Need some help finding the best splash pads in Glendale? We have a list! There are two large splash pads and three smaller options, all within 5-10 minutes of each other. We’ve also included one splash pad that has a Glendale address, but is somehow part of the City of Phoenix splash pad system. So check links accordingly for what is currently open and available.
Westgate Entertainment District (6751 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85305) – with vibes like the splash pads at Desert Ridge and Scottsdale Quarter, Westgate offers a fun little pad for kids and plenty of shopping and dining options! Our youngest wasn’t so keen on the fountains after being forcefully sprayed in the face a few times (the jets are random), but our other two kids absolutely loved it. They also deemed the water warmer than most splash pads, ha. There is lots of seating options, from bright yellow umbrella tables and chairs to patio furniture further back. Restrooms are just steps away by Cold Stone Creamery. Open daily from 10am-10pm. Visit the Westgate website for more details.
Glendale Heroes Park (83 W Bethany Home Rd, Glendale, AZ 85303) – there are two sections to this park, both with playgrounds, and the pictured splash pad is next to the BMX park (north side). There’s a little bit of everything for the kids to enjoy! They can run through the ring sprays, wait for water to dump from buckets above, spray friends (or parents!) with moveable sprayers, and more. There are plenty of little ground fountains for little ones too. Restrooms are just outside the pad, and there are shade structures all around, but not much seating. Note that while this splash pad is gated, the gates during open during operating hours. Open May 23 – Aug 11, 11am-7pm. Visit the city website for more details.
Grand Linear Park (GPS coordinates (33.5112445, -112.2208494) – first off, don’t search for this splash pad on Google maps. It will pull up the wrong location!! Use the GPS coordinates for the parking lot, or look for the park just north of Camelback and 75th Avenue. We also had no luck getting this splash pad to turn on when we visited (it’s button activated). But we’ve heard it’s usually running from others! It appears to be a simple system of sprayers from five poles. There’s also a large, partially shaded playground here. No restrooms. Visit the city website for more details.
Dust Devil Park (10645 W Camelback Rd, Glendale, AZ 85307) – this splash pad also wasn’t on during our visit, but looked super fun! A variety of moveable sprayers, and shower like fountains will keep your kids cool in the summer heat. We need to go back soon. It’s also located right next to a fabulous playground. Restrooms are near the parking lot. There are benches scattered around for seating, and some nice shade trees. Open the last weekend in May to October 1. See the City of Phoenix website for more details.
O’Neil Park (6448 W Missouri Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301) – this park got a fabulous splash pad addition in mid-2021! There is the highlight, a dumping bucket, and a fantastic array of various water play options including a water umbrella and a small ditch for littles to enjoy. There are three shaded picnic areas at this mostly gated splash pad. Restrooms and two shaded playgrounds are nearby. See this review for more details!
Sycamore Grove Park (8616 W Helen Ln, Glendale, AZ 85305) – we had no idea this splash pad existed! PHXkids contributor Shanelle discovered it, and we quickly added it to the list. This little neighborhood pad has two shaded playgrounds and a nice collection of little fountains. The flower centerpiece also provides a fun spray for the kids! Parking is crazy, so read this blog post for sure for details on where to park. There are no restrooms.
What to bring to a splashpad? Needed items can vary by age of child. Ours always include:
- swim suits with rashguard
- buckets or small cups for play
- lots of water to drink
- plastic or reusable bag for wet suits
Other possible needed items:
- water shoes (surfaces can be slippery)
- extra swim diapers for little ones
- change of clothes
- picnic lunch
- camping chair for parent (not all locations have enough seating)
- blanket for children to sit on
More great splash pads all over the Valley can be found here!