Boulder Parents Guide

15 Places for Wet Summer Fun Around Boulder

It is *finally* starting to feel like summer around here! In a matter of weeks I’ve packed up the snow gear and started chasing the kids around with bottles of sunscreen. This year it’s a little more challenging to cool off in Boulder since the construction on the pool at Scott Carpenter Park will keep it closed until next year. And on top of that, Eldorado Springs pool is also closed for renovations this season. So, where is there to go when you need to some water to cool off this summer? Here’s a list of some places to check out:

  • Spruce Pool (Boulder) – As Boulder’s only outdoor pool this summer, it’s bound to be busy, but Spruce Pool is a fun neighborhood pool for kids of all ages.
  • Boulder Reservoir (Boulder) – Enjoy sand and swimming fun at the Boulder Reservoir. You can also rent paddleboards to enjoy while you’re there, or catch a SUP Yoga class on the water.
  • Boulder Library Creekside Play Area (Boulder) – Kids love working together to make the water flow through the playground, and of course there’s Boulder Creek just a few feet away.
  • The Great Outdoors Waterpark (Lafayette) – Little ones will enjoy the zero depth entry pool while bigger kids will have fun on the water slides, lazy river and adventure features. The waterpark offers concessions, but you can also pack your own picnic in.
  • Longmont Activity Pools: Kanemoto and Roosevelt (Longmont) – For families with kids under 10, these small activity pools are perfect. They both have zero-depth entry and a max depth of 3 – 4 feet in a small setting that makes it easy to keep an eye on littles who aren’t swimming on their own yet.
  • Lavern M Johnson Park (Lyons) – This park is a true gem with tons to enjoy including a splash pad for smaller children and of course the creek where larger kids can tube. If you’re feeling up to it, consider bringing your tent and staying overnight in the campground.
  • Local Splash Pads – There are lots of great splash pads around, including Pearl Street Mall (Boulder), Whole Foods (Boulder), Community Park (Louisville), Festival Plaza (Lafayette), Erie Community Center (Erie), Sandstone Ranch (Longmont), Stephen Day Park (Longmont) and Lehigh Park (Erie). (Did we miss any? Let us know!)