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Tri-City and Surrounding Area Guide to Staying Cool

Stay cool this summer with our guide full of splash pads, water parks, pools, creeks, and beaches!

By Jennifer Hill June 13, 2021

With summer here, we are seeing some much hotter days. My kids and I love finding new and fun places to cool off with friends. Here's a list of local splash parks, waterparks, pools, creeks, and beaches in the Fremont, Newark, Union City area, as well as the surrounding areas to make it easy to make some fun plans meeting up with friends near and far this summer! Go have fun and enjoy! Please note: Dates were confirmed for the 2021 season on June 12, 2021.

Fremont

Aqua Adventure Waterpark: A fun, local waterpark with waterslides, lazy river, pools, splash area, and more. Open daily from June 15th through August 15th and then weekends until Labor Day. Then they are open seven days a week with hours depending on day of the week, so confirm times before visiting. 


Creek at Lake Elizabeth/Central Park: The creek near the Sabercat Playground at Lake Elizabeth/Central Park offers a nice cool creek that kids love to splash in. There's ample parking in the lot behind Aqua Adventure and plenty of green grass to spread out and enjoy the space. There is a walking/biking trail and several playgrounds at the park to enjoy as well as a little bridge my kids always enjoyed crossing. Picnic tables and bathrooms available.


Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area: The swimming beach is open year-round and has lifeguards on duty at times. Swim at your own risk within the roped-off swim area when lifeguards are not on duty. Be sure to check the water conditions at the link before visiting. Currently closed for swimming.

Newark

Silliman Family Aquatic Center: An indoor waterpark open year-round with varied hours. You'll enjoy waterslides, playground in a shallow activity pool, lazy river, a pool, and hot tub. Advanced reservations are required with no daily drop ins.

Union City

Dan Oden Swim Complex: An outdoor swim facility typically open to the public for Recreational Swim during the summer, Monday through Saturday. Still waiting for confirmation of 2021 summer schedule.

Alameda

Crown Memorial State Beach: A wonderful beach for the family with warmer, shallow water. You'll find changing rooms. Swimming is permitted during park hours year-round. No lifeguards on duty. 

Antioch

Antioch Waterpark: A seasonal outdoor waterpark featuring waterslides, wading pool, sports pool, lap pool, splash ground, and more. Open daily from June 21st through September 5th with various hours.


Contra Loma Regional Park: A chlorinated swim lagoon with a sandy beach, concession stand, an accessible lift into the lagoon, and restrooms. A beach wheelchair is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Swimming is allowed only when lifeguards are on duty 11am to 6pm daily from June 1st to August 20th and weekends and holidays from May 28th to September 19th. Beach Access Fees: free under 1; $2 ages 1 to 15; $3 ages 16 to 61; $2 seniors 62+ or disabled; $5 parking fee. 

Berkeley

Lake Anza Swim Area: Located in Tilden Park. Be sure to check the water conditions at the link before visiting - they will close the swimming area due to blue-green algae at times. 


Live Oak Park: Live Oak Park offers lovely paths through the trees, a creek, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball court, a toddler playground and a school-age playground, art and garden center, and more. Picnic tables and bathrooms available.


Wildcat Creek: Located in Tilden Park, Wildcat Creek offers a great trail where you will find a lot of spots to enter the creek. In addition, you will find a carousel, steam train, Botanic Garden, Little Farm and nature area, and more to enjoy a full day of fun. Bathrooms available.

Campbell

Campbell Park: Play equipment with water features, basketball courts, access to the Los Gatos Creek Trail, and restrooms. The water features are turned on from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, April through October, weather permitting.


Jack Fischer Park: Play equipment with interactive water features, a "bee hive" hill with walking path, large open grassy areas, and restrooms. The water features are turned on from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, April through October weather permitting.


John D. Morgan Park: Two playgrounds with a fun splash pad, baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and restrooms. The water feature at John D Morgan Park will not be operational this year due to drought conditions.

Castro Valley

Castro Valley Park Splash Pad: The kids will enjoy getting wet and playing in the water. Open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:00 to 5:00 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. To turn on the water, press the RED button on a post near the splash park. You will also find a playground, open lawn area, restrooms, and more.


Castro Valley Swim Center: A seasonal outdoor facility open from the middle of June through the middle of August currently offering public swim Monday through Saturday from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM for $3.00 per person.


Cull Canyon Regional Recreational Area: The swim complex is open during the warmer months and is perfect for families with small children. Features a shallow, white, sandy beach. Swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty daily from June 1st through August 20th and weekends and holidays through September 6th. Beach Access Fees: free under 1; $2 ages 1 to 15; $4 ages 16 to 61; $2 seniors 62+ or disabled; free parking. 

Concord

Concord Community Pool: Enjoy swimming and the kids will love the inflatable obstacle course on top of the pool. Due to COVID, recreation swim is not currently offered.


Meadow Homes Spray Park: This awesome spray park is typically open from noon to 6:00 pm daily from late May through late September, 3:00 to 6:00 pm and noon to 6:00 pm weekends after school is back in until late September and features play areas for tots, tweens and teens. Still waiting for confirmation of 2021 summer schedule.


Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord: A waterpark with something for everyone. Open daily through for the summer with various hours. Advanced reservations still required at time of publishing this guide.

Cupertino

Blackberry Farm: A large park with two swimming pools, a waterslide, playground, sand volleyball courts, and bocce ball courts. The pool is open June 15th through September with varied hours and the rest of the park can be enjoyed year-round. Advanced reservations still required at time of publishing this guide. 

Danville

Hap Magee Ranch: This is a super fun park with a great water feature, walking trails, play equipment, and a dog park. The water features are supposed to be turned on beginning June 15th weekdays from 12:00 to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and weekends from 10:00 to 6:00 pm from April 1 through September 30th.


Sycamore Valley Park: A park featuring new play equipment, shaded bocce ball courts, a recreational fountain and a reflection pond with waterfall. The water features are supposed to be turned on beginning June 15th weekdays from 12:00 to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and weekends from 10:00 to 6:00 pm from April 1 through September 30th.

Dublin

Emerald Glen Park: Stay cool with the water park features. There's also a skate park, playground, restrooms, walkways/trails, and more. The water play area will be in operation beginning June 15th through Labor Day weekend from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.


Shannon Park: A natural creek meanders through the park and is a great place for exploring nature. Kids will also enjoy the water play area, play equipment, restrooms, walkways/trails, and more. The recently renovated water play area will be in operation beginning June 15th through Labor Day weekend from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.


The Wave: A waterpark for family fun featuring a slide tower, splash zone, and sports pool. Due to COVID, some programs will not be available for 2021. Confirm before visiting.

Foster City

Gull Park: Featuring a sand beach and two playgrounds, as well as swings, slides, a large lawn area, and restrooms.

Hayward

Cannery Park: We love this park! The water features are so much fun for all ages. There's also a playground, restrooms and a huge grassy lawn area. The water play area is open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:00 to 5:00 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Don Castro Regional Recreation Area: Swimming in the chlorinated swim lagoon is the main attraction from the end of May through September. You will also find a shower, vending machines, a sandy beach and large lawn areas. Swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty 11:00 am to 6:00 pm daily from June 1st through August 20th and weekends and holidays from May 28th through September 19th. Beach Access Fees: free under 1; $2.00 ages 1 to 15; $3.00 age 16 to 61; $2.00 seniors 62+ or disabled; $5 parking fee. 


Hayward Plunge: A year-round indoor swimming facility currently offering public swim Monday through Saturday from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM for $3.00 per person.


Sunset Swim Center: A seasonal outdoor swimming facility, operating from the middle of June through the middle of August. Currently offering public swim Monday through Saturday from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM for $3.00 per person. 


Sulphur Creek Nature Center: The Sulphur Creek Nature Center has creek access and a short hiking trail. You will also find rehabilitated animals indoors and outside to enjoy and a lovely picnic area. Free to visit (donations accepted). Plenty of parking and bathrooms available. Currently closed due to COVID. Check website for updates. 

Livermore

Del Valle Regional Park: Features two swimming beaches with lifeguards on duty during posted periods. Year-round swimming is allowed without lifeguards. Keep dogs away from the water.


May Nissen Swim Center: This outdoor facility offers two pools. Currently closed for maintenance.


Robert Livermore Aquatic Center: This outdoor facility features two pools, a waterslide, and an interactive play structure. Recreation Swim will be held in the play pool only. Must be 48" or taller to use the waterslide. No preregistration required. Open Monday through Friday from June 15th through August 20th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Saturdays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM through August 21st for $7 per person.

Los Gatos

Vasona County Park Creek and Lake: Vasona Lake County Park offers a lovely creek with water cascading over the rocks. You will also find 45 acres of lawn which is great for soccer, frisbee, and relaxing. Paddleboats and rowboats are available for rental from early spring through early fall. The lake also offers fishing and a hiking trail. Picnic tables and bathrooms are available. $6 parking fee.

Menlo Park

Burgess Park Pool: Recreation Pool typically open summers from mid-June through late August for various days and hours. Still waiting for confirmation of 2021 summer schedule.

Belle Haven Pool: Closed until 2023 for remodeling/renovations.

Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill Aquatics Center: An outdoor facility featuring two large waterslides, a water play feature, splash pad, a full-size competition pool, a warm instructional pool and the kids will love the Splash Dash - an inflatable obstacle course. Open daily beginning June 7th with various hours. Food will not be sold onsite this year - small snacks will be allowed inside the facility in a soft 12x12 cooler to be eaten in designated eating areas. Advanced reservations still required at time of publishing this guide. 

Palo Alto

Cornelis Bol Park: A great park that also offers a creek and lots of shady trees. There is also a playground and chickens and donkeys to visit! Plenty of grassy areas, bike paths, and more. Street parking is available. Picnic tables available. No bathroom.


Mitchell Park: A great park with jogging/walking path, picnic areas with barbecues, tennis, paddle tennis and handball courts, horseshoe pits, children's play areas with a splash park area, Magical Bridge - all-inclusive playground, dog run, restrooms, and nice lawn area. They have opened for the season.


Rinconada Pool: A seasonal outdoor swim facility with a fun kid's wading pool and a larger swimming pool. Open daily during the summer and weekends through September with various hours. Still waiting for confirmation of 2021 summer schedule.

Pleasanton

Dolores Bengston Aquatic Center: An outdoor facility featuring a shallow pool with waterslide, lap pool, diving boards, and an Olympic-size pool. Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday from June 12th through August 8th for Recreation Swim and Sundays from June 13th through August 8th for Toddler Time (ages 5 and under) with various hours. Advanced reservations still required at time of publishing this guide. 


Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area: Kayaks and float tubes will be accepted. Typically, lifeguards are only on duty during the summer months, but unable to confirm for 2021. Confirm water conditions at their website before visiting. Parking Fee: $6 per vehicle; $2 per dog. Closed for swimming for the 2021 season due to low water levels.


Val Vista Park: A great waterplay area the kids will enjoy cooling off in! Features two play areas, inline skate park, roller hockey rink and soccer fields. Still waiting for confirmation of 2021 summer schedule for the water features.

Redwood City

Andrew Spinas Park: This park has a playground, water features, grassy area, basketball and tennis courts, and restrooms. The water features are turned on from 10:30 to noon and 2:00 to 6:00 pm from June through September. Due to drought conditions, flow pressure and volume from spray heads will be reduced. There may be additional adjustments and schedule changes as future restrictions are mandated.


Stafford Park: A huge playground area with multiple play structures, water features, grassy area, and restrooms. The water features are turned on from 10:30 to noon and 2:00 to 6:00 pm from June 1st through September 30th. *Wednesdays 10:30 to noon and 2:00 to 5:00 pm due to Music in the Park from if applicable. Due to drought conditions, flow pressure and volume from spray heads will be reduced. There may be additional adjustments and schedule changes as future restrictions are mandated.


Stulsaft Park: Not only will you find a splash pad here, but you'll also find hiking trails, playgrounds, barbecues, grassy area, and restrooms. The water features are turned on from 10:30 to noon and 2:00 to 6:00 pm from June 1st through September 30th. Due to drought conditions, flow pressure and volume from spray heads will be reduced. There may be additional adjustments and schedule changes as future restrictions are mandated.

San Francisco

In Chan Kaajal Park: Fun park with play equipment, interactive water feature, restrooms, and limited street parking.


Mission Playground: Playground area with a "water garden" to cool off and restrooms. You will also find the city's only outdoor pool. The water feature is typically operated on warm-weather weekends from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.


24th and York Mini Park: Playground with a cool serpent play structure around the water feature, small picnic area, and no restroom. 

San Jose

Golfland Emerald Hills: In addition to some fun waterslides, you will find miniature golf and an arcade to enjoy. Hours and attraction availability are subject to change without notice. Be sure to confirm before your visit.


Hellyer County Park: A brand new awesome playground and a nice splash pad with shades over the top. Don't miss the Coyote Creek meandering through the center. $6 per car. The splash pad is supposed to be open daily starting at 10:00 am.


Lincoln Glen Park: Two great playgrounds, two water play features, and restrooms. They do not list hours for the water features online. Currently closed until further notice due to construction of a new all-inclusive playground and renovation of the restrooms.


John P. McEnery Park: The kids will love playing in the two water features at this park. In addition, there are two playgrounds and restrooms. They do not list hours for the water features online.


Raging Waters: A traditional waterpark with lots of waterslides and much more. Something for everyone. Opened for the 2021 season on June 12th. most days from June 1st through August 11th and weekends through September 6th.


Silver Creek: Silver Creek at Silver Creek Linear Park has a creek that is easy to get to with plenty of shade and easy creek access. In addition, you will find playgrounds and picnic areas to enjoy. There are also a basketball court, tennis courts, and three exercise courses. There is a parking lot and bathrooms available.

San Leandro

San Leandro Family Aquatic Center: A seasonal outdoor swim facility featuring waterslides and a playground in a shallow pool. 2021 summer schedule currently only shows adult swim, lap swim for 13 and older, and swim lessons.

San Lorenzo

Arroyo Swim Center: An outdoor swim facility open from the middle of June through the middle of August currently offering public swim Monday through Saturday from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM for $3.00 per person. 

San Mateo

Parkside Aquatic Park: Open year-round from sunrise to sundown with boating concessions open seasonally from Memorial Day through September. You will enjoy a roped-off swim area, beach and park area, play equipment, boat launch, and restroom. There is no lifeguard on duty.


Ryder Park: Playground with water feature, picnic area, bbq grills, walking paths with a view of the Bay, and restrooms. The water feature typically operates from Memorial Day through the end of September, Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

San Ramon

San Ramon Central Park Fountain: Children's participatory fountain with a fun "creek bed" to play in is typically open daily from April 1st through October 31st from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Currently closed due to COVID. Check website for updates. 


Rancho San Ramon Community Park: Park includes playgrounds, tennis courts, splash park, and more. Be sure to check the link to learn about their daily activities such as face painting, balloon animals, visiting fire trucks, and more. The fountain is open daily from April 1st through October 31st from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Currently closed due to COVID. Check website for updates.


San Ramon Olympic Pool and Aquatic Center: Multiple swimming pools, Splash N' Dash obstacle course, basketball hoop, diving boards, and a waterslide. Open daily from June 7th for Recreation Swim and Play Pool. Toddler Time starting June 15th on Tuesday/Thursday for parents and kids 5 and under only from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Visit the link for other hours, pricing, and more information. Advanced reservations still required at time of publishing this guide. 


Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center: Open from June 7th with various hours and not daily. Visit the link for hours, pricing, and more information. Advanced reservations still required at time of publishing this guide. 

Santa Clara

South Bay Shores Waterpark, Great America: Is a super fun and newly updated waterpark inside California's Great America amusement park. Separate admission is not available, but it is a super fun way to spend the day, or many days, this summer! Open various hours and days through the summer. Advanced reservations still required at time of publishing this guide. 

Stanford

Stanford University Fountains: With 16 fountains and shallow pools, you and the kids will have a blast exploring them all. Stanford chlorinates the water and playing and splashing in the fountains is allowed! My kids enjoyed the Sunken Pool with metered parking nearby at 380 Panama Road, Stanford.

Sunnyvale

Braly Park: A playground with water play area, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, sand volleyball courts, and restrooms. They do not list hours for the water features online.


Fair Oaks Park: A playground featuring a water play area, skate park, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court, and restrooms. They do not list hours for the water features online.


Lakewood Park: The kids will enjoy the fun outer space theme, bike path, large grassy area, playground, water play area, skating, tennis, and more. They do not list hours for the water features online.


Ortega Park: A Victorian-themed park with playground, water play area, basketball, shuffleboard, and more. They do not list hours for the water features online.


Serra Park: Two playgrounds, water play area with a man-made brook, skating rink, tennis courts, and restrooms.


Seven Seas Park: Featuring a spray pool, two playgrounds, basketball, dog park, tennis courts, multi-use field, and restrooms. They do not list hours for the water features online, but it has already opened for the 2021 season.


Let us know if you have a favorite splash park, water park, creek, or aquatic center you want us to add to our guide. 

*Reminder: Please check websites, phone locations, etc., to confirm open hours, etc.



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