Boasting 300 days of (partial) sunshine, Colorado can have some intense sunny days. Not to mention, this summer has been quite warm — and we have plenty of scorchers on the forecast!
To help you and your little ones stay cool during the summer, make your way to the nearest splash pad or water park. We have plenty of refreshing water attractions in Northern Colorado, complete with a variety of amenities, like water fountains, dump buckets, lazy rivers, zero-depth pools, water slides, and so much more!
Designed to feel like an archeological dig site, Discovery Bay Water Park in Greeley is a popular destination for families in the summer. It has a large pool, a zero-depth area, a 243-foot slide, a lazy river, and a splash pad. Featuring tipping tanks, bubbling geysers and a bridge, the dinosaur play structure is the only one of its kind in the country and the granite wall art tells the story of Northern Colorado going all the way back to the Paleolithic era. Discovery Bay Water Park is open from late May through mid-September. Click here for more information, including hours, admission rates, and more.
Open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the spray park at Fairgrounds Park is an expansive splash pad with a variety of interactive water features, both above ground and in the ground, which keep the kids mesmerized and entertained for hours. Plus, there’s so much to explore at Fairgrounds Park, including a dog park, a skate park, sports fields, a playground, and more. Plus, Sonic is practically attached to the park, which makes for a great stop before the park, especially if your visit falls during their daily happy hour from 2–4 p.m.!
Located in City Park, City Park Pool is a popular place to be on a hot summer day. Complete with two exciting water slides, a lazy river, a massive pool and other water features, the pool is like a miniature water park — right in our backyard! The pool is open daily through mid-August. Click here for more details about the pool, including admission rates, hours and more.
Just half an acre smaller than Spring Canyon Park, Fossil Creek is one of the largest community parks in Fort Collins. A popular spot for the whole family, this South Fort Collins gem has a number of attractions for all ages, including a prehistoric-themed playground, a golf course, a dog park, a skate park, sports courts, paved trails, and a fantastic splash park. Featuring a waterfall and several dancing water spouts, the splash pad overlooks the pond, providing a peaceful backdrop for your visit!
If you’re looking for an escape from the intense Colorado sun (or snow during the winter!), look no further than the Family FunPlex Indoor Waterpark in Greeley. This year-round indoor water park has a lazy river, a zero-depth pool, play structures, massive water slides, a water basketball court, a 24-meter lap pool, and an outdoor patio area perfect for picnics. Children 5 and under must be accompanied in the pool by a paying adult, and you must be at least 48 inches tall to use the water slides and be in the lazy river unsupervised. The water park is open Mondays through Thursdays from 12–8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12–6 p.m., and admission ranges from $2–6. Click here for more information about the Family FunPlex water park!
Island Grove Regional Park is a 155-acre historic park and fairgrounds, home to Centennial Village Museum, Island Grove Splash Park, and several major events like Greeley Stampede and Greeley Blues Jam. Plus, there is an inclusive farm-themed playground called Aven’s Village, which features custom roofs, concrete-sculpted chickens, farm-themed activity panels, and custom graphics throughout. And during the summer, our little ones love to splash around at the Island Grove Splash Park, which is open for the season daily from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. There are no admission fees required to visit the splash park!
One of the two splash parks operated by the City of Greeley, Sunrise Splash Park is a simple outdoor water park in Greeley with a splash pad, sprinklers and picnic tables. The splash park is open for the season daily from 11 a.m.– 7 p.m. and there is no admission fee!
Loveland Sports Park is a massive park in Loveland with a variety of amenities for non-stop fun, including a playground, seven full-sized soccer fields, a skate park with bowls and a street course, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, inline hockey rinks, concessions and more. And during the summer, the splash pad is open, offering plenty of exciting water features both above and in the ground. The splash pad is open daily from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Completed in the spring of 2016, Wellington Community Park is the newest park in the Town of Wellington. This 30-acre park has a variety of amenities for the whole family, including a trail, batting cages, two softball fields, a dog park, two age-appropriate playgrounds, a multi-purpose field, an irrigated open turf area, a shade structure, tennis courts, barbecue grills, and more. Plus, the park has a splash pad with a variety of exciting water features to splash around in!
All year long, families flock to Spring Canyon Park’s Inspiration Playground, the first universally accessible playground in Colorado, designed to bring children of all abilities together to share play experiences, recreation and relaxation. Here, you’ll find a variety of safe, state-of-the-art, sensory-rich structures, many of which are covered by shade to protect little ones from the harsh Colorado sun. The playground is accompanied by a picnic shelter and an interactive splash pad with sensor-activated water bursting from the ground. The splash pad is open daily from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day!
Have a blast at these water parks and splash pads in Northern Colorado!