5 Best Splash Pads in Tucson

Splash pads are a popular amenity in Tucson due to our gorgeous moderate climate (with 280+ days of sunshine every year!).

Currently, there are 18 splash pads that span the metro area - with more on the way!

As you will note from our list below, only nine of the eighteen splash pads in Tucson are free and open to the public. The other nine require membership or residence in a particular neighborhood.

Listed in alphabetical order, they are:

  1. Brandi Fenton Splash Pad, 3482 East River Road, Tucson *see below
  2. Catalina Park Splash Pad, 900 N. Fourth Avenue
  3. Cool Water Kids Splash Pad, 2561 W. Ruthrauff, Tucson 
  4. Continental Ranch, Windmill Park, 9150 N. Coachline Blvd, Tucson *open to members only
  5. Crossroads at Silverbell District Park Splash Pad, 7548 N. Silverbell Rd
  6. Heritage River Park Splash Pad, 12280 North Heritage Park Drive, Marana *see below
  7. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. *open to guests only
  8. Naida Jane Baker Splash Pad in Balboa Heights Park, 2536 N. Castro Avenue
  9. Oro Valley Aquatic Center, 23 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley *see below
  10. Ott YMCA, 401 S. Prudence Rd., Tucson *see below
  11. Palo Verde Splash Pad, 355 S. Mann Ave
  12. Picture Rocks, 5615 N. Sanders Rd.
  13. Rancho Sahuarita, Flamingo Splash Pad. *open to residents only
  14. Rancho Sahuarita Water Park, 15455 S Camino Lago Azul, Sahuarita *open to residents only
  15. Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana *open to guests only
  16. Tucson Country Club *open to members only
  17. Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road, Tucson *see below
  18. Warden Family Splash Pad, 5110 S. San Joaquin Ave, Tucson

We look forward to the addition of even more splash pads around Tucson in the coming years. In the meantime, don't miss out on the fun of the...5 Best Splash Pads in Tucson.

Important note - sun safety is encouraged while visiting these facilities! Prepare for a perfect day in the sun with a hat, drinking water, sunscreen, and water shoes.

Rancho Sahuarita Water Park

Rancho Sahuarita Splash Park
Rancho Sahuarita Waterslide
Flamingo Splash Pad at Rancho Sahuarita

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 (*residents can bring guests by utilizing guest passes)
  • Open Year-round? The Splash park is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lap pool and tot lagoon are open year-round.
  • Note: Rancho Sahuarita also has a Flamingo Splash Pad at one of their neighborhood park facilities. It features jets that spray water upwards and two giant flamingos that dump water from their bills.

Heritage River Park Splash Pad

Marana Splash Pad
Splash Pad at Marana Heritage Park

The 4,500 square foot Heritage River Park 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: Heritage River Park Splash Pad, 12280 North Heritage Park Drive, Marana
  • Hours: 8:00am-7:00pm, daily
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Open Year-round? Open April 1 to October 31.
  • Note: Metal cubbies are available for shoes and bags.

Brandi Fenton Splash Pad

The best free splash pad in Tucson is unquestionably the one on the premises of Brandi Fenton Memorial Park. Operated by Pima County Natural Resources, the splash pad is open April 15-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: 8:00am-7:00pm, daily
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Open Year-round? Opens the 3rd Saturday in April. Closes October 31.

Oro Valley Aquatic Center

Oro Valley Aquatic Center Splash Pad
covered splash pad at 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: Splash Pad Hours (effective May 25, 2019) Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm (*Note that the splash pad hours are different than the hours for the aquatic center as a whole.)
  • 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.
  • Open Year-round? Yes.

Cool Water Kids Splash Pad

Cool Water Kids Splash Pad Victory Worship Center Tucson

The Cool Water Kids Splash Pad, which is operated by Victory Worship Center and located at 2561 W. Ruthrauff, is large enough to accommodate 75 children plus adults…and is completely free to the public!

  • Address: Victory Worship Center, Cool Water Kids Splash Pad, 2561 W. Ruthrauff, Tucson
  • Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm; Sundays, 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Open Year-round? No. The splash pad is open late March to late October.

Tucson Jewish Community Center *runner-up

Tucson JCC Splash Pad
toddler at Tucson JCC Splash Pad

The Tucson Jewish Community Center (The Tucson J, for short) is a 110,000-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 new Indoor PlaySpace, 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
  • Hours: Sundays, 7:00am-7:30pm, Mondays-Thursdays, 5:00am-9:30pm, Fridays, 5:00am-5:30pm, Saturdays, 7:00am-5:30pm
  • Cost: Free to Tucson J members; day passes are available for $10 per person
  • Open Year-round? The Tucson J’s Splash Pad is open most of the year, but does have a brief period of closure during the colder months. Please call 520-299-3000 for specific open and closure dates.
  • Note: The Tucson J Splash Pad can be rented out for birthday parties by members and non-members alike.

Ott YMCA *runner-up

Ott YMCA Tucson Splash Pad

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. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
  • Open Year-round? Yes.


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