5 Best Splash Pads in Tucson

Purple Heart Park Splash Pad | 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 23 splash pads that span the metro area - with more on the way!

As you will note from our list below, fifteen of the twenty-three splash pads in Tucson are open to the public. The other eight require membership or residence in a particular neighborhood.

Listed in alphabetical order, they are:


* $ denotes that the venue charges a fee for admittance.

  1. Brandi Fenton Splash Pad, 3482 East River Road, Tucson
  2. Cactus Springs, 221 E. Wetmore Road, Tucson $
  3. Catalina Park Splash Pad, 900 N. Fourth Avenue, Tucson
  4. Clements Splash Pad at Lincoln Regional Park, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive, Tucson
  5. CSM Martin R. "Gunny" Barreras Memorial Park, 5890 S. Campbell Ave, Tucson
  6. Zion City Splash Pad, 2561 W. Ruthrauff, Tucson 
  7. Crossroads at Silverbell District Park Splash Pad, 7548 N. Silverbell Rd, Tucson
  8. Marana Heritage River Park Splash Pad, 12280 North Heritage Park Drive, Marana
  9. Morris K. Udall Park Splash Pad, 7290 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson
  10. Naida Jane Baker Splash Pad in Balboa Heights Park, 2536 N. Castro Avenue, Tucson
  11. Oro Valley Aquatic Center, 23 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley $
  12. Palo Verde Splash Pad, 355 S. Mann Ave, Tucson
  13. Picture Rocks, 5615 N. Sanders Rd., Tucson $
  14. Purple Heart Park Splash Pad, 9800 E. Rita Rd, Tucson
  15. Warden Family Splash Pad, 5110 S. San Joaquin Ave, Tucson


  1. Continental Ranch (Windmill Park), 950 N. Coachline Blvd., Tucson
  2. JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Rd., Tucson
  3. Ott YMCA, 401 S. Prudence Rd., Tucson
  4. Rancho Sahuarita, Flamingo Splash Pad, Sahuarita
  5. Rancho Sahuarita Water Park, 15455 S. Camino Lago Azul, Sahuarita
  6. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana
  7. Tucson Country Club, 2950 N. Camino Principal, Tucson
  8. Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road, Tucson


  1. Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Dr., Oro Valley [Projected opening date: in final stages of construction]
  2. Fort Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd, Tucson [Projected opening date: Summer 2024]
  3. Freedom Park, 5000 E. 29th St, Tucson [Projected opening date: Summer 2024]
  4. Jesse Owens Park, 400 S. Sarnoff Dr, Tucson [Projected opening date: Summer 2024]
  5. Joaquin Murrieta Park, 1400 N Silverbell Rd., Tucson [Projected opening date: Spring 2025]
  6. Gene C. Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson [Projected opening date: 2025 or later]

Not sure which splash pad to visit first? We've ranked the top ones below to help!


* 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

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 main lap pool with recreational swim space, 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-Sunday, 10:00am - 7:00pm
  • 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.

Marana Heritage River Park Splash Pad

Marana Heritage River Park Splash Pad is an exciting 4,500 square foot 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 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 operated by Pima County Natural Resources is unquestionably the one on the premises of Brandi Fenton Memorial Park.

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

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 OV Aquatic Center also has an indoor classroom and outdoor shaded ramada for parties. 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 9:00am-8:30pm; Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm (*Note that the splash pad hours are different than the hours for the aquatic center as a whole.)
  • Cost: Free for 3yo and younger; $5 drop-in fee for individuals (kids & adults) ; $14 for families (up to 6 individuals). Monthly memberships are also available
  • Open Year-round? Yes.

Purple Heart Park

Operated by the City of Tucson, Purple Heart Park's Splash Pad opened in 2022 on Tucson's southeast side near Rita Ranch, Civano, Mesquite Ranch, and Vail. The small splash pad includes a spraying palm tree, flower-like stem, and towering spider.

  • Address: Purple Heart Park, 9800 E Rita Rd, Tucson, AZ 85747
  • Hours: 8:00am-sunset, daily
  • Cost: Free
  • Open Year-round? April to October

Tucson Jewish Community Center *runner-up

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. 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.


Have FUN at Tucson's Splash Pads!

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