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How to be a “Cool” Mom This Summer-Where to go for Some Water Fun

It gets hotttttt in San Diego, especially in the summer. If you want sunny warm weather 360 days a year, you are living in the right place! My kids and I are always looking for ways to stay cool, but the malls get crowded, the beach is sandy, and ice cream only works for a short amount of time.

So, we have decided to discover every pool, splash pad, and water park that San Diego has to offer. There are so many places for free, or even a couple of dollars to help us keep nice and cool, and have tons of fun. Plus most of them even offer swim lessons for free or very cheap (awesome bonus, call the location near you to find out details!). I have looked everywhere and asked everyone I know, before finally compiling this awesome list of all the watery fun you and your family need this summer!  So grab some towels, sunscreen and bathing suits and get your swim on!


*Always call ahead to the local pools, as prices are subject to change at anytime, or closures can happen without notice.*summer

Splash Pads:

Santee Lakes

$2 wristband

$5 parking


Sunset Park Splash Pad in San Marcos

Free. It runs from 10 am- 5pm.


Hilton Head Park El Cajon

$2 wristband

Free parking


San Diego Safari Park

Free for pass members by the cheetah run


Waterfront park

Free parking and fountains



The Wave House in Mission Beach

Free parking. $20/hour plus $10 registration fee


The Wave Waterpark in Vista

$15-$19 a person


Sea World Aquatica Chula Vista

$44 pass for the 2016 season


Legoland Waterpark Carlsbad

$85 per adult

$80 per child



Allied Gardens Pool


$2 children

$4 adults


Bud Kearns Memorial pool near Downtown


$2 children

$4 adults


Carmel Valley pool


$2 children

$4 adults


City Heights Swim Center


$2 children

$4 adults


Clairemont pool


$2 children

$4 adults


Colina Del Sol pool Lemon Grove


$2 children

$4 adults


Kearny Mesa pool


$2 children

$4 adults


Martin Luther King Jr. pool National City


$2 children

$4 adults


Memorial Pool downtown


$2 children

$4 adults


Ned Baumer Aquatic Center


$2 children

$4 adults


Swanson pool UTC


$2 children

$4 adults


Tierrasanta pool


$2 children

$4 adults


Vista Terrace Pool San ysidro


$2 children

$4 adults


Joan Kroc Center la Mesa


$8 children

$10 adults


FIT athletic pool Carmel valley


Members are free


Loma Verde Rec Center Chula Vista


$4 adults

$2 children


Parkway Rec Center Chula Vista


$4 adults

$2 children


National city municipal pool


$3 residents

$5 non residents


Santee YMCA

Kids pool, waterslide, and lap swim pool


$3 for residents

$8 for non-residents


Mission Valley YMCA


$3 for residents

$5 for regular


Toby Wells YMCA


$3 for residents

$5 for non-residents


South Bay YMCA


$3 residents

$5 for non-residents


Do you have any to add to the list? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Responses to How to be a “Cool” Mom This Summer-Where to go for Some Water Fun

  1. Xochitl
    Xochitl May 13, 2016 at 7:14 am #

    What a great list! I’m excited to try some of the local splash pads.

  2. Lo May 13, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    Wow! I had no idea there were so many options! My kids used to LOVE The Wave in Vista which has something for all ages, from a wave rider to a baby pool and tons in between. So much fun!!!!

  3. Felicia
    Felicia May 13, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    WOW! I thought I knew a lot if not all of them, but I was so wrong! Also thanks for including the parking, I had no idea on some of those. I know this list will be saving me this Summer. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Nikki May 13, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    alga Norte in Carlsbad, las posas pool and splash pad in San Marcos, woodland park pool in San Marcos…

  5. Christelle May 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    Awesome list! We use to love the Tierrasanta pool when my boys were little.

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