We may not be super-close to a beach, but keeping cool around the DMV when temps creep higher and higher is actually quite simple. The secret? One of the many area spraygrounds that are sure to keep little ones entertained for hours (especially if you “sprayground hop”). Leave the floaties at home–all you’ll need for these hot spots is a towel and a bottle of sunscreen.


14th and Girard Street Spray Fountains

It’s nothing fancy, but it does the trick. A large concrete area surrounded by water sprays will quickly cool off the kids. There’s also basketball, soccer, picnic tables, chess tables, and clean, new bathrooms (always a plus). It’s just a short walk from the Columbia Heights metro stop on the yellow/green line. Hop on, hop off, get wet, cool down. Who could argue with that?

14th and Girard St., NW (Columbia Heights)
Cost: Free
Dates: Memorial Day-Labor Day
Times: Monday - Friday, 10 am–7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

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

—Jamy Bond and Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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