Summer Guide to Splash Pads and Water Fun

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It is officially summer in Memphis, and that means it is HOT! Luckily, there are plenty of splash pads, fountains (and pools!) in and around Memphis to help keep you and your kids cool all summer long!

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SPLASH PADS

 

Memphis Zoo

2000 Prentiss Place, Overton Park    |    Summer hours 9:00am – 6:00pm (Last Admission 5:00pm)

Members: FREE
Daily Admission: Adults $15    |    Children (2-11) $10    |    Seniors ( 60+) $14
Parking: $5

This is the summer we have all been waiting for! NEW!

The AquiFUR splash pad is being constructed on the site of the former hippo enclosure. The Egyptian-themed splash pad is a tribute to the city’s namesake, the zoo’s furry residents, and the underground aquifer that supplies Memphis with pure drinking water.

According to the zoo’s blog post around the splash pad’s opening, “The AquiFUR will be an immersive, zero-depth water play area with slides, dump-buckets, interactive water toys, and even a special section just for toddlers. [It] will feature luxury cabanas and party rooms great for families, groups, birthday parties, and other events. The AquiFUR is being built to accommodate children 10 years and under with their families.”

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This is a “sneak peek” picture! The Aquifur is still under construction and slated to be open by mid-June.

More water fun at the zoo includes wading along the replica of the Nile and fountain area. (Pro Mom Tip: This area is right through the front gate — so be ready for all the kids wanting to immediately ignore the animals and play in the water! Restrooms are on both sides of the river in case you need to change out of wet suits. No lifeguard on duty.)

Or ride the zoo tram up to Teton Trek. Experience the “Old Faithful” geyser in action then pretend to be a wolf and sunbath on the rocks until dry. Teton Trek is also popular since the lodge area offers an indoor, air conditioned eating space. Public restrooms available.

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Crosstown Concourse

Right out front   | Turned on seasonally

FREE

I’m pretty sure this was originally meant to just be a cool water feature, but it’s Memphis: if there’s water, kids will play in it. Since it’s opening 4 years ago, it’s now become a hugely popular splash pad! The water is warm(er) and there’s 5 different sized sprays to run through. There’s 3 large covered picnic areas and plenty of benches. Parking is free inside the garage. Public restrooms available inside the Concourse. (Be sure to hit up one of the locally owned restaurants or grab a coffee from French Truck inside)

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Beale Street Landing “Island Play”

251 Riverside Drive    |    Open daily from 8:00am – 8:00pm

FREE

The water spray features are temporarily closed. We’ll update this guide as soon as the water is back on!

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The misting park is a big hit for families looking to cool off in the warmer weather. With a great view of the beautiful M bridge, this park is small but mighty! Rolling hills, dancing water fountains, a stone slide, and a giant catfish sculpture will have your kids saying, “Take Me to the River!” Adult seating limited, so you may want to bring your own camp chair or blanket. Don’t forget the snacks — it’s a bit of a hike from the free parking at Tom Lee Park. $5 parking at Beale Street Landing gets you within a block of the splash pad.

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Mud Island River Park

125 North Front Street    |    Seasonal; April – October, Wed – Sunday from 10:00am – 8:00pm (Last admission 4:00pm)

Mud Island River Park: FREE

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The kids can wade in an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River (flowing from its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico). Be sure to wear your sandals so that you can cool your feet off in this perennial Memphis favorite. The grand finale is a 40,000 sq. ft. “Gulf of Mexico” where, for $5/person, you can rent a swan-shaped paddle boat! Beat the heat by visiting the 4,000 gallon aquarium located inside the MS River Museum.

The Monorail is temporarily closed. We’ll update this guide as soon as it’s back up and running!

 

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Civic Center Plaza

125 North Main Street

FREE

In ground jets spray water intermittently!

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Peabody Park

712 Tanglewood Street    |    Open daily; Memorial Day – Labor Day

FREE

The park features misters and sprayers of various sizes. The parking lot isn’t very big, but you can park steps away from the splash area. Covered picnic tables are available for use, so be sure to bring your lunch and stay awhile.

There’s also a large playground there with lots of swing and climbing structures. Be warned, no public restrooms available, but the playground side does have a port-a-potty. If you have littles, we recommend leaving after lunch. The park is a popular tween/teen hangout in the afternoon.

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Children’s Museum of Memphis H2OH! Splash Park

2525 Central Avenue    |     Open daily; Memorial Day – Labor Day from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Members: FREE
Daily Admission: ages 1-100 $20 (includes admission to the museum + splash park)

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This garden-themed exhibit provides over 7,700 square feet of cool fun! (No really. Be warned the water is freezing!) Boasting over 40 sprayers – including flowers, leaves, water canon, split and jet streams, magic mist, geysers, and so much more! Also included in the splash park area is the Dinosaur Dig sand pit and an outdoor astroturf playground — (both covered in shade!) —  it’s a nice break from the water area. CMOM permits coolers and picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The A friendly reminder that swim diapers are required for non-potty trained kids 3 and under. Handicap and family-friendly restrooms available outside in the playground area.

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University of Memphis

Center of campus    |   Turned on seasonally

FREE

While kids are not permitted to run through the large fountain, they are encouraged to run around it and enjoy the mist! Those not wanting to get soaked, sit back on the area seating and watch the “fountain show.” It might not be the Bellagio, but it’s pretty entertaining, especially lit up at night with blue lights! Stop by the University Center food court (building next to the fountain) for Chik Fil A and restrooms.

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splash padMy Big Backyard at Memphis Botanic Gardens

750 Cherry Road    |    9:00am-6:00pm

Members: FREE
Daily Admission: Adults $10    |    Youth (2-12) $5    |    Children under 2, free

While the Big Backyard has many fun things to do, a favorite is to “listen for the thunder!” Every half hour, experience a rain storm and get soaking wet! The “river” is also a fun wading area to cool off.

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City of Bartlett Splash Pad

7700 Flaherty Place    |    Open daily; Memorial Day – Labor Day

BRC Members: FREE
Bartlett Resident: $5/child   Non-Resident: $12/child
Resident Seasonal Splash Pass: $90

 

splash padShelby Farms Water Play Sprayground

6309 Great View Dr. North    |    Open daily beginning May 28th from 9:00am-6:00pm

Daily Admission: Youth (4-12) $10.95    |    Children 3 and under, free with paying adult ($10.95)

Wednesday-Monday water play sessions are 4 hours of come and go time. Morning session is 9:30-1:30. Afternoon session is 2-6. Tuesday water play sessions are one hour sessions, beginning on the hour from 11 am- 4 pm, first come, first served. Wristbands for the sessions will be distributed starting at 10 am each Tuesday.

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This 4,000 sq. ft. play space features great splashing opportunities for kids,  including a water tunnel, multiple interactive spray jets, and water pumps. While the Sprayground has a superb view of the Hyde Lake, there are no dry storage areas for bags, towels, etc. Moms with littles: a stroller might be handy for this splash park visit — the Hyde Lake Boat House, where you purchase entry wristbands, is quite a hike from the actual Sprayground.

If you have a child that likes to explore, be warned, the splash pad has a ton of boulders separating water areas and “lifeguards” enforce the strict no climbing rule. No food or drink permitted inside the splash pad either.

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Whitehaven Community Center

Raines-Finley Park

4318 Graceland Dr   |   8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Saturday

Brand new last year, come check out the newest splash area in town!

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David Carnes Park

902 Whitehaven Ln   |   Everyday 6am-8pm

Home of the BlueCross Healthy Place, the park features walking trails, playgrounds, and a splash pad. This local park recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation and is a beautiful addition to the Whitehaven neighborhood. Definitely check it out!

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Collierville Water Spray Parks

Suggs Park

163 E. South Street    |    Memorial Day – Labor Day from 9:00am-6:00pm M-Sat., 1:00pm-6:00pm Sun.

FREE

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The smaller of the two located in Collierville, Suggs Park features sprays and fountains. This splash pad is intended for ages 12 and under. Appropriate attire required. No food allowed inside splash pad area.

W.C. Johnson Park

419 Johnson Park    |    Memorial Day – Labor Day from 9:00am-6:00pm M-Sat., 1:00pm-6:00pm Sun.

Collierville residents: FREE
Daily Admission: $10 per person, non-residents

Non-residents have to purchase a pass in advance at the Collierville office Monday-Friday. They CANNOT buy one at the splash park itself, and the office isn’t open on weekends or after 5.

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Large splash pad with water features, fountains, and interactive sprays! This splash pad is intended for ages 12 and under. Appropriate attire required. No food allowed inside splash pad area.

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AREA SWIMMING POOLS WITH SPASH PADS

Kroc Center

800 East Parkway South    |    M-Th 5:30am-9:00pm, Sat. 7:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

Must be a member or come as a member guest
Summer Only Memberships available!
Guest Pass: M-F $5, Sat/Sun $10

Known for it’s lazy river, GIANT water slide, and lily pad jumping area, this indoor pool is amazing. Plus is boasts both an indoor/outdoor splash pad. And a lap pool! The Kroc also hosts birthday party year-round, including access to a party room.

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Germantown Athletic Club (GAC)

1801 Exeter Road    |    May 20th – September 9th   |    M-Th 10:00am-8:00pm, Fri/Sat 10:00am-7:00pm, Sun. 10-5:45

Must be a member or come as a member guest
Summer Only Memberships available!

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Come experience two outdoor pools — a large shallow/deep pool, used for both open swim and lap swim and a fun, separate splash park! The splash park is shallow entry gradually progressing to approximately 3 ft. at the center. A climbing structure sits in the middle with tunnels and slides! Concession stand available for snacks and drinks; no outside food. Safety breaks are held on the :50 of every hour. Raining? Don’t let that stop the kids from swimming at the indoor pools!

GAC splash padsplash padMemphis Jewish Community Center (JCC)

 

6560 Poplar Avenue   |    M-Th 5:30am-9:45pm, Fri. 5:30am-5:45pm, Sat. 12:00pm-8:45pm, Sun. 8:00am-5:45pm

Must be a member or come as a member guest

The Outdoor Water Park is open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, and is home to giant slides, a lazy river, a beach entry pool with play structure, a diving well, a separate kiddie pool, a splash pad with continuous spray features, shaded areas, and a 25-yard lap pool. Ummm… pretty much sounds like a resort, right here in Memphis! There’s also a 6-lane, heated indoor pool. Does your kid have a summer birthday? The water park is also available to rent for parties!

splash padYMCA 

Ric Nuber | 5885 Quince Avenue
Church Health | 1350 Concourse Ave Suite 241
Millington | 7725 E Navy Cir
Olive Branch | 8555 Goodman Rd
Schilling Farms | 1185 Schilling Blvd E

Must be a member or come as a member guest
NEW! Splash Pass Summer Only Memberships available!

Each of these locations feature at least one zero entrance pool with a splash area!

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This is the splash pad at the outdoor pool at Crosstown.

The Y keeps safety as their number one priority, implementing a strict wristband policy to notate what swimming ability your child has. Deep water tests for kids are required. Enjoy loungers and umbrella tables around the pools. Feel free to bring  your own snacks and drinks — but bust out your yeti because no glass permitted. As always, the Y pool is available for hosting birthday parties year round!

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