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 14 splash pads that span the metro area.
We look forward to the addition of 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 waterproof shoes.
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 (*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 a pad that contains jets that spray water upwards and two giant flamingos that dump water from their bills.
Marana Splash Pad
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: Marana Heritage Park, 12375 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 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 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: 7:00am-7:00pm, daily
- Cost: Free Admission
- Open Year-round? Opens the 3rd Saturday in April. Closes October 31.
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 Monday-Friday 10:00am-8:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm-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.
Jewish Community Center
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
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.
The other five splash pads in Tucson can be found at:
- Naida Jane Baker Splash Pad in Balboa Heights Park, 2536 N. Castro Avenue
- Catalina Park Splash Pad, 900 N. Fourth Avenue
- Continental Ranch, Windmill Park, 9150 N. Coachline Blvd
- JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. *open to guests only
- Picture Rocks, 5615 N. Sanders Rd.
- Rancho Sahuarita, Flamingo Splash Pad. *open to residents only
- Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana *open to guests only
- 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.