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💦 Our Favorite Pools, Splash Pads, Water Parks, & Swim Beaches

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher May 20, 2024

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Outdoor Pools and Water Parks 💦


Burgess Memorial Pool
22 N. Gilbert St., Castle Rock
(720) 724-2082

2024 Open Date: May 25
Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sun: 11:00 AM–4:00 PM

Resident Admission: $7.50-$8.50
Non-Resident Admission: $8.50-$9.50

Features at Burgess Memorial Pool: Zero-Depth Entry, Water Basketball, Lazy River, Toddler Slide, 20' Water Slide, Picnic Areas, Locker Rooms, Wheelchair Accessible


Cook Creek Pool
8711 Lone Tree Pkwy., Lone Tree
(303) 790-7665

2024 Open Date: May 25
Mon-Thu: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Fri: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Sat-Sun: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM

SSPRD Resident Admission: $5.50-$6.75
Non-Resident Admission: $7.25-$9.25
Household Admission: $18-$24

Features at Cook Creek Pool: Zero-Depth Entry, Water Slide, Lap Pool, Water Basketball, Leisure Pool, Dumping Bucket


H2O'Brien Pool
10795 Victorian Dr., Parker
(720) 851-5873

2024 Open Date: May 25
Daily through Labor Day: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
(Closed June 13-16 due to Parker Days Festival.)

Resident Admission: $7-$8
Non-Resident Admission: $9-$10

H2O'Brien Pool features two 182' water slides, a zero-depth entry with a large state-of-the-art water feature structure, a lap pool, a concession area, and a sizeable deck space with ample shade.

Little Squirts: Children 5 years and younger and their adult caregivers are invited to play on weekday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 AM before the pool opens to the public. Swimmers may stay for open swim hours; regular admission fees apply.


Pirates Cove
1225 W. Belleview Ave., Englewood
(303) 762-2683 (COVE)

2024 Open Date: May 25
Open 10:00 AM–5:30 PM from May 27 through August 11
Weekends only: August 10 through Labor Day

Resident Admission: $11-$12
Non-Resident Admission: $18-$19
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Features at Pirates Cove: Zero-Depth (Beach) Entry, Leisure & Lap Pools, 750-Gallon Dump Bucket, Lazy River, Three Water Slides, Sand Play Area, Spray Garden, Barnacle Café, Cabana Rentals, Picnic Tables, Locker Rooms, Lockers (Additional Fee).



Water World
8801 Pecos St., Denver
(303) 427-7873

2024 Open Date: May 25
Daily: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Child Admission (40"-47"): $24.99-$45.99
Adult Admission (48" and taller): $29.99-$50.99
See the Pricing Page for full details

Features and Attractions at Water World: Thrill Rides, Lazy Rivers, Water Slides, Wave Pools, Family-Friendly Rides, Concessions, Family Locker Rooms, Tube rentals, Bungalow/Cabana Rentals, Lockers (additional fee)

This Denver legend is one of USA Today's 10 Best Outdoor Water Parks. With scores of attractions on 64 acres, it is one of the largest water parks in America. Every member of our family has a blast when we visit. 'Nuff said.

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Nearby Splash Pads 💦


Centennial Center Park
13133 E. Arapahoe Rd., Centennial

Why we love to splash at Centennial Center Park: Adjacent to the Civic Center, Centennial Center Park has several playgrounds for children of all ages, educational and historical information about the state of Colorado, a large grassy field, two covered picnicking areas, and an enormous splash pad.

Centennial Center Park consistently ranks among USA Today's 10 Best Splash Pads and has been one of the most popular parks in the area since it opened.

The different levels can make it challenging to keep track of more than one child. Just play together and stay together and you will have a great time!

Water Play hours are 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.



Civic Green Park
9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch

Why we love to splash at Civic Green Park: Located next to the library and steps away from the Highlands Ranch Town Center, Civic Green Park hosts various summer events (which you can always find on our events calendar, of course).

Features include a fabulous playground with a shallow creek, a large grassy open area, and a stage with fountains in front of it.

The stream and overlook fountains operate 24 hours daily from mid-April until late October. The plaza fountains run from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM from mid-May to mid-September, except during special events.


Discovery Park
20115 E. Mainstreet, Parker

Why we love to splash at Discovery Park: Located next to the Parker Library on the east end of Downtown Parker, Discovery Park hosts a variety of events throughout the summer (which you'll find on our events calendar, of course) and is home to the Parker Ice Trail in the winter.

The interactive water feature includes color-changing LED lights, which makes it especially fun at night.

The Discovery Park Play Fountain opens on Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day (weather permitting) from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, except during special events.



Elk Ridge Park
6971 Mira Vista Ln., Castle Pines

Why we love to splash at Elk Ridge Park: This hidden gem has interactive water features, a climbing wall, and a fantastic playground with unusual structures, including a slide from the upper level into the playground.

The 11-acre park also offers 360-degree views of the plains, foothills, and mountains and an ADA-accessible trail network with educational features teaching the early history of Colorado.

The fountains open on Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.



Great Plains Park
20100 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora

Why we love to splash at Great Plains Park: Great Plains is a 50-acre park with a baseball field, paved walking/biking trails, separate playgrounds for younger and older children, and a fantastic splash pad!

The sprayground opens on Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.



Philip S. Miller Park
1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock

Why we love to splash at Philip S. Miller Park: This 300-acre park has something for everyone... great hiking trails, a large playground, the Challenge Hill outdoor staircase, and more. We can (and have) spent an entire day at this park.

If the weather turns sour or it gets too hot, we head inside to the Miller Activity Complex (the MAC) to jump on the trampolines or swim indoors.

The splash pad is in the Plaza, which also has picnic pavilions, restrooms, an outdoor fireplace, and play features. The bathrooms and outdoor fireplaces are operational daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and the splash pad is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM seasonally.



Westlands Park
5701 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village

Why we love to splash at Westlands Park: One of our all-time favorite parks and winner of numerous awards, Westlands Park has an amazing playground for kids of all sizes, a two-story treehouse, an inline skating rink, walking paths wide enough for two strollers side by side, and a good-sized splash pad — plus the cleanest bathrooms of any park we've visited.

The fountains open on Memorial Day weekend and will run throughout the summer.

Nearby Swim Beaches 💦


Aurora Reservoir
5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora
(303) 326-8425

Swim Beach: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM Daily
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

$10-$15 per vehicle

Why we love Aurora Reservoir: This multi-use aquatic recreational facility with an interactive nature center has a swim beach with great beach-y sand, volleyball nets, covered picnic tables, a large playground, watercraft and bike rentals, and so much more! It also has lots of geese, so we recommend wearing water shoes.



Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood
(303) 697-6159

Swim Beach: 8:00 AM–8:00 PM Daily
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

$10 per vehicle

Why we love Bear Creek Lake Park: Bear Creek Lake has 2,600 acres of parkland, 15 miles of dirt trails for biking and hiking, yurts that can be rented for overnight camping, and a swim beach at Big Soda Lake. The swimming section is roped off from the rest of the lake, and motorized watercraft are not allowed in this body of water.

The swim beach also has a loaner station with life jackets, a playground, picnic tables, and decent bathrooms. The water is tested weekly to ensure it is safe for swimming, so you may want to call ahead to confirm that the beach is open.



Cherry Creek State Park
4201 S. Parker Rd., Aurora
(303) 690-1166

Swim Beach: 8:00 AM–8:00 PM Daily
Typically Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

$11 per vehicle (includes Aspen Leaf Basin Water Quality Authority fee)

Why we love Cherry Creek State Park: We took our first family camping trip here because it has plenty to keep kids busy and was close enough to get home quickly if our adventure didn't quite work out. Cherry Creek offers campsites, trails for hiking and biking, fishing, and a swim beach with good sand-castle-building sand. 


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