Cooling Off with a Splash

If you’re looking for ways to stay active outside this summer, splash pads and water parks can be the way to go. Kids can run around and play while cooling off with a variety of water jets, slides and games. There are usually plenty of shaded areas for moms to hang out but some choose to join in the fun.

Here are three free splash parks around Carrollton and North Dallas that are worth visiting. There are also dry playground areas in all three parks. Hours vary for each location so make sure to check their website for more up to date information.

Oak Hills Splash Park

(1225 Royal Palm Ln, Carrollton, TX 75007)

Oak Hills Splash Park
Oak Hills Splash Park

This is a fun park with unique games. There are restrooms on site and a large canopy with a couple of benches very close by. Water shoes are recommended since the ground can become very slippery.

W.J. Thomas Splash Park

(1955 N. Perry Road, Carrollton, TX 75006)

WJ Thomas Splash Park
WJ Thomas Splash Park

This is a very large park with lots of picnic tables and shade around. It can become very crowded during the weekends but it’s spacious enough for the kids to run around and have lots of fun. There are restrooms and a soda machine on site.

Campbell Green Sprayground

(16600 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas, TX 75248)

Campbell Green Sprayground
Campbell Green Sprayground

This splash park is right next to a recreational center and a dry park. There is a small canopy next to it that provide shade but can get hot pretty quickly. The kids still manage to have a great time but the water games are limited to a few spray areas and there aren’t any restrooms close by.

Water Parks

If you don’t mind paying a small fee, here are two inexpensive and fun water parks with pools and lazy rivers supervised by trained lifeguards, in addition to splash pads. The pool hours might be different from the splash pad areas so make sure to check their website for more information.

Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex

(1334 E Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75007)

Rosemead Rainforest Aquatic Complex
Rosemead Rainforest Aquatic Complex

This is an excellent water park to spend the day. Make sure to pack a lunch and plenty of water. The facility includes a bathhouse, concession area, picnic tables and lots of shaded areas.

Weekday daily admission is $5 for Carrollton residents and $9 for non-residents. Weekends are $6 for residents and $10 for non-residents.

The Frog Pond – Farmers Branch Aquatics Center

(14032 Heartside Pl, Farmers Branch, TX 75234)

The Frog Pond
The Frog Pond

Daily admission is $5 for Farmers Branch residents and $8 for non-residents. They also have an spectator fee of $3 for those that are not planning on swimming. Their website states that if you bring outside food, there is a $5 fee per item (cooler, bag). There are two body waterslides, (one enclosed, one open), kids must be taller than 42″ to ride. There are lots of shaded areas and a concession stand.