Here are our picks for fun-soaked splash pads in the Twin Cities:
Oak Hill Park
This 2,350-square-foot splash pad in St. Louis Park has a spray tunnel, bubble hoses and water nozzles. Kids can enjoy standing under large flower showers and water nozzles. (Parent alert: The seats across from the nozzles are in the splash zone.) It's adjacent to a playground, picnic area and public restrooms.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. More: tinyurl.com/ybqtzpwu
Andrews Park Splash Pad
Features at this Champlin park include flower showers and frog-faced sprinklers. Climb aboard a replica boat, but beware the leaks (large fountains spraying from the floorboards) and dump-bucket masts. Land ho! The splash pad is also located next to a large picnic shelter and concession stand, perfect for snack time.
Hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. More: tinyurl.com/y9979nqo
Burnsville Lions Playground
The splash pad area in Cliff Fen Park, top, has up to 15 water features that spray, sprinkle, splash and soak. Movable spray hoses, water domes and dancing fountains are some fun ways to stay cool. The nearby playground boasts a giant jungle gym and rock walls.
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. More: tinyurl.com/ydchegap
Round Lake Splash Pad
Kids can sit under raining palm trees or set sail on the pirate ship spray playground at this Eden Prairie park. It's close to a large playground, shaded seating area and a free beach.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. More: tinyurl.com/y7hw7zag
Nicollet Commons Park
Is it an outdoor spa or splash pad? Either way, it features a lazy river, waterfalls and frog statues that spit water. The stone splash pad is by the Burnsville park's amphitheater, which hosts concerts and movies.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset. More: tinyurl.com/ybwu3lkm
Minnesota Zoo: Splash around with life-size wildlife statues. Free with admission. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. More: tinyurl.com/yb7m6qv4
Highlands Park: This Cottage Grove splash pad offers free activities every Friday. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. More: tinyurl.com/ydy476xc,
Phalen Beach: Don't want to jump in the lake? Try this splash pad instead. Hours: 1-7 p.m. More: tinyurl.com/y9eotxfg