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The Cincinnati Moms Guide to Community Pools & Splash Playgrounds

Things to consider before you head out for some water play fun at your local splash playground.

  1. Is there an adjacent playground? If so, you may want to bring an extra set of clothes. (Of course you may want to do this anyway so the kiddos aren’t riding home in the car seats soaking wet.)
  2. Are their concessions? We have asterisked (**) the ones we know about for you below.
  3. Make sure you have the essentials! Water (to drink), snacks (fruit is great on hot summer days), sunscreen, towels, hats, water shoes and hand sanitizer.
  4. Double check if there is an admission fee. Many of the spraygrounds featured have a free component to a wet/dry playground combination, but some do charge a small fee. The community pools mentioned do have fees associated, but they are very reasonable.
  5. Bring your camera or phone, because sprayground pics are precious!
  6. There is benefit to bringing both a wet and dry bag on these kinds of outings.
  7. Do you want to wear swim clothes yourself? Sometimes it is inevitable that you will get wet as well when you are chasing your little ones around.
  8. Lather on the sunscreen before leaving the house. It takes a while to start working.

Splash Playgrounds

Washington Park Interactive Waterpark

A state-of-the-art, 7,000 square foot interactive water feature is a focal point for the park and a year-round attraction. The water feature consists of more than 130 pop up jets that can be synchronized to music and lights. Other elements include steps with cascading water and a large boulder with water flowing over the sides to create a playful attraction for children.

The water park is open daily, April through October, from 10am – 11pm.

Adjacent to a dry playground.

FREE

Smale Riverfront Park Interactive Fountains

The fountains are on the Walnut Street Plaza (opposite The Banks) and in the Main Street Plaza, at the foot of Joe Nuxhall Way along Mehring Way. Fountains can also be found on the West end of the park near the suspension bridge and adjacent to the carousel.

The fountains are open from 10am-11pm

Adjacent to a dry playground and in the Carol Ann Carousel. If you plan to ride the carousel you WILL need to do this first or bring dry clothes to change into.

FREE

Parky’s Wetland Adventure in Woodland Mound

One of Great Parks of Hamilton County’s three wet playgrounds. Located at Woodland Mound, this playground features a 16-foot tree with two slides, a whimsical great blue heron, frogs, turtles and flowers which spray water.

Hours are 11am-7pm, May 28th-Augu 21 and then on weekends only through Labor Day, weather permitting.

Admission wristbands, valid at all three wet playgrounds, are $3.50 per child (children under 2 are free), $8 for three children or $24 for a season pass.

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annually; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks.

Adjacent to a dry playground.

** Concessions **

Anderson Township

Parky’s Ark in Winton Woods

One of Great Parks of Hamilton County’s three wet playgrounds. Located at the Winton Woods Harbor, this wet play area includes 18 animal figures that squirt and spray water onto the play surface area.

Hours are 11am-7pm, May 28th-Augu 21 and then on weekends only through Labor Day, weather permitting.

Admission wristbands, valid at all three wet playgrounds, are $3.50 per child (children under 2 are free), $8 for three children or $24 for a season pass.

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annually; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks.

Adjacent to a dry playground.

** Concessions **

Parky's Pirate Cove in Miami Whitewater Forest

One of Great Parks of Hamilton County’s three wet playgrounds. Located at Miami Whitewater Forest Harbor, this elaborate wet playground has alligators, a giant octopus and tipping coconuts filled with water.

Hours are 11am-7pm, May 28th-Augu 21 and then on weekends only through Labor Day, weather permitting.

Admission wristbands, valid at all three wet playgrounds, are $3.50 per child (children under 2 are free), $8 for three children or $24 for a season pass.

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annually; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks.

** Concessions **

Clippard Park

The sprayground at Clippard Park is be open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend from 11am – 5pm daily.  It features a variety of motion activated features for all to enjoy plus a nice shaded picnic table for those who prefer to stay dry.

Adjacent to a dry playground.

FREE

Beech Acres Park

This is a great park for kids of all ages and literally a little bit of everything. The water feature is turned on from 10am-8pm and scheduled to be turned on from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Incorporated into a dry playground.

FREE

Anderson Township

Juilfs Park

COMING SOON IN 2016!

Adjacent to a dry playground.

FREE

Anderson Township

Home of the Brave

This 54-acre park features five multi-purpose sporting fields for soccer, softball, baseball and lacrosse, a Veterans’ memorial plaza, a shelter, and wet and dry playground areas. 

The water park feature operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 11am – 7pm

FREE

Sharon Woods

This little stream  and sprayground, is a great way to burn off energy in the late afternoons.

Adjacent to a dry playground.

FREE

** Concessions **

Pleasant Ridge Sprayground

Part of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, hours are 10am – 10pm.

A pool membership is required (daily admission can be purchased) during regular pool hours, otherwise, free

Oakley Sprayground

Part of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, hours are 10am – 10pm.

A pool membership is required (daily admission can be purchased) during regular pool hours, otherwise, free

McKie Sprayground

Part of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, hours are 10am – 10pm.

A pool membership is required (daily admission can be purchased) during regular pool hours, otherwise, free

North Fairmount Sprayground

Open for fun late May through early September!

FREE

South Fairmount Sprayground

Open for fun late May through early September!

FREE

Caldwell Sprayground

Open for fun late May through early September!

FREE

Dyer Sprayground

Open for fun late May through early September!

FREE

College Hill Sprayground

Open for fun late May through early September!

FREE

Oyler Sprayground

Open for fun late May through early September!

FREE

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Conveniently located on High Street in the uptown shopping district, it is a beautifully landscaped area including the interactive Kyger Rader Fountain.

FREE

Community Pools & Aquatic Centers

Cincinnati Recreation Commission

From shallow water pools built during the Great Depression to modern water parks, CRC has a safe and convenient way for Cincinnatians to play, learn to swim and cool off during the summer months. Best of all, daily admission rates are super affordable!

Daily Rates: $2 for 18 and older; $1 for 17 and younger.
Family Summer Memberships: $75 (3-6 people)

Locations include:

  • Bond Hill
  • Bush – Walnut Hills
  • Camp Washington
  • Hirsch – Avondal
  • LeBlond – East End
  • Evanston
  • Hartwell
  • Madisonville
  • Millvale
  • Mt. Adams
  • Filson – Mt. Auburn (Indoor)
  • Mt. Washington
  • Mckie – Northside
  • Oakley
  • Hanna: Otto Armleder Memorial Aquatic Center
  • Lincoln Rec Center – OTR
  • Pleasant Ridge
  • Dempsey – Price Hill
  • Dickman – Sayler Park
  • Dunham: Otto Armleder Regional Aquatic Center
  • Ryan – Westwood
  • Winton Hills
  • Spring Grove Village

Several Around Town

Wyoming Family Aquatic Center

The Wyoming Family Aquatic Center offers a competitive-size pool, play and spray area, vortex swirl pool, diving board, slide, bathhouse, and snack bar. The pool operates between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The pool opens for the 2017 season on May 27 at 12:00 p.m.

Daily Rates: $8(resident)/$12(non-resident) for 18 and older; $6(resident)/$10(non-resident) for 3-17; 2 and under are free.
Twilight Rates (after 6pm): $4(resident)/$6(non-resident)

Summer memberships are available.

Fairfield Aquatic Center

Splash around at the Fairfield Aquatic Center this summer. Water-based activities for everyone include an eight lane lap pool, diving board, climbing wall, large swirling water slide, interactive water play structure and sprayground. 

The pool opens for the 2017 season on May 27.

Daily Rates: $8 for 18 and older; $5 for 17 and younger,  0-2 are free.
Twilight Rates (after 5pm): $5 for 3 and older

Summer memberships are available.

Florence Family Aquatic Center

This premier facility contains a lazy river, competition pool, zero depth area, two spray grounds, a spiral and a speed slides, sunbathing areas, shelters, funbrellas, bathhouse (including family restrooms) and concessions area.

The pool opens for the 2017 season on May 29.

Daily Rates: $7 (resident)/$10(non-resident) adult; $5 (resident)/$7(non-resident) 3-15,  0-2 are free.
Twilight Rates (after 6pm): $4(resident)/$6(non-resident)

Summer memberships are available.

The City of Oxford Pool

The pool opens for the 2017 season on May 27.

Daily Rates: $4.50 for 18 and older; $3.50 for 3-17; 2 and under are free.

Summer memberships are available.

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