Beat The Heat. Best Spraygrounds, Splash Parks and Water Fun Around Charlotte

Good Grief it’s hot this summer. If you’re looking for a way to cool off, Charlotte has plenty of options, from big (and $$) water parks to free spray playgrounds. Here’s our guide to water fun in and around the Queen City:

PUBLIC SPLASH PARKS, FOUNTAINS, AND SPRAYGROUNDS

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department Spraygrounds are open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. Hours are 10am – 8pm daily.

Mecklenburg County Park Facilities with Spraygrounds:

  • Clarks Creek Community Park, 5435 Hucks Road
  • Elizabeth Park, 1100 E. Trade St.
  • Cordelia Park, 600 E. 24th St.
  • First Ward Park, 309 E. Seventh St.
  • Latta Park,  601 East Park Ave.
  • Nevin Park, 6100 Statesville Rd. 
  • Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
  • West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2401 Kendall Drive
  • Veterans Park, 2136 Central Ave

First Ward Park
309 E 7th St.

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Romare Bearden Park
300 S Church St.

Part of the fun of exploring this 5.4-acre park is letting the kids run under the cascading fountain with the Charlotte skyline as the perfect backdrop.

The Fish Fountain on the Green
435 S. Tryon St.

In the middle of Uptown, kids can splash through the fish fountain, a centerpiece of the three-tire literary-themed park. There are also benches and shade for parents and family members to relax while kids play.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway aka Elizabeth Park
1127 E. 4th St.

Near the Captain Jack statue, kids can cool off on a walk along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

Latta Park
601 East Park Avenue

Tucked into Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood, Latta Park packs tons of fun into its 32 acres, including a sprayground that’s lively during summer weekends.

Cordelia Park
2100 North Davidson St.

On your way into NoDa, stop at Cordelia Park to enjoy their outdoor swimming pool, walking trails, community garden and sprayground. 

Veterans Park
2136 Central Ave.

In addition to a kids sprayground, this 19-acre park boasts walking trails, sports facilities, a playground and more.

West Charlotte Recreation Center
2400 Kendall Drive

In west Charlotte, families and kids will love splashing through the recreation center’s splash park.

Blakeney Shopping Center
5933 Blakeney Park Dr.

Kids can cool off in the splash pad – The Splash Pad operates June 1 through Labor Day. The hours of operation are 9am – 9pm, daily. Service is suspended during inclement weather.

Waverly Charlotte – not yet open for Summer 2022
Providence Road and Ardrey Kell Road

Mechanical Issues. Stay Tuned to their FB page.

Steele Street Park
600 Steele Street, Fort Mill

Fort Mill’s Steele Street Park Water Spray Park (Opens Memorial Day Weekend – Closes second week of September) is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Crooked Creek Park
5900 Oakwood Lane, Indian Trail

Indian Trail’s Crooked Creek Park offers families a one-of-a-kind playground with zip line and tunnels, walking and bike trails, swings and the park’s splash pad, which is closed on Tuesdays for maintenance.

Ramsey Creek Park
18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius

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Visit Mecklenburg county’s only public beach daily through Labor Day weekend, Wednesday – Sunday, Noon – 6pm beach hours.
The 46-acre park (open every day at 7 am) includes a swimming area, boat docks, picnic shelters, walking trails, a dog park and more. Lifeguards will be on duty during beach hours. $5/$10 per vehicle for county residents, $10/$15 per vehicle for non-county residents.

Lake Norman Kiwanis Splashville Park
19710 South Ferry St., Cornelius

The 1300 square-foot splash pad hours are:

Monday-Friday
 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday & Holidays
9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Hope Park
170 Joe Knox Blvd., Mooresville

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In Mooresville, Hope Park’s splash pad is open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Labor Day.

Clarks Creek Community Park
5435 Hucks Rd.

This newer park offers a splash pad open daily.

THE BIG and PAID WATER PARKS and POOLS

Carolina Harbor Waterpark at Carowinds
300 Carowinds Blvd.

Carowinds’ waterpark, Carolina Harbor, offers over 80 play elements, from giant slides to wave pools and even a 423-gallon tipping bucket that drenches the brave park-goers below.

Great Wolf Lodge
10175 Weddington Rd, Concord

Enjoy a staycation at Great Wolf Lodge. Their 80,000 square foot waterpark features the Club Paw Pool for little ones and thrilling slides like the Howling’ Tornado for teens.

Ray’s Splash Planet 
215 N Sycamore St.

There are endless ways to play at this waterpark that contains 117,000 gallons of water. From a giant three-story waterslide to fun for the little ones on Moon Beach, there’s something for everyone.

YMCA Pools and Splash Parks

Charlotte-area YMCA’s offer multiple ways to stay cool. Check out the slides, play elements, splash pads and more at these YMAC locations:

Harris YMCA Pool and Splash Park
5900 Quail Hollow Rd.

Morrison Family YMCA Waterpark
9405 Bryant Farms Rd.

Brace Family YMCA Waterpark
3127 Weddington Rd.

Keith Family YMCA
8100 Old Mallard Creek Rd.

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