What follows are some of our favorite splash pads and water-play parks that are free and open to the public, and we've included links to articles if we've written previously about a destination.
What follows are some of our favorite splash pads and water-play parks that are free and open to the public, and we've included links to articles if we've written previously about a destination. If you know of any new splash pads, please email us and let us know.
Barnett Recreation Center Sprayground (1184 Barnett Road (Linwood), Columbus 43227; 614-645-3065; columbus.gov) Hours: 12 noon-7 p.m. daily.
Bicentennial Park in the Scioto Mile (233 Civic Center Drive (Downtown), Columbus 43215; 614-332-5205; sciotomile.com) 15,000 square-foot interactive, splash-pad fountain. Hours (new in 2015): 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily in warm weather, April-October generally.
Blackburn Recreation Center Sprayground (263 Carpenter St. (Olde Towne East), Columbus 43205; 614-645-3065; columbus.gov) Hours: 12 noon-7 p.m. daily.
Dublin Ballantrae Park (6350 Woerner Temple Road, Dublin 43016; 614-410-4550; dublinohiousa.gov/parks-open-space) Park-maintained restrooms next to parking lot. Hours: Dusk to dawn.
Easton Town Center (use 3900 Easton Station, Columbus 43219 as the address to navigate by; 614-337-2200; eastontowncenter.com) Situated in Easton Town Square, just south of the Brio Tuscan Grille restaurant. For ages 8 and under. Hours: generally the same as Easton Town Center (10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12 noon- 6 p.m. Sundays) but will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays to accommodate the weekly concert series. Free towel service between June 6 and Aug. 20 on Saturdays (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sundays (12 noon-5 p.m.)
Indian Mound Recreation Center Sprayground (3901 Parsons Ave. (South Side), Columbus 43207; 614-645-3065; columbus.gov) Hours: 12 noon-7 p.m. daily.
North Bank Park and Pavilion in the Scioto Mile (311 W. Long St. (Arena District), Columbus 43215; 614-645-3300; sciotomile.com) Interactive spray fountain located on the upper-level Pavilion. Parking lots and metered street parking nearby. The fountain does not have specific hours of operation because the Pavilion is a rental facility and is closed to the public during rental periods. The fountain also shuts off automatically in windy conditions.
Polaris Fashion Place (use 8781 Lyra Drive, Columbus 43240 as the address to navigate by; 614-846-1500; polarisfashionplace.com) Small and sheltered fountain/splash pad located near the Benihana (8781 Lyra Drive) and Cantina Laredo (8791 Lyra Drive) restaurants on the east side of the mall. Hours: same as the mall's hours of operation, which are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12 noon-6 p.m. Sundays.
Powell Village Green Park (47 Hall St., Powell 43065; 614-885-9820; cityofpowell.us) Plenty of water-play toys built into the splash pad. Well shaded by trees with picnic tables. Restrooms in City Hall building nearby. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.