Splash pads are the height of easy, free summer fun. They’re typically water play areas in a park and near a playground, and they offer parents a way to supervise their kids having fun while being safe. Don’t forget your sunscreen and bring your own towels and chairs!

There are over 100 splash pads in Toronto – you can see the city’s full list here. Here are some of our favourites:

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Downtown / Midtown

Alexandra Park –  275 Bathurst Street (at Dundas Street West). Tucked away near Kensington Market, forget about the downtown hustle and bustle in this splash pad with a nautical vibe.

Toronto Island Park – Centre Island (Take the ferry from Queens Quay and Harbour Square. More information about the Toronto Islands here). Right smack in the middle of all the Centre Island amenities – beaches, bike rentals, walking paths, boating and fishing areas, Franklin Children’s Garden – lies a nature-themed splash pad. It’s especially handy when it’s hot but the Lake Ontario beach water is too cold or has an algae bloom.

June Rowlands – 220 Davisville Avenue (at Mount Pleasant Road). In a Midtown park featuring a playground named Canadian musical icons Sharon, Lois and Bram, this splash pad has jets coming at you from all different directions.

Corktown Common – 155 Bayview Avenue (south of King Street East). This 18-acre urban park includes a rubber splash pad, sculptural rock features, a cool sand park and a gorgeous view of downtown. Be sure to check out one of Toronto’s hidden gems nearby, Underpass Park.

Sherbourne Commons – 5 Lower Sherbourne Street (south of Queens Quay East). An outdoor skating rink doubles as a fountain-style splash pad with plenty of room to run around. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll along the lake or stop by the modern playground

Sugar Beach – 11 Dockside Drive (south of Queens Quay East). This man-made beach by the lake and beside its neighbour Redpath Sugar (hence the name) has a water fountain embedded in a granite maple leaf. Hide from the sun on Muskoka chairs under adorable and selfie-worthy pink umbrellas.

East End / East York

Greenwood Park – 150 Greenwood Avenue (south of Gerrard East). Sandwiched between an outdoor pool, playground, outdoor exercising area and covered rink (available for roller skating or ball hockey), is a small but busy splash pad.

Stan Wadlow Park – 888 Cosburn Avenue (near Woodbine Ave.). Along with a splash pad, this large East York park features an outdoor pool, skateboard park, off-leash dog park and baseball diamond.

Woodbine Park / Measurement Park – 1695 Queen Street East (between Eastern and Lake Shore East). Across the street from Woodbine Beach, a wetland-themed splash pad and playground fits in perfectly with a real pond (home to ducks, geese and swans) and downtown views in the background.

West End / York

High Park – 1873 Bloor Street West. High Park has everything you can think of (multiple playgrounds, outdoor pool, baseball and tennis facilities, nature paths, etc. etc.) and some things you wouldn’t expect, like an outdoor theatre (check out more about Dream In High Park here), a restaurant and a free volunteer-run zoo! Amongst of all this beauty is a cute brightly coloured splash pad beside a playground with tipping buckets and various spray jets.

MacGregor Playground – 356 Lansdowne Road (north of College Street). This neighbourhood park’s splash pad has some fun obstacles, like spilling buckets and hoops to run through.

Wychwood Barns Park – 76 Wychwood Avenue (off Christie south of St. Clair). Let the kids run through the splash pad as a reward after you pick up a few fresh items at the Saturday Farmers’ Market. This park also features include a children’s playground, an open sports field, an off-leash dog area, a beach volleyball court and picnic tables.

Etobicoke

Amos Waite Park – 2441 Lake Shore Blvd. West. This lakefront park in South Etobicoke features a pirate-themed splash pad and playground, an outdoor pool and waterfront paths.

Marie Curtis Park – 2 Forty Second Street (South of Lake Shore West). Marie Curtis Park is a beautiful lakefront park in Etobicoke. Along with a garden-themed spray pad, it includes a playground, wading pool, public swimming beach, picnic spots, off-leash dog park and walking trails including a connection to the Waterfront Trail.

North York

Earl Bales Park – 4169 Bathurst Street (at Bathurst & Sheppard). This large park is packed with facilities: two playgrounds and a frog-themed splash pad, a sensory garden, bike trails, an outdoor amphitheatre and an off-leash dog park. There’s even a ski hill for our daydreams of cooler weather.

Hendon Park – 50 Hendon Avenue (near Yonge and Finch Streets). This splash pad has tons of fountain-style jets under tall faux palm trees. There’s also lots of room around it to hang out under a real tree and have a picnic.

Oriole Park – 201 Oriole Parkway (at Chaplin Crescent). Nestled under the trees, this park has a playground and splash pad combo with water fountains in the shape of frogs. There is also a wading pool, clubhouse, baseball diamond, tennis courts, sand pit and open space play areas.

Sherwood Park – 190 Sherwood Avenue (near Eglinton and Bayview). With a secluded splash pad and wading pool, this park is a serene spot, even despite the gleeful shrieks of the kids enjoying the tall spray features.

Scarborough

Kidstown –  3159 Birchmount Road (at McNicoll Ave.). Located in the expansive L’Amoreaux Park, this is the crowning jewel of the City-run splash pads. It’s more of a water park, with a variety of water features, including a tipping bucket, spray rings, squirting aquatic animals, a slide, wading pool and more. The surrounding fenced-in area has plenty of picnic tables so you can bring some food along and make a day of it. Reservations recommended.

Thomson Memorial Park – 1005 Brimley Road (at Lawrence). In a large wooded park, a woodland-themed splash pad fits in with the surroundings. There’s also an off-leash dog park, playground and the Scarborough Museum nearby.


 

Looking for more summer outdoor activities? Be sure to check out our list here!