Splash Pads | 614 Mom's Guide To Summer Series | 2017

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Splash Pads 

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Summer just isn't complete without a little run through the sprinklers and luckily Columbus is filled with fun places to cool off and splash around.  It doesn't matter what part of the city you're in, there is a splash pad nearby to make all of your summer dreams come true.  I'm giving you all the details so Pin this page and refer back to it all summer long. 

Hilliard Station Park 

The Hilliard Fountains may be new but they do not disappoint.  Open daily from 8 am - 10 pm, from May to October.  Note: On Special Event days the fountains turn off around 3 pm so be sure to check their special event calendar. While we're on the subject let's talk about all the special events, Flicks on the Bricks, Celebration at the Station, Food Truck Thursday and more.  Hilliard we had to wait a long time for these fountains but you made us proud.  

Address: 4021 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026
Parking: Plenty of free street parking available along Main Street.
Food: You can pack a picnic or eat at one of the nearby restaurants.  Local Cantina, Abner's Diner, and Old Bag of Nails just to name a few. Donatos is just a short drive down the street, and Coffee Connections is directly across the street.  
Shade: There is a large event space directly behind the fountains that you can pop into for some shade.  
Restrooms: Yes, they have public restrooms.  

Powell Splash Pad

Located at Village Green Park the splash pad is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day 9 am - 9 pm.  You can splash in the water and then have your picnic lunch in the solar picnic pavilion.  There is also a nice playground just steps from the splash pads.  This is also the same locations as the Lolli-Pops Summer Concert Series (June 5, July 10, August 7 this year). Note: If you're going to the Lolli-Pops concert be sure to bring a blanket to sit on as you watch and dance along. 

Address:  47 Hall Street Powell, Ohio
Parking: Plenty of free parking at the Municipal Building. 
Food: This is the perfect spot for a picnic, with tons of green space and the pavilion.  You can also grab lunch nearby on Sawmill Parkway, or at Local Roots not even 5 minutes from the park. 
Shade: The solar picnic pavilion is the perfect spot for a break and some shade. 
Restrooms: Yes, they have public restrooms.  

Ballantrae Community Park (The Bunny Park)

You've probably seen this one on social media a lot. The kids love the dancing bunnies at the top the big hill, and the open green space with the fountains makes for the perfect summer afternoon.  

Address: 6350 Woerner Temple Rd, Dublin, OH 43016
Parking: Plenty of free parking in the parking lot adjacent to the park
Food: This is a no frills park - make sure you bring your own snacks, drinks, and anything else.  
Shade: Not a great park for shade. I have seen people bring tents - so that may be a good option for your family. 
Restrooms: Yes, they have public restrooms.  

The Scioto Mile

 is one of our favorites. Open Sunday - Thursday 9 am - 10 pm and Friday and Saturday 9 am - 11 pm.  It is scheduled to open on Memorial Day but you can always check the website for most up to date info. 

Address: Civic Center Dr Columbus, Ohio, OH 43215
Parking: Plenty of meter parking and a parking lot nearby.  
Food: Milestone 220 overlooks the fountains and is a great place for a kid friendly lunch. I recommend grabbing lunch there before hitting the fountains.  ;-) There is also plenty of green space for a nice picnic. 
Shade: There is some shade but it is hit or miss. 
Restrooms: Yes, they have public restrooms.  

Easton Fountains

I don't know about you but we can't go to Easton in the summer without our kids begging to play in the fountains. It is a must in the summer.  I will update this post with opening dates and hours when they become available.  The Kona Ice Truck is located just a few steps from the fountains for a fun, treat on a warm sunny day.  

Address: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Parking: The Easton parking garages are nearby and have plenty of space.  You can find one next to Barnes and Noble and Panera as your closest spots.  There are also plenty of meter spots but those fill up fast. 
Food: Easton has plenty of places for a delicious snack. They typically have a snack bar located just outside of the fountains, as well as the Kona Ice Truck.  Northstar Cafe is very close, as well as Panera, Rusty Bucket, and Cheesecake Factory. The options are endless at Easton. If you're up for a quick drive Pies and Pints is at Easton Gateway and a great option for a summer lunch. 
Shade: There is some shade but it is hit or miss. 
Restrooms: Yes, they have public restrooms, nearby. 

Polaris Fashion Place

With all of the fun things going on at Polaris this is a very popular splash pad.  Head to Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids or The Disney Store and then go cool off at the splash pad.  Polaris also hosts many kid friendly events through their KidX Club. Every Friday from June 16 - August 18 from 10:30 - noon you can party at the fountains with Sunny 95, Polaris Mall, crafts, characters, and more. 

Address: 1500 Polaris Parkway ,Columbus, OH 43240
Parking: The parking is easy - park near Cheesecake Factory/Barnes and Noble for easy access to the splash pad
Food: So many options.  Food Court, Cheesecake Factory, Dave and Busters, and so much more. You can't go wrong. 
Shade: There is some shade but it is hit or miss. 
Restrooms: Yes, they have public restrooms, nearby. 

North Bank Park

With a beautiful view and fountains to splash in this park is sure to please.  You simply can't go wrong here. The fountain area isn't as big as other splash pads on this list but it is amazing. 

Address: 311 W Long St, Columbus, OH 43215
Parking: Meter Parking
Food: Make sure to pack your snacks or lunch. 
Shade: There is some shade but it is hit or miss. 
Restrooms: Yes, they have public restrooms, nearby. 

Powell Splash Pad

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