The Coolest Splash Pads and Pools Around LA
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The Coolest Splash Pads and Pools Around LA

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Want to beat the summer heat? But don’t feel like packing up the kid’s snacks and gear for a day at the beach. There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with a trip to your local splash pad or community pool for some water fun. From the South Bay to the Valley, these local splash pads and outdoor pools are some of our favorite places to cool down this summer.

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South Bay Splash Pads

Holly Glen Park – Hawthorne

The small wading pool at Holly Glen Park is just a few inches deep, but it’s all you need to get those tiny toes splashing and cooling off in the water. The exact hours can vary, so be sure to prep your kids that it may be closed when you go.

Holly Park
2058 W. 120th St.
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Alondra Aquatic Center – Lawndale

The splash pad at this 53-acre park is open each summer, seven days a week, from May 1 to Sep. 30.

Alondra Community Regional Park
3850 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Lawndale, CA 90260

Promenade of the Peninsula – Palos Verdes

Good news, the fountain spash pad is finally back! Come for the splishes and stay for the splashes! Open 10am – 7pm when we’re above 80ºF!

Promenade of the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Dr
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

South Bay Pools

Hawthorne Pool 

The Hawthorne Pool has men’s and women’s locker rooms, heated showers, and private changing rooms. The facility has two pools: a lap pool and a baby pool. Both pools are heated to 80 degrees F. 

Address: 12501 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Begg Pool, Manhattan Beach

This public swimming pool in Manhattan Beach offers open swimming year-round, swim lessons, and pre-team/ team swimming during the summer.

Located in: Polliwog Park
Address: 1402 N Peck Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Urho Saari Swim Stadium, El Segundo 

The Urho Saari Swim Stadium, a.k.a. “The Plunge,” is open year-round to provide the community with quality aquatics programs.

Address: 219 W Mariposa Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245

Victor E Benstead Plunge, Torrance

A venerable Olympic-size outdoor aquatic center offering swimming lessons & recreational hours.

Address: 3331 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503

YMCA, Torrance 

You’ll enjoy lap swimming, family swim time, water aerobics, swim classes, and more in the indoor heated pool. Membership is required to use the facility.

YMCA Fitness Center
2900 W Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance, CA‎

South Bay Aquatics, Torrance  

Servicing the entire South Bay, South Bay Aquatics provides an indoor, climate-controlled facility, maintaining a comfortable 90° water temperature and 80° air temperature on the pool deck year round.

Address: 2433 Moreton St
Torrance, CA 90505

Alondra Aquatic Center, Lawndale

This public rec center swimming pool is open each summer from Jun. 18 to Aug. 20 for open swim. In addition to the pool, this massive park offers splash pads, a playground, and a fishing lake with shaded picnic areas.

Address: 3353 Redondo Beach Blvd
Lawndale, CA 90260

Seaside Lagoon – Redondo Beach

Opening May 27, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, this popular spot isn’t exactly a pool, but it offers the perfect place to splash and play. This sand-bottom lagoon with recirculated water is a great way to experience the ocean without the waves, making it excellent for families with little kids.

Address: 200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Westside Splash Pads

Stoner Park Splash Pool – West LA

Though technically a pool, this popular spot is perfect for young non-swimmers in the splash zone area. The pool itself is only 4.5 feet at its deepest, making it a great place overall for water newbies. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Located in: Stoner Recreation Center
Address: 1835 Stoner Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Annenberg Community Beach House – Santa Monica

Whether you can’t get a spot at the pool or just want to let the kids run and splash while you relax, the Annenberg splash pad is an excellent place to cool off. You can check out the ocean view while the kids have a blast. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Address: 415 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Tongva Park – Santa Monica

Tongva Park is always a unique place to explore, and the naturally designed splash pad area fits right in with the aesthetic and is an added bonus on a hot day. The water features run daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

Address: 1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Virginia Avenue Park – Santa Monica

This small splash pad is the perfect spot for young children to cool off on hot, sunny days. The 9.5-acre sprawling park also features grassy areas, a playground, picnic tables, and more. The free splash pad is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Address: 2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Westside Pools

Annenberg Community Beach House – Santa Monica

Not up for a day of splashing in the waves? How about a dip in a swimming pool with the beach in the background? The Annenberg Beach House is open seven days a week from June 19 to Sep. 5. Admission is required to enter ($10/ adult and $4/ kids 1 – 17) and can only be purchased at the window up to an hour in advance. And keep in mind that kids under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

Address: 415 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Mar Vista Pool – Mar Vista

This public pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is just $1 for kids and $4 for adults. You can also purchase a summer youth pass that allows entry all summer for just $10.

Located in: Mar Vista Recreation Center
Address: 11655 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Rustic Canyon Rec Center Pool – Santa Monica

Another LA Parks and Rec run pool set in the idyllic, tree-lined Rustic Canyon park. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is just $1 for kids and $4 for adults. A summer youth pass allows entry all summer for just $10. The park also features a small playground and tennis courts.

Located in: Rustic Canyon Recreation Center

Address: 601 Latimer Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Central, South, and East Los Angeles & Gateway Cities Splash Pads

Grand Park – Downtown LA

From summer concerts to family-friendly events, Grand Park is not short on entertainment. The park also has a fun splash pad with interactive water jets that the entire family will enjoy.

Address: 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

City Terrace Park – East Los Angeles

This fun splash pad includes several water features and sprayers, and best of all, it’s one of the few water play areas with shade covering to help keep kids protected from the sun. The park also includes a pool, a large playground, sports fields, and courts.

Address: 1126 N Hazard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area – Willowbrook

As the largest park in the neighborhood, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has it all. In addition to a fun splash pad, the 104-acre recreation area features a large playground, fishing lakes, walking paths, and more.

Located in: Magic Johnson Park

Address: 1050 E 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Amelia Mayberry Park – Whittier

The water features at this fun splash pad are the perfect way to cool down on a hot day. The water play area is open 7 days a week, May 1 to Sep. 30, 11 am to 7 pm.

Address: 13201 Meyer Rd, Whittier, CA 90605

Central, South, and East Los Angeles & Gateway Cities Pools

Central Pool – South Central

Central Park Recreation Center recently underwent a complete renovation and features a wade-in pool perfect for small children to safely splash and play. The pool’s shallow end also features a splash pad with water sprayers and fountains.

Address: 1357 E 22nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90011

Costello Pool – East Los Angeles

This outdoor summer season pool is the perfect place to cool down and practice swimming skills. Admission is just $1 for children and $4 for adults.

Located in: Lou Costello Jr Recreation Center
Address: 3121 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Belvedere Community Regional Park – East Los Angeles

This beautiful Los Angeles County park has it all, including a massive outdoor pool with swim lanes and a shallow zone. The 30-acre park also features splash pads, a skate park, basketball courts, soccer fields, and more, guaranteeing a great time for the entire family.

Address: 4914 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Greater Whittier Regional Aquatic Center – Whittier

One of the newest aquatic centers in Los Angeles features two pools. The main pool includes several swimming lanes and two diving boards, while the smaller pool has a large shallow area perfect for younger swimmers. The center offers swim lessons and a variety of classes, including aqua aerobics and water polo.

Address: 8028 Pioneer Blvd, Whittier, CA 90606

San Fernando Valley Splash Pads

Mason Park – Chatsworth

Mason Park features a large splash pad area, but keep in mind that it’s in full sun, so you’ll want to bring plenty of sunscreen and water shoes. Daily hours vary, but the splash pad is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In addition to the water playground, you’ll find a regular playground, picnic tables, and a grass field. 

Address: 10500 Mason Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Oak Canyon Park – Oak Park

It’s a bit of a trek from the valley, but as one of the best splash pads on the list, it’s well worth it. The massive splash park features exciting interactive elements like water cannons and fountains. The play area is surrounded by shaded, grassy hills, perfect for having a snack or picnic while you keep cool. Open Memorial Day weekend through the end of September from 10 am to 7 pm daily.

Address: 5600 Hollytree Dr, Oak Park, CA 91377

San Fernando Valley Pools

Woodland Hills Rec Center – Woodland Hills

This outdoor heated pool is perfect for staying cool in the Valley heat. The center is open for recreational swim from June 6 to Labor Day weekend. The Recreation Center offers swim lessons, a swim-themed summer camp, a swim team, and a junior lifeguard training program. Besides the pool, the park features a large shaded children’s play area, baseball fields, and a small hiking trail.

Address: 5858 Shoup Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Hansen Dam Aquatic Center – Lake View Terrace

With a 1.5-acre swim lake featuring two water slides and sand along the sides, this place is about as close as you can get to a water park without making the trek out of town to one of the bigger spots. It is wade-in style and only 4.5 feet at its deepest, making it perfect for families with young kids. 

Address: 11798 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

San Fernando Recreation Park and Aquatic Center – San Fernando

The aquatic center features an Olympic-size swimming pool with three dive boards and starting blocks and a smaller recreation pool with twisting water slides. The park also has a water play area with splash pads and spray features.

Located in: San Fernando Regional Pool

Address: 300 Park Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340

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