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Miami water parks for refreshing fun

Miami's gonna get hot this summer – it always does. So the kids will want to stay cool.

Best way to do that? Visit a water park where they can splash, slide and dunk their way to a fun time.

We've compiled a sampling of water parks in Miami-Dade County that are worth a visit … or two.

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Miami Springs Aquatic Center

OPEN for recreational swimming and slide. Call 305-805-5078 for details.

There's a large water slide, beach entry play area and plenty of colorful apparatus in the tot lot area. 1401 Westward Drive, Miami Springs. Residents $5, kids $3; nonresidents $10, kids $5.

Grapeland Water Park

Open daily through Aug. 10, 2024

You can see this one from the Dolphin Expressway thanks to its colorful slides and water contraptions. Kids can spend the afternoon wading in ankle-deep water while buckets dump water on them. 1550 NW 37th Ave., 305-960-2951 for details. Adults (Miami-Dade County residents ID required) $15, nonresidents $20, kids ages 2-13 $9.

Miami Shores Aquatic Center

OPEN ONLY to Miami Shores Village Residents. Call 305-795-2241 for details.
Opening in early June 2024.

Better known as Wild Waters Aquatic Park, this multicolored water park right on Biscayne Boulevard features five water slides at three levels, interactive playground equipment, water apparatus and water cannons. 10200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores. Miami Shores residents $10, kids $7.

Surfside Community Center

OPEN by reservation for lap swimming; no reservations needed for recreational swimming or activity pool (tot-lot); only residents are permitted. Call 305-861-4863 to for details.

A nice water slide and some splash areas for the kids are part of this center that is at at a beachfront location. 9301 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Residents with ID may bring up to five guests at $5 each.

Thomas Sasso Pool in North Miami

OPEN every day except Monday

This is a great one for the wee ones with ankle-deep water all the way around a fun contraption with small water shooting apparatus and fun splash areas. 1100 NW 12th St., North Miami, 305-681-0701 or 305-895-9843 for details. $3 fee for residents and nonresidents.

Founders Park Splash Pad

OPEN with limited capacity to Aventura residents only. Required reservations are open to Aventura residents only with a valid and existing account on the City’s Online Registration System.

A palm tree rains water on the little ones underneath while a ship and other water dumping apparatus keep them cool too. 3105 NE 190th St., Aventura. 305-466-0183 for details. Free for residents.

Victory Pool in North Miami Beach

OPEN now through Summer 2024

Two different large winding water slides dump you into refreshing pool and the tots can splash and play in their water playground. 1980 NE 171st St., North Miami Beach. 305-948-2926 for details. Residents or nonresidents pay $3, $2.50 for kids 17 and under. CASH ONLY

McDonald Water Park

Currently open through Summer 2024

Boasting a lazy river, water playground/tot lot, water fall and wave pool, this expansive water park is sure to keep the kids cool. 7505 W. 12th Ave., Hialeah. 305-818-9164 for details. Residents $8 for adults, $5 for kids; non-residents $15 for adults, $10 for kids; $2 for senior citizens.

Larry & Penny Thompson Memorial Park

Opens weekends through Labor Day 2024

Three large waterslides that land into a refreshing pool situated next to the park's beach. 12451 SW 184 St., Miami. 305-232-1049 for details. $6 for adults, kids 3-17 years old and seniors 62 years old and above $4.  

Also see: SPLASH! The Miami-Dade Water Safety Initiative with lots of links to information and programs about water safety for kids, boats and everything in between to create a safe and fun summer.

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Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to Miami.com, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at josiegulliksen.com

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