a perfect area for the kids to hang out and keep cool. This Splash pad is awesome with slides, fountains, and water toys. Plus it connects to the Pinellas trail so you can run and walk.

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