During these sweltering summer months, we’re all looking for a way to cool off. To enjoy the sun but dial down the heat, take your kids to the best splash pads in Gainesville!

Alachua State Park

The kids are bound to have a blast playing in this local park in Gainesville at the splash pad. With sprinklers, fountains, and buckets that dump water, you can bet on your kids having a good night’s sleep later. There’s even a sand box area for when the kids get waterlogged and, best of all, a shaded picnic table area for you to supervise from.

Andrew R. Mickle, Sr. Pool

Prepare the young ones for a pool experience unlike any other. Aside from lap lanes and diving boards, this pool also has sprinklers and a Kersplash™ Pool Climbing Wall! The professionally-trained staff will be looking out for your kids, so kick back on the deck and enjoy the sun for yourself.

Camp Kulaqua River Ranch

Do you have a kid with a summer birthday? Reserve a spot for your group at Camp Kulaqua River Ranch! This water park has both water and land activities, including a wave pool, lazy river, water slide, and volleyball court, among other activities. If you’re just going to treat the kids, check out the Community Event schedule as most Sundays are open to the public.

Depot Park

Give your kids the choice of on-land or underwater play at Depot Park. The custom playground will get the kids sweating before diving into the Blue Grotto. In the water, there are waterfalls, jets, hidden fossils, and water cannons to keep the kids busy while you chill pond-side on the Promenade.

Lake Butler Splash Park

This small splash park is perfect for the younger ones. Located lakeside, the shallow play area features different water sprinklers, showers, and buckets for amusement. And the best part is that it’s free!

H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool

This full-featured aquatics facility provides all the classics: lap lanes, diving boards and towers, swim lessons, showers, an aqua slide, and a splash pad. Additionally, there’s a deck space for sunbathing and picnic area for munching. Here, the kids will have a full day of fun in the water!

When you head out to these amazing splash pads in Gainesville with the kids, don’t forget to pack the sunscreen! Nothing puts a damper on some summer fun like a sunburn.

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