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Super Spray Parks and Fountains in the Seattle Area

Northacres spray park | Elisa Murray

On a hot — or even just lukewarm — summer day, there's often only one thing that will please everyone: water play. And that's what free spray parks are all about. They also tend to be open longer hours than wading pools.

Here's a guide to spray parks in greater Seattle area. Try them all this summer, and let us know if we missed your favorite! (Also find our guide to South Sound spray parks.)

Tip: Always check the hours of the spray park on the website link; many don't open until 11 a.m. or even later.


North Seattle

- At Ballard Commons Park, kids can run through water jets set into the pavement. You can also watch (or skate) at the skate park, browse the beautiful public library, or nosh at one of Ballard's many fun eateries. 5701 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle

- The spray pad at Northacres Park, just off I-5 near Shoreline, is a big draw, and for good reason. It also has a fantastic two-part playground (for toddlers and older kids), hiking trails, a great hill to roll down and more. The lot can fill on hot days; but street parking is fairly easy to find. 12718 1st Ave N.E., Seattle

Thornton Place fountain. Photo by Elisa Murray

- Find a small but wonderful fountain on the plaza at Thornton Place in northeast Seattle (just south of Northgate). 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 chessboard, more eateries and a Regal Cinema.) 321 N.E. Thornton Pl., Seattle

Green Lake Village Fountain. Photo credit: Elisa Murray

Another "pocket fountain" — benches with water cascading over them — is on the plaza just oustide of the Green Lake Village PCC. It's perfect for toddlers and preschoolers; you can sit at the tables and enjoy a PCC snack while they play. Menchie's frozen yogurt is right there as well. Green Lake is two blocks away. 505 N.E. 70th St., Seattle

South Seattle and Capitol Hill

- The newish state-of-the-art water feature at  Jefferson Park is part of Beacon Mountain, an ecologically oriented playscape and many other awesome improvements to this wonderful park in Seattle's Beacon Hill  neighborhood. 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle

- The spray park at Lower Judkins in south Seattle looks like a park from The Flintstones. Combine with a visit to nearby NAAM, the Northwest African American Museum, to soak up some culture. 2150 S. Norman St., Seattle

udkins Park sprayground by J on flickr CC 

- The Ron K. Bills Fountain at Miller Park features granite blocks that mark off the points of the compass and a small circular play space. 330 19th Ave. E., Seattle

Pratt Park's popular spray park is located next to Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in the Central District. 1800 S Main St., Seattle


Pratt Park sprayground by J on flickr CC

- Georgetown Playfield, notes one reader, boasts "a fenced area, lots of big shade trees, swings, play equipment and now the new spray park! The neighborhood loves it." 750 S Homer St., Seattle

- John C. Little Park in south Seattle, near the New Holly development, is also home to a new spray feature, as well as picnic shelters and new paths. 6961 37th Ave S., Seattle

Downtown Seattle, Lake Union

Seattle Center International Fountain | istockphoto

- The big Kahuna of spray parks is the International Fountain at Seattle Center, which crawls with kids who stand (usually screaming) under the fountain’s powerful water jets. You can hang out on the sidelines and enjoy the show, which often includes music that the jets are choreographed to. 305 Harrison St., Seattle

- The fun spray feature at Lake Union Park is just one of the draws at this truly awesome public space. Kids can also explore boat-building at the Center for Wooden Boats, visit the new MOHAI, rent a boat, or hop on a streetcar for downtown destinations. 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle

West Seattle

The renovated spraypad at Highland Park in West Seattle. It's situated in a cozy residential area with lots of big, shady trees and a fun play area. 1100 S.W. Cloverdale St., Seattle

South of Seattle

Burien, just south of West Seattle, has a spray fountain in its Town Square that's open daily from early May to late Sept.  The park is also a perfect spot for a picnic, and features gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier. Find more to do in Burien400 SW 152nd Burien


- Crossroads Park’s water play area boasts tons of play space and interesting Northwest-themed spray features. It usually opens Memorial Day. 999 164th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Crossroads spray park | Erin Mulholland

- A favorite Eastside park, Grass Lawn Park in Redmond, also has a popular splash pad, as well as picnic areas galore, trails, fields and playgrounds. 7031 148 Ave N.E., Redmond 

- After shopping at Redmond Town Center, stop by the fountains (amid bears) for some splashing fun. 7525 166th Ave. N.E., Redmond

Redmond Town Center | Rachel McClary

- Another popular park with a splash pad is the Sammamish Commons (behind the city hall),  next to a play structure. Note: If you park in the city hall lot, it's a bit of a hike. 801 228th Ave S.E. Sammamish

Kitsap County

- Walk on the ferry from downtown Seattle to Bremerton and head straight for Harborside Fountain Park, just down the stairs and left of the ferry terminal. Your kids will have hours of fun wading in the series of copper-ringed, volcano-like fountains (when will they explode next!). Combine it with a trip the free Puget Sound Navy Museum, 2 minutes a way, or to the Navy Destroyer ship the USS Turner (guns, engine room, control panels, more). 

Snohomish County

- Marysville's new spray park opens for the season May 23. This free park features water jets, spray cannons, rotating sprinklers and more fun for the kids. Open through Labor Day, although sometimes staying open longer in September, depending on the weather.  514 Delta Ave., Marysville

- It's worth the drive to play in the giant “spray pad” at Willis D. Tucker Park in Snohomish. Watch out for the dragon soaker! It opens the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Reader Sandra Lamb recommends exploring the "awesome playground and sand pit area," too, and says it has soft grass for picnics or to to run around and play on." 6705 Puget Park Dr., Snohomish


Forest Park water playground | Sandra Lamb

- Forest Park  in Everett boasts an awesome water playground with 16 interactive water features and an area designed just for toddlers. Also check out the playground and petting zoo! It's open May 22 through Sept. 27. 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett

- Lynnwood’s recently-renovated spray park is at Daleway Park, which also boasts a nature trail. It's open June through Labor Day. 19015 64th Ave. W., Lynnwood

North Lynnwood spray park | Sandra Lamb

- The big draw at North Lynnwood Neighborhood Park’s older spray park is the large, mist-spraying green dragon. It's open June through Labor Day. 18510 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood

South of Seattle

(Find a complete guide to South Sound spray parks.)

- In Tukwila, cool off at the splash and spray park at the community center, with fish spouts to aim, fountains, and car-wash-style play areas. It's open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from 10 a.m.– p.m. daily. 12424 42nd Ave. S. 


Les Gove Park, Auburn | Meredith Browand

- The colorful water-spray features make Auburn's Les Gove Park Rotary Play Sprayground one of the most popular spray parks in the region. 910 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn

- The fountain in the Town Square Plaza in Kent has an unusual feature, a 13,000-pound granite ball sculpture, which can be rotated in its base. Kids and adults alike enjoy pushing it around the plaza. 2nd Ave. N., Kent


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