Who doesn’t love a spray park on a hot, summer day? Seattle has several options, but Northacres is one of our favorites.
It’s new, big, varied, and outside the city enough to make the crowds manageable.
Free Seattle: Northacres Splash Park
- Lots of options (wet and dry) for babies through tweens
- Two clearly separated toddler and “big kid” playgrounds
- The bowl shape of the water playground makes it easy to keep an eye on kids
- Plenty of nearby free parking
What to Do:
- Stay cool
- Get the wiggles out on the playground
Know Before You Go:
- Bathrooms are scarce , and this is a popular place for summer kid camps, so it’s not ideal for potty-training youngsters.
- The spray park section is operational every day during June through August, from 11:00am to 8:00pm.
- The busiest times are around lunch (noon to 2:00pm) and right before dinner time (4:00 to 6:00pm).
- Good times to go are right when it opens at 11:00 or around 2:00pm, when many families head home for nap time.
- There weren’t any snack vendors when we were there, so be sure to bring your own busy-body provisions.
For more free Seattle fun, try one of these adventures:
- Golden Gardens
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Green Lake
- Gasworks Park
- Bayview-Kinnear Park
- Ballard Splash Park
- Tulip Festival
- San Juan Islands
Have your own tips for free things to do in and around Seattle … or your city? Please share!