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Do Go Chasin’ Waterfalls!


Do Go Chasin’ Waterfalls!


Hey, Halloween supplies, I see you and I want you to know that summer isn’t over yet and, as long as it’s still hot and muggy, we still have splash pads to go to.

Here’s a list of D.C. splash pads you and your kids MUST visit before autumn is fully upon us, accompanied with their nearest ice cream or gelato stand, of course.

  1. City Center DC


Upscale shopping and dining options line the courtyard where this splash pad resides. Coffee and gelato shop, Dolcezza is around the corner. Milkbar, where you can have cereal milk soft-serve is at the end of the block.

Parking: Metered street parking, nearby garages

Metro: Chinatown Station: green, yellow, red lines

  1. Kogod Courtyard


For the truly hot days play in a water feature in the picturesque climate controlled indoor courtyard that bridges the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art museum. The courtyard water feature is not always running, but the courtyard café is always open serving lunch, pastries, and coffee.

Parking: Metered street parking, nearby garages 

Metro: Chinatown Station: green, yellow and red lines

  1. The Kennedy Rec Center


Located in the up and coming Shaw neighborhood, the Kennedy Rec center provides easy access to trendy eateries like Beau Thai and Doci Gelati. The park is divided into two age appropriate sections, the splash pad is located on the side for older children. The splash pad accommodates all ages and features misting stations and fountains.

Parking: free, small lot on site

Metro: Shaw/Howard Station, green and yellow lines


  1. Georgetown Waterfront


Overlook the Potomac river with views of the Kennedy Center, Watergate hotel and hints of the national mall in the distance at this waterfall-esque splash pad. Walk here via the Rock Creek Parkway or take the circulator bus. A plethora of cafes and outdoor courtyards await you up Wisconsin Ave NW.

Parking: Metered street parking, garages

Metro: Foggy Bottom Station: orange, blue and silver lines


  1. The Yard’s Park


The Yard’s park rolls splash pad, waterfall and shallow pool all into one to create the ultimate crowd pleaser. Shaded picnic tables, public restrooms and proximity to the popular Ice Cream Jubilee only add to the appeal.

Parking: Street parking where available, lot on site

Metro: Navy Yard green line




Enjoy the rest of your summer!


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