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Splash! South Sound Spray Park Guide

Beat the summer heat at one of these awesome South Sound water-play spots

Norpoint Park | Courtesy Metro Parks Tacoma
On a hot — or even just lukewarm — spring or summer day, there's often one thing that's sure to please everyone: water play. And that's what free spray parks are all about. Here's our gude to spray parks in the South Sound. Try them all and let us know if we missed your favorite!

Due to our warm spring weather, four of Tacoma's spray parks are now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. These are the spraygrounds at the SERA Campus near STAR Center, Titlow Park, Norpoint Park and Wright Park.

And check the complete list of Metro Parks Tacoma's spray parks, which are all currently open weekends, through May 29, after which they're open daily.

It's still early in the season and we recommend checking directly with other venues for the spray ground's status before venturing out. Get splashing!

Closer to Seattle or heading on a day trip? Don't miss our guide to spray parks in the Seattle area.


- The Kiwanis Kids Spray Park is one of the South Sound's newest spray parks, and Puyallup's first, replacing the wading pool that used to be in Pioneer Park.  It's open daily starting late May, from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 324 S Meridian, Puyallup.


Courtesy Point Ruston
Courtesy Point Ruston

- On Tacoma's newly revitalized Ruston Way waterfront, the Point Ruston boasts a new ferry-boat themed playground and a sprayground that opened earlier this year. Open from noon-10 p.m., the new sprayground is nature-inspired and super popular. (Find more to do on Ruston Way here.)

- Norpoint Park, renovated recently, features newly landscaped rain gardens, eco-turf, and a new playground and sprayground. Sprayground now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 4818 Nassau Ave. N.E., Tacoma.

- If you visit Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in the summer, bring a change of clothes and water shoes so the kids can splash in the Kids’ Zone Lilypad Fountain. 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma.

- The spray park at Wright Park in northeast Tacoma boasts an updated playground and an almost one-mile trail. Explore the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory while you're there. Sprayground now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 501 South I. St., Tacoma.

Wright Park | Courtesy Metro Parks Tacoma

- Jefferson Park spans over 15 acres and has a recently renovated spray park and playground, plus athletic fields. 801 N. Mason Ave., Tacoma.

- Have a picnic at after the kids work up an appetite splashing at Verlo Playfield. Note, some still know this playfield by its former name, McKinley playfied. 4321 McKinley Ave., Tacoma.

- The trees at forested South Park provide plenty of shade when you need a break from splashing or strolling the gardens. 4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma.

- The Skip & Laura Vaughn playground and sprayground at Wapato Hills Park is adjacent to a preserved open nature space. 6231 S. Wapato St., Tacoma.

- Titlow Park has a recently added sprayground and updated playground, part of a 75-acre waterfront signature park with a lagoon and the historic Titlow Lodge. Sprayground now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 8425 6th Ave., Tacoma.

- Franklin Park also has a new sprayground, walking trails, and expanded community garden. 1201 S. Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma.

- Kandle Park has a new mini-sprayground, spray toys, and a separate spraypool. 2323 N. Shirley St., Tacoma.

- SERA Campus' sprayground, the newest largest spray park in Tacoma, opened in 2014. Sprayground now open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Near STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma.


- The unique reclaimed-water stream on the East Bay Public Plaza in front of Hands On Children's Museum has water to spare, stepping stones to climb on and much more. Check website for occasional closures. 325 Marine Drive N.E., Olympia.

Reclaimed stream at Hands On, Elisa Murray

- Olympia’s Heritage Park fountain is a favorite for wading and splashing. 330 5th Ave. S.W., Olympia.


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

Les Gove Park | Credit: Meredith Browand

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2013 and updated for 2016.

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