A popular subject every year here at FamilyPoint is splash pads and paddling pools. Parents just love to take their children to these places that are usually free and great fun.
Even if you live by the beach, splash pads and paddling pools can be a safer and less stressful option. So grab your swimming gear and a towel and take a look at our pick of the best paddling pools and splash pads across Wales. Crossing our fingers for some nice weather.
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– Beaumaris Paddling Pool, Anglesey
Located behind the RNLI building on the seafront of this Anglesey village. There is a play area for children, picnic tables and plenty of nearby shops to grab a bag of chips or an ice cream. Take a bucket, fishing line and some bacon scraps with you to go crabbing on the pier. Free to use.
– Morgan Jones Park, Caerphilly
The Wetter the Better aqua splash pad provides plenty of fun summer play. Morgan Jones Park is a Green Flag award winning park and also includes a play area, maze, wildflower meadow and areas for bowling, football, cricket and tennis. Free to use.
– Victoria Park Splash Pad, Cardiff
There are three zones designed for toddlers, juniors and families with sprays, jets, a tipping water bucket and a tunnel. Situated in this Green Flag park in the Canton area, facilities also include a playground, refreshment kiosk and multi use games areas. Open from 10am to 7pm during the summer holidays. Free to use.
– Ammanford Park Splash Pad, Carmarthenshire
This splash pad replaced the old paddling pool at Ammanford Park. Less than 10 minutes from Ammanford train station. There are also paddling pools down the road at Crown Park and Parc Howard in Llanelli. Free to use.
– Rhos-on-Sea Paddling Pool, Conwy
This small pool comes with a playground and cafes and shops galore, as it’s not far from the promenade. Take a picnic with you, as there are plenty of picnic tables dotted around. Conwy has another three public paddling pools across the county at Penmaenmawr, Craig Y Don (Llandudno) and Llanfairfechan. All free to use.
– Lagoons, Llyn Padarn, Llanberis
The Lagoons on Llyn Padarn are a huge hit with families. Take your camping chairs and picnics with you and settle yourselves there for a few hours. There is a long pontoon where the children can dive off into the water. This is a very popular area for kayakers, paddle boarders etc and you can hire all the necessary equipment nearby if you want to give it a try (although this can be quite costly). Extra vigilance is needed as this is wild swimming and there are no lifeguards to watch your children. Free to use.
– Cyfarthfa Park Splash Pad, Merthyr Tydfil
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 an awesome splash pad. Free to use.
Neath Port Talbot
– Aberavon Aqua Splash, Aberavon
Located on the seafront at Aberavon this is a popular place with families. Open 10am to 7pm. There are also play areas, a skateboard park and adventure golf nearby. Free to use.
Rhondda Cynon Taf
– Lido Ponty, Pontypridd, RCT
This National Lido for Wales is a must visit. It has a splash pool with a water umbrella and a play area for the kids, 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, free entry under 16 years old, £2 adults.
– Blackpill Lido, Swansea
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. Open 10am-6pm until 2nd September. Free to use.
Vale of Glamorgan
– Pencoedtre Splash Park, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
Refurbished in 2012, Pencoedtre Park also has a toddler play area, skate park and a multi-use games area for basketball and football. Open 10am-6pm. Free to use.
- Get some great picnic ideas with our Easy Picnic Ideas article on FamilyPoint
- Stay safe and read these Top Tips For Taking Your Baby Swimming on Netmums.
- Too cold or wet? Children under 16 can swim for free at local authority swimming pools during school holidays and weekends.
- Visit Wales guide to great areas to go Wild Swimming in Wales
- Be aware of the SAFE Code – Spot, Advice, Friends, Emergency
If you need further advice or help and would like to talk to someone for advice, call our friendly, trained advisors on the FamilyPoint helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.