HOUSTON - School is out. If you've got kids, that means the days are longer and they're not getting any cooler.
Consumer expert Amy Davis is highlighting our area's best free splash pads and swimming pools.
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Here are some of our favorites:
River Park Splash Pad
5875 Summit Creek
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Why we love it: There are colorful pipes, suspended dump buckets and shaded benches where parents can sit.
What to know: The splash pad is closed every Tuesday until noon for maintenance and cleaning.
The splash pad is operated by the City of Sugar Land. The adjacent pool and playground are owned by the Homeowners Association. There is NO RESTROOM FACILITY at this park. This park cannot be reserved for birthday parties or special occasions.
Texas Avenue Park
17100 Texas Avenue
Webster, Texas 77598
Why we love it: Webster's baseball-themed splashpad is a grand slam because there are public restrooms, picnic tables, a playground.. and it's free!
Hours: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.
The Blue Dolphin Lagoon Splash Park at Clear Lake Park
5001 NASA Pkwy.
Why we love it: This splash pad overlooks the bay. Visitors say the breeze from the water keeps parents cool too while their littles splash around.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green
Houston, Texas 77010
Why we love it: You can easily spend the day here with the playground, restaurants and Kinder Lake within just a few feet.
What to know: Please note that swim diapers are required for infants and toddlers (available for purchase in the Park Office/Alkek Building). Water shoes are strongly encouraged.
Fountain hours: Open on Mondays from noon - 7 p.m. and Tuesday - Sunday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Please note that the fountain is turned off if there is thunder or lightning.
If a splash pad or pool isn't your thing, Beat the Heat centers are opening all across Houston Thursday. You can find a list with maps of all 11 locations on Reliant.com.
To find a splash pad in the greater Houston area, check out our interactive map below:
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