Columbus Splash Pads and Fountain Areas

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When the splash pads open, that means summer is near!  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 various 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. So look at our list below and be sure to check them off the list as you visit each one this summer! As always, things can change, so confirm the information before heading out. 

Columbus Splash Pads

1. GAHANNA’S SPLASH PAD – NEWEST SPLASH PAD

Address: Gahanna Pool, 148 Parkland Dr, Gahanna, OH 43230
Open as of May 3rd, 2024.

The splash pad at Gahanna Swimming Pool is open daily May – October, weather permitting. During the pool season, the Splash Pad is open from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. for free use by the community. During pool open hours, visitors must access the splash pad through the GSP entry gate and pay regular admission or hold a pool membership.

Website: Gahanna Splash Pad


2. 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. Expected to open on May 25, 2024.

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

Website: Westerville Splash Pad


3. 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! In addition, 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 


4. Ballantrae Park- Located in Dublin, Ohio

The Ballantrae Community Park spray fountains will open May 25, 2024- September 2, 2024 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. each day.

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 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


5. Hilliard’s Station Park

Opening day is May 3, 2024 until October 2024! 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 at the Hilliard Crooked Can Market.

This medium-sized splash pad 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 and 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


6. Scioto Mile Fountains: Back and Better than Ever in 2024!

They will be redoing the fountain area this summer!

Typically it is home to a one-of-a-kind fountain park! This Fountain Park shoots more than 1,000 jets of water and is excellent for all ages! If you are around in the evening, this fountain park has special lights and fog effects. 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, there will be special guests and activities going on at the fountains all summer long. Be sure to check their website for weekly events.

splash pads
Keeping cool at the Scioto Mile Fountains!

Website: Scioto Mile Fountains


7. 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!

Website: Easton Town Center


8. Veterans Park Splash Pad – Delaware, Ohio

The splash pad in Delaware is open on Memorial Day-Labor Day 2024. This unique park and splash pad features many new and fun dinosaur-themed toys, a mound for climbing walls, skeleton bars, and a dinosaur skull slide. There’s a picnic shelter that serves snacks and 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


9. Powell Village Green Park Splash Pad

Opens Memorial Day (after the parade and ceremony) for 2024! This splash pad is open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. through Labor Day. 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. (There are lots of restaurants and things to walk to along the downtown area of Powell. So, bring a change of clothes for the kids or explore before getting wet.)

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, an interactive fountain that will allow children to play and create memories. There are plenty of tables and chairs set up and 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!

Website: North Bank Park


11. Barnett Community Center Sprayground

Opens Memorial Day Weekend 2024! There are plenty of shaded areas around the 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: Barnett Community Center Splash Pad


12. Worthington Lagoon

Typically 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. (We couldn’t find information on their website, so call before going.) 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 


13. John Bishop Park Splash Pad

Opens on May 24, 2024! Residents of Whitehall may use this facility and non-residents may pay $5 to enter the splash pad. The splash pad is open until September 2024.

Website: Whitehall Splash Pad


14. Creekside Gahanna and Gahanna Splashpad

Free to the public 8am – 12pm. Pool membership or daily admission required during GSP operating hours.

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. Also, 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: Gahanna SplashPad


15. Partners Park-Marysville

Located in downtown Marysville is Partners Park. A small splash pad is open daily from 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. during the warm season.

Website: Partners Park Splash Pad


16. Obetz Splash Pad

Opens Memorial Day weekend for 2024 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. 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.

Website: Obetz Splash Pad


17. 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!

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

Website: Franklin Park Conservatory


18. 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.

New this Summer: Dorrian Days, in partnership with Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, will take place 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟏𝟏 𝐚.𝐦. 𝐭𝐨 𝟐 𝐩.𝐦. and feature inflatables, performances, science experiments, and more family-friendly activities. {June 13 – Aug. 15, excluding July 4.} This event is FREE.


19. Barnett Park – Columbus

Address: 1184 Barnett Rd. Columbus, OH 43227
Hours: 12:00pm to 7:00pm (Daily)

Dates: Opens May 25. Spraygrounds will open for weekends only starting May 25 and will open for the season 7 days a week starting June 8. All spraygrounds are open Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 p.m.

Website: Barnett Park


20. BLACKBURN RECREATION CENTER SPRAYGROUND – COLUMBUS

Address: 263 Carpenter St. Columbus, OH 43205
Hours: Spraygrounds will open for weekends only starting May 25 and will open for the season 7 days a week starting June 8. All spraygrounds are open Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 p.m.

Website: Blackburn Recreation 


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! Please comment below if we have missed any spots that you and your family enjoy. Have so much fun!

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Maureen Ingham
Maureen Ingham has enjoyed living in the great city of Columbus for nearly 13 years! Originally from Canton, Ohio, Maureen attended Ohio University and will always be a bobcat at heart! After completing her education degree in Athens, she made her way to The Ohio State University to obtain a Masters degree in Special Education. She fell in love with Columbus then and convinced her now husband to join her in this awesome city! She taught 5th grade for 6 years, before deciding to stay home to raise two beautiful girls. Their family has recently moved to Worthington with their two girls and are excited to plant their roots here! Their first daughter, Maeve is 6 and her sister, Reese will soon be 5 years old. They welcomed a son, Miles in March 2020. Maureen has been with The Columbus Moms Blog since the beginning and now enjoys working on editing and events for the blog. She also works as a Postpartum Doula with her sister at a company called Together Wee Grow. They provide night nursing services, as well as daytime support to local families and babies in Columbus. It is a wonderful job to work along her sister and help families with their precious little ones in a vulnerable time period. In between the night shifts, sweeping up crumbs, exploring Columbus, and getting kids to where they need to be, Maureen enjoys working out, trying new recipes and restaurants, traveling, spending time with family, being crafty and trying to help others whenever she can! Maureen has many Columbus favorites. Her go-to restaurant is Third and Hollywood, she enjoys a sweet treat at Sassafrass Bakery or Fox in the Snow, a slice of pizza at Dewey's Pizza and a warm cup of joe at Highline Coffee. A perfect Saturday involves an outdoor activity with her family and trying a new restaurant when they can! She is excited to be a part of an excellent team here at Columbus Moms blog and hopes to be able to inspire mothers that small acts of kindness go a long way in raising their kids and the city they live in!

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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