Stay Cool at These Columbia Splash Pads and Water Parks…. Most of them are Free!

Summer is here. Let's cool off at these local Midlands splash pads and water parks!

Drew Park Splash Pad and Fountain

Enjoy the outdoor playground and splash pad, or become a member of the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center and take a few laps in their competition size swimming pool.

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Elmwood/Roy Lynch Park

This lovely neighborhood park features a playground and a picnic shelter. It is enclosed in a brick and ironwork fence. Two game tables with built in benches are perfect for a game of checkers. The equipment is well maintained and in working order. This park also has a water spray. There is a water fountain but no bathrooms. Total acreage is .79 acres.

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Emily Douglas Park

Bring Fido to the Emily Douglas Dog Park and enjoy the splash pad too!

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Hampton Memorial Park

The park has a pond, two tennis courts, youth baseball field, full-size basketball court and a spray pool. The facility has a sun porch for a relaxing outdoor experience with lots of shade and no flying insects. The facility is heavily used to house summer camp and after school programs.

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Heathwood Park

Heathwood Park has a neighborhood center, tennis court, handball court, picnic shelter and a spray pool.

Off-street parking, water, and restrooms are available. The center is open from 2-6 p.m. weekdays. The spray pool is usually on during the day in the summer.

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Lorick Park

Lorick Park has a neighborhood center, basketball courts, a baseball diamond, picnic shelters and a water spray. The community center has a game room and offers access to computers with Internet access. The Lorick Park community center is open: Monday through Thursday: 10 am-9 pm, Friday: 10 am-8 pm, Saturday: 10 am-6 pm and Sunday: 2 pm-7 pm.

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Melrose Park

This lovely park is well hidden in a pleasant neighborhood full of well-maintained older homes. It is a peaceful park that has been beautifully landscaped. It is enclosed by a metal and stone fence and landscape bushes. There are restrooms in the neighborhood center and water fountains are available. The community center offers access to computers with Internet access. The center is open from 2-6:00 p.m. weekdays.

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Pinehurst Park

Pinehurst Park has a baseball diamond and a playground area. There is also a spray pool and a community center. Off-street parking is available as well as water fountains and restrooms in the community center. The community center offers a game room, gymnasium and use of computers with internet access. The community center is open: Monday through Thursday: 10 am-9 pm, Friday: 10 am-8 pm, Saturday: 10 am-6 pm and Sunday: 2 pm-7 pm.

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Sesquicentennial State Park

One of the larger splash pads on our list, “Sesqui” is a great place to spend the day. Enjoy the playground or rent a stand-up paddleboard, canoe, or fishing boat (complete with rods), than cool off in the splash area!

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Sims Park

Sims Park has a spray pool, a neighborhood center, play area, and picnic shelter. There is also a basketball court. The playground is partially shaded and well maintained. There are bathrooms and water fountains in the neighborhood center. The neighborhood center offers access to computers with Internet access. The center is open from 2-6:00 p.m.  weekdays. This park has a police substation located in it.

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St. Anna's Park

This neighborhood park features a playground and two outdoor basketball courts as well as a picnic shelter. There is a grassy field and a spray pool. The community center offers access to computers with Internet access. The center is open from 2-6:00 p.m. weekdays.

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Waterfall Junction at Riverbanks Zoo

Waterfall Junction at Riverbanks Botanical Garden invites families and children of all ages to get outdoors and explore nature. Imagination blooms in this 3-acre wonderland where you can pop in and out of a rabbit hole, unearth a life-size replica of a T-Rex, frolic between giant tree houses and kid-size playhouses, splash around and under a 25-foot cascading waterfall* and run — or rest — on a grassy meadow. Cool refreshments await at The Oasis concession stand. NEW this year, Lil Sprouts Splash Zone — for our youngest visitors!

Adults (ages 13 and up) — $15.95
Children (ages 2–12) — $13.50
Children (younger than 2) — FREE
Military (with military ID) — $14.95
Senior Citizens (ages 62 and up) — $14.95

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Greenview Park Pool and Water Park

Greenview Park is a multi sport complex that offers recreational amenities inside and outside of the park. The park consists of multiple ball fields, 9-court tennis facility, outdoor swimming pool, water slides, walking trail, playground area and a picnic shelter. Indoor amenities consist of a game room, multiple meeting rooms that include a ceramics room, computer room, teen room, three meeting rooms, full-size kitchen, fitness room and a gymnasium that seats 299 persons.  Greenview Park community center is open: Monday through Thursday: Monday through Thursday: 10 am-9 pm, Friday: 10 am-8 pm, Saturday: 10 am-6 pm and Sunday: 2 pm-7 pm.

Admission to Greenview and Maxcy Gregg pools cost $3 for children 12 and under and $4 for adults.

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Maxcy Gregg Park and Pool

This beautiful park is located right downtown on blossom street. Bring your swimming gear and cool off after doing some 5 Points shopping!

Admission to Greenview and Maxcy Gregg pools cost $3 for children 12 and under and $4 for adults.

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