Spray Parks & Splash Pads in Charlotte
It’s hard to believe summer isn’t even here yet with temperatures already in the 90s, but no worries – Charlotte has you covered if you are looking for a place to cool off. Below are some of my favorite spots and even if they weren’t free, I would still love them.
Romare Bearden Park
For those of you that haven’t been to the Romare Bearden Park, it’s definitely worth checking out, especially on a hot day. The cascading waterfalls and misting area are a perfect spot to cool off in. The Park also has a large green grassy area for kids to run around or have a picnic. Across the street from the park is the Knights baseball stadium which is open to the public to tour at no cost.
My second favorite sprayground would have to be Latta Park. It’s great for all ages, and when the kids are done playing in the water they can dry off on the playground – and the best part is, it never seems to get too crowded. If you happen to be there on the right day and time the ice cream truck may stop by, which unfortunately will cost you a few dollars.
The Plaza Midwood area also has a splash pad located in Veterans Park. If you are looking to have a summer gathering such as a birthday party or BBQ, Veterans is a great option because of it’s a larger spray park and has a shelter that can be rented out.
The Green Uptown
The Green Uptown would be my first pick if my son and I were looking for a place to cool off and hang out for the day. Here’s my suggestion of how to make the most out of your day on The Green: let your kid(s) run around and get out some energy, or pack a frisbee if that’s more your speed. Once they’ve worked up a sweat, head over to the streams of water pouring out of the towering fish fountains. If you happen to have time that morning to pack a picnic it’s a beautiful spot to have one, otherwise, Fuel pizza offers quick and inexpensive slices. Once you’re done eating, find one of the many shady spots to sit under and read some good books together. If you have managed to stay until 5 pm, across the street is the Mint Museum which has really great art and craft area for kids and is free on Wednesdays from 5-9 pm.
I wasn’t sure if should share the last place on my splash pad list; when it first opened a few summers ago it quickly turned into our go-to place because it felt like our own private oasis. It’s near CPCC on Sugar Creek Greenway (4th and Kings). What makes it so great is that there is rarely anyone ever there, has great views of the city, lots of free parking and is the perfect place for little ones to ride a bike. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles like the other spray parks; it’s only 6 simple holes in the ground that spray out water, but on a 90 plus degree day there is nowhere else I would rather be.
Boomerang Bay at Carowinds
If you have some extra cash to spend and splash pads aren’t for you, Boomerang Bay at Carowinds is a fun way to spend the day. They have options for all ages including a huge wave pool, water slides, lazy river, and water jungle gym for the younger kiddos.
The YMCAs are another great option. If you aren’t a member, you can always buy a day pass. Looking for somewhere to get out of the sun? Rays Splash Planet is a lot of fun and inexpensive, $6 for kids and $8 for adults. Mecklenburg Aquatic Center also has a great indoor family pool for just $3 per child and $5 for an adult.