Summer is here and the temps are climbing. If you need to get out of the heat and into the water, this is just the list for you. We’ve got spray parks and water parks all over the Bay Area with the water on just waiting for your visit!

photo: SF Recreation and Parks

In Chan Kaajal, San Francisco

In Chan Kaajal is one of the newest SF parks, built in June of 2017. In Chan Kaajal (Mi Pueblito) meaning “My Little Town” in Mayan, is a 31,850-square foot neighborhood park in the Mission that has an interactive water feature to commemorate the Mission Creek that once ran through the site among its many amenities.

17th & Folsom St
San Francisco, CA


Mission Playground, San Francisco

Mission Playground was renovated and reopened in September of 2012. Through the renovation, one of the playgrounds most unique additions was the water garden that features ornamental fountains spraying mist and showering water for young children’s play and delight. The playground is also home to the City’s only outdoor pool.

Note: the water feature is operated on warm weather weekends between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

19th & Linda
San Francisco, CA

24th & York Mini Park, San Francisco

Splash on over to this gorgeous mini park in the Mission, which features creative murals and a wickedly wild snake structure that winds around a neat splash pad. As your kids play amongst the spouting water, you'll get to sit back and admire the colorful jungle painted on the wall behind them.

24th & York St.
San Francisco, CA

Mitchell Park, Palo Alto

Two frog statues make this splash pad look like a real pond. As kids race about on a slip-free surface, water shoots gently up to about the same height as your little ones. The water comes out with minimal pressure so that your kiddo won’t be surprised as they frolic and play. The awesome Magical Bridge playground is here, too, so be prepared to spend the day!

600 E Meadow Dr.
Palo Alto, CA

Seven Seas Park, Sunnyvale

This amazing pirate-themed park in Sunnyvale boasts both climbing fun and water fun (and yes, the water is still on at this park), the perfect combo to get through a warm late-summer day. Make sure to bring suits and snacks, because once you arrive, your little ones will never want to leave. Highlights include a mind-blowing toddler play structure, a water play/splash area, a rope and metal climbing gym, and a pirate ship that is accessible to kids of all abilities. Parking is a little tricky on the weekends as the attached lot fits only about 6 minivans, but street parking can usually be found not too far away.

1010 Morse Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA

Jack Fischer Park, Campbell

If your little ones have a lot of energy to burn, this is the place to go to. This park recently reopened after playground renovations and it is the place to be when the weather gets hot. The water feature has tunnels that are fun for kids of all ages to run through. And with large grassy lawns to run and roll around on, sand areas and play structures, your kids will go home dirty, and most importantly—tired. Bigger kids will enjoy riding their scooters or bikes down the park’s “mountain.”

1499 Abbott Ave. at Pollard Rd.
Campbell, CA

Emerald Glen Park, Dublin

After you hit up the Dublin’s Farmer’s Market, take your family for some water play at Emerald Glen Park. Rainbow arches bloom over the splash pad, shooting out sheets of water and there’s even a fun green tunnel that sprays out water like a showerhead. Then climb amongst unique rock structures that also double as slides. 

Note: The water feature is turned on from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, through Labor Day. 

4201 Central Pkwy.
Dublin, CA

Castro Valley Park Splash Pad, Castro Valley

Four parks and a splash pad? This playground is like the Disneyland of playground water play. Your little buccaneers can use the spray cannons to get their friends soaking wet, all while romping around the softly padded ground. 

Note: The water is only from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Labor Day. 

18988 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA

El Cerrito Splash Park, El Cerrito

Beat the heat over at the El Cerrito Swim Center, where they have one of the most awesome splash pads ever. The large park is filled with all sorts of water gadgets, from colored buckets that tip surprise showers to the kids below, misting tunnels and all sorts of water jets. Don’t miss out on the cute cartoons that decorate some of the watering holes. 

Admission: $3/splash park only

7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA

Hellyer Park, San Jose

This San Jose park got a major facelift just in time for the hot summer days. Kids love the new splash pad and waterfall arch and parents love that this area of the park is shaded (which is often hard to find). After they dry off, the kids will love climbing the two 30-foot towers and the massive log climbing structure, and spinning on the merry-go-round.

985 Hellyer Ave.
San Jose, CA

Central Park, San Ramon

Bring the towels and the bathing suits. This park has a great water play area with a bunch of different spray features and a little “river” that runs through it. If they get tired of that, there is a more traditional play structure. The park is also home to skate ramps and plenty of open, grassy areas.

12501 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA

—Kate Loweth


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