With the temperatures slated to hit 100 degrees this weekend, many Portlanders will be looking for ways to cool off, especially during the hottest days when most of us don’t have central AC. Luckily, there are many ways to beat the heat around town, and all of them should be open now that Memorial Day is behind us. Below are a few lists and reviews of splash pads and fountains around the city, as well as lakes and other swimming holes in nearby towns and up towards Mt. Hood.
All spray parks within the city of Portland are kid friendly and offer a fun way to get cool without worrying about water safety in terms of little ones in a swimming pool. Wear water shoes, especially around the larger fountains, because the ground can get slippery and the water moves fast. Don’t forget the snacks and sunscreen!
Note: This year, all wading pools have been closed by Portland Parks and Recreation. Most of the wading pools should eventually be replaced by water play features that spray water into the air, depending on funding. See the FAQ at Portland’s official website.
This list from PDX Parent includes fountains and splash pads, both free and for a fee, in Beaverton, Clackamas, Gresham and beyond as well as within Portland.
Red Tricycle offers up a list of splash pads, fountains and outdoor pools within the area:
An official list of Portland fountains and splash pads found within parks can be found here:
If you are more of an outdoors, watering-hole-and-waterfall type, this article lays out the best adventures in this Northwest Wonderland that will keep you cool while enjoying the outdoors: