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50 Best Splash Pads in the Chicago Area (2023)

We are always looking for fun ways to beat the heat during the hot summer months, and one of our favorite options is to visit splash pads.

Splash pads are perfect on a hot summer day, and there are plenty of options to choose from. Some are located in public parks, while others are part of larger aquatic venues or public pools.

Many offer free admission, making them a budget-friendly option for families looking to enjoy some summer fun without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking for a small water spray feature or a larger, more elaborate one, there’s something for everyone in the Chicago area. 

Many of the splash pads overlap with the best playgrounds in the city because, let’s face it, parks with splash pads tend to be the best parks. If you’re looking to top off your summer day with some ice cream, here are the best ice cream shops in the Chicago area.

The splash pads are categorized by region with the free splash pads listed first. Resident prices usually require proof of residency, so be sure to bring an ID to get the resident rate.

The City of Chicago

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Crown Fountain in Millennium Park

Millennium Park Crown Fountain

201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602

Crown Fountain has become one of the most iconic interactive fountains in the world, and it’s perfect for families who are staying downtown. The fountain features images of real Chicago residents and creates the illusion that they are spitting water from their mouths. 

The flat surface and universal design make it an accessible splash pad for people with disabilities, and because the water spray pieces are on from May-October, it is one of the first parks to turn their water sprayers on in the city, and has a late season compared to other splash pads. 

Cost: FREE

Edwin C. Berry Playground in Burnham Park

Website | 3100 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

Edwin C. Berry Playground in Burnham Park is one of the best playgrounds in the city, especially during the summer season because there are spray features, and it’s right next to 31st street beach and features gorgeous views of Lake Michigan. It really is the perfect place to be on hot summer days. 

Cost: FREE

Walsh Park 

Website | 1722 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Walsh Park is a fantastic playground in Wicker Park, located next to an entry point for the 606. The playground itself is fantastic, and there is a fun water area as well.  The shade, location, and park amenities make this a great place to hang out in the summer.

Cost: FREE

Margaret Donahue Park 

Website | 1230 W School St, Chicago, IL 60657

Margaret Donahue Park is an adorable Chicago-themed park near the Southport Corridor, and it happens to be one of the most popular spray parks during the summer. It’s a fully enclosed playground that is smaller in size, so it’s easy to keep an eye on younger children while they play. They also have a great small field with a Cubs logo for your little Cubs fans!

Cost: FREE

Indian Boundary Park

Website | 2500 W Lunt Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

Indian Boundary Park is a super unique, wooden playground in Chicago with a great nature play area, walking paths, and a fun spray ground. 

Cost: FREE

Adams (George & Adele) Park

Website | 1919 N Seminary Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Adams Park is an awesome playground and splash park in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. It’s popular with summer camps, so this may be a better one to hit up on the weekend!

Cost: FREE

Unity Park

Website | 2636 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Unity Park is a fun, pirate-themed playground with a splash pad in the Logan Square neighborhood. 

Cost: FREE

Maggie Daley Park

Website | 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Maggie Daley is undeniably one of the best playgrounds in the city, and it includes an interactive water play area, a mini-golf course, a climbing wall, plenty of places to have a picnic, and more. 

Cost: FREE

Austin Park Water Playground

Website | 5951 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60644

The Austin Park Water Playground is a soft-surfaced splash pad making it safer for younger kids. It’s an impressive structure with water shooters, a water tunnel, and more. 

Cost: FREE

Portage Park Water Playground

Website | 4100 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Portage Park has a fantastic public pool, tennis courts, and a splash pad area with interactive features. This is a great neighborhood park!

Cost: FREE

River Park

Website | 5100 N Francisco Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

River Park in Lincoln Square is nice, shaded park with water sprays, an outdoor swimming pool, nearby fishing, and plenty of outdoor fun.

Cost: FREE

Dunbar Park

Website | 300 E 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616

Dunbar Park is a beautiful, shaded playground in the Douglas neighborhood with a fun splash pad. 

Cost: FREE

Mount Greenwood Playground

Website | 3721 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655

Mount Greenwood has an impressive, accessible playground with an awesome splash pad. It’s also fully enclosed making it safer if you have runners!

Cost: FREE

Montgomery Ward Park

Website | 630 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60654

Montgomery Ward Park is nestled along the Chicago River in the River North neighborhood It’s an interesting, enclosed playground with a water feature.

Cost: FREE

Fosco Water Playground

Website | 1312 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Fosco Park has a great indoor pool that features a zero-depth entry pool, a field house with lots of community programs, and a fun water playground with a water tower, sprayers, and intermittent geysers. 

Cost: FREE

Whealan Pool Aquatic Center

Website | 6200 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

The Whealan Pool Aquatic Center is a pool that has a splash pad area, and it’s the only Chicago splash pad on this list that has a fee. However, it’s more reasonably priced than many suburban pools and waterparks. There is a zero-depth pad for babies, and the main pool is a zero-depth pool with a spray tower area for younger kids. The big kids will appreciate the water slide! 

It has a large parking lot, and it’s part of the Cook County Forest Preserves and Caldwell Woods. It’s also right across from Superdawg Drive-in, one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in the city!


3 years old & underFREE
4 to 12 years old$5
13 years & older$7

North/Northwest Suburbs

Clarkson Park splash pad
Clarkson Spark Splash Pad.

Clarkson Park

Website | Churchill St, Northfield, IL 60093

Clarkson Park is an amazing park in Northfield with a brand new playground, a great picnic area, clean bathrooms, and a great splash pad. 

Cost: FREE

Duke Park

Website | Glencoe, IL 60022

Duke Park is a beautiful park in Glencoe with a fun splash pad, great playground, and a unique hand-crank train that the kids love. 

Cost: FREE

Fountain Square Park

Website | 1751 Gibson Dr, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 

Fountain Square Park has a great playground, a bocce ball court, a bike/pedestrian trail, and a huge splash pad.

The splash pad hours are different than the general playground, so be sure to check the hours before heading there!

Cost: FREE

Bowen Park 

Website | 1800 N Sheridan Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085

Bowen Park is a beautiful playground built into the hillside of the park. There are fun climbing elements, a water spray feature, a gazebo, and plenty of trees.

Cost: FREE

Woodscreek Park

Website | Willow Tree Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Cost: FREE

Located in Crystal Lake, this wonderful park has a super fun splash pad called the Crystal Castle.

Veteran Acres Park

Website | 431 Walkup Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Also located in Crystal Lake , Veteran Acres Park has a nature center, hiking trails, and a splash pad.

Cost: FREE

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Prospect Park Splash Pad in Park Ridge

Prospect Park

Website | 733 N Prospect Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068

Prospect Park is a fantastic pirate-themed splash pad in Park Ridge. It’s fully enclosed, making it perfect for small kids. There’s a pirate ship with little water slides, fish that drop water, water sprayers, and more.

Just outside of the splash pad is a pirate-themed playground, bathrooms, a community building that’s great for birthday parties, a gazebo, and an open area for sports games. 

Cost: $5 Resident / $8 Non-Resident

Norridge Park District Pool

Website | 4631 N Overhill Ave, Norridge, IL 60706

Norridge Park District Pool has a few big slides, a splash pad, and a smaller wading pool. There’s a great playground just outside, too!


Day          1:00-8:00pm    $ 7R / $ 10NR

Evening   6:00-8:00pm     $ 5R / 7$ NR

South Park Wading Pool

Website | 833 W Talcott Rd, Park Ridge, IL 60068

South Park Wading Pool is somewhat in between a splash pad and a pool for small children. There are some spray features and a mini slide, but it’s a little deeper than most splash pads. 

Cost: $5 Resident / $8 Non-Resident

Skokie Water Playground

Website | 4715 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076

Skokie Water Playground is a 14,000 square foot pool with beach entry, a fully accessible splash pad complete with a big red bucket, three water slides, and a concession stand. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely dip and some family fun.


 Skokie ResidentEvanston ResidentNon-Resident
Public Swim*$8$10$16
Lap Swim$4$7$7

Splash Zone at Corrine J. Rose Park

Website | 412 S Lewis Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085

Splash Zone is an amazing splash tower and water playground in Waukegan. 


Children (17 & younger)$4$7
Adults (18+)$10$12

Mitchell Pool

Website | 951 Wilmot Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Mitchell Pool has a large pool featuring a drop slide and a separate water playground.


Daily Admission$10R/15NR
Age two and underFree
Late Afternoon (after 5pm)*$6
Adult Lap Swim*$8
Parent/Child Sprayground or Kiddie Pool*
per person rate, valid for parents and children when the Sprayground or Kiddie Pool is open and the public pool is closed.
Swim Coupon Book – 10 coupons**$90/R only

Nelson Sports Complex Pool

Website | 3900 Owl Dr, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Nelson Sports Complex Pool has an Olympic-sized pool, two water slides, two diving boards, a kiddie pool with a fountain and a splash pad.


Monday-Friday | noon-6pm | $7 residents, $10 non-residents
Evening hours available from 6-7:30pm for $4 for residents and $7 for non-residents

Saturday & Sunday | 11am-7:30pm | $9/residents, $12 non-residents

FREE Splash Pad Hours:

Monday-Friday 9:00am-11:30am

Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am-10:30am

Birchwood Pool

Website | 435 W Illinois Ave, Palatine, IL 60067

Birchwood Pool features a splash pad with geysers, dumping buckets, spray hoops and a water mushroom.


Seniors (62+) • $8 (Resident), $12 (Non-Resident)
Adults • $10 (Resident), $12 (Non-Resident)
Children • $8 (Resident & Non-Resident)

Deerspring Pool

Website | 200 Deerfield Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Deerspring Pool has a fantastic sprayground with a soft surface and an adjacent pool with a water slide.


Daily Admission$10R/15NR
Age two and underFree
Late Afternoon (after 5pm)*$6
Adult Lap Swim*$8
Parent/Child Sprayground or Kiddie Pool*
per person rate, valid for parents and children when the Sprayground or Kiddie Pool is open and the public pool is closed.
Swim Coupon Book – 10 coupons**$90/R only

Meadow Hill Aquatic Center

Website | 1501 Maple Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062

Meadow Hill Aquatic Center has an impressive pool and splash pad, but the real selling point is the hours of operation of the splash pad. Many splash pads don’t open until 10 or 11am, whereas Meadow Hill Aquatic Center opens at at 8:00am!

If your kids wake up at 5:30am in the morning like mine do, this is important information.


Daily FeeResidentNon-Resident
Individual (Age 2-64)**$11$13
Senior (Age 65+)$9$11
Children’s Play Area (8am-10am at MAC)$5$6

Paulus Park

Website | 200 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Paulus Park features a splash pad next to a lake with a great beach.


3 & underFreeFree
Age 4+$9$11
Senior 62+$6$8
Twilight Rate 5:30 pm and later$4$6

The Hub at Berens Park

Website | 493 N Oaklawn Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126

The Hub at Berens Park is a splash pad in Elmhurst that also features miniature golf and batting cages.


Resident Youth (age 2-16)$4
Resident Adult (16+)$6
Non-Resident Youth (age 2-16)$6
Non-Resident Adult (16+)$8

Buffalo Grove Spray N’ Play

Website | 951 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Buffalo Grove Spray N’ Play is one of the largest facilities of its kind with more than 20 water toys. They also have options to host special events like birthday parties. 


Daily Fees
12 Months & underFree
Children and Adults$4
Seniors (62 & Up)$2
Twilight Time (5:30 – 7 pm)$2

Hidden Creek Aquapark

Website | 1220 Fredrickson Pl, Highland Park, IL 60035

Hidden Creek Aquapark in Highland Park not only has an impressive splash pad and pool, but they have so many fun special events at the pool. From scavenger hunts to hula hoop contests, your kids can be entertained my lots of activities.


(2 hours before closing)
Pre-season and Post-season

Devonshire Aquatic Center

Website | 4400 Greenwood St, Skokie, IL 60076

Devonshire Aquatic Center has a super fun pool, splash pad, and waterslides.


 Skokie ResidentEvanston ResidentNon-Resident
Public Swim*$7$10$14
Lap Swim$4$7$7

Western Suburbs

side view of park splash pad
Festival Park Splash Pad

Festival Park

Website | 132 S Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120

Festival Park is a beautiful park on the river in Elgin. There’s a really fun playground next to the free splash pad.

Cost: FREE

side view of splash pad
95th Street Community Plaza Splash Pad

95th Street Community Plaza

Website |3109 Cedar Glade Dr, Naperville, IL 60564

95th Street Community Plaza is just outside the Naperville library. There is a literature-themed playground, and an awesome, free splash pad.

Cost: FREE

side view of splash pad
Wolf’s Crossing Splash Pad

Wolf’s Crossing Naperville 

Website | 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Rd, Naperville, IL 60564

Wolf’s Crossing is a fantastic playground in Naperville with a great, free splash pad.

Cost: FREE

a side view of ty warner splash pad
Ty Warner Splash Pad in Westmont

Ty Warner Park

Website | 700 Blackhawk Dr, Westmont, IL 60559

Ty Warner Park Spray Park is a great destination for kids of all ages. The spray park features a variety of water features, including geysers, mushroom cap waterfalls, water cannons, and a giant dumping bucket.


Resident Child:$4
Non Resident Child:$6
Adults Free

Sea Lion Aquatic Park

Website | 1825 Short St, Lisle, IL 60532

Sea Lion Aquatic Park is a spectacular little water park in Lisle. There is something for everyone here! A hot tub and leisure pool, water slides, a tot pool, a splash playground, a sand play area, and more.


Admission11:30am – 6:00pm6:00 – 8:00pm
Senior Resident 50+$6$4
Senior Nonresident 50+$12$8

Tots under 6 years of age with adult are allowed early admittance to the tot pool. Those who wish to stay for Open Swim must exit the facility and pay the daily fee to re-enter


Tot Swim For ages 6 & Under; Under 3 years of age are FREE
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Admission1 Tot + 1 AdultAdd’l Tot or Adult
Season PassholderFreeFree

Maryknoll Park

Website | 845 Pershing Ave, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Maryknoll is a great park in Glen Ellyn with mini golf, a playground, and a super fun splash park. The splash park includes lots of spray pieces including a power launch pod, a rising flag, spray cannons, and more.


Infant admission (under age 1 with adult)Free
Child admission (ages 1-14 with adult)$3
Adult admission (ages 18 and up)$1

Splash Island

Website | 1480 Forest Gate Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Splash Island is a blast for all ages. In addition to the zero-depth entry pool, slides, dumping buckets, jets, and other spray features, there is a large deck with reclining chairs and shade for parents to enjoy while they watch their kids play.


Ages 2 & underFREEFREE
Ages 2 +$10$12

Paradise Bay Water Park

Website | 437 E St Charles Rd, Lombard, IL 60148

Paradise Bay is a Water Park with locker rooms, swim lessons, slides for the bigger kids, and. zero-depth entry splash area for the little ones.


Ages 2 & underFREEFREE
Child ages 3-17$8$15
Child Adult ages 18+ 3-17$11$17
Senior ages 60+ $8$15

Bullfrog Bayou at Cypress Cove

Website | 8301 Janes Ave, Woodridge, IL 60517

Cypress Cove is a water park with lots of fun things to do, but you can also just go to the splash pad which is a great option for families with young kids.


Bullfrog Bayou (Ages 59 & Under)
9:00 – 11:00 AM│ Monday-Friday | June 1-August 11
Bullfrog Bayou (Ages 60 & up)
9:00 – 11:00 AM │ Monday-Friday | June 1-August 11

South/Southwest Suburbs

side view of rocket sprayers at memorial park in oak lawn
Splash Pad at Memorial Park in Oak Lawn

Memorial Park Oak Lawn 

Website | W 103rd St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Memorial Park is an awesome park affectionally known as “Rocket Park” because of the giant, rocket ship play structure. The outer space theme continues to the splash pad just next to the park!

Cost: FREE

Sprayfari Aquatic Park

Website | 11930 S Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803

Sprayfari Aquatic Park has adorable animal-themed sprayers that make this spray park stand out.


Ages 2 & up$7$15
Evening Swim (weekdays 6-8 pm)$4$7
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Fort Frankfort Splash Pad

Commissioner’s Park (Fort Frankfort)

Website | 22108 S 80th Ave, Frankfort, IL 60423

Fort Frankfort is unique wooden playground with a great splash pad right next to it.


Ages 1 & underFREEFREE
Ages 2 +$2$4

The Lily Pad

Website | 6246 Birmingham St, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

The Lily Pad has lots of fun spray features in an enclosed splash pad.


All ages$3$6

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