Looking for places to keep the kiddo's cool this summer and not leave you broke? Here's a list of Splash pads through out Central Florida for Free or a small fee..
Public splash pads in Central Florida
Tavares: Children's Splash Park, 100 E. Ruby St.; 352-742-6267; TavaresSplashPark. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends only in April and May; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends after Labor Day in September; closed October through March. $2 for anyone entering the splash-pad fenced areas; $15 for seasonal pass for Tavares residents. This is my personal favorite as well as the grandkids. They can play in the splash park great real wet then go dry of on the wooden playground.
Bithlo: Bithlo Park Splash Playground, 18501 Washington Ave.; 407-254-1905; BithloPark; call for hours and cost.
Lake Buena Vista: Magical Water Fountain at Downtown Disney Markeplace, near Once Upon a Toy, 1375 E. Buena Vista Dr.; 407-939-5277. Smaller splash pad is near Days of Christmas. Open daily; free.
Ocoee: Family Aquatic Facility, 1820 A.D. Mims Road; 407-905-3180; OcoeeAquatic. Pool has three play features. Open daily; hours vary; $1.50 for adults 18 and older; $1 for children and seniors 65 and older. Seasonal passes also available.
Orlando: Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive; 407-836-6248; BarnettPark. Open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; free.
Orlando: Capehart Park, 715 Capehart Drive; 407-254-9160; CapehartPark. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; free.
Orlando: Downey Park, 10107 Flowers Ave.; 407-254-9180; DowneyPark. Open weekdays through June 8; weekend cost is $1 per person per session. Sessions are 10 a.m-2 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; free.
Orlando: Dr. P. Phillips Community Park, 8249 Buenavista Woods Blvd., 407-254-9038; DrPPhillipsPark. Open year-round. Admission charged on holidays and weekends March through October and weekdays June through August. Admission is $1 per person per session. Summer sessions: 10 a.m-2 p.m. and 3-7 p.m. Winter sessions: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Winter Garden: Downtown Interactive Fountain and Splashpad, 104 S. Lakeview Ave., 407-656-4155; WinterGarden. Open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; free.
Winter Park: Shady Park, 421 New England Ave.; 407-599-3334; ShadyPark. Open daily; free.
Kissimmee: Lakefront Park, 201 Lakeview Drive; 407-932-1958 or 407.518.2501; call for info.
Kissimmee: Bob Makinson Aquatic Center, 2204 Denn John Lane; 407-870-7665; BobMakinson. Open weekends only May 24-June 1; open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (noon-5 p.m. Sundays) June 6-Aug. 17; open weekends only Aug. 16-Sept. 2. Age 3 and older, $5; age 2 and younger, free.
St. Cloud: Lakefront Splash Pad, Chris Lyle Aquatic Center, 3001 17th St.; 407-957-7287; ChrisLyle. Open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; free.
Lake Mary: Splash Pad at Trailblazer Park, Lake Mary Sports Complex, 550 Rantoul Lane; 407-585-1494; LakeMary. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; $2 per person or $15 for city-resident annual pass.
Oviedo: Splash Zone at Aquatic Facility, 148 Oviedo Blvd., 407-971-5565; http://www.cityofoviedo.net/node/368. Open noon-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday till May 30; open noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday from May 31-Aug. 10.
Sanford: Fort Mellon Park Splash Pad, 600 E. First St.; 407-688-5103; Sanford. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday through September. Open Friday-Sunday in March and October. Cost: $2 per person, but free from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Friday each month. Season pass is $25 per person. We've visited this park too the kids like the play ground much better then the Splash pad with the dancing waters.
Winter Springs: Trotwood Park Splash Playground, 701 Northern Way and 1224 Trotwood Blvd.; WinterSprings. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Cost: $3 per person; free for Winter Springs residents.
Winter Springs: Torcaso Park Splash Playground, 104 N. Moss Road; 407-327-6599; http://www.winterspringsfl.org/EN/web/dept/pr/splashplaygroundinformation.htm. Hours vary amid renovation. Cost: $3 per person; free for Winter Springs residents.
Daytona Beach: Breakers Oceanfront Park, 13 S. Atlantic Ave.; 386-671-3402; Breakers. Open sunrise to sunset seasonally; free.
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