A Cedar Rapids Guide to: Splash Pads, Pools, and Beaches

As the summer weather warms up, we’re all looking for a way to beat the heat. What are your go-tos? Air conditioned museums, theaters, trampoline parks, and libraries are one way to keep cool, but let’s be honest—it’s so nice to be outside and even better to wear those kiddos out for naps and bedtime! Water balloons and sprinklers are great for at home, but the Cedar Rapids area has an abundance of water activities. Check out this list of Cedar Rapids area splash pads, pools, and beaches to help make the most of your summer!

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Check with the individual locations for more information on yearly schedules, daily hours, pricing, and additional information. Let’s dive right in and find your new favorite summer hangout!

SPLASH PADS 

Cedar Valley Park: 2250 Blakely Boulevard SE, Cedar Rapids

Cleveland Park: 1600 8th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids

Daniels Park: 940 Oakland Road NE, Cedar Rapids

Mom comment: “We love Daniels park because it’s nicely shaded!”

Fross Park: 1501 Main Street, Center Point

Gill Park: 3450 Hawthorne Street, Marion

Greene Square Park: 5th Street SE between 3rd Ave SE and 4th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

Guthridge Park: 704 Emmons Street, Hiawatha

Hayes Park: 1924 D Street SW, Cedar Rapids

Hidder Park: 10th Street and 14th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids

Jacolyn Park: Jacolyn Drive and Gordon Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids

Lisbon City Park: South Jackson Street, Lisbon

Memorial Park: Palo

Noelridge Park: 4900 Council Street NE, Cedar Rapids

Mom comment: “I love this splash pad! It’s not usually super busy and there are plenty of water features to keep the kiddos running around. As a bonus- there are shaded areas for parents to sit. Plus, bathrooms and a small playground just a few feet away.”

Redmond Park: 3rd Avenue and 16th Street SE, Cedar Rapids

Thomas Park: 343 Marion Boulevard, Marion

Mom comment: “This seems to be everyone’s favorite splash pad and it is super fun! It is always super busy, so we avoid it on days we’re not up for a lot of commotion, but when we’re looking to make friends-it’s great! You could spend the whole day here. Your kids will want to keep running between the splash pad, sandbox and playground!”

Time Check Park: 5th Street and J Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids

Tucker Park: 101 B Avenue, Hiawatha

Twin Pines Park: 3500 42nd Street NE, Cedar Rapids

Willowood Park: Splash Pad at Marion Municipal Swimming Pool: 1855 35th Street, Marion

Mom comment: “This one is actually located inside the Marion Swimming Pool.”

SWIMMING POOLS

Bender Pool (Indoor): 940 14th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids

Mom comment: “We love that this one is open year round!”

Bever Park Pool: 2700 Bever Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids

Cherry Hill Aquatic Center: 341 Stoney Point Road NW, Cedar Rapids

Ellis Pool: 916 Ellis Boulevard NW, Cedar Rapids

Jones Pool: 201 Wilson Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids

Marion Municipal Swimming Pool: 1855 35th Street, Marion

Mount Vernon City Pool: 2nd Avenue North, Mount Vernon

Noelridge Aquatic Center: 4900 Council Street NE, Cedar Rapids


BEACHES

Coralville Lake: (Sugar Bottom, Sandy Beach, and West Overlook Beaches): 2850 Prairie Du Chien Road Ne, Coralville Lake, Coralville

FW Kent Park: 2048 Highway 6 NW, Oxford {Closed for 2017 Season}

Lake Macbride: 3525 Highway 382 NE, Solon

Palo Beach: 4530 McClintock Road, Palo—closed Summer 2016 for shoreline work

Hannen Lake: 1949 Benton Iowa Road, Blairstown


Looking for a nearby waterpark? Check out our Top Outdoor & Indoor Waterparks in Iowa post!

Interested in signing your kiddo up for swim lessons? Check out our Cedar Rapids Summer Swim Lessons Guide!

Do you see something you would add or change to any of these? Know of any other hidden gems? Comment below to tell us about your favorite spots!

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7 Responses to A Cedar Rapids Guide to: Splash Pads, Pools, and Beaches

  1. Linnea Offerman June 20, 2016 at 6:08 am #

    We live in Center Point and love the splash pad at Fross Park because it is fenced in for our little one!

    • Taylor Schminke
      Taylor Schminke June 21, 2016 at 10:43 am #

      That is great to know! I have never actually been to the one at Fross Park but that is a huge bonus for those with younger kids… thank you!

  2. Cecilia June 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Don’t forget to add that the newly remodeled Green Square now has a splash pad, too….

    • Taylor Schminke
      Taylor Schminke June 21, 2016 at 10:44 am #

      Thank you Cecilia! I have not been to Green Square since it was remodeled, so I will have to check it out. We will get that one added!

  3. Angie June 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    Lost Island in Waterloo is one of our favorite day trips!

    • Taylor Schminke
      Taylor Schminke July 4, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

      Thank you, Angie! You’re right! We do have a few great water parks here in Iowa, including Lost Island, that make great day trips! I was thinking of including them as well… I may just do that!

  4. Sarah July 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Palo has a nice smallish splash pad and park right by the gas station.