Phoenix Valley Splash Pads and Water Parks Open in Summer 2020

Does the intense Phoenix summer heat and quarantine situation have you pulling your hair out? You’re not alone. Thankfully, some of the best Phoenix Valley splash pads and water parks are (still) open for summer 2020. Finally – some relief from the blazing heat. And yay to getting the kids out of the house!

Just a heads-up: due to COVID-19, all City of Phoenix public pools and splash pads will be closed this summer, but some water features in other areas of the valley are open, as of the time of writing.

Advanced health and safety measures will be in place to ensure that you and your family can cool off and have fun while keeping your health a priority. Note that restrictions are changing frequently, so always check with the destination directly before heading over.

5 Phoenix Valley Splash Pads Open Now

Two kids playing in the water at Phoenix Valley splash pads


1. Pioneer Park

526 E. Main Street

(480) 644-PLAY (7529)

This is one of the best splash pads in Phoenix and features a 15-foot water wall, reservable and non-reservable picnic ramadas, a 9,000 square foot playground, a 500-foot suspension bridge and so much more. Prices range from $13-$33/hour for residents. Dogs are also allowed, so this is a great place for the family pup to tag along.

*Note that some amenities may be closed or restricted due to the current state-wide executive order. Restrooms and handwashing stations may not be available.

2. Riverview Park

2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway

(480) 644-PLAY (7529)

Open daily: 9am-10pm

There are several water features for you to choose from on the “spray ground.” It also boasts a “playground extraordinaire” with climbing structures and 2 playground clusters for different age groups. To enhance COVID-19 measures and help ensure your family’s safety, a secondary UV sanitization system was installed in June.

*Note that some amenities may be closed or restricted due to the current state-wide executive order. Restrooms and handwashing stations may not be available.


3. Heroes Park

83rd Ave & Berridge Lane

(623) 930-2820

Open daily 11am-7pm until August 11

Reopened on May 23, this is one of the FREE Phoenix Valley splash pads. I love this splash pad because there’s something for everyone to enjoy. For the little ones – small ground fountains; and for the older ones – movable sprayers to spray each other with (or to annoy parents).


4. Chesnutt Park

4565 N. Granite Reef Road

(480) 312-7275

Set on 5 acres, this Phoenix Valley splash pad is a great place to cool off after loads of fun on the playground. Make sure your picnic baskets are full of goodies because the picnic and ramada areas are a great place to unwind with the family.


5. Espee Park

450 E. Knox Road

(480) 782-2727

Open daily 9am-7pm May-August

The kids will love the different ground sprays, spray rings, three candy cane showers, and water tower – good luck trying to leave!

Phoenix Water Parks

People at a Phoenix water park sliding down a waterslide side-by-side

Most water parks in the area remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The good news is, the Great Wolf Lodge in Scottsdale remains open (at the time of writing) with extra safety and health measures in place!

Great Wolf Lodge

7333 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

(888) 962-9653

Opening times may vary

Not only do you get to experience one of the best water park destinations, but there’s also an arcade, mini-golf, 8 dining options, and so much more. Be sure to book well in advance – this place is popular and has limited passes each day. They’ve stepped up their health and safety measures and do require all guests 5 and older to wear a mask except when in outdoor areas or at the water park.

Phoenix Valley Splash Pads and Water Parks: The Best in Family Fun

Two kids playing in a pool at one of the Phoenix water parks

Outdoor activities can bring the family together like nothing else can. Now that some Phoenix Valley splash pads and water parks are open again, why not seize the day and beat the heat with the kids? Naturally, I encourage you to adhere to CDC and park guidelines including social distancing, wearing your masks, and sanitizing your hands. Stay safe and have fun!

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