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Curbed's Top Picks for Philadelphia's Best Cool Down Jawns

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We've made it to Day Three of Curbed Philly's Outdoors Week! You explored some of the most criminally underrated parks in the city and checked in on (read: gawked at) some listings with ridiculous outdoor spaces. Today, let's navigate Philly's Cool Down Jawns. We're talkin' a whole category that finally describes those crazy ways people from Philly beat the heat. There will be pools galore, fun-filled spraygrounds and even some of your favorite fountains to take a dip in on those hot and humid Philly summer days. So, stop blowing up that inflatable pool and cork up that fire hydrant, we've got you covered when it come to them Cool Down Jawns!



· Outdoors Week 2014 [Curbed Philly]
· Beat the heat wave: Pools, spraygrounds and splash pads [Plan Philly]

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1. 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. (Image: Zora Plays)

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 fountain at the main entrance. (Image: Center City District)

3. Mount Airy Playground

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7001 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Chase your kids through this awesome park and you'll get to cool down as well! We would highly recommend water shoes. (Image: Germantown Parents)

4. Shissler Rec Center

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1800 Blair Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

It opened in 2013 and kids freakin' love this place. Take this kids' advice and where your boots/water shoes! (Image: Plan Philly)

5. Kelly Pool (Please Touch Museum)

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North Concourse Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Adjacent to the Please Touch Museum, Kelly Pool in Centennial Park is amazing. There's a great lawn to camp on as well. (Image: West Philly Local)

6. East Poplar Rec Pool

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820 North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

This picture from Patrick Midway sums it up. Bathe in the cool waters of East Poplar Rec's pool and bask in the glory of the Ukrainian Cathedral across the street. You might even catch a tan off of its golden dome. (Photo: Swimming Philadelphia)

7. NoLibs Rec Facility Pool

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321 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Located near 3rd and Fairmount, it's a close-knit pool nestled in a densely populated neighborhood. (Image: Swimming Philadelphia)

8. Swann Fountain, Logan Circle

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While those these magnificent figures may represent the three major rivers of the Philly area, they're practically daring you to take a dip. So, go ahead and cool off. We've all done it! (Image: A View On Cities)

9. Franklin Square Fountain

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200 N 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 629-4026

Grab a refreshing drink at Square Burger and sit near the fountain to catch the lovely and misty breeze. Again, this may be a stretch, but it's worth a shot if you're hot enough and in Old City. (Image: Yelp)

10. LOVE Park Fountain

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North 16th Street & John F Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

It's up to you whether you want to try and dip your feet in, but it's certainly worth a shot if it's hot and humid. Worst case scenario is you sit in some of the mist and cool off. (Image: Google Maps)

11. Wading Pool at SSHP

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South Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

There's a little paved wading pool on the path that cuts through the seating area at SSHP (close to the giant chess pieces). It's cleaned often, and is deep enough for kids (and parents) to get refreshingly damp.

12. O'Conner Pool

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2601 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 685-6593

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. (Swimming Philadelphia)

13. Headhouse Square Fountain

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200 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

This one is fun. On extremely hot days, run through the fountain and then head into Wawa to stand in the A/C. We recommend only doing that a few times because there is nothing fun about pneumonia! (Image: uwishunu)

14. 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. (Image: Yelp)

15. Shot Tower Sprayground

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131 Carpenter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

This one is also pretty new as it debuted last year. It's small but gets the job done. It gets steamy down by the Delaware in Queen Village. (Image: Passyunk Post)

16. 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 at this jawn. (Image: Hipster Henry)

17. The Singing Fountain

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Tasker Street & East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

While it's often crowded, you can get super close to the fountain to catch. Kids are fond of dancing in the fountain and we've even seen people dip their hand in to wash their face. *Shrugs* South Philly. (Image: Aversa PR)

18. Vare Rec Center Pool

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Morris Street & South 26th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Accoring to Swimming Philadelphia, this is one of the cleanest (and largest) public pools in Philadelphia. Apparently, it gets drained nightly and refilled the next morning. (Image Swimming Philadelphia)

19. Smith Playground

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2400 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145

WE REPEAT: There is no way you're not going to have fun at a sprayground that has a rainbow tunnel. It's impossible. (Image: Germantown Avenue Parents)

20. Murphy Rec Center Pool

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West Shunk Street & South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

This pool is attached to a huge rec center that essentially separates Whitman Plaza from the neighborhood. It's always busy but enormous and roomy. (Image: Swimming Philadelphia)

1. 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. (Image: Zora Plays)

1800 Wallace Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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 fountain at the main entrance. (Image: Center City District)

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

3. Mount Airy Playground

7001 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Chase your kids through this awesome park and you'll get to cool down as well! We would highly recommend water shoes. (Image: Germantown Parents)

7001 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119

4. Shissler Rec Center

1800 Blair Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125

It opened in 2013 and kids freakin' love this place. Take this kids' advice and where your boots/water shoes! (Image: Plan Philly)

1800 Blair Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

5. Kelly Pool (Please Touch Museum)

North Concourse Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Adjacent to the Please Touch Museum, Kelly Pool in Centennial Park is amazing. There's a great lawn to camp on as well. (Image: West Philly Local)

North Concourse Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131

6. East Poplar Rec Pool

820 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

This picture from Patrick Midway sums it up. Bathe in the cool waters of East Poplar Rec's pool and bask in the glory of the Ukrainian Cathedral across the street. You might even catch a tan off of its golden dome. (Photo: Swimming Philadelphia)

820 North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

7. NoLibs Rec Facility Pool

321 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Located near 3rd and Fairmount, it's a close-knit pool nestled in a densely populated neighborhood. (Image: Swimming Philadelphia)

321 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123

8. Swann Fountain, Logan Circle

Philadelphia, PA

While those these magnificent figures may represent the three major rivers of the Philly area, they're practically daring you to take a dip. So, go ahead and cool off. We've all done it! (Image: A View On Cities)

9. Franklin Square Fountain

200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Grab a refreshing drink at Square Burger and sit near the fountain to catch the lovely and misty breeze. Again, this may be a stretch, but it's worth a shot if you're hot enough and in Old City. (Image: Yelp)

200 N 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. LOVE Park Fountain

North 16th Street & John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102

It's up to you whether you want to try and dip your feet in, but it's certainly worth a shot if it's hot and humid. Worst case scenario is you sit in some of the mist and cool off. (Image: Google Maps)

North 16th Street & John F Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

11. Wading Pool at SSHP

South Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

There's a little paved wading pool on the path that cuts through the seating area at SSHP (close to the giant chess pieces). It's cleaned often, and is deep enough for kids (and parents) to get refreshingly damp.

South Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

12. O'Conner 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. (Swimming Philadelphia)

2601 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

13. Headhouse Square Fountain

200 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This one is fun. On extremely hot days, run through the fountain and then head into Wawa to stand in the A/C. We recommend only doing that a few times because there is nothing fun about pneumonia! (Image: uwishunu)

200 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

14. 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. (Image: Yelp)

4700 Paschal Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

15. Shot Tower Sprayground

131 Carpenter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This one is also pretty new as it debuted last year. It's small but gets the job done. It gets steamy down by the Delaware in Queen Village. (Image: Passyunk Post)

131 Carpenter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

16. 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 at this jawn. (Image: Hipster Henry)

Reed Street & South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

17. The Singing Fountain

Tasker Street & East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148

While it's often crowded, you can get super close to the fountain to catch. Kids are fond of dancing in the fountain and we've even seen people dip their hand in to wash their face. *Shrugs* South Philly. (Image: Aversa PR)

Tasker Street & East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

18. Vare Rec Center Pool

Morris Street & South 26th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Accoring to Swimming Philadelphia, this is one of the cleanest (and largest) public pools in Philadelphia. Apparently, it gets drained nightly and refilled the next morning. (Image Swimming Philadelphia)

Morris Street & South 26th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145

19. Smith Playground

2400 Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

WE REPEAT: There is no way you're not going to have fun at a sprayground that has a rainbow tunnel. It's impossible. (Image: Germantown Avenue Parents)

2400 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145

20. Murphy Rec Center Pool

West Shunk Street & South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

This pool is attached to a huge rec center that essentially separates Whitman Plaza from the neighborhood. It's always busy but enormous and roomy. (Image: Swimming Philadelphia)

West Shunk Street & South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148