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Splash! Beat The Heat Find Your Favorite Splash Pad, Beach and Pool.

Find Your Cooling Spot this summer to beat the heat.

By Melissa Shrader Editor/Publisher Fort Collins Macaroni Kid May 29, 2023

Since summer break offers all kinds of weather, it's great to have options. Indoor or outdoor water sources open up tons of opportunities to enjoy the water. My kiddo is already wanting to plan pool parties and having snow cones. You may have a favorite already or maybe you are looking for a new spot. 

This list will help you find just what you are looking for. 




Outdoor Pools:  


✔️Fort Collins:

City Park Pool 1599 City Park Dr. Check the various open swim times here both with and without slide time, adult time etc. Large play structure, shallow water geysers, lazy river, open curly slide with 30 food drop slide. Discounted punch available. Cost: 2 and under free with guardian, 1-17 $7, 8-59 $8, 60+ $7. Water slides, Lazy river, Kids' water play structure, zero-depth entry. 970-221-6202 http://www.fcgov.com/recreation/cityparkpool.php


✔️Greeley:

Centennial Pool  2315 Reservoir Rd May 27-Aug 11, 2023. See times, open swim and movies schedule by following this link. Cost: 5 and under $2 accompanied by paying adult, 6-15 & Seniors 60+ $5.00, Adult $6.00. Spray pool, shallow and deep ends, large water slide, lifeguard on duty 970-330-2837   https://greeleyrec.com/aquatics-facilities/centennial-pool/


Discovery Bay 715 E 24th St. May 27-Aug 11, 2023. See times, open swim and movies schedule by following this link. Cost: 5 and under $2 accompanied by paying adult, 6-15 & Seniors 60+ $5.00, Adult $6.00. Water slides, zero-depth entry kids' water pay structure, splash pads, lazy river, and 243 foot slide. 970-353-3538 https://greeleyrec.com/aquatics-facilities/discovery-bay-waterpark/


✔️Loveland: 

Winona Pool 1615 4th st SE Open May 29th Grand Opening 10am-5pm. Regular hours: Mon & Wed - 12:00 - 7:00P. Thurs to Sun - 12:00 - 5:00pm, Cost: 2 and under free, 2-5 $4, 6-17 $5, 18 + Adults $6 seniors 62 and up $5.25. Non-swimmer $2.50.  There's a playground, raindrop water feature, shallow water area, two 1 meter diving boards, volley ball net, and zero depth entry to leisure pool. Discounted punch passes available, swim lessons available, water slide, sap lanes kiddie pool spray features. 970-962-2435 https://www.lovgov.org/services/parks-recreation/chilson-recreation-center/swimming

Visit www.lovgov.org/swimming or https://www.facebook.com/CityofLovelandChilsonCenter/ for the latest details. 


✔️Milliken:

Milliken Pool 320 Centennial Dr. Opens May 31 - Aug 26. Tue/Fri: 11 am – 4:30 pm. Wed/Fri: Also 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Sunday and Monday: Closed for deep cleaning. 0-1 years Free, 2-15 years $4.00, 16-64 years $5.00, 65+ $4.00, Family Rate $20.00 *same household only. Swim lessons available. Kiddie pool spray features. https://www.trpr.org/aquatics/ 


✔️Windsor:

Chimney Park Pool 421 Chimney Park Dr Open May 27th 2023. Check out times here. Cost: 5 and under $3, 6-17 and 50 + $4, Adult 18-50 $5.00, Family $15 Twilight $3. Discounted punch cards available. Swim lessons. Kiddie Pool, water slide, lap lanes. 970-674-0826 https://www.recreationliveshere.com/166/Chimney-Park-Pool





Indoor Pools:


✔️ Berthoud Recreation Center: 

The Rec Center 807 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud, CO 80513 offers open swim Open May 29 - Aug 14, 2023. Mon/Wed/Fri:12:00pm-8:00pm, Tue/Thur: 12:00pm-4:15pm, Sat/Sun: 11:00am – 7:00pm.


✔️Fort Collins: 

Mulberry Pool 424 W Mulberry St, Fort Collins, CO 80521 970.221.6657 The pool is open year-round and includes a large "child friendly" interactive play area with slides and other fun water features. Mulberry Pool is a favorite for birthday parties and other celebrations. The pool is also popular with lap swimmers looking for an early morning or mid-day workout. https://www.fcgov.com/recreation/mulberry-pool Check out this schedule for open swim times.  

Edora Pool Ice Center 1801 Riverside  (970) 221-6683  Please call 970.221.6683 to confirm schedules or seek assistance with making reservations. Pool Ice Center, also known as EPIC, is the region's premier ice and aquatics facility. EPIC serves the entire community with a variety of ice skating and aquatics programs, classes, events, and activities. https://www.fcgov.com/recreation/epic.php. Check out their schedule for open swim etc


✔️Greeley: 

Family FunPlex 1501 65th Ave, Greeley, CO 80634 Splash into fun at northern Colorado's greatest indoor waterpark. Warm water, exciting slides, lazy river, massive indoor waterslides, and much more await you at Adventure Island! Mon/Wed/Fri: 12-8pm. Tue/Thur 12-5pm. Sat/Sun: 12-6pm. Check for pricing and other fun opportunities. https://greeleyrec.com/aquatics-facilities/family-funplex-indoor-waterpark/

Rec Center Indoor Pool - Open Swim hours Mon - Fri: 10am - 2pm, Sat. 8-10am. For info and to rent call 970-350-9414. Visit the webpage for pricing and other changes.   https://greeleyrec.com/aquatics-facilities/greeley-recreation-center-aquatics/


✔️ Loveland:

Chilson Recreation Center 700 E Fourth St. Loveland 80537 970-962-2386 The Chilson Recreation Center has two INDOOR pools, a steam room, an indoor & outdoor hot tub, Lazy river, speed slide and a variety of aquatics programs for you and the whole family to choose from! Visit their website for times, prices, and special events General hours Mon/Fri: 10am-9pm. Sat: 10am - 5:30pm Sun: 11am-5:30pm. https://www.lovgov.org/services/parks-recreation/chilson-recreation-center/swimming

Windsor Recreation Center  250 N 11th Street, Windsor, CO 80550 You can find hours here. There's 3 lap lanes, Hot tub for 23 people, Lazy river, Water slide, Zero-depth entry pool with play feature. https://www.recreationliveshere.com/167/Community-Recreation-Center







Splash and Spray Parks: 

✔️ Fort Collins: (open Memorial day through Labor day)

Spring Canyon Community Park 2626 W Horsetooth Rd Open 9-7pm. Open 7 days a week. FREE Large spray park, play equipment, pavilions, trail access, athletic fields, sensory friendly. 970-221-6660 http://www.fcgov.com/parks/water.php 

What We Love: PARKING! There is enough parking for everyone. The water features are large enough for many kids to play and not get in each other's way too much. The playground beside the water feature is amazing! Kids can litteraly spend all day here. Bring a blanket, sunscreen, picnic and make a day of it. There's plenty of trees to set up a homebase while everyone plays and to enjoy a nice lunch or snack.

Old Town Square Splash Pad 8am - midnight daily except Thursday it closes at 6pm. Events can impact the hours too. 

What We Love: Its right in the middle of Old Town Square so you can do some shopping, have lunch and do your errands then end the day with a splash! There's a cool kids area with a xylophone, animal sculptures kids can climb, and a "little" room to run at both the Kid's area and the splash pad.  

Oak Street Plaza Old Town  9am-7pm, Open 7 days a week. Spray Park 119 W. Oak St. near Downtown shopping. 970-962-2000 http://www.fcgov.com/parks/water.php

What We Love: It's shaded with places to sit, it's small and simple for littles, and there are nearby shops and restaurants if your wanting to make a nice day out.

 
Fossil Creek Spray Park 5821 S. Lemay. Open 9-7pm 7 days a week, FREE Large spray park, play equipment, pavilions, trail access, athletic fields. 970-221-6660 http://www.fcgov.com/parks/water.php

What We Love: It's small and intimate. The atmosphere is more natural with rock formations, and mini waterfall. There isn't much shade right at the splash pad, however there are covered picnic tables. 


✔️ Greeley:

Island Grove Splash Park 302 N 14th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631 Free, Open May 28 - Aug 19 Mon-Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 .p.m. Large spray park event complex. 970-353-4253. https://greeleyrec.com/aquatics-facilities/splash-parks/

What We Love: There's plenty of grassy space to run and play! There are covered areas to picnic. 


Sunrise Splash Park 325 12th St Free, Open May 28 - Aug 19 Mon-Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 .p.m. large spray park, pavilions. 970-356-2594 https://greeleyrec.com/aquatics-facilities/splash-parks/

What We Love: The splash pad has a pool nearby! There's also some covered seating and plenty of grassy area to run and play. 


✔️ Loveland:


Loveland Sports Park 950 N Boyd Lake Ave Open Memorial Day to Labor Day 10-6pm  Free Spray park play equipment pavilions athletic fields. 970-962-2000. Park Map

What We Love: It's huge, shaded and covered picnic tables are nearby. 


Fairgrounds Park700 S Railroad Ave Open Memorial Day to Labor day 10am-6pm Free Large spray park play equipment pavilions trail access. Dog park, Farmers markets on Sundays,  970-962-2000 Park Map

What We Love: This splash pad is in full sun so bring sunscreen! It's got so many different water features and it's big! There's a large covered area for picnics, a river you can walk down to and dangle feet, a sand box area with tons toys to play on a slide and a playground full of fun equipment! 


Mehaffey North Entrance:  3350 W. 29th Street, South Entrance:  3285 W. 22nd Street, Waterfall (cycles 10 minutes on; 20 minutes off from 10:00A to 6:00P) Water is on seasonally from Memorial Day through Labor Day, splash area, adventure playground, treehouse, swings, batting cages, dog park and more. This is a huge park with tons to do. Park Map Trail & Walkway distances map

What We Love: The whole park is wonderful. The whole park is full of fun equipment that is natural. The water feature is like a stream that flows through the park. There are some trees to hang out under and covered picnic tables. There's expansive grassy areas to run and play. You can make a day of it here. 


✔️ Wellington:

Community Park 8760 Buffalo Creek Parkway, Wellington, CO 80549 Baseball / Softball, Batting Cages Concession Area, Dog Park, Multi-Purpose Fields , Parking, Playground, Splash Pad, Tennis Court, Trails, Turf, BBQ Grills. 

What We Love: This is a great place to spend the day. There's so much to do for all ages. 







Swim Beach:


✔️ Fort Collins:

Legacy Park 300 Woodlawn Dr Fort Collins CO 80521,970-221-6660 not really a beach but it's a great place to listen to tunes on the river.  
Horsetooth reservoir 4200 W County Rd 38E Fort Collins 80521 970-679-4554 $10 per carload  open 9am -4pm 7 days a week.  You will find swimming & scuba, fishing, boating, camping, camping, water-skiing, and rock climbing. There's 2 designated swim areas - South Bay and Sunrise where you can find restrooms, and picnic areas. South Bay has showers. 


✔️ Loveland:

Lake Loveland Swim Beach 2626 N. Taft North Lake Park, Loveland CO 80537 970-962-2727 FREE. May or May not open due to Life guard status. Weather permitting 10:30am -5:30pm

Carter Lake  4011 S County Rd 31 Loveland CO 80537 $10 per car load More prices here. You'll be able to  go fishing, sailing, water-skiing, camping, picnicking, scuba diving, rock climbing, a wonderful sandy beach, and restrooms.

Boyd Lake - Between Loveland & Fort Collins on Larimer Co Rd 11C 970-669-1739 $10 entry fee. There's a wonderful sandy beach with a pavilion, rinsing shower, restroom, playground, picnic table and snack bar. You can also go boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking and biking.   https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/boydlake


✔️ Windsor:

Windsor Lake Swim Beach - Boardwalk Park 100 N. 5th Street, Windsor, CO. 80550 Open Daylight hours follow this link for more details. You can go boating, swimming, paddle biking, and fishing.   https://www.recreationliveshere.com/210/Swim-Beach


✔️ Orchard:

Jackson Lake State Park - 26363 Co Rd 3, Orchard, CO 80649 $10 entry fee. The Marina is open from May - September. There's camping, fishing, paddle board, lily pads, and swimming.  There are 2 designated beaches. One on the south side open early in the season and one on the west side open after water levels drop. Jackson is a certified DarkSky place which makes it perfect for skygazing. 






Other Ways to Keep Cool


White Water Rafting: 

A1 Wildwater Fort Collins 2801 N Shields St, Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 224-3379

Mountain Whitewater Fort Collins 1329 N U.S. Hwy 287, Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 419-0917

A Wonderlust Adventure Laporte 4120 W County Rd 54G, Laporte, CO 80535 (970) 482-1995 


Other Recreation:

Paddle Board @ The Comedy Overlook 1020 Satanka Trail, Bellvue, CO 80512 (970) 413-3349

What's SUP  Southbay and Satanka Cove at Horsetooth Reservoir Fort Collins, CO 80526
970-797-4996

Mountain Rentals Loveland 401 E Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO 80537 (970) 667-2922