School’s out for summer! Summertime in Indianapolis is simply the best. Long days in the sunshine that lead to relaxing evenings with family. Parents, are you looking for ways to keep your kiddos busy? In the last few years, splash pads have popped up around the Indy area and are wildly popular during the summer months.

A fun and FREE activity with your kiddos?! Count us in! Splash pads are the perfect place for kids to cool off and release some energy. Read more for a few of the best places to SPLASH around Indy!

1. Lawrence W. Inlow Park (Carmel)

Check out this huge splash pad at Lawrence Inlow Park! With 16 acres, there’s plenty to explore. There’s a playground adjacent to the splash pad for those who want to stay dry. Older kids can play nine holes of disc golf and parents can enjoy the shade of the beautiful wooded areas and multiple shelters.

Lawrence W. Inlow Park
6310 E. Main Street, Carmel, IN 46033


2. Tarkington Park (Butler-Tarkington)

This splash pad stays true to it’s Indy 500 roots with the checkerboard theme! Bubbling water and “rocky” areas make this park a must-see in the Indy area. Plenty of bench seating for adults.

Lots of sunscreen required as this entire area is in full-sun.

Tarkington Park
44 W 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208


3. Dan Wakefield Park (Broadway & 61st)

Conveniently located in Broad Ripple, this smaller splash pad offers in-ground sprinklers for your kiddos to cool off. Want to pack a lunch? Bench seating and open areas for picnics surround the splash pad. Dan Wakefield Park would be the perfect first splash pad experience for kiddos to get accustomed to the water in a smaller setting. The park also has a playground, sand volleyball court, and two tennis courts.

Dan Wakefield Park
6051 N Broadway Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220


4. West Park (West Carmel)

Love to dance in the rain? West Park’s splash pad simulates rain and stream runoff. The large playground area includes a giant spider web pyramid, a two-tier silo with slides, and farm-inspired playground sets. You may find a critter or two as you walk along the prairie maze or pond throughout the park’s 120 acres.

West Park
2700 W. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46044


5. Billericay Park (Fishers)

Billericay Park’s rainbow splash pad and castle tower cools kiddos off on those warm summer days. While known for their eight baseball fields, Billericay Park’s 44 acres also include three playground areas and two park shelters. After cooling off at the splash pad, explore nature throughout the park’s 1.75 miles of trails.

Billericay Park
12690 Promise Road, Fishers, IN 46038


6. Westermeier Commons at Central Park (Carmel)

Central Park’s splash pad is like a walk through nature. Spray features resemble flowers and animals for kids to feel like they are surrounded by the park’s natural beauty. At a prime location in Carmel and with access to the Monon Trail, Central Park’s 159 acres truly have something for everyone in your family. The playground at Westermeier Commons is nestled into the side of a hill and offers over 25,000 square feet for your kiddos to let loose!

Westermeier Commons at Central Park
1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN


7. A few more splash pads/parks in the Indy area that you may want to consider:

Quaker Park (Westfield)
17501 Dartown Road, Westfield, IN 46074;id=87
Mulberry Fields (Zionsville)
9645 Whitestown Road, Zionsville, IN ‎
Dillon Park (Noblesville)
701 Cicero Road, Noblesville, IN 46060


Hot summer days in Indianapolis call for cooling off at splash pads! As one of the largest cities in the US, Indy continues to expand and offer fun activities for your family.

If I left out one of your favorite splash pads, let me know at!

Pictures found on splash pad websites referenced in this article.

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