The 6 Best Splash Pads Denver – Across the Metro Area

June 6, 2019

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Summer is finally heating up and I know if your kiddo is anything like mine, they love to play in the water.  We have some splash parks and water features that are out in the open and then there are some great hidden ones too that you might not know about.  Here are a list of our favorites.

6 Great Splash Pads in and Around Denver

The great thing about splash pads in Denver is that most of them are attached to great parks. I love to get together with mom friends over the summer and meeting at a park is convenient. Meeting at a park with a splash pad, even better, everyone can cool off when they want too without worrying about floaties and such things.

Carpenter Recreation Center – 112th and Colorado, Thornton

This is a great park and while it isn’t a huge splash pad, the fountains are popular with the kids and help keep everyone cool. This year they also added more tables and shade for everyone, which is great.  On the weekends, the park also has a Carousel and Paddle boats you can hire.

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Benedict Park – 1855 Southern Street, Brighton

So this week I heard this from someone in passing “Brighton? Where is Brighton, I have never heard of it”. Well, folks, Brighton is on the North Side of Denver and has some great hidden gems. One of these is Benedict Park. Benedict Park has a great splash pad, that has both fountains and some other fun water play pieces that will keep the hot kids happy for hours.


Ralston Central Spray Park – 5850 Garrison Street, Arvada

Attached to a 20-acre park this large spray park/ splash pad is what comes to mind when I hear splash pad. Better than just fountains, this spray park in Arvada does it right. There are dumping buckets, water mushrooms, fun water cannons and plenty of shooting water pipes to run through.

Stapleton Central Park – 8801 M.L.K Jr Boulevard, Denver

While this is not a traditional splash pad this park brings the fun and adds some water into the mix. Pull up and you will see a Dr. Seuss like Wonderland, in the middle of 80 acres of parkland. Kids can run, jump and climb then run through the sprayers and fountains at the back of the playground. Even I enjoyed standing under the light water spray features at this park.

Surfside Spray Park – 5330 W. 9th  Ave, Lakewood

If you don’t mind paying a small fee to spend the day cooling off, Surfside Spray Park in Lakewood is a great option. There are two splash pads, one for smaller children which is always nice if you are hanging with the younger crowd. Like Ralston Park in Arvada, there are a ton of different water features and fun to keep everyone cool. The entry fee as of this time is $1 per person.

Clem Dufor Park, Dacono – Glen Creighton Drive, Dacono

Hidden away this has become one of our favorite splash pads to visit! This one has lots of good dumping buckets and some slip and slide capabilities under the water spouts.  Get there early to get a covered table.  If you can’t grab one of those there is plenty of grass to set up on.  There are bathrooms and a playground too!

Get out there and enjoy some water time with your kiddos this summer.  If you are looking for other moms to hang with feel free to join our Summer Park Fun Facebook group where we meet up during the summer in the northern suburbs.

COMING SOON:  The Kiwanis Pool in Northglenn will soon have its very own splash pad park.