No pool? No problem. There are lots of great beaches, spraygrounds, fountains (and even a water park!) on the Eastside and north of Seattle just waiting to be splashed in. From Renton to Snohomish, we’ve put together a list of our favorite splash pads to beat the heat. So grab your floaties and scroll down. You may just discover a few new faves this summer!

photo: Kristina Moy

Spray Parks

Crossroads Park
An easy spray park to love, the Crossroads Spray Park is a celebration of aquatic wonders, complete with a life-sized orca to climb on, squirty sea anemones and spitting frogs. Hang out in the spray park or head off to the awesome playground for tons of summer fun. Psst…this busy (and beloved) summer spot is packed on the weekends for a good reason. We recommend saving this park for the weekdays.

999 164th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa  98008
Online: bellevuewa.gov/parks-and-trails/parks/crossroads-park

Dates: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Hours: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

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Grass Lawn Park
If you’ve got kids under 5, you won’t want to miss Grass Lawn’s splash pad. The park boasts plenty of shady spots to throw down a picnic and an awesome playground, but it’s the gentle fountains that are perfect for crawlers and early walkers on a hot summer day. And the fountains will surprise and even delight older kids who can try to dodge the sensor-activated sprayers. Psst…park on the 148th side if you want to be close to the splash pad.

7031 148 Ave. N.E.
Redmond, Wa 98052
425-556-2386
Online: ci.redmond.wa.us/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=4010

Dates: Memorial Day through Labor Day (when the weather is over 70 degrees)
Hours: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

photo: Yasmien H. via Yelp

Sammamish Commons Park
Hidden away on the Plateau, the Sammamish Commons Park (by City Hall & the library) has a button-operated splash park in the Lower Commons Park. If you park in the Upper Park, expect a pretty long (10-15 min.) downhill hike to the playground and water area. It’s best to park in the newer lot below (from 228th head west on S.E. 4th to 222nd Ave. S.E.) and bring the stroller, so you don’t have to haul towels and gear such a long way. The Lower Park has a splash pad, playground and porta potties. Psst! If you hit this park on a Wednesday, don’t miss the farmers market going on from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. at the upper part of the park.

801 228th Ave. S.E.
Sammamish, Wa 98074
425-295-0730
Online: sammamish.us/parks-recreation/parks-trails/sammamish-commons

Dates: June to September
Hours: Daily, dawn ’til dusk

Redmond Town Center
While it may not be your primary destination during a day of shopping, the playful bears and the hopping fountains in the middle of Redmond Town Center are always a magnet for kids on a hot day, so don’t forget to pack the suits or at least a few towels for the drive home.

7525 166th Ave. N.E.
Redmond, Wa 98052
425-867-0808
Online: redmondtowncenter.com

Hours: Open daily during regular business hours

Willis Tucker Park
Willing to plan an outing up north? You’ll be glad you did if your trip includes a stop at the splash pad at the Willis Tucker Park. With features like water domes, aqua jumpers, a power volcano and the silverflow cannon, you know it’s gonna be good. This is one rockin’ park and a perfect excuse to put on your bathing suit. Insider Tip: To get the water party started, push the top of the yellow pedestal and allow for a 15 to 30 second delay. Also, avoid going from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m., when everything shuts off for daily maintenance. But hey, the kids need naps anyways, right?

6705 Puget Park Dr.
Snohomish, Wa  98296
Online: snohomishcountywa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Spray-Pad-40

Dates: Memorial Day through the end of September (or until the warm weather ends)
Time: Daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (closed daily from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. for maintenance)

photo: Lindsay Engler

Daleway Park and North Lynnwood Park 
Lynnwood’s sweet little splash pad at Daleway Park has fun fountains as well as a bucket-dumping tower that will illicit ear-piercing squeals of joy from your tots. And it’s in a nicely wooded park with picnic tables and shady walks—perfect for a hot summer day!

North Lynnwood Park, also known as “Dragon Park,” is located immediately north of Lynnwood Elementary School. This neighborhood park features a super-fun spray park, reservable picnic facilities and large active play areas for informal games and family gatherings.

19015 64th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, Wa 98036
Online: lynnwoodwa.gov/PlayLynnwood/Parks/Daleway-Park/Spray-Parks.htm

18510 44th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, Wa 98037
Online: lynnwoodwa.gov/PlayLynnwood/Parks/Daleway-Park/Spray-Parks.htm

Dates: Open June through Labor Day
Hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (weather dependent)

Hazel Miller Spray Park
The newest spray park on the block, Hazel Miller opened in May of 2016 and has already become a family hot, er, cold spot. The splash-tastic park, located at Edmonds City Park, is located next to the park’s play structure (which is also newer and super convenient) and includes a 55-gallon bucket, water cannons, arches that spray water and a tot-friendly area where little ones can safely splish-splash in the water. The park also boasts a ballfield, walking trails, fire and horseshoe pits and picnic tables nearby. Pack a picnic lunch or dinner and enjoy the lazy days of summer at this fantastic park.

Edmonds City Park
600 3rd Ave. S.
Edmonds, Wa 98020
Online: edmondswa.gov/visit-a-park-text-15/parks-map/edmonds-city-park.html

Dates: May 26 through September 4, 2018
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Water Parks

Henry Moses Aquatic Center
Renton has an awesome outdoor water park (think of it as a scaled down version of Wild Waves) with a lap pool, water slides, a lazy river, a wave machine and a great toddler spray and play area. The water park also boasts a shade zone, locker rooms and a concession stand for snacks to make this trip to Renton even sweeter! Henry Moses is also a great spot for outdoor swim lessons if that’s on your family’s to-do list this summer. Psst…this popular spot is always packed, so come prepared for the very best kind of mischief and mayhem! Also, check their calendar for special events throughout the summer like Summer Outdoor Movies in July and August and the Pooch Plunge scheduled for September 22 & 23, 2018.

Good to know: General admission sales begin at 9 a.m. and often sell out fast, so plan on picking up your tickets early in the morning and then coming back at your designated session time. All sales are final, good for day of purchase only, and refunds will not be issued for unused tickets (including unused tickets due to fire code capacity).

1719 S.E. Maple Valley Hwy.
Renton, Wa 98057
425-430-6780
Online: rentonwa.gov/cms/one.aspx?pageId=8838960

Cost: $4.50-$15 for a daily pass; $60-$120 for a season pass; discounts available for Renton residents
Dates: June 23-Sept. 9, 2018
Hours: First session, 11 a.m.-2 p.m; second session, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (check the schedule for open lap swim and water walking times)

photo: Kristina Moy

Beaches

If you prefer to cool off while digging your toes into sand, you’re in luck! The Eastside is chock-full of beautiful lakefront beaches. With rare exception, all have lifeguards on duty and playgrounds to boot, so grab your shovels, buckets and sunscreen and get thee to some beachy goodness, stat!

Chism Beach Park
Of the many sweet neighborhoody parks in Bellevue, Chism Beach Park is the largest on the waterfront and it has a great family beach in the lower section. There’s also a small, but workable playground and a nice sandy area along the lake for digging and castle making. The older kids will enjoy swimming out to the floating dock while the little ones splish-splash in the wading area.

9600 S.E. 11th St.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Online: parks.bellevuewa.gov/parks-and-trails/parks/chism-beach-park

Dates: Daily (lifeguards on duty July 1-Aug. 20, 2018 from noon-7 p.m.)
Hours: Dawn ’til dusk

photo: Ken L. via Yelp

Meydenbauer Beach Park – Closed for Construction 
A secret garden-like park in the middle of Bellevue is Meydenbauer Beach Park. There are winding trails (paved, but a bit steep for fully loaded strollers) through a narrow swatch of wooded green space ending in a small beach with wonderful views of Lake Washington. It may be pint-sized, but it’s big on fun. The park has all the normal amenities including a playground and reservable picnic tables and for the true swimmers out there…a 50-meter swim lane in addition to the kiddie swim area.

Note: Keep an eye on their website for project updates. At this writing, the project is 90 percent completed.

450 110th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Online: bellevue.wa.us/meydenbauer_beach.htm

Dates: Daily
Hours: Dawn ’til dusk

Clyde Beach Park
For a well-manicured beach right in the city, try Clyde Beach Park. The sloping lawn ends in a mini-amphitheater where you’ll find the pirate ship-themed playground; the beach is just below. And there are lots of great picnic spots here, especially on weekdays when you won’t have to share them with quite as many folks.

2-92nd Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Online: parks.bellevuewa.gov/parks-and-trails/parks/clyde-beach-park

Dates: Daily (lifeguards on duty June 24-Sept. 3, 2018 from noon-7 p.m.
Hours: Dawn ’til dusk

photo: David D. via Yelp

Enatai Beach Park
Practically underneath I-90, this might seem like an odd location for waterfront fun, but this park has a few unique features you won’t want to miss. First off, there are picnic tables sitting above the boathouse, so you can have your lunch practically on top of the water! And if the kiddos are looking for some boating adventures, you can rent canoes and kayaks here from Cascade Canoe and Kayak and paddle up the Mercer Slough.

3519 108th Ave. S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Online: parks.bellevuewa.gov/parks-and-trails/parks/enatai-beach-park

Dates: Daily (lifeguards on duty June 24-Sept. 3, 2018 from noon-7 p.m.)
Hours: Dawn ’til dusk

Newcastle Beach Park
South of the Mercer Slough, Newcastle Beach Park is the largest beach park in Bellevue. A tree-lined path welcomes you to the beach and a nice grass play area (bring your Frisbee!). There’s also a great playground for the tots and a huge dock that’s so big (300 feet long) you can almost convince yourself it’s a mini-boardwalk. The nice shallow water here gets warm (well, warm for Seattle), so fair warning that it might be even harder than usual to drag the kids out of the water.

4400 Lake Washington Blvd. S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Online: parks.bellevuewa.gov/parks-and-trails/parks/newcastle-beach-park

Dates: Daily (lifeguards on duty June 24-Sept. 3, 2018 from noon-7 p.m.)
Hours: Dawn ’til dusk

sand angel

photo: Kristina Moy 

Vasa Park Resort
In East Bellevue, along the shores of Lake Sammamish, is the private Vasa Park Resort. Part campground, part summer camp, part family-friendly park, this is the spot for corporate summer picnics or uber family reunions…or just a fabulously fun day with your little ones. You can swim in the weed-free waters, rent jet skis, slip down water slides, shoot hoops; then shower up in the nice and tidy bathrooms before heading home. Pack a cooler and make a day of it; just remember to leave your glass bottles and Fido at home.

3560 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98008
425-746-3260
Online: vasaparkresort.com

Cost: $4.50/Adults; $2.50/Kids (6-14); 5 & under Free
Dates: May-Sept. 2018
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Lake Sammamish State Park
For those close to Issaquah or who’ve had a morning on Tiger Mountain and are looking for a beach, head to the state park at the base of Lake Sammamish. With more than a mile of waterfront, you’ll be sure to find a secluded spot, if that’s what you are looking for. There are oodles of green spaces for lawn games or tag, picnic tables galore, an awesome playground and tons of parking! Don’t forget your Discover Pass.

2000 N.W. Sammamish Rd.
Issaquah, Wa 98027‎
425-455-7010
Online: parks.state.wa.us/533/Lake-Sammamish

Cost: Discover Pass required. $10/one day pass; $30/yearly pass
Dates: Daily
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-dusk

photo: Anjana A. via Yelp 

Idylwood Beach Park
Although dwarfed by its enormous neighbor to the north (Marymoor Park), Idylwood Park is in fact quite idyllic. Located on the northeast end of Lake Sammamish, there’s a nice sandy beach, a nice playground with separate space for toddlers and older kids and tons of shady picnic tables. Come early or look for the overflow parking lot on sunny days, as this place gets packed!

3650 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E. (between 36th St. & N. 177th Ave.)
Redmond, Wa 98052
Online: ci.redmond.wa.us/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=4105

Dates: Daily
Hours: 6:30 a.m. ’til dusk

Pine Lake Park
The “little sister” just east of Lake Sammamish is Pine Lake and Pine Lake Park. A gorgeously wooded park, Pine Lake Park is probably most famous for hosting the annual Sammamish Concerts at the Park concert series, but the beach is lovely and there are also two play areas for the kids to enjoy.

Pine Lake Park
2401 228th Ave. S.E.
Sammamish, Wa 98075
425-295-0584
Online: sammamish.us/parks-recreation/parks-trails/pine-lake-park

Dates: Daily (lifeguards on duty Father’s Day Weekend through Labor Day from noon-7 p.m.)
Hours: 6 a.m. ’til dusk

photo: Kristina Moy

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
On the very southern tip of Lake Washington, you’ll find the super sunny Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. The little ones will love watching the boats coming and going from the busy boat launch, the planes taking off from Boeing’s Renton plant and grabbing fish and chips from Ivar’s and a milkshake from Kid Valley. In addition to swimming, kids can play on the awesome playground or walk along the paved trail. It’s a happening place in the summer, so come early for a parking spot!

1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N.
Renton, Wa 98055
425-430-6700
Online: rentonwa.gov/city_hall/community_services/parks_and_trails/find_a_park_or_trail/gene_coulon_memorial_beach_park

Dates: Daily (swimming beach opens June 23, 2018)
Time: 7 a.m. ’til dusk (lifeguards on duty noon–8 p.m. through Labor Day)

Luther Burbank Park
If you’re looking for a beach to bring Fido to, this park is it! There’s a great off-leash area (complete with a hose off area for your pup post swim). The playground received a major face-lift a few years ago, complete with a zip line, so be sure to check it out before or after your swim. And if you’re looking to spot some wildlife while you’re there, much of the park has been left undeveloped to foster a variety of animals including 135 species of birds, 50 species of waterfowl, raccoons, beavers, muskrats, tree frogs and rabbits. Psst…many of these animals live in the wetlands that occupy the north and south ends of the park.

2040 84th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island, Wa 98040
Online: mercergov.org/page.asp?navid=1138

Dates: Daily
Hours: 6 a.m. ’til dusk (lifeguards on duty late June-Labor Day from noon–6 p.m.)

Houghton Beach Park
Eastside families love Houghton Beach. And there’s a good reason why. With great views of Seattle and the Olympics, and a fabulous playground directly next to the toddler-friendly beach (not to mention it’s located super conveniently downtown, right on Lake Washington Blvd.), this is a popular spot for folks looking for sun and surf on the Eastside. (OK, there’s actually no real surf here. The launch is only for non-motorized boats, so it’s perfect for beginners who want to rent their first kayak).

5811 Lake Washington Blvd.
Kirkland, Wa 98033
425-430-6700
Online: kirklandwa.gov/depart/parks/Parks_and_Open_Spaces/Online_Parks_Guide/Parks_Pop-up_Main/Parks_and_Community_Services__Houghton_Beach_Park.htm

Dates: Daily
Hours: 6 a.m. ’til dusk; lifeguards on duty July 1-Labor Day from noon–6 p.m. when air temperature is above 65 degrees.

kid-beach

photo: Kristina Moy 

Waverly Beach Park
A small park (especially when compared to its big neighbor Juanita Beach), Waverly Beach Park is big on charm. With a fully enclosed swimming area (think U-shaped dock), this is a perfect spot for the kiddos to try out their new back float. There’s also some nice shady spots near the water and this beach has a bit quieter pace than some of the bigger beaches nearby.

633 Waverly Way
Kirkland, Wa 98033
425-587-3300
Online: kirklandwa.gov/depart/parks/Parks_and_Open_Spaces/Online_Parks_Guide/Parks_Pop-up_Main/Parks_and_Community_Services__Waverly_Beach_Park.htm

Dates: Daily
Time: 6 a.m. ’til dusk; lifeguards on duty July 1-Labor Day when temps reach above 65 degrees.

Juanita Beach Park
Revamped four years ago, Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland boasts walking paths, landscaping, public art and a nice parking lot. Also, lifeguards will be on duty again this year, and the swimming area is enclosed, so it’s great for waders and for folks who want a “pool” experience at the beach. If you haven’t been in a while, it’s definitely time to revisit this oldie, that’s even more of a goodie! Just expect it to be busy…good thing the park is big!

9703 N.E. Juanita Drive
Kirkland, Wa 98034
Online: kirklandwa.gov/depart/parks/Parks_and_Open_Spaces/Online_Parks_Guide/Parks_Pop-up_Main/Parks_and_Community_Services__Juanita_Beach_Park.htm

Dates: Daily
Hours: 6 a.m. ’til dusk; lifeguards on duty July 1-Labor Day when temps reach above 65 degrees.

St. Edward State Park
Once a Catholic seminary, this is a park with some history! Go and check out the architecture and grounds, or go on a nice hike…before you make your way down to the water for a little dip. The ginormous playground here is not to be missed; there are turrets and towers galore that your princes and princesses will surely love. Oh, and don’t forget your Discover Pass!

14445 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, Wa 98028
Online: parks.state.wa.us/377/Saint-Edward

Cost: $10/one day pass; $33/yearly pass
Dates: Daily
Hours: 8 a.m. ’til dusk

—Kristina Moy & Katie Gruver

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