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Philly's best pools and spray fountains to splash in this summer

Cool off in these beloved (and in some cases, kind of hidden) splash spots

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Summer is here, so thank goodness that it's coming up on pool season in Philly, which has more pools per capita than any other city in the country. And, with all the humidity, it’s a great city to cool off.

This year we had to take out one spot, the Swann Fountain at Logan Circle because technically you’re not allowed to get in the water. But never fear, there are plenty more (legal) splash pads to cool down in Philly and Curbed Philly has put together a list of the best of them for you.

So grab a towel, the kids, and head on out to one of the many splash parks, fountains, and pools in this city right now.

Got any additions to the map? Be a good neighbor and share. Hit up the comments or send us an email.

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1. Dilworth Park Fountain

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1 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

One of the most popular of Center City Philly splash zones is the Dilworth Park fountain at City Hall. Rows upon rows of water jets make a super-fun maze for kids (and their parents!) to run through. A public art piece is supposed to debut this July, too.

2. Sister Cities Park

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Benjamin Franklin Parkway & North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sister Cities has two areas to relax and cool your jets. There is a "stream" fed pool to dip your feet in and there is the playful 10-spout fountain at the main entrance.

3. Francisville Playground

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1737 Francis St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 685-0750
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Francisville Playground became the first pool to participate in the city's Swim Philly program, which reimagines a select number of pools as engaging civic spaces. And, with summer right around the corner, the playground is gearing up for its big opening day on June 20.

4. Roberto Clemente Playground

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1800 Wallace Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

This sprayground is incredible. Not only does it have water-shooting tropical trees, it also has this amazing view of the Philly skyline. Plus, it’s one of the earliest places to open up this year. All through the rest of June the sprayground is open from 1 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. After that, expect it to be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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5. O'Connor Pool

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2601 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 685-6593
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O'Conner Pool is one of the best public pools in the city. It's near the Schuylkill River Park and all the fun on South Street West. It returns again this year as part of the Swim Philly program, reimagining it as a "vibrant public space," and the free kids summer swim team has already started this month. Get more information on their website.

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6. Seger Park

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1000 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

This playground at 10th and Lombard is always bumpin' with families. The sprayground, which turned on in late May, is just an added bonus to the park, which also features a dog park, basketball courts, and tennis courts.

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7. Spruce Street Harbor Park

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South Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

When you're not lounging in a hammock or hanging out in the beer garden at Spruce Street Harbor, find one of the many fountains in this seasonal pop-up park and cool off.

8. Headhouse Square Fountain

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200 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

This one is small, but fun. On extremely hot days, run through the renovated fountain and then head into Wawa to stand in the A/C.

9. Herron Park Sprayground

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Reed Street & South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

With multiple areas to get your spray on, families from all over come to Herron Park to cool off here. The sprayground is open now, according to Facebook, and you can check out the hours here. As one commenter suggests: bring some chairs and water toys.

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10. Sacks Pool

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Washington Avenue & South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

This South Philly pool sits on the 3.7-acre Solomon Sacks Playground, so there are basketball courts and baseball fields to play around when you need to dry off. Jefferson Square Park is also across the street.

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11. Shot Tower Sprayground

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131 Carpenter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

This one is also pretty new as it debuted a few years ago. It's small, but gets the job done. It gets steamy down by the Delaware in Queen Village. Plus, it just opened up for the summer with hours starting at 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

12. East Poplar Pool

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820 North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Bathe in the cool waters of East Poplar Rec's pool and bask in the glory of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception across the street. You might even catch a tan off of its golden dome.

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13. NoLibs Rec Pool

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321 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Located near 3rd and Fairmount, it's a close-knit pool nestled within a densely populated neighborhood. Be mindful of the pool rules, listed here.

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14. Shissler Rec Center

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1800 Blair Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

The sprayground at Shissler Rec Center opened in 2013 with some help from the Mural Arts Program and the city. Kids love this place, which goes by the theme "Take me to the River."

15. John B. Kelly Pool (Please Touch Museum)

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North Concourse Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131

The John B. Kelly Pool in Centennial Park offers a big pool with swimming lanes, plus a great backdrop of the Please Touch Museum. There's a great lawn to camp out on, as well.

16. Lee Cultural Center

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4328 Haverford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philly Public Pools calls Lee Cultural Center's pool "the true Philly public pool lover’s pool." It also happens to be part of the city's Swim Philly program, so expect lots of programming like yoga classes to be offered throughout the summer.

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17. 48th & Woodland Splash Park

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4700 Paschal Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

We defy you to not have any fun running through a water shooting rainbow. It's impossible.

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18. Pleasant Playground

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6722 Chew Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(215) 685-2230
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Bonus: Mt. Airy Playground at 7001 Germantown Avenue also has a big spray fountain.

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19. Venice Island

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Cotton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

Venice Island in Manayunk is a park, recreation, and performance center that is managed primarily by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. Designed by local landscape architecture firm Andropogon Associates, the park includes state-of-the-art water features that demonstrate water retention in an urban environment, as well as recreational facilities for basketball and outdoor performances, space for a dock, outdoor sculptures, and a theater. It’s certainly one of the coolest (get it?) places on this list.

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1. Dilworth Park Fountain

1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

One of the most popular of Center City Philly splash zones is the Dilworth Park fountain at City Hall. Rows upon rows of water jets make a super-fun maze for kids (and their parents!) to run through. A public art piece is supposed to debut this July, too.

1 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

2. Sister Cities Park

Benjamin Franklin Parkway & North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sister Cities has two areas to relax and cool your jets. There is a "stream" fed pool to dip your feet in and there is the playful 10-spout fountain at the main entrance.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway & North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

3. Francisville Playground

1737 Francis St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Francisville Playground became the first pool to participate in the city's Swim Philly program, which reimagines a select number of pools as engaging civic spaces. And, with summer right around the corner, the playground is gearing up for its big opening day on June 20.

1737 Francis St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4. Roberto Clemente Playground

1800 Wallace Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

This sprayground is incredible. Not only does it have water-shooting tropical trees, it also has this amazing view of the Philly skyline. Plus, it’s one of the earliest places to open up this year. All through the rest of June the sprayground is open from 1 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. After that, expect it to be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

1800 Wallace Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

5. O'Connor Pool

2601 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

O'Conner Pool is one of the best public pools in the city. It's near the Schuylkill River Park and all the fun on South Street West. It returns again this year as part of the Swim Philly program, reimagining it as a "vibrant public space," and the free kids summer swim team has already started this month. Get more information on their website.

2601 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

6. Seger Park

1000 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This playground at 10th and Lombard is always bumpin' with families. The sprayground, which turned on in late May, is just an added bonus to the park, which also features a dog park, basketball courts, and tennis courts.

1000 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. Spruce Street Harbor Park

South Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

When you're not lounging in a hammock or hanging out in the beer garden at Spruce Street Harbor, find one of the many fountains in this seasonal pop-up park and cool off.

South Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Headhouse Square Fountain

200 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This one is small, but fun. On extremely hot days, run through the renovated fountain and then head into Wawa to stand in the A/C.

200 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

9. Herron Park Sprayground

Reed Street & South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

With multiple areas to get your spray on, families from all over come to Herron Park to cool off here. The sprayground is open now, according to Facebook, and you can check out the hours here. As one commenter suggests: bring some chairs and water toys.

Reed Street & South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. Sacks Pool

Washington Avenue & South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This South Philly pool sits on the 3.7-acre Solomon Sacks Playground, so there are basketball courts and baseball fields to play around when you need to dry off. Jefferson Square Park is also across the street.

Washington Avenue & South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

11. Shot Tower Sprayground

131 Carpenter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This one is also pretty new as it debuted a few years ago. It's small, but gets the job done. It gets steamy down by the Delaware in Queen Village. Plus, it just opened up for the summer with hours starting at 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

131 Carpenter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

12. East Poplar Pool

820 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Bathe in the cool waters of East Poplar Rec's pool and bask in the glory of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception across the street. You might even catch a tan off of its golden dome.

820 North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

13. NoLibs Rec Pool

321 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Located near 3rd and Fairmount, it's a close-knit pool nestled within a densely populated neighborhood. Be mindful of the pool rules, listed here.

321 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123

14. Shissler Rec Center

1800 Blair Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125

The sprayground at Shissler Rec Center opened in 2013 with some help from the Mural Arts Program and the city. Kids love this place, which goes by the theme "Take me to the River."

1800 Blair Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

15. John B. Kelly Pool (Please Touch Museum)

North Concourse Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The John B. Kelly Pool in Centennial Park offers a big pool with swimming lanes, plus a great backdrop of the Please Touch Museum. There's a great lawn to camp out on, as well.

North Concourse Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131

16. Lee Cultural Center

4328 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philly Public Pools calls Lee Cultural Center's pool "the true Philly public pool lover’s pool." It also happens to be part of the city's Swim Philly program, so expect lots of programming like yoga classes to be offered throughout the summer.

4328 Haverford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

17. 48th & Woodland Splash Park

4700 Paschal Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143

We defy you to not have any fun running through a water shooting rainbow. It's impossible.

4700 Paschal Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

18. Pleasant Playground

6722 Chew Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Bonus: Mt. Airy Playground at 7001 Germantown Avenue also has a big spray fountain.

6722 Chew Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

19. Venice Island

Cotton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127

Venice Island in Manayunk is a park, recreation, and performance center that is managed primarily by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. Designed by local landscape architecture firm Andropogon Associates, the park includes state-of-the-art water features that demonstrate water retention in an urban environment, as well as recreational facilities for basketball and outdoor performances, space for a dock, outdoor sculptures, and a theater. It’s certainly one of the coolest (get it?) places on this list.

Cotton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127