Orange County Splash Pads and Water Parks Opened For Summer 2016

Summer is here and we’ve been hearing that California is in a severe drought. Cities are now making restrictions on water usage, but what about our parks? There are several Orange County Splash Pads Southern California residents rely on to stay cool and have a little fun.
 Buccaneer Cove OC Splash Pads and Water Parks
Check out the local Orange County splash pads listed below. Some were built with some sort of reclaim water/recycling system and will be open starting this Memorial Day Weekend.

Adventure Playground:

7111 Talbert Ave (Youth Shelter & Amphitheater), Huntington Beach, CA 92844 (714) 892-6015

If you plan on visiting Adventure Playground, plan on having a blast while getting dirty! It is an outdoor play experience designed for children 5-12 years old. Kids can raft on a small pond, go down a mud slide, go across a rope bridge and build forts with wood. Admission is $3 per child. Adults 16 and older are free. Open from June 20 through August 16, 2016 Monday-Saturday 10am – 4pm; Closed Sunday.

Atlantis Play Center:

13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove, CA 92844 (714) 892-6015

One of my favorite parks in Orange County, this adorable splash pad is located in a historic park that is getting ready to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  The splash pad’s water is scheduled to start up on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 through Labor Day, September 5th, 2016

Citrus Spash Park:

1250 Santana Way, Corona, CA 92881 (951) 736-2241

Citrus Park at 1250 Santana Way [MAP], the Citrus Splash Zone features a number of water features including spraying jets and water cannons – making it a cool and fun activity for all ages to enjoy! The splash pad is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 1st to Sept. 30th.

Crown Valley Community Park Splash Pad:

29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 (714) 425-5100

Now Open: Crown Valley Community Park has just been remodeled with it’s newest feature – a splash pad or “spray ground,” with 20 separate water features. In light of the drought and to protect users, the splash pad has a closed-loop system with chlorinated water and will be open seasonally. Also part of the remodel are two new ADA-accessible playgrounds with rubberized surfaces, for 2- to 5-year-olds and for 5- to 12-year-olds. They are located at the north side of the park inside a fenced area. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day May 30, 2016 through Labor Day September 5, 2016.

Harry M Dotson Park:

10350 Fern St. Stanton, CA 92841 (714) 379-9222 x 270

Harry M Dotson Park, also knows as the “Pirate Park” is a themed park in Stanton with one entrance with an open gate.  There are two play structures, one a gigantic pirate ship and the other one for toddlers.  The saloon splash pad opens Memorial Day weekend, May 30, 2016 and will continue through Labor Day, September 5th, 2016.

Harry Dotson Splash Pads

Frontier Park:

1400 Mitchell Ave. Tustin, CA 92782 (714) 573-3000

A fun park in Tustin, Frontier has play structures, fitness equipment, disk golf course, open grassy areas and a splash pad. This water feature will not be running this summer (2016).

Heritage Park Splash Pad:

14301 Yale Avenue, Irvine, CA (949)724-6750

There is a nice playground and the splash pad consists of a star with water that shoots up in arches. Fun for the kiddos. This splash pad runs year round because of specific water recycling features built into the facility.

Lemon Park Spray Pool:

701 S. Lemon Street Fullerton, CA 92832  (714) 738-6575

The Spray Pool is open daily, Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th, 2016 through Labor Day Weekend, September 5th, 2016  12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Remember, you must wear a bathing suit to play in the Spray Pool.

Atlantis Parks Splash Pads 

Pioneer Park:

10250 Pioneer Road Tustin, CA 92782 (714) 573-3000

A fun park in Tustin, Pioneer has play structures, open grassy areas and a splash pad. This water feature will not be running this summer (2016)

Rancho Jurupa Park:

4800 Crestmore Road, Riverside, CA 92509 – Phone: 951-684-7032

A gorgeous 200-acre recreational area with many amenities. Activities include a thrilling splash pad for water play, a rock climbing playground, miniature golf surrounded by spectacular waterfalls, and a disc golf course. Splash pad will be open upon demand. Due to the state drought crisis kiddie pools are now restricted in Rancho Jurupa Park and Lake Skinner Recreation Area. For more information, please contact (800) 234-PARK (7275).

Splash Pad at Sigler Park:

7200 Plaza Street Westminster, CA 92683 (714) 895-2860

Located in Westminster, this splash pad is in a beautiful park setting with the splash pad enclosed with a gate. Picnic tables are available to sit on and watch the youngsters enjoy the water but if I recall, you are not allowed to bring food into the splash area.  Hours of operation for the 2016 season:
Weekends: May 28th – Sept. 25th from 12 Noon – 5pm
Daily: June 20th – Sept. 5th from 12 Noon – 5pm

Terramor Aquatic Park:

26281 O’Neill Drive Ladera Ranch, CA

For Ladera Ranch residents and guest only, this park features restrooms, outdoor showers, small splash & play area, water features including a bucket that dumps water into pool ever 3 minutes, 3 reservable picnic areas (covered), little kid bike course with BBQ’s.  The splash pad will be in operation Memorial weekend (May 28th) through Labor Day (Sept 5th), then weekends only throughout September.

Valencia Park:

701 S. Lemon Street Fullerton, CA 92832  (714) 738-6575

Valencia Park consists of a splash pad/activity slab, wading pool, play structure, and sports courts. Unfortunately the splash pad will not be in operation this summer.

Now if you are looking for something a little more adventurous, check out the following locations:

Buccaneer Bay at La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center :

13806 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638 (714) 902-3191

“Buccaneer Bay” is loads of family fun with a pirate themed water park.  Enjoy a floating river, three water slides and a kids interactive play structure. The zero-depth beach entry and two spray pad areas are perfect for the little ones.  Pirate themed elements include: a marooned ship, a dramatic skull rock, shade canopies that resemble sails, cannon walls, wharf plank benches, and crow’s nests. The park opens weekends 10:30am – 5:30pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016 through Sunday September 25th.  The park will be open daily June 10th through August 15, 2016  10:30am – 5:30pm.

Buccaneer Cove Splash Pads

 Buccaneer Cove at Boomers Irvine:

3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine CA  (949) 559-38341

Buccaneer Cove, the newest attraction is now open at Boomers, Irvine.  It’s a super-sized water play area that’s five levels high with slippery slides, wet tunnels, spray loops and a huge splash bucket. Children have so much fun with the spray cannons and the interactive aqua dome. There is over 1000 feet of water slides for older kids and the smaller kids will enjoy a kiddie slide and a splash pad area. Buccaneer Cove Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day! May 23rd through June 21 – Open Weekends Only 11:00am to 7:00pm
Starting June 22 – Open Daily 11:00am to 6:00pm / Open Weekends Only 11:00am to 7:00pm

Knotts Soak City

Knott’s Soak City:

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620 (714) 220-5200

Across from Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s Soak City offers guests a little bit of everything when it comes to water entertainment.  For the little ones, there is a kiddie lagoon, the lazy river and the wave pool.  For the daring, there are several slides that will keep you coming back for more.  Soak City opens May 14, 2016 at 10:00am daily through September 7th and select days in September.

Plan you summer with this great resource! Ruth at has compiled an awesome list of FREE things to do this summer with your family. Lots of great activities to add to your Summer Bucket List!!!


All days of operation and hours are subject to change.  Please contact individual cities for questions regarding the parks, reservations, water schedule.

5 thoughts on “Orange County Splash Pads and Water Parks Opened For Summer 2016

  1. This is a great list, thank you! We can’t wait to start visiting these parks. I wonder if there are going to be any problems with them in regards to the drought.

  2. Raechal

    you may have found this out by now, but I was at heritage park today and the water was on 🙂

  3. Tamra Phelps

    Any of these look like a cool way to spend a hot Summer day. As a teen, I loved spending Summer days in the water!

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