Keep Cool at These Albuquerque Water Parks

Girl (11-13) riding body board in water park
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Albuquerque heat can make water parks and spray pads some of the most-requested destinations on the kids' summer wish lists. Find one to beat the heat or enjoy one that's open year-round. Some water parks offer free admission while some have entrance fees. Whichever Albuquerque water park you go to, be safe and have a splashing good time.

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    This Albuquerque spray park is a hot kid's paradise. A variety of figurines squirt water to keep things cool. There are tables nearby for storing stuff and taking a rest. Special discounts for kids, seniors, and veterans.

    9800 4th St. NW (1 block north of Alameda at Raymond Sanchez Community Center)
    Albuquerque, NM 87114

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    This spray pad has special water features that make it a huge draw for kids. Free admission.

    7505 Kathryn SE (behind Van Buren Middle School)
    Albuquerque, NM 87108

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    Watermania! water park at Cliff's Amusement Park has slides, buckets of water, waterfalls, and plenty of squirts. Young kids can stay safe in the shallow pool while older kids still have tons of fun. A Lil Squirts area for kids 40" inches and shorter makes it even better. There's a grassy area to sit and a snack bar with ice cream and other cool treats. The best attraction, however, is Mega Water Monkeys. 

    A visit to Cliff's includes entry to the water park, making this kid wonderland even more appealing. Discounts on weekdays. The park opens Memorial Day weekend.

    4800 Osuna Road NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87109-2314

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    New Mexico's only indoor water park is at Hotel Cascada. (You don't have to be a hotel guest to use the water park.) It features a tipping bucket, waterfalls, a  lazy river, basketball hoops, slides, a surf machine, wading pools, and an arcade.

    Thrill seekers will love FlowRider, a fast-moving surfing ride that pumps 32,000 gallons of water a minute. Parents will love the indoor/outdoor spa and the outdoor beach area with lounge chairs. When it's time to eat, get a bite at the snack bar or one of the two restaurants inside the hotel.

    2500 Carlisle Boulevard NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87110

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    The Los Padillas Aquatics Center has a splash pool that is great for young waders. There are giant mushrooms that squirt water as well as slides, tubes, and other assorted squirt features. There is also a 25-yard lap pool that is 5-feet deep.

    There is no grass, but several tables allow families to spread out. The facility has cement walkways and paved areas that make it handicap accessible. Discounts for kids, seniors, and veterans.

    2141 Los Padillas Road SW
    Albuquerque, NM 87105

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    This Albuquerque water spray park at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center offers families a place to get wet, relax in shaded areas, or have a picnic. There is no lifeguard on duty, but the staff monitors the grounds during operating hours. Children are admitted with an adult member (membership required). 

    Breakfast and lunch are available. Lunch reservations are required a day in advance. Free Wi-Fi.

    501 Elizabeth St. SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87123

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    It isn't every zoo that offers summer refreshment in the form of a spray park. Located along the Rio Grande River near downtown, the zoo has all the great exhibits you've come to expect. Kids will enjoy the splash area and the multi-tiered climbing structure. Water spurts up in a random pattern while they chase the water to cool down. 

    Admission is covered by the regular zoo admission fee. Discounts for seniors, kids, military, and state residents.

    903 10th SW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102

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    This open-air, pedestrian-friendly shopping center has a small squirt park at Fountain Plaza during summer. The plaza, south of California Pizza Kitchen, has seats where the family can relax while the kids get nice and wet. Sometimes musicians perform children's music. This splash spot is free.

    2200 Louisiana Blvd. NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87110-3583

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    The West Mesa Aquatic Center has an indoor water park open year-round. You'll find a wading pool, spray fountains, water toys, and a water slide. There's also an indoor pool with a massive waterslide and an outdoor pool with two slides. It's also home to an Olympic pool. The facility is handicap accessible.

    6705 Fortuna Road NW  
    Albuquerque, NM 87121

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    This Albuquerque water spray pad is located at the Wells Park Community Center. It's open to the public.

    500 Mountain Road NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102