31 Splash Pads & Parks Near Me in Northern Virginia 2023

Summer Activities Virginia

We live in a great area for Splash Pad Parks near me in Northern Virginia! I put all 31 splash pads that I could find in 2023 across 5 counties below along with links for other areas in the DMV and my favorite splash pad gear and a map. Have a wonderful time!

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Table of Contents

  1. Fairfax County (10)
  2. Arlington County (7)
  3. Alexandria County (2)
  4. Prince William County (6)
  5. Loudoun County (7)
  6. Beyond Virginia DC and Maryland
  7. Swimming Gear We Use
  8. Map of the Splash Pad Parks

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Splash Pad Parks in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia

Our Special Harbor Splash Park at Chessie's Backyard, Franconia

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Our favorite splash pad in Virginia! Here’s a reel from last year to show all the wonderful parts. The park is located off Telegraph Road near Kingstowne at Franconia Rec Center. The splash pad is 💯 accessible and free. They have benches and chairs under a shade canopy. Lots more details on the playground, carousel, and more at this link.

Opening Days:

May 27 – June 16, 2023: Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from 9:30 AM to 7 PM

June 17 – August 18, 2023: Monday - Friday 11 AM to 7 PM (closes at 5 PM on Wednesdays), Weekends and Holidays 9:30 AM to 7 PM.

August 19 - September 4, 2023: Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from 9:30 AM to 7 PM

Fairfax City Splash Pad at Old Town Square

Mosaic District Splash Pad

Located at Strawberry Park in Mosaic District near Merrifield. Tons of fun shopping, astroturf, large screen for summer movies, and a variety of restaurant options. Turned back on as of late May 2023 and on a previous summer they were on 11 am-8 pm daily.


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Fairfax City Splash Pad at Old Town Square

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A nice spot to splash and play on a hot day. About 15 jets open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM daily. Note: They have a couple of dates throughout the summer that will be closed because of concerts. Highly recommend you check the city's website before you go out to avoid disappointment!

Opening Days: Open May through October.

The Boro, Tysons

New last year, this is another 15 or so jet splash pad my kids really liked! Not too much to do but for littles, it would be great with an astroturf field and Jeni's Ice Creams nearby! Pictures and video in this post.

Opening Days: Open May 1 through September.

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The Boro, Tysons

Atlantis Water Park in Centreville

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Atlantis Water Park is a popular family destination located in Centreville, Virginia. My family and I have only been to Bull Run Regional Park during the bluebells and just drove by Atlantis but it wasn't open then.

The water park features a variety of water attractions, including thrilling water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a children's play area. The park's Atlantis theme adds an extra level of excitement, with attractions such as Poseidon's Playground, Neptune's Revenge, and the Bermuda Triangle. You can rent lounge chairs, umbrellas, and purchase food and drinks.

You can find out more here on hours and ticketing. They have a great area for younger kids. It is also located inside Bull Run Park Regional Park which has lovely trails, at least 2 playgrounds that my kids and I enjoyed, and lots of picnic areas!

Pirate's Cove Water Park in Lorton

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Pirate's Cove Water Park is an epic summer destination in Lorton, Virginia. The park offers a wide range of water-based activities for visitors of all ages, including water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a children's play area. The park's pirate theme adds an extra element of fun, with attractions such as Blackbeard's Pirate Ship and the Buccaneer Beach interactive water play structure.

In addition to the water attractions, the park offers plenty of amenities such as lounge chairs, umbrellas, and food concessions. You can find out more here on hours and ticketing. They have a great area for younger kids. It is also located close to Mason Neck State Park.

4 Reston Splash Pads

  1. Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole - A really fun water park with a great toddler area splash pad. This is a paid water park run by the county and here is my family's review of the Water Mine.
  2. Dogwood Pool Picnic Pavilion at 2460 Green Range Dr. (this is not accessible if the Pavilion has been rented out). I am not sure when the splash pad area will be turned on but a good guess would be May 29 for Memorial Day.
  3. Lake Anne Park Splash Pad at 11301 North Shore Dr. I am not sure when the splash pad area will be turned on but a good guess would be May 29 for Memorial Day.
  4. Reston Town Center at 11900 Market St, Reston, VA 20190. I am not sure when the splash pad area will be turned on but a good guess would be May 29 for Memorial Day.

Splash Pad Parks Northern Virginia

Virginia Highlands Splash Pad, Arlington

Splash Pad Parks in Arlington County, Northern Virginia

Open Memorial Day, May 29, 2023 to Labor Day, September 4, 2023. Arlington County has a great website with all the updates!

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Long Bridge Park, National Landing Arlington

Drew Park

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This was my personal favorite last summer because it was ALL shaded in the afternoon! Here's a reel of our time. Fun playground next door. Recommend parking in the community center parking lot.

Address: 3514 22nd St. S., Arlington, VA 22204

Hours: Monday & Thursday 2-8 p.m.; Closed Tuesday; Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday Noon-8 p.m.

Restrooms: In the community center up the hill.

Playground Link

Long Bridge Park with a Misting Feature (Not splash pad)

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Check out this reel. Cool set of 3 playgrounds at Long Bridge Park! Plus you can watch airplanes take off at DCA and trains right next to the walkway. My kids loved the Mist/Fog/Spray playground, perfect for cooling off. Also, my kids loved the big red button to turn it on.⁣ Second is what I am calling the “teletubby hill” playground which was SHADED and had so many cool features. My kids played here the longest and it was great for hide and seek!⁣

Address: Long Bridge Drive and 6th Street S. Arlington

Hours: Not sure when it will turn on but I am guessing in May 2023.

Restrooms: Permanent restrooms are right next to the playgrounds and soccer field.

Playground Link

Hayes Park

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Great park for little ones when we had our niece visit! Fenced and has a planets-themed spray park. Address: 1516 N. Lincoln St., Arlington, VA 22201

Hours: Monday & Thursday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Tuesday & Friday 2–8 p.m.; Closed Wednesday; Saturday & Sunday Noon–8 p.m.

Restrooms: Permanent park restrooms.

Playground Link

Lyon Village Park

Another great park with a small splash pad. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Fenced!

Address: 1800 N. Highland St., Arlington, VA 22201

Hours: Monday & Tuesday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Wednesday & Friday 2–8 p.m.; Closed Thursday; Saturday & Sunday Noon–8 p.m.

Restrooms: No restrooms https://familytripguides.com/dc-with-kids/virginia-highlands-park/

Playground Link

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Virginia Highlands Park

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Such a great one! My kids loved this one but it was crowded on a hot weekend (to be expected!)

Address: 1600 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202

Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Restrooms: Permanent park restrooms.

Playground Link

Penrose Square - Interactive Water Feature

Address: 2597 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

Hours: Not sure but guessing Memorial Day, May 29, 2023.

Restrooms: No restrooms

Mosaic Park - Interactive Water Feature

Address: 538 N Pollard St, Arlington, VA 22203

Hours: Not sure but guessing Memorial Day, May 29, 2023.

Restrooms: No restrooms.

Playground Link

Splash Pad Parks in Alexandria County

Potomac Yard Park

Great splash pad between two playgrounds right in Potomac Yard. The only problem is parking can sometimes be hard to find. Currently open in 2022 from 10 AM to 9 PM Memorial Day through Labor Day and 10 AM to 8 PM Labor Day to approx. mid-October. Includes 36 water jets and offers 3 programmable sequences and sensors! From Alexandria City website here. Free! Post about the playground here.

Great Waves Water Park

This is a paid water park inside Cameron Run Regional Park. Tons of fun and has a great toddler area splash pad too. I wrote a review of our time at Great Waves Water Park here.

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Prince William County Splash Pads

Splash Down Waterpark - Manassas

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This was my kids favorite place last summer! Splash Down Water Park is Northern Virginia's Largest Waterpark. They have so much to do for kids of all ages. They have a 4-story tall slide, Log Walk, pools and a Lazy River. There is a splash pad area for little kids and even tiny slides for toddlers.

More details here.

Signal Bay Waterpark - Manassas

We haven't been to Signal Bay Water Park yet but it looks great with a lazy river, water slides and areas for little ones. All the details one their website and they open on May 26, 2023.

Stonewall Park Pool - Manassas

An outdoor pool and small water slide that is part of the City of Manassas. They also have a splash pad for the little ones and a baby pool. More details on their website.

Stonebridge Potomac Town Center - Woodbridge

Small but fun splash pad in the center of Stonebridge Shopping Center (near Old Navy, the Apple Store, and on the same side as REI). Not sure when it will open in 2023 but when it is open it is on from 10 AM to 8 PM. We went last year but I can't find my picture! Their facebook page will probably post when it opens.

Waterworks Waterpark - Dale City

We haven't been to this water park in Dale City but their website claims they are the largest in Northern Virginia (as does Splashdown!) They have many water slides, wading pools and a splash pad for little ones. It is located inside Andrew Leitch Park. Their website for hours and admission here.

Virginia Gateway - Gainesville

Another shopping center splash pad is Virginia Gateway in Gainesville. It will be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and you can check its website for any closures and photos.

Loudoun County Splash Pads and Waterparks

I confess I haven't been to any of these splash pads as they are farther away from us but below is the info I found. I organized based on type: Shopping Center Splash Pads, Waterparks and Pools.

Loudoun County Shopping Center Splash Pads

Linked to their Facebook pages which will have up to the date info on water opening times.

  1. Cascades Overlook Town Center - Sterling
  2. Lansdowne Towne Center - Leesburg
  3. Loudoun Station - Ashburn
  4. One Loudoun - Ashburn
  5. Village at Leesburg- Leesburg

Franklin Park Pool - Purcellville

Run by Loudoun County Parks and Rec this is a great pool in Purcellville with slides and a splash pad inside. More details on hours and admission on their website.

Volcano Island Waterpark

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We haven't made it here yet but its on our list after my kids saw pictures of these awesome slides at Volcano Island Waterpark! Located in Sterling Virginia is along the Potomac River and includes a splash pad for the little ones. More details here.

DC and Maryland Spraygrounds

36 Splash Pads in DC here and a Maryland here!

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Swimming Gear for Splash Pads

#1 Favorite Sun Hat: We've used these hats for 6 years! (Originally from REI bought found on Amazon) 2,700, 5-star reviews with UPF 50 and Smart Strap which is safer to help prevent choking.

#2 UPF Rashguard Shirts: I purchased this one for my daughter because I like the mock neck. Tons of colors and sizes and a great price.

#3 Water Shoes: Great to have water shoes to help your kids not hurt the bottoms of their feet. I always look for covered/reinforced toes which these have. Lots of colors and styles for girls and boys.

Map of Splash Pad Parks in Northern Virginia