At this point in the summer, finding free entertainment every day of the week is a parent’s dream come true. Add in a dose of water play on a hot day and you’ve hit the jackpot! Whether you’re in search of the relaxing sound of rushing water, the chance to get your feet wet or the opportunity to view the city’s best man-made wonders, Seattle has a wide array of fountains just waiting to be explored. Scroll down to see our favorites.

photo: Seattle Center

International Fountain

Located at the Seattle Center, the International Fountain is perhaps one of the best known fountains in Seattle and attracts thousands of tourists and Seattleites each year. During the summer months, you will find kids with swimsuits donned, chasing the huge spurts of water and laughing gleefully at the huge explosion of water that feels as though it will reach beyond the clouds.

International Fountain
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Online: seattlecenter.com

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Fountain of Creation

Located just northeast of the International Fountain, the Fountain of Creation offers a much tamer version for those afraid to get hit by spraying jets. This is more of a wading pool than a fountain, but offers spraying jets and is definitely worth mentioning. With a depth of three feet in its deepest parts, this fountain definitely hits the afternoon cool down spot.

Fountain of Creation
401 1st Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Online: waymarking.com/waymarks/WM47P2_Fountain_of_Creation

photo: Kristina Moy

Waterfront Park Fountain

Located on Alaskan Way, next to the Seattle Aquarium, the Waterfront Fountain is a very cool, architectural design that is a hit with Seattleites and out-of-towners alike. Kids will love watching the water cascade down over the block shapes. Bonus: there are stairs all around the fountain to climb; and what kid doesn't love climbing stairs?

Waterfront Fountain
1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
Online: seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=3973

photo: Kristina Moy

KING 5 Television

If you've been to a Mariners game at Safeco Field this summer, you've likely spotted SoDo's urban fountain across the street from Home Plate Gate. Located at KING 5's studio, this fountain is the perfect place to cool your jets before or after an M's game.

KING 5 Television
1501 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
206-448-5555
Online: king5.com

Father and Son Fountain – Olympic Sculpture Park

Also located on Alaskan Way as part of the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Father and Son Fountain is definitely an interesting piece to check out. You can walk fully around it and see different views depending on the time of day you visit. Psst...don't forget to bring your pennies as your kids will most definitely want to throw in one, or two!

Father and Son Fountain
2901 Wester Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Online: seattleartmuseum.org/visit/olympic-sculpture-park

Westlake Park Fountain

If your kiddos need a break from all that back-to-school shopping, head to Westlake Park to check out this very unique fountain. Not only can you admire it from a distance, but you can become a part of it, too. The daring and those who don't mind getting a little wet will love walking underneath the fountain and everyone will happily like watching the water cascade down on both sides.

Walk-Thru Fountain
401 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Online: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/westlake-park

photo: University Village

University Village

Known for its locally-owned boutiques, signature national retailers and plethora of restaurants and eateries, University Village is popular destination for Seattle families. On hot summer days, expect to find lots of kiddies splashing around in the popular frog and turtle fountain located by Trophy Cupcakes or sitting on the edge of the Stonehenge Fountain located next to Ravenna Gardens. It’s the perfect way cool off after a long day of shopping.

University Village
623 Northeast University Village
Seattle, WA 98105
Online: uvillage.com

Freeway Park Waterfalls

Freeway Park is an oasis in the middle of the city. Here, you will find what is commonly referred to as the "waterfalls." The gushing water drowns out the city noise and kiddos young and old will love climbing on the rocks and getting their toes wet.

Freeway Park
700 Seneca St.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Online: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/freeway-park

Drumheller Fountain – University of Washington

Not only is the U-dub campus beautiful year-round, it's also an awesome place to wander through and check out some amazing architecture. The Drumheller Fountain is one worth checking out if your littles love seeing lots of geese and ducks. Make a day of it and bask in the Husky spirit.

Drumheller Fountain
4014 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98195
Online: washington.edu

Cal Anderson Park Fountain

Next time you're in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, head over to Cal Anderson Park to check out this awesome fountain. Not only will you be mesmerized by the design, hearing the rushing water flow from the top and down the sides into the wading pool below will make it a top-notch experience.

Cal Anderson Park
1635 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Online: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/cal-anderson-park

Waterfall Garden Park – Pioneer Square

So technically this is not a fountain, but a 22-foot waterfall nestled in Pioneer Square and definitely worth a shout out! Pack a sack lunch and enjoy listening to the rushing water while sitting at a nearby table. On a hot summer day, this spot can't be beat.

Waterfall Garden
219 2nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
Online: pioneersquare.org/experiences/waterfall-garden-park

photo: Shelly Smith

Rose Garden – Woodland Park Zoo

If you love fountains and roses, this is the place to be. Not only is the scenery peaceful and awe-inspiring, your kid crew will love checking out the sensory garden. Head a little further and check out the fountain and have fun counting the water lilies. Best part, it's free of charge!

Rose Garden (south entrance at intersection of 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N.)
750 N. 50th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Online: zoo.org/roses#.U9-uQIBdUkc

 

Ballard Commons Park

Ballard Commons Park features a skate bowl, public art, relaxing seating areas with lots of lush grass, perfect for an afternoon picnic, plus a fun water feature the kiddies will love. The park forms part of the municipal center in Ballard, with a Seattle Public Library branch and Neighborhood Service Center located across the street.

Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
Online: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/ballard-commons-park

—Kristina Moy & Allison Rasmussen

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