During these excruciatingly hot summer months, we’re all looking for a way to cool off. Enjoy the sun and dial down the heat by checking out the best splash pads and pools in Wilmington!

Hugh MacRae Park

The incredible splash pad at Hugh MacRae Park was the talk of the town when it opened just two years ago, and it continues to bring joy to families every day. Located in central New Hanover County, the splash pad was specifically designed to be accessible for children with disabilities and have bright colors for those who are visually impaired as well as quiet nooks for children with autism to enjoy. The splash pad also uses a recirculating water filtration system, so it’s safe, eco-friendly, and fun!

Northside Pool and Splash Pad

The Northside Splash Pad is a great place to bring the young ones to splash around, and it’s free to all visitors. This water playground is adjacent to the Northside Pool, so kids of all ages can enjoy everything the location has to offer.

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park

For a full-on water park experience, take a daytrip to Jungle Rapids for the day- it’s not “the best water park in eastern North Carolina” for nothing! There’s a lazy river, wave pool, and plenty of rides for the whole family to enjoy.

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YMCA City Pools

This summer, the YMCA is inviting the whole community to come enjoy their City Pools! If you’re already a member, admission is free. If not, don’t fret! Just fill out an application for a summer access pass, and you’re good to go. Daily admission with a pass is just $1 per child and $2 per adult. City Pools open to the community include the Legion Stadium Pool, Robert Strange Pool, and Northside Pool. Make sure to check the hours online and call ahead if your group has more than 10 people!

When you head out to these amazing splash pads in Wilmington with the kids, don’t forget to pack the sunscreen! Nothing puts a damper on some summer fun like a sunburn.

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