In a city with 350+ days of sunshine, a gorgeous moderate climate, and over a million people in the metro area, you would expect to find a plethora of splash pads. As it stands, there are currently 12 splash pads that span the metro area – six of which were created in the past five years.
We look forward to the addition of more splash pads around Tucson in the coming 5 years.
In the meantime, don’t miss out on the fun of the…5 Best Splash Pads in Tucson.
Rancho Sahuarita Water Park
Located within the master-planned community of Rancho Sahuarita, you’ll find Southern Arizona’s largest private splash park. It is clearly the #1 splash pad in the entire region. Features include water slides (large + small), lots of spraying water features, a shaded cover, and a huge bucket that dumps water over the heads of laughing little ones. New home developers and city officials ought to use Rancho Sahuarita as an example when they plan future spaces for families.
Also on-site: a 25-meter lap pool, spa, shaded pavilions, tanning chairs, clean restrooms, picnic tables, a tot pool with shaded canopy, and an air-conditioned clubhouse.
Address: 15455 S Camino Lago Azul, Sahuarita
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am–8:30pm; Sundays 10:00am–7:30pm
Cost: Free for residents; not open to the public
Marana Splash Pad
Recently opened in 2015, the 4,500 square foot Marana Splash Pad is an exciting free activity space for families. The modern equipment is farm-themed and includes a water windmill, a tractor, and spraying horses.
The splash pad sits beside other community facilities such as baseball fields, a playground, a community garden, walking trails, and grassy multiuse areas.
Address: 12375 North Heritage Park Drive, Marana
Hours: 8:00am-7:00pm, daily
Cost: Free Admission
Brandi Fenton Splash Pad
The best free splash pad in Tucson proper is unquestionably the one on the premises of Brandi Fenton Memorial Park. Operated by Pima County Natural Resources, the splash pad is open April 20-Oct 31 of each year.
Designed for children 12 and under (and the caregivers who accompany them), the splash pad boasts spray arches, water geysers, and many other water features.
The park also has covered ramadas, a shaded playground, two basketball courts, lighted soccer fields, and restrooms.
Address: 3482 East River Road, Tucson
Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm, daily
Cost: Free Admission
Oro Valley Aquatic Center
The Town of Oro Valley’s splash pad is located inside the state-of-the-art Oro Valley Aquatic Center, which includes a 50-meter Olympic pool, a 25-yard recreational pool, a water slide, four diving boards, family changing rooms, and shaded bleachers. The splash pad is small and colorful with flower-shaped water apparatuses and fountains that flow upward from the ground. Kids 3 and under are always free.
Address: 23 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley (at James D. Kriegh Park)
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: Daily drop-in rates for Oro Valley residents are $6 for adults, $4 for youth (ages 4-17), and FREE for little ones 3 and under. Rates for non-Oro Valley residents are $7 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 4-17), and FREE for little ones 3 and under. Discounts for military/fire/police/EMT. Month-to-month membership rates also available.
Jewish Community Center
The Tucson Jewish Community Center (JCC, for short) is a 98,000-square-foot facility in north-central Tucson that is open to the community of all faiths. In addition to a full fitness facility (100+ weekly classes), a sculpture garden, an art gallery, a swimming pool, and a tot pool – there is a fantastic splash pad! Lots of colorful spraying apparatuses plus a mini slide make this a fun venue for children of all ages.
Address: 3800 E. River Road, Tucson
- Sundays, 8:00am-7:30pm
- Mondays-Thursdays, 8:00am-8:00pm
- Fridays, 8:00am-5:30pm
- Saturdays, 7:00am-5:30pm
The JCC splash pad is open most of the year, but does have a brief period of closure during the colder months.
Cost: Free to JCC members; day passes are available for $10 per person
Notes: The JCC splash pad can be rented out for birthday parties by members and non-members alike.
Ott YMCA *runner-up
Located on the east side of Tucson, the Ott YMCA is the only Southern Arizona YMCA with a splash pad (last renovated summer 2015). The colorful, kid-friendly space is perfect for little ones.
Address: 401 S. Prudence Rd., Tucson
Hours: Monday-Friday 5:30am-8:30pm; Saturday 7:00am-7:00pm; Sunday 10:00am-5:30pm
Cost: Free for members or you can purchase a $10 day pass. –> The cost of a membership is $38 per month for adults or $62 per month for a family. There is also a one time “joining fee” of $50. Note that the YMCA will be offering a zero joining fee promotion in May 2016 – contact your local Y for details. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
The other six splash pads in Tucson can be found at:
- Balboa Heights Splash Pad, 2536 N. Castro Avenue
- Catalina Park Splash Pad, 900 N. Fourth Avenue
- JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
- Reid Park Zoo, Kenya Get Wet, 3400 Zoo Court
- Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana
- Tucson Country Club *open to members only
We’d especially love to see splash pads added at:
- Morris K. Udall Park
- somewhere in the Vail/SE Tucson region
- Gene C. Reid Park
- Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa or Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
- some of the larger churches around Tucson – Catalina Foothills Church, Pantano Christian, Christ Community, etc.
Where would you like to see a splash pad added?