Splash Pads & Spray Parks

Summer Fun in Lake County

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It is hard to find a summer water activity where both my five-year-old and one-year-old non-swimmers can have fun and be safe at the same time. Splash pads are the perfect solution for my family. With their zero depth areas with sprinklers, squirt guns, and tunnels, both of my kids (even with their huge age gap) can have fun and be safe this summer. The best part is most of them are free or cost only a few dollars to enter, so a visit to a splash pad or spray park in Lake County won’t break the bank.

splash pads and spray parks in Lake county

Spray Parks & Splash Pads in Lake County

Whether you call them a spray park, splash pad, or spray ground, Little Lake County has you covered. We have rounded up a list of all the local areas for you to get your splash on this summer. Please check the weather before heading out, as many are only open if it reaches a certain temperature outside. Little Lake County is not responsible for closures due to weather or changes in hours.

Antioch Aqua Center
741 Main Street., Antioch | (847) 395-7665
Closed for the 2020 season.
Read Kari’s Review of Antioch Aqua Center.

Aqualusion Pool
Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Pkwy., >Barrington | (847) 381-0687
Aquakusion is Closed for the 2020 season.
The Freddie Herriman Splash pad at the Aqualusion Pool.
See the website for hours. Walk-ins are not recommended. Reservations will be accepted until 9:00 p.m. the previous day. Saturday & Sunday reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. on Friday. You will receive a reminder email 1 day prior to your reservation.
Fee: $2 per child, per hourly reservation. Adults are free. No refunds will be given. Exact cash will be taken at the entrance gate. Change is not available.
All adults must wear a face covering while at the Splashpad. Children are not required to wear a face covering.
ADA accessible.

Bedrosian Park
201 W. Liberty Street, Waukegan | (847) 360-4700
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fees: FREE for everyone!
Open: Water is on from  Memorial Day through Labor Day. Waukegan Park District sometimes will extend the closing day due to the weather.

Bowen Park Splash Pad
Photo Source Waukegan Park District Website,

Bowen Park
1800 North Sheridan Road, Waukegan | (847) 360-4700
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fees: FREE for everyone!
Open: Water is on from  Memorial Day through Labor Day. Waukegan Park District sometimes will extend the closing day due to the weather.
See Loralie’s review of Bowen Park!

Buffalo Grove Spray ‘N Play
951 McHenry Road., Buffalo Grove | (847) 793-0570
RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMENDED as there are limited spots. Reservations can be made 3 days in advance and up until 1 hour before reservation time. Please arrive on time. If you are not there within 15 minutes of the start of your reservation, your spot will be forfeited and will be available for drop-in guests.
Hours: See the website
Fees: Children and adults, $3. Children younger than 12 months always enter FREE. See our review of the Buffalo Grove Spray ‘N Play!

Deerfield Deerspring Sprayground
200 Deerfield Road, Deerfield | (847) 945-7610
Closed for the 2020 season.

Family Aquatic Center
327 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling | (847) 465-POOL
Closed for the 2020 Season.
Tsunami Splash Pad at the Family Aquatic Center
Hours: see website
Fee: $4 per person, children younger than 2 are free

Grayslake Spray Park
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Grayslake Spray Park / Central Park 
250 Library Lane., Grayslake | (847) 223-POOL
Phase 4 Guidelines limit the park to only 44 people (50% capacity). Please wait outside the gate until the capacity is appropriate to enter.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m (weather dependent). Closed from 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily for maintenance.
Fees: FREE for everyone!
Open: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
See our review about the Grayslake Spray Park!  This spray park is attached to Central Park East, see our playground profile.

Highland Park Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center
1195 Half Day Road, Highland Park | (847) 432-6355
Closed for the 2020 season.

Hidden Creek Aqua Park 
1220 Fredrickson Place, Highland Park | (847) 831-3810
Closed for the 2020 season.

oak ridge spray park
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Oak Ridge Park 
600 Independence Blvd., Lindenhurst
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2-6:00 p.m., Saurday 12-6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fees: Free
Opens: July 6, limited to 50 people
Check out Allie’s review of this hidden gem of a park.

Paulus Park Beach & Sprayground
200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich | (847) 438-5146
2020 Season is limited to Lake Zurich residents only, first come first serve.
See Melissa’s Playground Profile of Paulus Park!

Mundelein Spray Park 
1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein | (847) 566-0650
Due to limited capacity, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Guests are encouraged to preregister for time slots the day before visiting. Daily walk-ups are available depending on space.
Hours: See website.
Fees:  the Spray Park is FREE to residents! The nonresident fee is $4.
Open: Open July 1 – September 7 then open depending on the weather. See our Review of the Mundelein Spray Park!

Round Lake Splash Pad
860 Hart Road., Round Lake | (847) 740-9823
Closed for the 2020 season.
Check out Little Lake County’s review!

Waukegan Sports Park Splash Pad and Playground

Waukegan Sports Park
3391 W. Beach Rd., Waukegan | (847) 360-4700
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fees: FREE for everyone! However, on weekends a $5 parking fee per car applies.
Open: Open Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend, weather permitting. Check out our review!

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Splash Pads that are Worth the Trip

Harbor Park Splash Pad
5501 Ring Road, Kenosha, WI 
 Daily during park hours
FREE for everyone!
Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting.
Check out Cindy’s review!

Little Bear Garden Park
NE corner of Patriot Blvd. and Chestnut, Glenview
Located in The Glen Town Center is this gem of a park. There is a playground as well as sand and a small sprinkler area. 
Daily during park hours
Fees: FREE for everyone!
Open: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting.

Where will you be splashing this summer? Leave us a comment below.

Find more splash pad fun at Splash Pads & Spray Parks in McHenry County.

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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.


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