Looking for a way to get in the water this summer without having a heart attack worrying about keeping up with your little one? Then head to a local splash pad. Splash pads are the perfect combo of playground and water play…and the best part? So many are free! Here are my suggestions for the best FREE splash pads in the area:
IN THE CITY
31st Street Beach—3100 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Enjoy the sprawling splash pad that is perfect for young and old and then hit the beach for a full day of summer fun.
63rd Street Beach—6300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. There are so many great amenities to choose from, as well as additional sports in addition to the sprayground.
Adams Playground Park–1919 North Seminary Street, Chicago. There is also an adjoining playground, sandbox and nearby fieldhouse for diaper changes.
Dunbar Park—300 East 31st Street, Chicago. Check out the adjacent playground and for a day filled with fun.
Fellger Playlot Park—2000 West Belmont Avenue. Enjoy water and community in this cozy splash pad nestled in a friendly neighborhood spot.
Fosco Park—1312 South Racine Avenue, Chicago. Splash around in three distinct areas, and head inside to the zero depth entry pool to get totally soaked.
Indian Boundary Park—2500 West Lunt Avenue, Chicago. This nature themed and newly renovated park has a great water area and park for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Maggie Daley Park—337 East Randolph Street, Chicago. Take your pick of two great splash pads to explore during your visit to the vast park.
Mary Bartelme Park—115 South Sangamon Street, Chicago. Beautiful metal structures spray water next to the enclosed dog park so the entire family can have fun.
Millennium Park Crowne Fountain–Michigan and Monroe, Chicago. Enjoy splashing around the interactive water features on a warm day.
Portage Park—4100 North Long Avenue, Chicago. Take advantage of the play ground, sports areas, pool and splash pad.
Pulaski Park—1419 West Blackhawk Street, Chicago. Choose between a more traditional pool or splash pad in this neighborhood gem.
River Park—5100 North Francisco Street, Chicago. Enjoy the padded spray ground and adjoining pool with your little ones—and bring an extra set of hands in order to divide and counter.
IN THE BURBS
Elgin—Festival Park, 150 Dexter Court, Elgin. Enjoy the circular water spray fun from the safe and dry benches situated around the splash pad.
Elk Grove Village—Fountain Square Park, 1751 Gibson Drive, Elk Grove Village. Be sure to also explore the playground and sandbox near the splash pad.
Elk Grove Village–In front of the public library, 1001 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village. Splash and splash after story time!
Glenview—Little Bear Park, Patriot Boulevard and Chestnut Avenue, Glenview. Enjoy a vast park, sandbox, hanging benches, garden, story walk and splash pad at this park gem.
Wheaton–Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. While swimsuits are not allowed, children are allowed to run free and splash about in the interactive water fountain.
If you are on the hunt for other great things to do this summer, be sure to check out my Chicagoland Summer Bucket List!