Spend your summer cooling down at a Burlington splash pad (sometimes called splash parks or spray pads). Most of them are free summer activities! If you need a bigger refresh, we love the outdoor pools in Burlington. They offer waterslides, climbing walls, and they feel like local water parks.
Updated for Summer 2021!
New Information for Outdoor Pool Swimming
Nelson Pool and Splash Park, Mountainside Pool and Splash Park will open for the season on June 12th, and LaSalle Wading Pool will be opening later in June, no date yet. Those dates were moved up thanks to this toasty weather! The number of people allowed in at any time will be kept low so people can maintain physical distancing. The play features at Nelson and Mountainside will remain closed. To register online for lap and rec swims 25 hours prior to the start of program time click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: How long can I swim for? A: Each booking is for a 90-minute timeslot.
- Q: How much does it cost to swim? A: Each “Fun Swim” swimmer over 2 years old is $3.11 each plus tax, lap swims are more.
- Q: Can I book a swim time if I live outside Burlington? A: Yes! From the City of Burlington website: “Registration opens for Burlington residents 25 hours prior to swim start time. Non-resident registration opens 2 hours prior. ” Think of it as a last minute booking opportunity.
- Q: Will the water slide at Mountainside be open? The climbing wall at Nelson? A: According to their website, the climbing wall and slide will be open.
Dofasco Waterjet Plaza (aka Spencer Smith Park Splash Pad)
Located at 1340 Lakeshore Road
The Spencer Smith Park Splash Pad is possibly Burlington’s most famous spot in the summer. The picturesque location is frequented by locals and tourists from surrounding cities. The 30 waterjets spray intermittently and at different heights for kids to laugh and run through, while parents can sit on the perimeter in the sun or shade and watch their kids. The Spencer Smith Park splash pad is free to use, although parking is sometimes tricky and can cost you depending on the time of day you visit. The playground is right beside when you need a change of pace. Washrooms and a snack bar are just inside the building adjacent to the pad.
Mountainside Pool and Splash Park
2205 Mount Forest Drive
Pre-booking is required for 2021. Mountainside is another favourite Burlington outdoor pool. It’s got ample floaty toys and amusements to keep the kids happy, and best of all – one of those giant buckets that slowly fills with water then dumps all of the kids below. So fun. The bucket is in the separate splash pad area that you can see at the back of this photo.
Hidden Valley Park Splash Pad
Located at 1137 Hidden Valley Road.
This splash park in Burlington is one of our favourites. Visitors can easily spend the entire day enjoying the playground, the spray pad and the picnic space. Water jets shoot up from the pad that is surrounded by a park, greenspace, Hidden Valley Creek, and a covered gazebo perfect for a picnic. Plenty of other picnic tables around the park. The park is also home to the Burlington Model Railway Club. Ample parking and washrooms on site.
LaSalle Splash Park and Wading Pool
50 North Shore Blvd.
Pre-booking is required in 2021. LaSalle Park Wading Pool is a top choice for so many families. The wading pool ranges from half a foot deep to 2.5 feet deep, and kids of all ages love it, so it’s ideal for a group outing. Adults are free with a paid child admission. You can even rent the wading pool for a private party! Washrooms and picnic spots on site.
Nelson Pool and Splash Park
4235 New Street, between Guelph Line and Walkers Line.
Pre-booking is required for 2021. The city’s newest pool and splash park combo are always suggested as a parent’s favourite outdoor pool in Burlington. The gradual entry pool is large and bright, with clear eye-sights from one end to the other. The spray pad is separated from the pool and includes a huge dumping bucket that is a hit with all kids. Lots of water jets and fun accessories in the splash park. The pool has diving boards and a rock wall that is excellent for your little daredevils. There are many lifeguards on duty, and both shady and sunny spots to set up camp.
Bolus Garden Parkette Spray Pad
970 Francis Road
We love this neighbourhood park and the addition of a spray pad was a great idea. Located at Francis Road and Plains Road, parking is non-existent, but you can find street parking a little further down Francis.
Ireland Park Spray Pad
2315 Headon Forest Drive
Water jets spray from the concrete pad and concrete wall. Nearby are the tennis courts, playground and sheltered pavilion. Picnic tables available and washrooms are close by. Lots of green space and parking.
Millcroft Park Splash Pad
4250 Millcroft Park Drive.
This Burlington splash pad features water jets from the concrete pad. With umbrellas, a pavilion and a seating area. Tennis courts and a playground nearby. This park is free to attend and washroom facilities are available.
Norton Community Park Splash Pad
3040 Tim Dobbie Drive
Norton Park splash pad in Burlington is huge in size and full of things to encourage kids to have fun. The round splash pad has water jets and is right beside a park, skate park, and green space. The Haber Recreation Centre is across the spacious parking lot, which gives you washrooms, indoor gyms, basketball courts, and the library. This may need to be a 2-day trip!
Orchard Community Park Splash Pad
2255 Sutton Drive
Orchard Park is the quintessential community park. It’s a favourite gathering spot for local families and features a splash pad with water jets spraying from the concrete pad. With shade umbrellas, seating areas, grassy knolls and a playground. The park is free to attend and washroom facilities are available.
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