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Splash Pads, Water Parks, Pools and More in the Boulder Area

by Rachel Daly
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The temperatures are climbing and the kids are getting restless! Kids love playing in the water and, lucky for us parents, it tends to expend some of their energy. Below is a guide to all of the area’s easiest to access spray pads, water features, lakes, pools and water parks in the Boulder area.

Spray Pads & Water Features

Pop Jet Fountain on the Pearl Street Mall

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In the hot summer months children can cool off in the Pop Jet Fountain, where water spouts up from the ground! The spray pad is located in front of the courthouse on Boulder’s favorite place to eat, play and shop — the Pearl Street Mall! Public bathrooms nearby.

The Pop Jet Fountain is located on the 1400 block of the Pearl Street Mall in Downtown Boulder. Always FREE.

Louisville Community Park Sprayground

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Toddlers and big kids alike will love Louisville Community Park‘s splashground! There’s nothing like water to keep a toddler’s interest. This fun splash pad is located right next to the park’s play structures as well as grassy fields. YES, there is a bathroom at this park!

Louisville Community Park is located at 955 Bella Vista Dr, Louisville, CO 80027, Open dawn to dusk. Always FREE.

Sandstone Ranch Adventure Playground in Longmont

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The Adventure Playground at Sandstone Ranch Community Park is a place for kids to enjoy climbing, digging, splashing, spinning, hopping and exploring! The playground has areas for both toddlers as well as older children. The playground’s main attraction is water and sand play, which are found in the center of the playground. Kids will also find giant aquatic animals for climbing, fossils for discovering, lily pads for hopping and water spray jets for keeping cool. Shade and seating are found throughout the play area for parents and caregivers.

Adventure Playground is located in Sandstone Ranch at 3001 CO-119, Longmont, CO 80504. The water is turned on from 8AM – 8PM. Always FREE.

LaVern M. Johnson Park Splash Pad & Play Stream in Lyons

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Completely renovated after the devastating 2013 floods, LaVern M. Johnson Park features tons of fun equipment including a zip line, web swing, and yes – a splash pad! The park also has a shallow play stream for the kids to enjoy.  The park also has a covered picnic area, and bathrooms.

LaVerne M. Johnson Park is located at 600 Park Dr, Lyons, CO 80540. The park is open from dawn to dusk and is always FREE.

Festival Plaza Splash Pad in Lafayette

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If you are in the mood for an ice cream and a splash, check out Lafayette’s Festival Plaza! The city runs the splash pad all summer long, right next door to local favorite Eats and Sweets. The cafe serves decadent ice cream, delicious sandwiches and baked goods. Bathrooms are available at Festival Plaza for your convenience.

Festival Plaza is located at 311 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026. The fountains run dawn to dusk. Always FREE.

Creekside Play Area

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Kids of all ages, head outside to the new Civic Area nature playground, Creekside Play Area. This brand new playground was designed to give kids a safe, fun playground and water play area full of learning opportunities that allow children to learn and explore the natural world.

The Boulder Civic Area is Located in Front of Main Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. Open Dawn – Dusk, FREE.

Reservoirs & Lakes

Beach Time at the Boulder Reservoir

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Boulder Reservoir offers one of the largest, seasonally lifeguard attended swimming beaches in Colorado. It features a marked swim area with rafts. The shallow roped off area is great for small children. Children 12 and under must pass a lifeguard administered swim test to go beyond the first rope. Children under 3 years old must wear swim diapers. Children 5 years old and under must be within arm’s reach of an adult when in the water or near the water’s edge. Flotation devices are allowed only at the discretion of the lifeguards/beach staff. To view all the safety rules, click here. Bathrooms nearby.  Don’t have time to pack a lunch? Visit the Beachside Cafe, featuring an extensive lunch menu as well as snacks, kids meals and coffee and tea.

Boulder Reservoir is located at 5565 N 51st St., Boulder, CO 80301. Swimming hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily unless otherwise posted. Admission: Kids ages 3-18 $4, Adults 19-59 $7, Seniors 60+ $5, 2 and under are FREE.

Paddle Boats at Lafayette’s Waneka Lake Park

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Your child is sure to get a kick out of the fun, colorful paddle boats at Waneka Lake Park‘s Boathouse. Parents can rent the paddle boats by the half hour (which come with complimentary – and required – life vests). Enjoy a calm, fun boat ride on a swan, flamingo, dragon or duck! For all the details, click here.

Waneka Lake Park is located at 1600 Caria Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026. The Boathouse is open May 26 – August 12, 2018: Tuesdays & Thursday – Sunday 11AM – 7PM,  and is closed Mondays & Wednesdays. Rental costs: 2-person paddle boat $8/30 minutes, 4-person paddle boat $10/30 minutes

Longmont’s Union Reservoir

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Union Reservoir‘s sandy swim beaches are a fun gathering spot for kids and families in Longmont. Lifeguards are stationed at the beach for safety. A sand volleyball court, picnic shelter and playground are located near the beach.

Union Reservoir is located at 461 Co Rd 26, Longmont, CO 80504. Swim beach hours are Monday – Thursday 10AM – 6PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 8PM. Admission is $10/vehicle. 


Spruce Outdoor Pool

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Spruce Pool is Boulder’s premier family oriented outdoor pool. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn, cool off in the water features and leisure pool, then swim a few laps in our 25 yard lap pool. Eight lane, 25-yard pool with temperatures between 80° and 82°, leisure pool with accessible ramp, accessible play features including jets, fountains and a duck slide.

Spruce Pool is located at 2102 Spruce St., Boulder, Colorado 80302. Open Swim Hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15AM-8PM, Tuesday & Thursday 10AM-8PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-6PM. Admission: Kids ages 3-18 $4, Adults 19-59 $7, Seniors 60+ $5, 2 and under are FREE. Summer passes available, click here for details.

Water Parks

The Great Outdoors Waterpark

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The brand new The Great Outdoors Waterpark in Lafayette is now open! Plunge down the thrilling 21-foot high double flume slides. Guests 48” tall and brave enough to conquer the twists and turns galore are invited to venture down. Perching high atop the fully accessible, zero-depth entry leisure pool, The Grand Eagle Dump Bucket spills water every few minutes near play structures perfect for smaller children.

The Great Outdoors Waterpark is located at 500 E South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026. Hours: 10AM – 6PM daily. Admission: Kids 2-17 $7.50, Adults 18-54 $10, Seniors $7.50, Kids under 2 are FREE.

The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park

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Broomfield’s outdoor water park, The Bay, has been a summertime tradition in Broomfield since 1991. Designed for children ages 1 to 12 years old, the water park features a large pool, tot pool, body slide, tube slides, sprayground, and is ADA accessible. Lots of room for picnics, snacks and treats are available to purchase.

The Bay Aquatic Park is located at 250 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020. Open Monday – Thursday 10AM – 6PM, Friday – Sunday 10AM – 8PM. Admission fees: Broomfield residents $5, Non-residents $7/4 – 17 years old, $9 18 – 59 years, $7/60+, Kids 3 and younger are always FREE. 

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