Fountains are no longer just a pretty display of water to look at. Which means treating your kids to a fun way to cool down this summer no longer requires a suitcase worth of pool supplies. With many spray grounds and splash pads scattered around the DMV, you can play in the spray, splash in the sun, and cool yourselves down with little more than a swim suit and some sunscreen.

Fountain on the Square

Twenty jets of water shooting up out of the ground in the center of a tiled circle. What’s not to love? Running from May through September, this fountain in the middle of Rockville Town Square is a kid-pleaser. Adults, be aware that the water does not interact or vary in speed, height, or timing. So if you need to rescue a little one, you’re going to get wet too. Before or after cooling down, soak up some of the square’s shopping and dining.

Rockville Town Square
12 N Washington St. (Rockville, Md)
Cost: free

What’s your family’s favorite spray park? Let us know in the comment section below.

—Tricia Mirchandani and Jamy Bond

Photos courtesy of Capitol Riverfront BID via Flickr, hollyloo via Flickr, catomatic92 via Flickr, Wayan Vota via Flickr, smata2 via Flickr, Flickr Dave via Flickr, pcopros via Flickr, homerclees via Flickr, Great Waves, Ocean Dunes, grobinette via Flickr, Rachel Gonzales via Flickr