Even with the AC on full blast, staying cool in the summer can be quite the challenge. To keep from going stir crazy while trying to beat the heat, grab a swimsuit and head to a local splash park to cool off the fun way. Your kids will appreciate the time outside, and you’ll love the built in entertainment. The best part? They’re completely free! Read on for our five splash park picks in the OC that are perfect for keeping you and your brood cool all summer long.

Harry Dotson Park

Ahoy matey!  This park boasts a huge pirate ship playground that comes complete with a Wet Saloon splash area.  The kids can explore and slide down the huge ship and then cool off with the sprinklers.  It’s a great way to spend a fun-filled imaginary afternoon with their pirate crew.

Harry Dotson Park
10350 North Fern Avenue
Stanton, Ca

Where is your fave OC spot to cool off?

–Sommy Rhee

Photos from: travelingmommy.com, trekaroo.com, minitipdawg.blogspot.com, foursquare.com, themagicofthemouse.blogspot.com, and Sommy herself