Guide to Memphis Splash Pads and Pools
This article was written by team members at Campfire Collective in collaboration with I Love Memphis.
With the scorching temperatures of a Mid-South summer almost upon us, it's time to start planning ways to beat the heat. Memphis has a variety of water zones to cool off, including splash pads and pools. Here is our list of favorites and where you can find them.
Collerville has two splash parks that are perfect for beating the summer heat: W. C. Johnson Park at 419 W. C. Johnson Park Drive and Suggs Park at 163 E South Street. These parks feature various water play areas, including dumping buckets, sprinklers, and fountains that offer refreshing and fun ways to cool off during hot summer days. Great for family outings and picnics, the parks are free for Collierville residents and only $10 dollars for others. Click here for details.
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Located at the Children’s Museum of Memphis, the H2OH! Splash Park is complete with sprayers including jet streams, mists, geysers, and water tunnels. If you need a snack, the park has picnic tables and vending machines located inside of the museum. H2Oh! is open seasonally Memorial Day through Labor Day and is an excellent choice for anyone looking to have some fun in the sun.
Open seasonally, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, closed Mondays.
The Waterplay Sprayground at Shelby Farms is a delightful spot for families wanting to have fun on a hot day. This water playground boasts a variety of interactive features including a water tunnel, multiple spray jets, water pumps, and geyser boulders! We recommend that you reserve a time slot here. The sprayground is open seasonally and is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.
Pro tip: Water Play Tuesday sessions are one (1) hour of FREE play time! One hour sessions begin on the hour: 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. First come first served. Obtain a wristband for your session at the Water Play check-in.
We all know the Memphis Zoo is one of the best spots in Memphis for a summer outing, but did you know that they recently added an amazing splash park, opening this month with multiple reservation slots? As the perfect way to cool off and have some fun before or after exploring the zoo, we predict a huge hit for all ages! Enjoy a zero-depth water play area with slides, dump buckets, and interactive water toys.
Sessions are 9:30am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:30pm everyday May 26 - September 4.
Located in downtown Memphis, Mud Island River Park is a museum and water attraction all in one. Mud Island Park sits in the heart of the Mississippi River. The peninsula features the new 50-ft, Instagram photo-ready “MEMPHIS” sign, a scale model of the Lower Mississippi River, an 18-gallery river museum, several water features, and fantastic views of the Memphis skyline. It is free and open to the public.
Similar to the Collierville Spray Park, the city of Bartlett also has a public splash pad with various fun water features and is a stellar choice for kids of all ages. The park is well-maintained and clean, making it a safe and enjoyable place to take the family for a day of outdoor fun and relaxation. Ticket information and rules can be found here.
Open Labor Day through Memorial Day with varied hours.
Crosstown Water Feature
Not only does Crosstown Concourse have awesome restaurants and cool art installations, it also has a free water zone. Located outside towards the front of the building, the outside area features picnic tables, shaded spots, and a free parking garage a few feet away.
With several locations all over Memphis, the YMCA is an outstanding choice to swim and relax on a summer day. Not only do you have access to pools, workout areas, and more, the YMCA also offers a variety of classes for swimming and exercise. The Y is open to members with multiple membership options available, including youth, household, and individual.
Located in Midtown close to Tiger Lane, the Kroc is another membership-based pool with a range of classes and activities. At this safe and caring community space, you can enjoy three different pools to suit your exercise and enjoyment needs including a lap pool, heated pool, and recreation pool. You’ll also find swimming programs, summer camps, and worship services.
Kroc Memphis is open seven days a week with varied hours.
In the heart of Germantown sits the Germantown Athletic Club, near the Germantown Performing Arts Center and Municipal Park. It offers an indoor pool, splash pad, and outdoor pool. You cannot go wrong with these aquatic choices! You can also mix fitness with pleasure by taking advantage of the group fitness classes and extensive cardio and strength training equipment.
The GAC also has several membership options for families and individuals. Varied hours.
Located in Midtown, this park offers an outdoor splash pad and a heated pool for all to enjoy. Both attractions are free and open to the public.
Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., with programming and classes on select days.
The University of Memphis’s newest wellness center features two pools available for students, members, and their guests. The outdoor leisure pool is four four feet deep, has a wet deck with lounge chairs, a water volleyball net, basketball goal, and a lift. The indoor pool has been completely renovated; low cost swimming lessons are available.
Find more information about hours and memberships here.
Located in East Memphis, the Memphis JCC has many aquatic features just right for a sweltering summer day. Swim in the heated indoor pool, take a relaxing dip in the outdoor pool, or splash around in the water park. The facility has a fully certified aquatics staff and offers American Red Cross lifeguard training, first aid, water safety instruction, arthritis aquatics, fitness swims, water aerobics, and much more.
They are open seven days a week with specific hours and also offer several membership options.
Memphis Parks maintains a number of community pools in the area:
- Bickford Aquatic Center
- Hickory Hill Aquatic Center
- Orange Mound Community Center Pool
- Raymond Skinner Pool
- Douglass Pool
- Ed Rice Pool
- Gooch Pool
- Lester Pool
- Raleigh Pool
- Willow Pool
No matter how you like to cool off, Memphis has a water attraction for you to enjoy. If you’d like to try a private experience, try swimply.com, where you can rent pools in the area for your next girls night, birthday party, or weekend getaway.