Columbus Splash Pads and Fountain Areas

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Not sure about you, but we really missed splash pads last summer and we are hopeful they will be back this year! Snacks, sunscreen and splash pads sound like a perfect combination for your summer bucket list! After reviewing this list, you will be able to visit some pretty fantastic areas to splash and play this summer!

Splash Pads have become increasingly popular due to their convenience and easy access for a variety of ages all around the city. It’s a great way to cool off with your little ones and takes swimming out of the equation if you are limited on time! It’s also an easier option if you have multiple children.

As a bonus, most splash pads are free to the public and make for a fun-filled summer day. Check out our list below and be sure to check them off the list as you visit each one this summer! {For 2021, be sure to check each website to see if the splash pad is open. The dates/times are provided as a reference. Be sure to check the links directly to confirm that the splash pad is open before you head there.}

Columbus Splash Pads

1. Westerville Splash Pad

This splash pad is located at Westerville’s Hanby Park. It has accessible swings, a colorful play tower and the city’s first splash pad. It will be sure to excite your kids and keep you cool and entertained this summer. Take a look at this resource for more ideas of things to do in Westerville: A Family Visitor’s Guide to Westerville.

Hanby Park splash pad
Lots of room to run around at Hanby Park!

Website: Westerville Splash Pad


2. Grove City Fryer Park Splash Pad

The splash pad is located at Fryer Park so you can have fun on the playground before or after splashing in the water. The splash pad has bright, colorful and interactive water play areas. The water fountains go along with the original theme of the park- Space! The splash pad has a rocket slide and other whimsical effects that you won’t want to miss. It is available for free use and is open to the public for regular business hours from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Labor Day. For more to do in the area, check out: Adventure Guide to Grove City.

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Website: Grove City Splash Pad 


3. Ballantrae Park- Located in Dublin, Ohio

The Ballantrae Community Park spray fountains are open!

There is limited table seating, but plenty of grassy areas to eat and pack a picnic lunch. However, the park does not have a lot of trees or shady spots so it can make for a long day if it’s a hot one! The bathrooms are located by the parking lot, so make a visit before you head over to the fountains or it is a long walk back. The “dancing bunnies” at the top of the hill are a great distraction when your kids need a break from the water. By the end of the day, they will be worn out from climbing up the hill to see the bunnies and then running back down to cool off! splash pad in Dublin, Ohio

All smiles at the Bunny Fountains!

 Website: Ballantrae Spray Fountains


4. Hilliard’s Station Park

This splash pad opened in the summer of 2016 and is definitely one to put on your list! It is conveniently located in the downtown Hilliard area and there is a coffee shop and several restaurants you can easily walk to before or after. This is a medium-sized splash pad and has a decent amount of fountains for your kids to run through. The bathrooms are easily accessible and clean. There is a grassy area to sit, as well as a great multi-functional building. The fountains are open from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. which helps to get there early and home for nap time after some fun-filled splashing! Check out their website for their concerts and events too. The splash pad does close at 3:00 p.m. on special event days. While you are in the area, check out: Hilliard’s Favorite Spots for Play, Eats, and Treats.

splash pad at Hilliard Station Park
Having a blast at the Splash Pad in Hilliard!

Website: Hilliard’s Station Park


5. Scioto Mile Fountains

Currently closed until further notice! Home to a one of a kind fountain park! This Fountain Park shoots more than 1,000 jets of water and is great for all ages! If you are around in the evening, this fountain park has special lights and fog effects as well. This fountain park is more of an all-day event because of its large size and the parking situation. You can hop over to Milestone 229 for lunch after drying off if your kids have any energy left after all that water action. In addition, all summer long there will be special guests and activities going on at the fountains. Be sure to check their website for weekly events.

splash pads
Keeping cool at the Scioto Mile Fountains!

Website: Scioto Mile Fountains


6. Easton Town Center Fountains

The fountains are located in Easton’s Town Square along Townsfair Way and provide a great way to cool off after some serious shopping. There are many benches surrounding the fountains for parents to watch as their children soak up the water and fun! They also provide towels on the weekends for those that need to dry off before heading home. This splash pad is one to throw in the mix if your kids need a break from shopping! Be sure to check their website for 2021!

Website: Easton Town Center


7. Veterans Park Splash Pad – Delaware, Ohio

The splash pad in Delaware opened in June 2016. This unique park and splash pad feature many new and fun dinosaur themed toys, along with a mound for climbing walls, skeleton bars and a dinosaur skull slide. There’s a picnic shelter that serves snacks, as well as a three-season shelter. It is one that is worth the drive!

splash pad at Veteran's Park in Delaware, Ohio
Having fun at the variety of activities at this Delaware splash pad!

Website: Veterans Park Splash Pad


8. Polaris Fashion Place Fountain

Currently closed for 2021!

These fountains are located in the open mall area during mall hours. It is a small splash pad to visit if you are shopping or want to take your little ones too. It might be a good place to take your little one if it is their first experience with a splash pad or fountain park to get them accustomed to it!

polaris splash padWebsite: Polaris Fashion Place


9. Powell Village Green Park Splash Pad

Opens Memorial Day for 2021! This splash pad is open 9:00 a.m. to dusk. This pad has a variety of squirting toys as well as water arches for older kids who are there to play. There is a great playground nearby if you need a break from the water and also a solar pavilion that makes for a great shaded area for lunch.

Powell splash padWebsite: Powell Splash Pad


10. North Bank Park

North Bank Park is located along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Behind the pavilion on the upper-level plaza, there is an interactive fountain that will allow children to play and create memories. There are plenty of tables and chairs set up as well as lawn seating that faces the river which makes for a great spot for lunch. Parking can be an issue, but there are garages near the park. This is a smaller park and would make the perfect play date! Updates for 2021 will be made soon but currently closed.

Website: North Bank Park


11. Indian Mound Community Recreation Center Sprayground

Opens Memorial Day Weekend 2021! There are plenty of shaded areas around the Indian Mound Splash Pad to relax while your kids play. The park also has tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, and an outdoor fitness center. You must obtain a Columbus Recreation Card to attend. Other Spray Grounds in the area include Barnett Community Center and Blackburn Community Center.

Website: Indian Mound Splash Pad


13. Worthington Lagoon

Closed for June and then Only open to members for 2021 and reservations are required. Typically, before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, Worthington has a small splash pad that is open to the public. The hours when the weather is permitting are 10 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and the cost is $1 for non-pool members. This Guide to Worthington provides ideas on places to play, eat, enjoy sweet treats and shop.

splash pad at Worthington Lagoon
Enjoying the Worthington Lagoon!

Website: Worthington Lagoon 


14. John Bishop Park Splash Pad

Open for 2021! Residents of Whitehall may use this facility and non-residents may pay $5 to enter the splash pad. The splash pad opens May 29, 2021 until September 2021. .

Website: Whitehall Splash Pad


15. Creekside Gahanna

The Creekside Gahanna area has a lot to offer. Take a stroll along the creek to see ducks and swans, hop on a paddle boat for a $5 ride in season and the kids can splash in the fountain wall. Near the fountain area are clean restrooms. Be sure to check out the many great dining options within walking distance. This Visitor’s Guide to Gahanna will give you a good idea of restaurants, sweets, parks, shopping and more in the Gahanna area.

Website: Creekside Park & Plaza


16. Partners Park-Marysville

Located in downtown Marysville is Partners Park. There’s a small splash pad that is open daily from 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. during the warm season. Cool off with a stop at Rollies for some great ice cream.

Website: Partners Park Splash Pad


17. Obetz Splash Pad

Opens Memorial Day weekend for 2021 and closes on Labor Day! This splash pad is in Lancaster Park in Obetz. It is free for residents of Obetz, but if you aren’t a resident you can purchase a day pass and the rate will be determined soon per person. The splash pad is open daily (weather dependent) in the summer from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. When school is in session, the weekday times change. Maximum capacity is 55 for 2021.

Website: Obetz Splash Pad


18. Franklin Park Conservatory

The Children’s Garden has a fountain area when you walk in and also an amazing water section within “The Ohio Woods” section. Bring your swimsuits because your kids will want to get wet! Make reservations in advance online.

Franklin Park Conservatory splash pad
So much water fun at the Conservatory! A great way to cool off!

Website: Franklin Park Conservatory


19. Splash Pad in Front of COSI

This area is free to play in but entering into COSI has a fee. In the splash pad area there are a few tables with umbrellas, bathrooms and a playground.


Ohio Beaches:

If you are looking for another fun water activity, check out this post: Beaches in Ohio


Wherever this summer takes you splashing, don’t forget the plastic cups too! Please comment below if we have missed any spots that you and your family enjoy. Have so much fun!

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Anything on the Southeast side? Canal Winchester, Lithopolis, Pickerington, or Reynoldsburg area? Are any of these spots more geared toward infants?

    • The ones listed are the ones we know of at this time, but it seems like new ones keeping popping up so perhaps one of those areas will get a splash pad. Would Grove City be the closest one to you? The Polaris and Easton one don’t seem to get as crowded as some of the others, so those might be good for an infant. Also, some pools have little splash pad areas within the kiddie pool section, so perhaps your local pool would have a great spot for your little one to splash around.

    • Franklin park conservatory just opened a kids garden that has a water area for children. It is not far from the Reynoldsburg area.

        • Hi! You do have to pay the normal admission to the Conservatory to visit the outdoor garden. They do offer a free Sunday for Frnaklin County residents on the first Sunday of each month so that may be a good time to check it out!

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