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.

Petworth Spray Park

The Petworth Spray Park is a popular spot in D.C.’s up-and-coming Petworth neighborhood. A nice-sized concrete space is jam-packed with a combo of small and large fountains that manage to drench you from both above and below. The kids can’t seem to get enough, and parents can join in or sit back and listen to the laughter. Definitely think about bringing an umbrella, however, because shade is hard to come by here.

801 Taylor St., NW (Petworth)
Cost: Free
Dates: Memorial Day-Labor Day
Open: Mon.-Fri., 12 pm–7 pm; Sat.-Sun., 3 pm-7 pm

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

—Tricia Mirchandani and Jamy Bond

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