The 7 Best Public Pools and Water Parks in Little Rock

Arkansas during the summer is hot, so it's no surprise that you're looking for a way to beat the heat! While you can stay indoors all day under the air-conditioner, it's always more fun to get outside! Luckily, Little Rock has many public swimming areas that are great for cooling off.

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War Memorial Pool (Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center)

The Pool at the Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center
Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center
300 S Monroe St, Little Rock, AR 72205-5418, USA
Phone +1 501-664-6976

This pool is owned by the Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center, but you don't have to be a member to swim. With it's close proximity to The Zoo and War Memorial Park, it's a nice place to take a quick dip. The price is right too. Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 16. Hours vary but they are open most days from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The pool opens Memorial Day Weekend.

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Wild River Country

Wild River Country
Wild River Country
6820 Crystal Hill Rd, North Little Rock, AR 72118, USA

This is definitely the biggest and the best water park near Little Rock, but it's pretty pricey for a whole family. They have themed water slides, a wave pool, river rafting rides, kiddie areas and more. It is one of the more expensive attractions in the area—admission is $34.99 for adults and $22.99 for kids, as of March 2019—but they have special discounted rates for things like the "PM Plunge." You can also buy discounted tickets locally. Additionally, season passes are often a bargain, especially if you buy them before the season starts. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Crystal Falls and Magic Springs

Visitors and rides at Magic Springs
Magic Springs
1701 E Grand Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901, USA
Phone +1 501-624-0100

If you really want a day out, try Magic Springs, located in Hot Springs. This is two parks in one. You get admission to a really great water park and an amusement park for one price. You can get discounted rates if you order online, but the daily ticket price starts at $49.99 for an adult ticket (as of March 2019). The park has lots of rides and you can stay all day. Hours vary, but they are open most days from 11 p.m. through 6 p.m. As with Wild River Country above, a season pass makes a lot of sense, and they often offer discounted ones during the down season.

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Little Rock Athletic Club & Little Rock Racquet Club

Kids playing at the Little Rock Athletic Club
 Little Rock Athletic Club
4610 Sam Peck Rd, Little Rock, AR 72223-2159, USA
Phone +1 501-225-3600

Both of these are multi-purpose health clubs with swimming lessons and more. The fee to join is pricey ($300, plus additional monthly dues), but well worth it if you'll be swimming a lot with your family and you can take advantage of the other amenities. Be sure to check out the website and find out which location's offerings and schedule matches best with your family.

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Splash Pad at Tyndall Park

Tyndall Park Splash Pad
Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
913 E Sevier St, Benton, AR 72015, USA
Phone +1 501-776-5970

Tyndall Park is located in Benton. Admission is free to the splash pad located in the park. This is great fun for little kids and open from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The splash pad is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

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Riverfront Park Splash Pad

Riverfront Park Splash Pad
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
400 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
Phone +1 501-371-4770

This used to be called Peabody Park because it's behind the former Peabody Hotel. The park has several outdoor and underground rooms, large native stones for climbing, a splash pad and the Ozark Pavilion. There is an area specifically for small children. The park for older kids is near the climbing wall. The splash pad is open from Memorial Day until October, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

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War Memorial Park Splash Pad

War Memorial Park Splash Pad
Little Rock Parks & Recreation
Little Rock, AR 72205, USA

War Memorial Park's splash bad offers fountains, mist and lots of water fun. There are lots of hidden places to explore and climb. The park also has traditional playground equipment. The splash pad is open from Memorial Day through October. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and admission is free.

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