Wading Pool Guide for Seattle, Eastside and South Sound
While we love our spray parks in Puget Sound, it's hard to beat the relief of sticking your feet in the cool water of a wading pool. Here's a quick guide to local wading spots.
Note: Here's the schedule for Seattle wading pools for 2015; also check the Seattle wading pool Facebook page for updates. The Seattle wading pools that are open daily for the summer start on Saturday, June 27 (Volunteer Park, Van Asselt, Magnuson, Lincoln and Gren Lake); check the schedule for opening dates for the others.
Central Seattle/Capitol Hill/Queen Anne/ Downtown
The playground has lots to offer at East Queen Anne Playground, plus lots of shade and benches for post-wading relaxation. 160 Howe St., Seattle. Open starting June 29, Mon–Tues–Sun, noon–6:30 p.m.
In bustling Capitol Hill, Cal Anderson Park is a lively park for people watching, playing, and wading near the fountain. 1635 11th Ave., Seattle. Open starting July 3, Fri–Sat–Sun, noon–6:30 p.m.
With an upgrade completed in April 2013, Volunteer Park's wading pool and play area are better than ever, with climbing rocks and a wall, slides, higher swings, and a new sand box. The circular wading pool is one of the biggest in the city and a wonder on a hot day. 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle. Open starting June 27, daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
One of the biggest and most popular wading pools in the city (and open daily), Green Lake Park's pool offers opportunities to take a stroll or bike ride and watch the boats or paddle boarders after wading. N. 73rd St & W. Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle. Open starting June 27, daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Bitter Lake Playfield is the northernmost park, close to Aurora Ave. shopping, and boasts great views of the lake. 13035 Linden Ave N., Seattle. Open starting July 1, Wed-Thurs-Friday, noon–7 p.m.
Check out the creative toys in the children’s play area at Dahl Playfield, or cross the street to meander through Seattle’s first community garden, Picardo. 7700 25th Ave N.E., Seattle. Open starting June 30, Tues-Wed-Thurs, noon–7 p.m.
All elements of the wading pool are wheelchair accessible at Wallingford Playfield, a popular neighborhood spot. Reader tip: "The wading pool at Wallingford park is deep enough for preschoolers to actually swim." 4219 Wallingford Ave N., Seattle. Open starting July 1, Wed–Thurs–Fri, noon–7 p.m.
The small wading pool at Magnuson Park overlooks Lake Washington and a sandy beach, so bring your shovels and buckets. Kite Hill is a short walk away, and there are great paths for beginning and experienced bikers. It's open daily. 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle. Open starting June 27, daily, noon–6:30 p.m.
You can find the wading pool at Soundview Playfield on the westside of the park, near the children’s play area. 1590 N.W. 90th St., Seattle. Open starting June 29. Mon–Sat–Sun, noon–7 p.m.
West Seattle/South Seattle
On a clear day, you get a great view of Mount Rainier from the wading pool at E. C. Hughes Playground. 2805 S.W. Holden St., Seattle. Open starting July 1, Wed–Thurs–Fri, noon–7 p.m.
After wading at the sunny South Park Playfield consider a visit to Marra Farm, a unique giving garden with a children's garden. 8319 8th Ave S., Seattle. Open starting June 29, Mon–Tues–Sun, noon–7 p.m.
After working up an appetite at the wading pool at Van Asselt Playground (open daily) foodies of all ages may be tempted to try some of the diverse ethnic foods plentiful on Beacon Hill. 2820 S. Myrtle St., Seattle. Open starting June 27, daily, 11 a.m-8 p.m.
Located in a cozy neighborhood in West Seattle, Hiawatha Playfield has a large, round wading pool with lots of shade nearby. 2700 California Ave S.W., Seattle. Open starting July 1, Wed–Thurs–Fri–Sat, noon–6:30 p.m.
It’s hard not to love Lincoln Park, with its beautiful views, tide pools, and lush trails, plus a large play area and wading pool. It's open daily. 8600 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle. Open starting June 27, daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Kids love watching the skaters glide through the new skatepark at Delridge Playfield, adjacent to the large wading pool. 4501 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle. Open Mon–Tues–Sat–Sun.
Peter Kirk Pool also has a wading pool for younger kids. ($4 admission to the pools.) 340 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland.
The outdoor wading pool at Samena Swim and Recreation Club is open on warm days (72 degrees minimum). It's a membership-based pool. 15231 Lake Hills Blvd., Bellevue.
The Portland Avenue Park on Tacoma’s Eastside has a free wading pool and playground. 3513 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma. (The Jane Clark wading pool is closed currently for soil remediation.)
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.
Fircrest Park has a children’s wading pool adjacent to a larger swimming pool. According to Sounds Fun Mom, who has a great post about it, it's free, but only open for non-Fircrest residents from 10–noon and 4–8 p.m. 555 Contra Costa, Fircrest.
Mud Mountain Dam Recreation Area in Enumclaw has a wading pool and might make for a nice day trip. 30525 Mud Mountain Rd., Enumclaw.
The Henry Moses Aquatic Center has a shallow water area just for toddlers and a water play structure. ($4–$14 admission to the pools.) 1719 S.E. Maple Valley HWY, Renton.
Tacoma's wave pool, Kandle Pool, has a separate shallow tot pool. Fee for admission. 5302 N. 26th St., Tacoma.
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