Splash pads and paddling pools are a fantastic and often free activity for the kids during the summer holidays. Here’s FamilyPoint’s pick of the finest outdoor water parks in Wales.
Ammanford Park Splash Pad, Carmarthenshire – map
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This splash pad opened in 2013 and was a hit straight away after replacing the old paddling pool in Ammanford Park. Less than 10 minutes from Ammanford train station. There’s also paddling pools down the road at Crown Park and Parc Howard in Llanelli.
Melanie says, “Beautiful park, water play for the kids as well as swings etc, then another peaceful area to chill – 5/5”
Blackpill Lido, Swansea – map
Swansea’s very own outdoor water park, Blackpill Lido is found between the lovely Clyne Gardens and the sea. There’s also a picnic area, a playground, and a cafe.
Ruth says, “Great for the family, lots to do; beach, play area and paddling pool in the summer. Toilet facilities and a cafe if you don’t want to bring a picnic – 5/5”
Craig-y-Don Paddling Pool, Llandudno, Conwy – map
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Craig-y-don Paddling Pool is one of the biggest in Wales. As well as the pool, there’s a cafe, public toilets and a secure play area. Conwy has another three paddling pools across the county: Penmaenmawr, Llanfairfechan, and Rhos-on-Sea.
Neil says, “Great very shallow free outdoor pool. Very clean toilets. Small food/drink kiosk which also sells inflatables. Easy access to the beach – 5/5”
Cyfarthfa Park Splash Pad and Playground, Merthyr Tydfil – map
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Cyfarthfa Park has absolutely everything for a great day out: a big castle, an art gallery, a mini railway, a playground, cafes, 160 acres of parkland and since 2013 an awesome splash pad.
Mark says, “Brilliant place to go. Would definitely recommend this to anyone, brilliant outdoor woodland area and amazing park with a splash zone, massive open fields to run and play around in and a tennis and bowls court to play in. Would definitely go again 🙂 – 5/5”
Drift Park Water Play Area, Rhyl, Denbighshire – map
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Located right on the waterfront in Rhyl, this water play area has fountains and paddling pools.
Stacey says, “While its very basic the kids loved it 4/5”
Lido Ponty, Pontypridd, RCT – map
The recently renovated pool is the National Lido for Wales and is a must visit. It has a splash pool with a water umbrella and a play area for the kids. As well as this there’s heated swimming lanes, a visitor centre and a cafe for older visitors. It’s recommended that you book online before you visit, as it’s very popular.
superannaz says, “Fantastic! Great value for money, when we went after school it was quiet, plenty of room for lane swimming, inflatables were out, and there was plenty of friendly staff around which made it feel very safe. Would thoroughly recommend, I can’t believe we haven’t visited sooner. 5/5”
Cost: £1 for adult swimmers and spectators, free for kids
Morgan Jones Park, Caerphilly – map
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Situated in the Green Flag Award winning park, the ‘Wetter the Better’ aqua splash pad provides a truly unique summer play experience. You’ll also find a play area, a maze, and a wildflower meadow there.
Samantha says, “Absolutely beautiful park, the splash pad is great and the cafe is lovely – 5/5”
Pencoedtre Splash Park, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan – map
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Refurbished in 2012, Pencoedtre Park also has a toddler play area, skate park and a basketball court.
Sherianne says, “Great for little ones! Safe and fun. Be sure to take a picnic as they won’t want to leave! 5/5”
Victoria Park Splash Pad, Cardiff – map
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Sprays, jets, a tipping water bucket and a tunnel are spread across the 3 zones of this splash pad designed for toddlers, juniors and families. This brand new facility only opened in June 2016 and can be found in the beautiful Victoria Park in the Canton area of Cardiff.
Maria says, “Perfect park for children! Especially in the summer months when the splash pad is open. Beautiful playground too, cute coffee shop to get a drink or ice cream, plenty of places to bring a picnic! 5/5”
Is your favourite place to take the kids for a splash not on our list? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.
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