The city of Albuquerque can get quite warm, especially in the height of summer when temperatures reach triple digits, but fortunately, there are several water parks and spray pads in the area where you and your family can cool down.
If you're visiting Albuquerque and are looking for a cool way to spend the day, you can either visit a free park or spend a little bit extra to enjoy some of the region's best aquatic-themed amusement parks. While some are open year-round, all of these great destinations are open at least from mid-June through late August.
There are also a number of great ways to keep your kids cool in Albuquerque without getting wet, including bowling, going to the movies, grabbing some shaved ice, and indoor ice skating. No matter what you decide to do on your trip, make sure to drink plenty of water and stay cool this spring, summer, and fall.
The water park at Cliff's Amusement Park has slides, buckets of water, waterfalls, and plenty of splash areas and shallow pools for kids called the "Lil Squirts" area. 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—one of the area's largest splash areas. A visit to Cliff's includes entry to the water park, making this kid wonderland even more appealing. The park opens Memorial Day weekend and offers discounts every weekend all summer long.
New Mexico's only indoor water park is at Hotel Cascada, and it's open year-round to hotel guests and regular customers alike. Surf n' Slide Water Park 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, you can also grab a bite at the snack bar or one of the two restaurants inside the hotel.
This Albuquerque public indoor pool is open year-round and offers a full schedule of activities and open swim hours for a small fee. There are tables inside for storing stuff and taking a rest and special discounts for kids, seniors, and veterans at the pool.
Bernalillo County also operates the nearby Alameda Spray Park, the Los Padillas Aquatic Center, the Paradise Pool, and Water Slide, and the South Valley Pool, which all operate on seasonal schedules year-round.
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, other assorted squirt features, and a 25-yard lap pool that is five feet deep.
There is no grass, but several tables allow families to spread out and have picnic lunches. The facility has cement walkways and paved areas that make it handicap accessible and offers discounts for kids, seniors, and veterans as well. This public facility is only open early June through early August.
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. The Manzano Mesa Spray Park, however, is only open during the summer months.
There is no lifeguard on duty, but the staff monitors the grounds during operating hours, and children are required to have an adult member to be admitted. Additionally, members can enjoy breakfast and lunch at the facilities at any time, but lunch reservations are required a day in advance.
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 along with this surprising aquatic feature.
Kids will enjoy the splash area and the multi-tiered climbing structure where water spurts up in a random pattern from panels on the ground. Admission is covered by the regular zoo admission, which includes discounts for seniors, kids, military, and state residents.
This open-air, pedestrian-friendly shopping center has a small squirt park at Fountain Plaza during the 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, and both the performances and access to this splash spot are free to enjoy.
The West Mesa Aquatic Center has an indoor water park open year-round with special summer and winter hours posted on their official website. 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 as well as an Olympic-sized pool. The facility is handicap accessible and offers discounts to students, seniors, military service members, and state residents.
This spray pad has special water features that make it a huge draw for kids, but not a lot of fun for kids over the age of 12. The spray park is open daily except for Sundays from June through August and located behind Van Buren Middle School in Albuquerque.
This Albuquerque water spray pad is located at the Wells Park Community Center and is free for public use. Much like the Cesar Chavez Spray Pad, the Wells Park water attraction is only open from June to August each summer and has tall spray features that little kids will enjoy.