2019: Des Moines Area Water Parks, Aquatic Centers, Pools, Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools

2019: Des Moines Area Water Parks, Aquatic Centers, Pools, Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools

Hot summer afternoon? Kids with energy to spare? Save the day and make everyone happy with a trip to the pool or spray park! With the variety of aquatic centers available in the Des Moines area, there’s no shortage of saturated, soaked, sopping wet fun to be had! Read on to discover the best places to go swimming and enjoy a little water fun in Des Moines with our list of awesome outdoor pools and spraygrounds to check out with your family.

You can also take swimming lessons at many of the facilities listed! And, before you cool off in the pool, be sure your kiddos are prepared for Water Safety too!

Here’s a list of where you can dive into fun this summer in Des Moines:

Altoona

Adventure Bay

Part of the Adventureland Amusement Park complex Adventure Bay Water Park attracts out-of-towners and locals alike.  This is where you’ll find Iowa’s largest wave pool and longest lazy river. Pools, slides, sun and fun, there is something for everyone!

Location: 3300 Adventureland Drive; Altoona, IA 50009

Hours: Adventure Bay opens at 10:00 am every day of the week.  Closing times varies.

Admission: Adult (10 years+) daily admission is $45.00, children (4 to 9 years) are $40.00

Opening Day: Memorial Day Weekend, May 25, 2019

Closing Day: August 18, 2019; open on weekends through Labor Day Weekend.

Altoona Aquatics Park

The Altoona Aquatics Park features a zero-edge pool, slides, diving boards, a sand play area, speed slide, loop-de-loop slide and lap lanes. Plus, a children’s “shipwreck” slide, Funbrella, Raindrops, palm trees and splash pad. The aquatic park is also available for rental.

Location: 1200 Venbury Drive; Altoona, IA 50009

Hours: Monday through Friday 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Admission: SEP Residents $7.00; Non-Residents $9,00; 0-12 Months FREE; Season passes also available.

Opening Day: June 8, 2019

Closing Day: August 21, 2019

Prairie Heritage Park/Civic Plaza Splash Pad

Location: 210 St. SE, 700 8th Street SW; Altoona, IA 50009

Hours: Sunday – Saturday; Sunrise to Sunset

Admission: FREE

Dates Open: June – September, 2019

* Unsupervised


Ankeny

Cascade Falls Aquatic Center

Cascade Falls Aquatic Center features a “Flowrider” surf machine, two large tube slides, a lazy river, a geyser field and a children’s wading pool. In addition, the center has a lap pool and diving well, which includes a one meter spring board and three meter diving platform.

Location: 2350 SW Prairie Trail Parkway; Ankeny, IA 50023

Hours: Daily 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Admission: General $8.00; Kids under 2 $1.00; Senior $5.00; Season passes also available, which includes Flowrider usage.

Opening Day: Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 and opens for the season on May 31, 2019.

Closing Day: September 2, 2019

Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

This kid friendly complex has two large water slides and a zero-depth entry pool with a lily pad walk, geysers and a splash pad for younger children. There is also ample deck space and chairs for parents and sunbathers.   The Splashpark is FREE 10:00 to 11:45 am, Monday through Friday, May 31 – TBD.

Location: 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive; Ankeny, IA 50023

Hours: Daily 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Admission: General $4.00; Kids under 2 $1.00; Senior $3.00; Season passes also available.

Opening Day:   Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 and opens for the season on May 31, 2019.

Closing Day: TBD

Splash Pads in Ankeny

Hours: Sunday – Saturday; Sunrise to Sunset

Admission: FREE

Dates Open: May – September, 2019

* Unsupervised

Locations:

Dean Park – SW 19th Street (SW College Avenue); Ankeny, IA 50023

Crestbruck Park – NE 9th and NE Crestmoor Place; Ankeny, IA 50023

Spraygrounds in Ankeny

Hours: Sunday – Saturday; Sunrise to Sunset

Admission: FREE

Dates Open: May – September, 2019

* Unsupervised

Locations:

Summerbrook Park – Corner of SE 8th ST and SE Delaware Avenue; Ankeny, IA 50021

Sunrise Park – 506 SE Peterson Drive; Ankeny, IA 50021


Clive

Clive Aquatic Center

The CAC includes two large pools perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The zero depth entry kiddie pool at Clive Aquatic Center features a small slide, sprays and fountains.  The lap pool features two tube slides and a chute slide.  There is also a lazy river and a spray deck.

Location: 1801 NW 114th Street; Clive, IA 50325

Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:30 am to 7:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am – 6:00 pm; Friday 11:30 am to 8:00 pm.

Admission: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-12 $5.00; Adult, ages 13-54 $8.00; Senior, ages 55+ $6.00; Family Night Discount $15.00 per family on Monday and Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 pm and Friday 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Season passes also available.

Opening Day: Anticipated to open Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, 2019. Opens for the season on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Closing Day: Sunday, August 18, 2019

Linnan Park Wading Pool

Location: 8500 Alice Avenue; Clive, IA

Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Admission: FREE

Dates Open: June 3 – August 9, 2019

*Supervised

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Des Moines

Ashworth Memorial Swimming Pool

Ashworth Memorial Pool has been located in Greenwood/Ashworth Park since 1926.  Old school swimming fun is in store at this pool that features a 50-meter competitive pool complete with eight lap lanes. The facility also includes a 13 foot diving well with a couple of one-meter boards and a three-meter diving board.  They also have a kiddie pool area.

Location: 101 45th Street; Des Moines, IA 50309

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Admission: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission Monday through Thursday after 5:00 pm; Punch Cards and Season passes are also available.

Opening Day: June 1, 2019

Closing Day: August 18, 2019

Birdland Swimming Pool

Located in Birdland Sports Complex this Des Moines area swimming pool features two water slides and a kiddie pool for youngsters looking for some fun in the sun.  For those more hard core swimmers there is a large 50 meter pool ideal for doing laps. Birdland Swimming Pool is also available for rental.

Location: 300 Holcomb Avenue; Des Moines, IA, 50313

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Admission: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission Monday through Thursday after 5:00 pm; Punch Cards and Season passes are also available.

Opening Day: June 1, 2019

Closing Day: August 18, 2019

Nahas Family Aquatic Center

Nahas Family Aquatic Center is located on the south side of Des Moines. It features water slides and a zero-entry pool with a covered play area for children. The facility also has a complete concession stand available.

Location: 1101 Porter Avenue; Des Moines, IA 50315

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Admission: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission Monday through Thursday after 5:00 pm; Punch Cards and Season passes are also available.

Opening Day: June 1, 2019

Closing Day: August 18, 2019

Northwest Aquatic Center

Northwest Aquatic Center has a water slide, a zero-depth entry pool, a water mushroom and a shaded swim area. Enjoy Family Day at all City of Des Moines aquatic facilities the second Friday of each month:  June 14, July 12 and August 9, 2019.

Location: 4915 Madison Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Admission: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission

Opening Day: June 1, 2019 – THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED SCHEDULE DUE TO STORM DAMAGE AT NORTHWEST AQUATIC CENTER.

Closing Day: August 18th. Will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day Weekend: August 24 & 25, August 31 – September 2, 2019.

Teachout Family Aquatic Center

Teachout Family Aquatic Center is located next to the Eastside Library. It has a zero-depth entry pool with a maximum depth of five feet. There are also two slides with a plunge pool for a wet and wild afternoon of fun.

Location: 2601 Hubbell Avenue; Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Admission: : Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission Monday through Thursday after 5:00 pm; Punch Cards and Season passes are also available.

Opening Day: Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 and opens for the season on June 1, 2019.

Closing Day: August 18, 2019.

Des Moines Wading Pools

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Jordan Park Wading Pool hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Admission: FREE

Dates Open: June 3 through August 18, 2019

*Supervised

Locations:

Ashfield Park – 720 E 19th Street; Des Moines, IA

Bates Park – 330 Clark Street; Des Moines, IA

Burke Park – 601 E University Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Chesterfield Park – 2719 Scott Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Drake Park – 2300 Drake Park Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Jordan Park – 600 E Wall Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Sayers Park – 1300 Linden Lane; Des Moines, IA

Stone Park – 2100 SE 5th Street; Des Moines, IA

Tower Park – 4900 Hickman Road; Des Moines, IA

Splash Pools in Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm

Admission: FREE

* Supervised

Locations:

Ashby Park- 3200 38th Street (open May 25 – August 21, 2019)

M.L. King Park- 1650 Garfield Avenue (open May 25 – September 8, 2019)

Pete Crivaro Park — 1012 SE 14th Street (open May 25 – September 9, 2019)

Union Park – 725 Thompson Avenue (open May 25 – August 21, 2019)

Des Moines Spraygrounds & Fountains

Hours: Sunday through Saturday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Admission: FREE

Dates Open: May 1 through September 30, 2019

* Unsupervised

Locations:

Columbus Park – 1921 SE 1st Street; Des Moines, IA

Evelyn K. Davis Park – 1400 Forest Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Fairmont Park – 2520 Hull Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Good Park – 1103 17th Street; Des Moines, IA

Grandview Park – 3230 Easton Boulevard; Des Moines, IA

Greenwood Park – 4500 Grand Avenue; Des Moines, IA

McHenry Park – 1012 Oak Park Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Sargent Park – 3530 E Douglas Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Sheridan Park – 4000 Hull Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Woodlawn Park – 3126 Twana Drive; Des Moines, IA


Indianola

Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center

VMAC’s zero depth pool features a small slide for toddlers and preschoolers, a play structure and a sand play area.  For the older kids there are two tube slides and a lap pool with a diving board. The Edgewater Snack Bar at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center features fully stocked concessions and it’s a great place to host a summer birthday party.

Location: 714 W. Detroit Avenue; Indianola, IA 50125

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 to 7:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 to 6:00 pm

Admission: General Admission $5.00; Ages 2 and Under FREE with paying adult; ½ Price Admission after 5:00 pm; Veterans swim FREE with Military ID during all open swim hours; Season passes also available.

Opening Day: June 1, 2019

Closing Day: August 25, 2019


Urbandale

Lions Park Wading Pool

Location: 72nd and Aurora Avenue; Urbandale, IA

Hours: Monday through Friday 12:30 to 4:00 pm

Admission: FREE

Dates Open: June 7 – August 11, 2019 (Closed July 2-4)

*Supervised

Aquatic Playground Splash Park

Location: Urbandale Public Swimming Pool; 7201 Aurora Avenue; Urbandale, IA

Hours: Daily 1:00 to 4:00 pm; Evenings Monday through Friday 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Admission: Ages 2 and under are FREE with a paid adult; Patrons 3 years of age and older $5.00

Dates Open: June 7 – August 11, 2019

*Supervised


Waukee

Fox Creek Park Splash Pad

Location: 522 NE Westgate Drive; Waukee, IA 50263

Hours: Sunrise – 10:00 pm

Admission: FREE

Dates Open: June 25 – TBD, 2019

*Unsupervised


West Des Moines

Holiday Aquatic Center

Holiday Aquatic Center features a swirl bowl slide, 180’ enclosed waterslide and 208’ open flume waterslide.  The facility also includes a zero depth entry pool and a play structure with slides for the younger kiddos.  In addition, there is also a large pool deck and grass sunning area as well as a snack bar.

Location: 1701 Railroad Avenue; West Des Moines, IA

Hours: Weekdays 11:30 am to 7:00pm; (Holiday closes at 5:30pm due to evening swim lessons in June and July); Saturdays 11:30 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 Noon to 5:45 pm

Admission: Infant, ages 0-3, FREE; Youth, ages 3-12 $5.00; Adult, ages 13+ $8.00; Senior $6.00; Half Price Admission Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 5:00 to 7:00 pm; Family Night Discount $12.00 per family on Wednesdays and Sundays 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Season passes also available.

Opening Day: June 1, 2019

Closing Day: August 18, 2019

Valley View Aquatic Center 

Large aquatic facility located near Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines. Valley View boasts a ten lane competitive pool with diving board and drop slide, a large leisure pool with spray features, four water slides including the “speed slide”, and a lazy river.

Location: 255 S 81st Street; West Des Moines, IA 50266

Hours: Sunday through Friday, 12:00 Noon to 5:30 pm and 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Saturday 12:00 Noon to 6:00 pm.

Admission: Infant, ages 0-3, FREE; Youth, ages 3-12 $5.00; Adult, ages 13+ $8.00; Senior $6.00; Half Price Admission Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 6:30 to 8:30pm; Family Night Discount $12.00 per family on Wednesdays and Sundays 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Season passes also available.

Opening Day: June 1, 2019

Closing Day: August 10, 2019

American Legion Park Sprayground

Location: 301 Vine Street; West Des Moines, IA

Hours: Sunday – Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Admission: FREE

Dates Open: May 27 – September 2, 2019

*Unsupervised

 

 

Where do you take your kids for a little summer water fun in Des Moines? Let us know!

If you’re looking for even more summer-time family fun in Des Moines, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide!

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