In our annual quest to have the best summer ever (especially after a bit of a dud last year), we undoubtedly must make multiple stops to various bodies of water. It's not easy to chill out when the temp is near 100, y'all.

So this summer, we're on a mission to hit every splash pad in the metro with the whole family in tow. Grab your SPF and let's go.


Riverfront Park

Little Rock Parks & Recreation offers two areas in downtown Little Rock for kiddos to play and stay cool this spring and summer. The first is located in the Peabody Adventure Park near the climbing wall and is open for children of all ages. For the little splashers (up to age 5), head to Riverfront Park's Children's Play Area behind the Marriott Hotel and look for the gentle water spouts and beautiful waterfall. Open through the end of the season, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily. More info here.  


War Memorial Park

Open for another summer, War Memorial Park’s splash playground offers rocks, nets, nooks and crannies to climb on with fountains, mist and plenty of water to keep kids wet. A covered slide and a view of Coleman Creek nearby also entice visitors. Open through the end of the season, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily. More info here.  


Tyndall Park 

Cool off at this community mini water park (which recently got an upgrade) complete with water spouts, filling-and-dumping buckets, and a misting arc. Enjoy your lunch at one of the covered picnic tables inside the splash pad area. Open through the end of the season, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. More info here.  


Splash Zone

This city park in Jacksonville boasts two water slides, a water tunnel, the umbrella-shaped rain drop and dew drop water showers, the kids-only tea cup and more. One of the two swimming pools is kid-friendly, with a depth of just 30 inches, perfect for little ones just learning how to use their sea legs. Open through the end of the season, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon - 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. More info here and on Facebook.