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5 Portland Splash Pads To Help Your Family Cool Down!

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As the weather heats up, it’s time to start looking for places where you can cool off. Splash pads are one of the best options for those hot summer months. They’re much less overwhelming than pools since they feature pretty shallow water. Plus, they give your child the chance to splash around without you having to worry about the mess of a water table at your house. If you’re starting to feel the heat of summer, I’d love to tell you about some of my favorite Portland splash pads for your family.  

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Five Portland Splash Pads Your Whole Family Will Love To Cool Off In

Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a gorgeous Portland park founded on 36 acres. The park is located in downtown Portland and features riverfront views, paved bike trails, a boat dock, and a fountain made for family fun. The splash pad opens up in the middle of June every year. It’s built on textured concrete. So it’s not too slick. You can find the fountain right by Hawthorne Bridge. 

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Spring Garden Park

Spring Garden Park is a kid-friendly spot in the Multnomah neighborhood. The park has a huge playground as well as a splash pad where your child can cool off. The area is pretty contained. So you don’t have to worry about losing sight of your little one. It incorporates natural structures such as rocks so your child can have hours of imaginative play. 

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Jamison Square Splash Pads

Jamison Square is a lovely little public area in the middle of the Pearl District in downtown Portland. The splash pad features a shallow tidal pool where your child can play. The pool features man-made falls as well as plenty of seating. You’ll have a great time splashing out with your toddler or finding a spot where you can sit back and relax while your older kid runs out some energy.  

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Holladay Park

Holladay Park is a space located in Sullivan’s Gulch in NE Portland. The large splash pad features spouts that shoot up from the concrete. Your child will have plenty of room to run around and escape the heat. The area is surrounded by large shaded trees and grassy areas, making it the perfect place to set up a picnic and dry off before heading home. 

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Woodlawn Park 

The splash pad at Woodlawn Park is located right in the middle of the area. The park is located in NE Portland and features open fields and towering trees. The splash pad is the perfect size for younger kids. The water shoots out from the ground as well as from several colorful structures. The park has tons of seating for parents to relax while their children make some summer memories. 

Portland Splash Pads

Don’t let the heat of summer get to you! With any of these wonderful Portland splash pads, you’ll have the ideal place for those unbearably hot days. 

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  1. I’m always on the hunt for a good splash pad! Thanks for making it easy!

  2. Stacy says:

    Hi Ashlie! Splash pads are the best for little families to cool off. This is the perfect list for anyone looking to cool off for sure!

  3. I used to love taking my kids to splash kids, what a great post to share with your portland families.

  4. This is such a great resource for moms! We live at the splash pads in the summer.

  5. Charis says:

    Splash pads are one of our favorite places in the summer. This handy list of Portland ones is so helpful!

    • Ashlie Behm says:

      They are the best! My one year old is still a bit apprehensive of them, but I still take him cause it’s so nice to be surrounded by water on these really hot days. LOL

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