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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

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. 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.

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

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. $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. Free for residents.

Victory Pool in North Miami Beach

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. Residents or nonresidents pay $3, $2.50 for kids 17 and under. CASH ONLY

McDonald Water Park

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. Residents $8 for adults, $5 for kids; non-residents $10 for adults, $7 for kids; $2 for senior citizens.

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.

Find more free and cheap things to do with kids this week:

Friday, February 23, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Night market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie featuring Big Rock Band

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free Screening of "Princess & The Frog"

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Canopy Park

Free Screening of "Trolls"

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Picnic Park West

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Free TurtleFest in Juno Beach

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Loggerhead Park

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Regal Cinemas Saturday Morning Kids Flicks for $2

10:00 am | Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Tri-Rail Fun Day in Dania Beach

10:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Tri-Rail Station in Dania

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Free family event, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Miami Beach

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | North Shore Park

Family Fun Day in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | History Fort Lauderdale

Train rides, petting zoo, hayrides in Davie

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-15.00 | Marando Farms

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Science Stories for age 5+, Boca Raton

11:30 am | FREE | Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Free Family Fun Day at the Underline

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | The Underline Urban Gym & Sound Stage, Miami-Dade

Butterfly Festival Coconut Creek

2:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sabal Pines Park

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Night sky viewing with telescopes in west Broward

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Orange Blossom Festival in Davie

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bamford Park in Davie

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Orange Blossom car show

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | Old Davie School Historical Museum

Train rides, petting zoo, hayrides in Davie

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-15.00 | Marando Farms

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

African Drumming with Abasi, for kids, West Palm Beach

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Free Family Day at Bass Museum of Art

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bass Museum of Art

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe with entertainment & games

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade, Miami Beach

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

$12 Adult Skate Night in Fort Lauderdale

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Monday, February 26, 2024

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Kids play free mini-golf deal in Pembroke Pines

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Discounted | AllGolf

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

$9 deal for roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

Art and Jazz on the Avenue in Delray

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

$12 Adult Skate Night in Fort Lauderdale

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Black History art exhibit: (in)visible: Nepantla, Delray Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-10.00 | Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Play all you want mini-golf deal in Pembroke Pines

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $11.00 | AllGolf

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

 

 

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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