Jacksonville, have you heard the news yet? It is summer and it is getting hotter by the day. If you have younger children a great place to cool off is at the many splash pads and parks around. Little kids love these things. They can run around, scream , splash and play as long as you will let them. Trust me they don't ever want to leave once they are having fun . Here are 5 Splash Parks our family enjoys during the hot months and we think that you guys will also.
- Jacksonville Zoo Splash Park -Jacksonville Zoo is home to a 4,000 square foot splash pad. Little ones can romp and play (well mine would do it all day if they'd let him). Bathrooms and a changing area are right there also. Nice seating area for the parents and it is included with your Zoo admission so be sure next time you visit the Zoo to take your swim suit.
- Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Splash Park- Hanna Park is home to some amazing fun. Including the beach and a lake , however we're chatting about splash pads today. This park has a quarter acre dedicated to a water playground for the kids. There are tons of squirting devices and water galore for them to splash and play . The cost is only $3 for a car load of up to 6.
- St.Augustine Pier Splash Park - This cool splash pad is located right at the St.Augustine pier. Get tired of the splashing you can go hang out on the pier and watch the fisherman , grab an ice cream, or mosey on down to the beach. The splash park is a concrete area with several areas of water squirting up from the ground. The kids all have a ball but beware of skinned knees. It sits right next to a playground area as well. This park has free parking and free splashing unless you decide to buy that ice cream .
- Lake Butler Splash Park - This brand new splash park opened in March of this year. This splash park is located near the children's playground at the lake. It has fun hanging water buckets, and pop up spray features . The park is open from 10am to 8pm and is Free admission. You can find out more about it on the Lake Butler Facebook page.
- Alachua Recreation Department Splash Park - This splash park is open Monday - Sunday 9am to 6pm. Admission is free. Be sure and check the website before you visit because they do rent the park out for Birthday parties and events. It would be a bummer if you drove all that way and did not get to play. There are also baseball fields, a basketball court and playground here . Beach toys are allowed but no digging . There are a few picnic tables but if it is crowded you may need a beach towel or blanket unless you do not mind the ground.