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Miami water parks for some cool fun – UPDATED

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) $12, nonresidents $15, kids ages 2-13 $7.

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

CLOSED

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.

McDonald Water Park

CLOSED

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. Admission prices vary.

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

Monday, November 29, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Las Olas Oceanside Park hosts Menorah Lighting

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Yuletide Street Fair with 100-foot Tree Lighting in Delray

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Old School Square Pavilion

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Half-price games

Discounted | In The Game Sawgrass

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Holiday festivities in L-B-T-S

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Anglin Square

$8 roller skating in Davie

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

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

School choir caroling competition

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Food trucks and free concerts

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Sandi's Holiday in Paradise music and light shows

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

Friday, December 3, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Lakewood Market

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Light Up Sistrunk

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $13.00-18.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free outdoor family-friendly films

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

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Santa @ Festival marketplace 

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm | FREE | Festival Marketplace

Ice skating & snow @ Coral Springs holiday festivities

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Coral Springs City Hall

Ocean Way

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield main beach Parking Lot

Winter Wonderland in Riviera Beach

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Riviera Beach Marina Village

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $13.00-18.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday lighting festivities in Davie

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | bamford Sports complex

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Candy Cane Parade, Hollywood 

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

Free concerts

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Amphitheater

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Discounts for Miami-Dade County Fair

All Day | Discounted | Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition

Broward County Fair

Discounted | 441 & Margate Boulevard

Hanukkah art projects at Festival

10:00 am to 10:30 am | FREE | Festival Marketplace

Santa @ Festival marketplace 

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm | FREE | Festival Marketplace

School caroling competition goes virtual

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm | 550 Biltmore Building

Winter Wonderland in Riviera Beach

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Riviera Beach Marina Village

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $13.00-18.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $17.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Symphony of Lights

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

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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, Edible South FL, Legacy Miami and Legacy South Florida and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today covering the arts community and restaurant scene and served as Calendar Editor. She has also worked in public relations for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, in travel and tourism for Newman PR and at the Miami Science Museum. She has written for Florida Travel + Life Magazine, Florida Monthly Magazine, Miami.com, Indulge Miami and MiamiCurated.

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