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Best Spray Parks and Fountains Around Seattle, the Eastside and North Sound

Epic spray parks, toddler-friendly fountains and more water-play hot spots

Published on: May 28, 2019

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Northacres Spray Park. Credit: Elisa Murray

On a warm Northwest day, there's often one thing that will please everyone: playing in the water. And that's what free public spray parks are all about! 

Here's a guide to spray parks in around Seattle, the Eastside and North Sound communities. Most are open — at least on weekends — starting Memorial Day weekend. Seattle Parks and Rec's nine spray parks are open daily as of May 25.

Get your splash on at these awesome spray parks this summer, and let us know if we missed your favorite! (For South Sound-area families, or those headed that way, check out our guide to South Sound-area spray parks.)

Tips for families: We recommend double-checking the operating hours of a spray park on its source website; sometimes there are closures or other updates. Also note that some Seattle spray parks operate on a push button, so you might not see the water going upon arrival.

While Seattle Parks and Recreation spray parks are now open daily, note that city wading pools are not yet open (check the website for rolling open dates, starting June 22, and weather condition requirements.) Check the Seattle Parks and Rec wading pool and spray park status hotline, which is updated every morning at 9:30 a.m. The number is 206-684-7796.

North Seattle-area spray parks and fountains

Ballard Commons Park fountains

At this centrally located park (right next to a skate park and kitty-corner from the Ballard Public Library), kids can run through water jets set into the pavement (toddler-friendly), play on the lawn or scooter on the paths. There is an awesome candy and ice cream store at the edge of the park (Sweet Mickey's), and Ballard's many fun eateries are steps away (try kid-friendly Katsu Burger, which opened last summer).
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 5701 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle

Northacres Park spray park

Just off I-5 in North Seattle, this shady park is a big draw, and for good reason. Beyond the spray park, it boasts a fantastic two-part playground (for toddlers and older kids), hiking trails, a great hill to roll down and more. Only drawback: The parking lot can fill on hot days, though street parking is fairly easy to find
Hours:
Open daily 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 12718 1st Ave N.E., Seattle

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Thornton Place fountains. Credit: Elisa Murray

Thornton Place fountains 

Find a small but wonderful fountain on the Thornton Place plaza in northeast Seattle (just south of Northgate Mall). Order bubble tea or a crepe from Jewel Box Cafe and set up at a table with an umbrella;  you can read or work while the kids play. There's also a giant chess board on the plaza, more eateries including a ramen spot and a conveyor-belt sushi restaurant and a Regal Cinema.
Hours: Open seasonally, on warm days.
Find it: 321 N.E. Thornton Pl., Seattle

Green Lake Village water feature. Credit: Elisa Murray

Green Lake Village water feature

The water feature on the plaza outside the PCC Community Market at Green Lake Village — benches with water cascading over them — is beloved by parents and kids alike, and it's toddler-friendly as well. Pick up a snack at PCC, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt or Kitanda Espresso and Açai (gluten-free cheese bread sandwiches!), sit at an outdoor table and let the kids play. Green Lake is two blocks away. Tip: Free 1.5-hour parking in PCC's underground parking garage with a PCC purchase. 
Hours: Open seasonally, on warm days.
Find it: 427 N.E. 72nd St., Seattle

Lower Queen Anne and South Lake Union fountains

Seattle Center International Fountain

Seattle Center International Fountain

The big Kahuna of spray parks is Seattle Center's famous International Fountain, open year-round, and — on hot days and during festivals — crawling with kids who stand and run (usually screaming) under the fountain’s powerful water jets. You can hang out on the sidelines and enjoy the show, including music that the jets are seemingly choreographed to match.

Pick up lunch at the Seattle Center Armory, and don't miss the thrilling Artists at Play playground, near MoPop, which will finish off the job of thoroughly exhausting your kids. (Note: The fountain is open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., but occasionally closes for cleaning; check this link for updates.) 

Tip: Younger and more timid kids might prefer the Dupen Fountain (aka Fountain of Creation), with its bronze sculptures and wading-pool-like feel. Find it near Key Arena. 
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Find it: 305 Harrison St., Seattle

Lake Union Park fountains

The series of fountains at Lake Union Park is just one of the draws at this awesome public space. Kids can also explore boat-building at the Center for Wooden Boats (or rent a boat, free rides on Sundays), visit MOHAI (free for kids ages 14 and under, and always free on first Thursdays), or hop on the Seattle Streetcar for downtown destinations.
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle

Capitol Hill to South Seattle-area spray parks and fountains

Miller Playfield spray park

Located on the east side of Capitol Hill, Miller Park's spray area (the Ron K. Bills Fountain) features granite blocks that mark off the points of the compass and a small circular play space. There are also sports fields and a community center with a basketball court and game room. 
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 330 19th Ave. E., Seattle

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The spray park at Miller Playfield. Credit: Yancy9 via Flickr CC

Yesler Terrace Park spray park

This new park and its fantastic, hillside playground completed last August is a must for your summer bucket list if you've not yet visited. Part of a central plaza in the park becomes the spray park in warmer months. This park, next to the Yesler Community Center and developed with community input, also features space for soccer and basketball.
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 917 Yesler Way, Seattle

Pratt Park spray park — closed for construction

Note: Pratt Park spray park is closed for renovations for the summer of 2019.
With an apartment complex located adjacent to Pratt Park, the park is busy, especially in the summer months. Beyond the spray area, find a playground, basketball court and picnic tables. Pratt Fine Arts Center is located next to the park, and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center is a short walk away. Tip: Broadcast Coffee Roasters is at the northeast corner of the park.
Hours: Closed for renovations during summer 2019
Find it: 1800 S. Main St., Seattle

Lower Judkins Park spray park

Head to the Rainier Valley for playtime at this unusually shaped spray park (tall, Flintstone-like towers spraying water) in the lower area of Judkins Park, near the children's play area. The park also has picnicking spots, trails, a skate spot and a multi-use sports area. Combine with a visit to the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), a half-mile away, or with playtime at the wonderful all-abilities park, Seattle Children's Playgarden
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 2150 S. Norman St., Seattle

Judkins Park spray park. Credit: J via Flickr CC 

Jefferson Park spray park

The state-of-the-art water feature at Jefferson Park is part of Beacon Mountain, an ecologically oriented playscape. Kids will also love the steep and deep tube slides and biking paths; parents will love the view of the Sound and the Olympics from the park. 
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle

Jefferson Park spray park
Jefferson Park spray park

Georgetown Playfield spray park

Located in the heart of this artsy-industrial neighborhood, Georgetown Playfield boasts a fantastic newer playground, lots of big shade trees, and a spray park with many kinds of spray features. Also, find a half basketball court and artificial turf soccer field. Tip: Stellar Pizza is just north of the park.
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 750 S. Homer St., Seattle

John C. Little, Sr. Park spray park 

Long called the 37th Avenue Park, John C. Little, Sr. went through an upgrade and renaming in recent years. Beyond the spray feature, it also has a playground, picnic shelters and even a community garden. It's also just a short walk from the Othello light rail station.
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 6961 37th Ave S., Seattle

West Seattle, Burien and South King County

Highland Park Playground spray park 

Kids love the bucket dump at this spray pad located in this smallish park in West Seattle. There's also a newer playground, upgraded sports fields and new picnic tables and benches. The park is situated in a residential area with lots of big, shady trees. 
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 1100 S.W. Cloverdale St., Seattle

Town Square Park splash park, Burien

After you get done splashing in the fountain, the park is also an ideal spot for a picnic, and features gorgeous views of Mount Rainier. Tip: Family-friendly Elliott Bay Brewing is across the street from the park; and a farmers market sets up at the park every Thursday from mid-May to mid-October, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. 
Hours: Open May to October.
Find it: 400 S.W. 152nd, Burien

Tukwila Community Center spray park, Tukwila

Readers alerted us to this splash and spray park located at Tukwila Community Center, with fish spouts to aim, fountains and car-wash-style play areas. Tip: According to its website, the Community Center serves free lunches for kids, Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–noon.
Hours: Open 10 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, May 27–Sept. 2. 
Find it: 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila

Les Gove Park Rotary Play Sprayground, Auburn

The colorful water-spray features make Auburn's one of the most popular spray parks in the region. When kids are done with water play, they can climb on the accessible Discovery Playground, or head to White River Valley Museum to explore the interactive exhibits, or Mary Olson Farm (open weekends in summer).
Hours:  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Find it: 910 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn

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Les Gove Park, Auburn. Credit: Meredith Browand

Town Square Plaza fountain, Kent

The fountain in Kent's Town Square Plaza has an unusual feature, a 13,000-pound granite ball sculpture, which can be rotated in its base. Kids and adults alike enjoy giving it a spin.
Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., May 20–Oct. 7.
Find it: 2nd Ave. N., Kent 

Eastside spray parks

Crossroads Park spray park, Bellevue

Located in one of the Eastside's most culturally diverse neighborhoods, this park is absolutely worth the drive. Beyond the super-appealing Northwest-themed spray park (a climbable orca, spitting frogs and clams), find a playground, walking trails, covered picnic shelters and even a nine-hole golf course. Crossroads Bellevue shopping center, with ethnic eateries, 25-cent rides for kids and free entertainment on the market stage, is a short walk away.
Hours: Open 10 a.m.–8 p.m., May 24–Sept. 2.
Find it: 999 164th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Crossroads spray park. Credit: Erin Mulholland

Grass Lawn Park spray park, Redmond

One of the Eastside's most popular parks, Grass Lawn has extensive fields, kid-friendly biking trails, picnic areas, great playgrounds for little and big kids (including a two-story climbing structure), and a sensory-activated spray pad.
Hours: TBA for 2019.
Find it:7031 148 Ave N.E., Redmond

Redmond Town Center fountains, Redmond

Redmond Town Center's outdoor areas went through an upgrade a few years ago to make them more play-friendly and safe, with a pedestrian zone that encompasses the splash pad, as well as pavement games and picnic benches.
Hours: Open on sunny days; specific hours unconfirmed for 2019.
Find it: 7525 166th Ave. N.E., Redmond

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Redmond Town Center splash area. Credit: Nancy Chaney

Redmond Downtown Park, Redmond

Redmond's new centerpiece park doesn't have a playground, but it does have features to appeal to kids and families, including a splash pad.
Hours: TBA for 2019
Find it: 16101 Redmond Way, Redmond

Sammamish Commons spray park, Sammamish

Next time you're on the Plateau, give this park a try. Located in the Lower Commons Park, the button-operated spray park is next to a play structure, so your kids can choose between wear-'em-out options. Tip: Visit on a Wednesday afternoon and swing by Samammish's sweet farmers market.
Hours: Open daily, June–Sept.
Find it: 550 222nd Pl S.E., Sammamish

Snohomish County spray parks and fountains

Hazel Miller spray park at Edmonds City Park, Edmonds

Opened in 2016, this large spray park has already become a North Sound favorite. Located at woodsy Edmonds City Park next to a play structure (also new), it includes a 55-gallon bucket, water cannons, arches that spray water and a toddler-friendly area where kids can play in water. Look for the fun area beyond the spray park where kids can build small dams to affect water flow. Conveniently, picnic tables are located nearby. The park also boasts a ballfield, trails and more. It's also a nice stroll to the ferry terminal.
Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., May 27–Sept. 2.
Find it: 600 3rd Ave. S., Edmonds

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Hazel Miller spray park at Edmonds City Park. Courtesy City of Edmonds

Comeford Park spray park, Marysville

This newer spray park features water jets, spray cannons, rotating sprinklers and more fun for the kids. There are restrooms equipped for swimsuit changes, and on Tuesdays from 10–11 a.m. there is a spray park session for kids with special needs. 
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2.
Find it: 514 Delta Ave., Marysville

Willis D. Tucker Park spray pad, Snohomish

Even if you don't live close by, it's worth the drive to play in the giant spray pad at Snohomish's wonderful Willis Tucker Park. Watch out for the dragon soaker! Reader Sandra Lamb recommends exploring the "awesome playground and sandpit area," too, and says it has soft grass for picnics or to run around and play on." Note: The spray pad closes for maintenance from 2–3 p.m. daily.
Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., May 25–Sept. 2 (or until the warm weather ends). 
Find it: 6705 Puget Park Dr., Snohomish 

Forest Park water playground. Credit: Sandra Lamb

Forest Park, Everett

Everett's Forest Park boasts an awesome water playground with 16 interactive water features and an area designed just for toddlers. You could plan an entire day trip: Forest Park also offers a playground, a free petting zoo (opening June 22) and even a swimming pool.
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., May 24–Sept. 22.
Find it: 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett

Daleway Park, Lynnwood

Besides the nice spray park, this park in Lynnwood also features nature trails and picnic areas.
Hours: Open daily (weather dependent), 11 a.m.–7 p.m., June through Labor Day.
Find it: 19015 64th Ave. W., Lynnwood

North Lynnwood spray park. Credit: Sandra Lamb

North Lynnwood Neighborhood Park, Lynnwood

The big draw at this older spray park is the large, mist-spraying green dragon.
Hours: Open daily (weather dependent), 11 a.m.–7 p.m., June through Labor Day.
Find it: 18510 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood

Kitsap County

Fountains at Harborside Fountain Park in Bremerton
Fountains at Harborside Fountain Park in Bremerton

Harborside Fountain Park volcano fountains, Bremerton

The crazy-cool fountains at Harborside Fountain Park, just down the stairs from Bremerton's ferry terminal, got a serious plumbing makeover in 2016 and are open for business again. Your kids will have hours of fun wading in the series of copper-ringed, volcano-like fountains (when will they explode next?!). Non-wading parents can sit at nearby tables and chairs; however, shade is scarce. 

Tip: Combine it with a trip the free Puget Sound Navy Museum, two minutes away, or, just a short walk farther on the pier, the USS Turner Joy (guns, engine room, control panels, more). From Seattle, take the one-hour WSDOT car ferry from Seattle; or the Kitsap Transit pedestrian ferry.
Hours: TBA for 2019.
Find it: 251 First Street, Bremerton

 

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2014 and updated for 2019.

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