Summer Fun: Beat the heat at San Diego's splash-tastic water parks

Summer Fun: Beat the heat at San Diego's splash-tastic water parks
Posted at 4:02 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 19:45:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)  -- Temperatures are starting to soar around San Diego County. For kiddos on school break, Southern California's seasonal heat can inflame summer cabin fever symptoms.

No need to sweat it out. Grab the sunscreen and a towel, we've got a remedy that will help you and your family beat the heat.

We've gathered a list of San Diego's splash pads and water parks, fun for all ages.  For more information on these locations, follow the links below.



Carlsbad, Ca 92008
760-918-LEGO (5346)
Rides: AQUA ZONE Wave Racers, Beetle Bounce, Coastersaurus, Sky Cruiser, Fairy Tale Brook, Pirate Reef, Sky Patrol

Water Park Hopper - LEGOLAND + Water Park

Adult - $118
Child - $112
2nd Day Upgrade - +$25


Tierrasanta Pool and Play Area
11238 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, Ca

Children's Pool

Mon-Fri: 11:00am - 1:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Mission Bay Park
2688 E Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92109


Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Hwy.
San Diego, Ca 92101


"The existing historic landscape and landmark County building form the park’s center, while an interactive splash fountain extends from the building and into the park defining a large civic green. Kids enjoy having a splash, while cooling off on warm days." -


Alga Norte Aquatic Center
6565 Alicante Rd.
Carlsbad, Ca 92009

Doug Coddington wrote on Google Reviews: “We have been visiting parks in Oceanside and Carlsbad area for three years. We bring our grandchildren who rate the parks from 0 to 10, 10 being the very best. 

They look at everything from playground equipment, bathrooms, overall cleanliness, rocks to climb, etc.

This park rated the very first 10 out of about 15 parks we have visited. The ages of the 5 grandchildren run from 7-15 so if teens rate a park a 10 then you've got something special going on there.”


Hilton Head Park
16005 Hilton Head Rd.
El Cajon, Ca 92019

10-acre neighborhood park is a pirate-themed splash park—sure to be a hit with the kids. Pricing is $3 per day, $30 per season, or $75 for a three-person family pack. 

Victoria Lindsey wrote on Google Reviews: “One things is bad - there is no shade, and when it's hot - you better jump in that water. Yep, it has water fountain to play in (during summer time). You got to pay for it though. Great play area, bathrooms, good parking, track for bicycles, scooters, running/walking or so. Park has sand to play in. Basketball court. Gazebos for parties (if you want to reserve one - there is a fee). I recommend this one”

Santee Lakes
9310 Fanita Pkwy.
Santee, Ca 92071

You can even rent a floating cabin if you want to spend the night. Please check their website for availability and rates.  

Entrance fee is only $4 per vehicle on weekdays and $6 per vehicle on weekends and holidays. During special events the fee is $10 per vehicle. 


The Wave Park
101 Wave Dr.
Vista, Ca 92083
760-940-WAVE (9283)

Over 42" Admission - $19.95
Under 42" Admission - $15.95
Senior Admission (60yrs or better) - $12.95
Happy Hour (last 2 hours) - $9.95
Under 3 yrs - FREE
Military Admission (w/ valid ID) - $12.95
Spectator Admission - $19.95*
*Limited Supply

Aquatica San Diego
2052 Entertainment Circle
Chula Vista, Ca 91911

Savannah Hotzel wrote on Google Reviews: "Fun but long lines the wait is worth it you will have a blast"

City Heights Swim Center
4380 Landis St.
City Heights, Ca

The Wave House
3125 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, Ca 92109

Splash Pads in San Marcos
Splash Pads will be open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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