Arizona is known for its year-round warm weather, and when it gets really hot outside, there’s nothing better than taking a dip in the pool. Living in Goodyear means your family is within a short drive of the area’s best pools, splash pads, water parks, and other refreshing waterways. That’s why Crème de la Crème of Goodyear has put together this list of our favorite pools and splash pads to escape the Arizona heat.
Goodyear Community Park
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Right here in our hometown is Goodyear Community Park, which is home to an awesome, kid-friendly splash pad. There are a dozen or so little fountains of water that kids can walk through (no running allowed!) and play with friends.
This area of the park is open seasonally from mid-April to late October, and you can bring the kids for refreshing fun from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents can get a day pass for $3 for kids and $5 for adults, or you can save a little money by purchasing a monthly pass or annual pass so you can go as much as you want.
Loma Linda Pool
Another great spot to take the kids when it’s hot is the Loma Linda Pool, located in Goodyear’s Loma Linda Park. This pool features eight 25-yard lanes, perfect for kids (and adults) who want to practice their laps. It’s also plenty of room for casual swimming for all ages.
On weekdays and holidays in the summer, the pool is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. On weekends, the pool is open for two more hours, closing at 6 p.m. It costs $1.50 per pool guest, but kids 3 years old and under get in for free.
Pioneer Community Park
Pioneer Community Park is located in nearby Peoria. It’s home to ball fields, a dog park, a fishing lake, and much more, but the must-visit area is the splash pad. Your kids can cool off in the splash pad after spending time on the playground just across the way. Plus, you can have a picnic at one of the nearby ramadas. The splash pad at Pioneer Community Park is open from mid-April through mid-October from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Rio Vista Community Park
The splash park at Rio Vista Community Park has towering showers and sprinklers that erupt from the ground, making for some water fun not too far from home. It’s a good change of pace if you and your family frequent the splash pad at Goodyear Community Park all the time. The Rio Vista Splash Park is open from mid-April to mid-October from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Glendale Heroes Regional Park
Head over to nearby Glendale to enjoy a day’s worth of fun activities, like archery, basketball, picnicking, and, of course, playing around in the water at the Glendale Heroes Regional Park splash pad. This large area features spray fountains, tall showers, and a tunnel-like water feature with even more showers.
It’s totally free for families to enjoy, and it’s open from the end of May to early September. However, hours change mid-way through the season, making this splash pad open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May to early August and only on weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from August to the end of the season.
Rose Lane Aquatics Center
Another great waterway in Glendale is the Rose Lane Aquatics Center, the area’s own little water park. This water fun haven is more than just splash pads — it has a play structure with water slides, zero-depth wading pools, sprinklers and fountains, and a lap pool with a diving board. If your family is itching for the water park experience, you can have it on a budget for just a few dollars per person. It’s open throughout the summer, and hours can vary, so keep an eye on the Glendale Parks and Recreation site for updates.
Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center
Also located in Glendale is the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center, which is another local mini water park for refreshing summer fun. Your family can enjoy cruising along the lazy river in an inner tube, playing on the aquatic playground, sliding down the water slides into the shallow pools, and wading in the zero-depth pool area.
This aquatics center offers off-season lap swimming and water aerobics classes, thanks to the pool’s heating system. But during the summer, it opens up for recreational open swims to the public. You can find official season dates and open hours on the website.
Buckeye Aquatic Center
The Buckeye Aquatic Center, in nearby Buckeye, features a zero-depth pool, lots of sprinklers, a 10-foot-tall diving board and low dive board into a large pool, and an enormous 160-foot water slide. For the whole season, you can get a family pass for open swim, night swim, and toddler swim time, or you can opt for a single pass, a water aerobics class pass, or a lap swim pass if you want to practice your breaststroke. Check out the Buckeye Parks and Recreation site for updates on hours and season dates.
Surprise Aquatics Center
Over in Surprise, Arizona, is the Surprise Aquatic Center, an outdoor pool area with a water-based activity for each person in your family. There’s a lap pool for teens and parents who want to get in their exercise, plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas to relax next to the pool, a splash pad with a spray fountain feature, and a twisty-turny water slide.
This spot is open from the end of May to early August, and hours vary throughout the week. Typically, it’s open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you live in Goodyear or another surrounding town near Surprise, you can get a day pass for $5 per person.
So there you have it, nine pools, splash pads, and other waterways around Goodyear that are perfect for families. Did we miss your family’s favorite place to splash, do laps, and have warm-weather fun? If so, contact us to let us know, and we’ll be sure to add it to our list!