Stay Cool: Splash Pads in Raleigh + the Triangle

Amy Hartle

It doesn’t take long for the Raleigh area to start to heat up. By May, we’re all ready to hit up the splash pads.

In this guide, I have collected all of the splash pads in Raleigh and around the Triangle. This list also includes the need-to-know information about each spot.

From big splash pads to small spraygrounds, here is where to keep cool in the Triangle.

Taylor Street Park Sprayground

Current Status: OPEN

📍416 N. Taylor St., Wake Forest, NC

At this classic sprayground, you’ll find water jetting, flowing, and streaming.

Here are the published hours of operation:

April 27 – June 7, 2024
  • Monday – Friday, 4-8 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sundays 1-8 p.m. 
Memorial Day
  • 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
June 8 – August 31, 2024
  • Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Sundays, 1-8 p.m. 
September 1-22, 2024
  • Monday – Friday, 4-8 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sundays, 1-8 p.m. 
Labor Day
  • 10 a.m.-8 p.m
The splash pad at John Chavis Memorial Park

John Chavis Memorial Park Splash Pad

Current Status: OPEN

📍505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Raleigh, NC 27601

The splash pad at John Chavis Memorial Park isn’t fancy, but it is a lot of fun. There’s plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the water features, and some tables and chairs with umbrellas set up nearby.

This park also offers a terrific playground, as well as a historic carousel (currently closed for renovation.)

Hours: 7 days a week 9am-9pm

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Jack Smith Park Splash Pad

Current Status: OPEN!

📍9725 Penny Road Cary NC

This is a fun, colorful splash pad with numerous water features. Like others on the list, a playground is directly adjacent.

The sprayground operates from mid-May through mid-September.

Hours: 9am-8pm, seven days a week (weather permitting)

Moore Square Splash Pad

Current Status: OPEN

📍225 E. Martin StreetRaleigh, NC 27601

This splash pad is right in downtown Raleigh. It’s small and more of an interactive water feature than a true splash pad, but on a hot day, you’re not gonna complain!

Hours: 7 days a week. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. from April-October, weather dependent

Knightdale Station Park Splash Pad

Current Status: OPEN

📍810 N First Ave, Knightdale, NC 27545

At 2,000 square feet, this splash pad is a big one! There is also an additional 1,500 square foot deck containing two shade structures and benches.

Fellow toddler parents will be glad to know this splash pad is totally fenced in!

The Splash Pad will open for the 2024 summer season on Saturday, May 11th and will close Sunday, September 8th. 

Hours: Every day 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

South Park Splash Pad

Current Status: OPEN

📍900 S Main Street Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

This is a fun splash pad for kids. They especially love the huge bucket of water that spills over and creates a huge gush! This splashpad is fully fenced, too.

Residents of Fuquay-Varina can use the splash pad for free with a Resident Splash Card. Non-residents are $2 per person for  all-day admission. One parent will be admitted without charge. Children under the age of 2 are free of charge. Payments by credit card only, cash not accepted.

Hours: Every day 10am-7pm

Pleasant Park Splashlantis

Current Status: OPEN

📍3400 Pleasant Plains Road, Apex, NC

The relatively new Pleasant Park just opened last fall. So Summer 2024 will be the debut for its splash pad, Splashlantis.

We plan to visit as soon as the splash pad opens, and will update this article with all relevant information!

Municipal Park Slash Pad

Current Status: OPEN

📍325 McCullers St, Clayton, NC 27520

All the traditional splash pad fun is to be had here at Municipal Park in Clayton. And there’s plenty more to be enjoyed at the park, as well.

Hours: 9am-8pm, 7 days per week

East End Park Sprayground

Current Status: Not opening in 2024

📍1200 N Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27701

This is a simple sprayground located next to the bathrooms and playground at East End Park.

Important note on their website: In order to initiate the Sprayground water, place both hands on the dome for approximately three minutes

Hours: 10am-8pm, 7 days per week

Edison Johnson Sprayground

Current Status: OPEN

📍500 W Murray Avenue Durham, NC 27701

The sprayground is located in between the Edison Johnson Recreation Center and Aquatics Center within Rock Quarry Park. In addition to the sprayground, there is also a playground, picnic tables, and a grill.

Hours: 10am-8pm, 7 days a week

Forest Hills Park Sprayground

Current Status: OPEN

📍1639 University Drive Durham, NC 27707

Another basic but refreshing sprayground to cool you off on a hot North Carolina day.

Hours: 10am-8pm, 7 days a week

Hillside Park Sprayground

Current Status: will open by Memorial Day

Those sprayground is located right next to the Hillside Pool. While the pool has an associated cost, the Hillside Park Sprayground is free and accessible during the day, including times when the pool is closed. 

Hours: Monday-Friday

Knight Farm Community Park Splash Pad

Current Status: OPEN

📍362 Vine Pkwy, Pittsboro, NC 27312

This splash pad is cute and fun, with features like an elephant that sprays water from its mouth and trunk.

Hours: 10am-7pm, 7 days a week