The summer heat is here with repeated declarations of “I’m bored” from the kids. We have compiled a list of local pools and splash pads that provide a perfect way to beat the heat and to keep the kids entertained, along with additional updates we’ve received regarding COVID-related restrictions.
Blue Heron Bay Spray Park
3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake, MI
Open Daily, 10am-6pm through Labor Day
Though Blue Heron Bay Spray Park (you’ll also find it online as “Splash Park”) is an hour’s drive from Toledo, we think it’s worth adding to our list for its amazing features. There are no pools, but the park has splash pads and water slides galore. Your kids will have no trouble staying entertained while cooling off on a hot summer day at this road-trip-worthy favorite!
520 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green
This award-winning city pool has several fun water features, including a lap pool, waterslide, diving boards, splash pad, a reserved toddler area and a lazy river. Coolers and outside food (except baby food) are not permitted, but there are concessions available for purchase. Admission prices for non-residents are $7.50 for adults, $6.75 for kids aged K-12, and $5 for children 6 and under, while residents pay $6, $5.50 and $3.75, respectively. Season passes are also available for both residents and non-residents. The pool is open 12am-8:45pm on weekends, although pass holders get early access. For the pool’s full schedule, search the city website at bgohio.org, or call 419-373-1778.
5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania
Open Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-7pm
Admission: $7 per person
Surrounded by rock cliffs and averaging 22 feet deep, spring-fed Centennial Quarry is a great option for teen and young-adult swimmers. Take advantage of the diving platforms, water toys and swim rafts while you’re there. For people who don’t like to get wet, there are alternatives: the quarry also has a sandy beach, volleyball courts and a basketball court.
Centennial Quarry is open from Saturday, May 25 until Labor Day, 12pm-7pm every day. Admission is $6 per person, although seasonal, 10-day passes and full memberships are also available. Visit their website, or call 419-882-1500. No masks are required on site.
The Cool Zone | The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo | 419-385-5721
Enjoy the wildlife views at the Toledo Zoo, and then cool off in the Cool Zone! This new addition to the Zoo has proven to be appreciated. With hot days and endless sunlight, the Zoo will keep the Cool Zone open till Labor Day. Check out the refreshing spot 10am-one hour before the Zoo closes every day. The Cool Zone is included in your Zoo admission. For more information, visit toledozoo.org, or call 419-385-5721. Masks are not required, but they are encouraged for unvaccinated visitors entering the zoo’s indoor facilities.
5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon
This fresh addition to the Coontz Recreation Complex is the perfect spot for those seeking fun under the sun. The 2,400 square foot pad includes 14 different environments for play, including a 360-degree basketball water cannon, baseball bat fountain sprayers, a misting soccer goal, and assorted ground sprayers throughout. The pad is free to all, operating from 10am to 9pm on a daily basis. For more information, call the Oregon Recreation Department at 419-698-7169. There are no COVID-related restrictions at this time.
East Harbor State Park Beach
1169 N. Buck Road, Lakeside-Marblehead
Prefer the feeling of sand between your toes? Pack a picnic and head out to East Harbor State Park and its 1,500-foot sand beach. A picnic area is nearby, as well as the East Harbor State Park Marina & Restaurant. There are no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk. While in the area, enjoy one of the park’s 11 hiking trails, rent a bicycle, enjoy some volleyball, or camp for the weekend. Get more info at parks.ohiodnr.gov/eastharbor, or call 419-734-4424. Masks are not required at this time, though the state park is operating in conjunction with guidelines outline by the Ohio Governor’s office.
236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside
Need a change of pace driving home from Cedar Point? The historic gated community of Lakeside, Ohio, has several options for adults and kids that love the water. A day or season pass gets you access to Lakeside’s 700-foot dock stretching into Lake Erie. A sandy beach area is available for sunbathing, wading and swimming, provided lifeguards are on duty. Swimming lessons can be purchased for all ages on weekdays. Lakeside also features a Splash Park and a children’s pool with a safety fence, bench seating and a zero-depth entry pool. An adult day pass is $24.50, and admission is free for kids aged 12 and under and adults 90 or older. Several other passes, such as partial or seasonal, are available for purchase. Visit the website at lakesideohio.com or call 419-798-4461 for more information.
Please be advised that the dock and splash pad are currently closed after the storm damage that occurred in late May, 2021. The splash pad and baby pool should be opening soon, however. Give the facility a call for the latest updates on its reopening. No masks are required.
Maumee Bay State Park
1400 State Park Rd., Oregon
This 1,336-acre recreational facility offers a little something for everyone. Maumee Bay boasts two sand beaches, one on Lake Erie’s shore and one on a lake within the park. Forgot the cooler? There’s also a concession area, as well as changing booths. Besides swimming, other activities include camping, boating, fishing, golf and hiking trails through meadows, woods and marshes. Outdoor facilities are generally open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 6am-11pm. Find more information at parks.ohiodnr.gov/maumeebay or by calling 419-836-7758. No masks are required.
Perrysburg Municipal Pool
915 Elm St., Perrysburg
This pool is open now through Sunday, August 15, with operation hours Sunday through Saturday, 1pm-8:30pm. Admission is $12 for non-residents aged 6 and up, payable by cash or credit card. All children ages 5 and under, regardless of residency, get free admission. Residents of Perrysburg or the Perrysburg City School District are eligible to purchase a season pass. The pool restricts the number of passes sold until after the swim team championship meets in mid-July, after which the fee is half-price. Bonus: This pool is dog-friendly! Need more info? Call 419-872-7966 or visit ci.perrysburg.oh.us.
6940 Maplewood Ave., Sylvania
Open Monday-Saturday, Noon-7pm and Sunday, 1-7pm
Plummer Pool is open this year from now through Labor Day. Summertime pool hours are 11am-7pm Monday through Friday, 11am-8pm on Saturday, and 1pm-8pm on Sunday. Admission fees for Sylvania residents are $3 for kids under age 12, and $4 for swimmers aged 12 and up. For non-residents, the price is $5 and $6, respectively. Memberships, rentals and swimming lessons are also available. For more information, call 419-882-1500 or go to playsylvania.com/plummer-pool.
Rolf Park Pool
2115 Cass Rd, Maumee | 419-887-1864
Open to Maumee residents only
Open Monday-Friday, Noon-6:45pm & Saturdays from Noon-6pm
Rolf Park Pool features several colorful waterslides and free community events. Although open to the public, there is an admission charge of $5-8 per person (depending on height). Memberships are available to Maumee residents. Pool hours are limited, so get your time in before dinner! Summer 2021 pool hours are Monday-Saturday from 12pm-7pm, and Sundays from 1-7pm. Rolf Park Pool tends to follow the local schools’ calendar, so their hours are adjusted when school starts: Monday-Friday from 3-7pm; Saturdays from noon-7pm; and Sundays from 1-7pm. You can even rent it for a pool party! Search for “Rolf Pool” on maumee.org, or call 419-897-7172 to get the details.
Rolling Hills Water Park
7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti, MI
Check out Rolling Hills Water Park and experience a fun-filled day. The park is jam-packed with activities for the whole family including a wave pool, lazy river, and water slides. The pool opens on June 21, 2021 with limited capacity, so make sure to call before heading over. Open noon-7pm every day, find time to stop in and soak up the sun! Admission is $10. Visit washtenaw.org/rollinghills or call 734-484-9676.
Toledo City Pools
The City of Toledo operates several pools within the 419. Look below to find the one closest to you! Because Toledo City pools may close without notice due to mechanical or weather issues, call 419-936-2875 for recreation information, or search for pool information on the city website at toledo.oh.gov.
Willys Complex Pool (1375 Hillcrest): This pool is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12pm-6pm. Admission is $1 for kids aged 12 and under, and $2 for individuals aged 13 and up.
Navarre Pool (1001 White): Open Monday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm, this pool charges admission of $1 for kids aged 12 and under.
Pickford Pool (3000 Medford): Open Monday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm, this pool charges admission of $1 for kids aged 12 and under.
Savage Splash Pad Water Play Park (645 Vance St.): Admission is free for this water park, open Monday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm.
Roosevelt Pool (910 Dorr St.): This pool is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-6pm. Admission is $1 for ages 2 and up.
Wilson Pool (3253 Otto): Open Monday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm, this Toledo City pool charges admission of $1 for kids aged 12 and under.
Jamie Farr Pool (2000 Summit): The pool is open from 12pm-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Admission is $1 for kids aged 12 and under.
Thorn Park Splash Pad
23999 King Rd, Brownstown Charter Township, MI
Step out of Toledo and take a quick drive to Thorn Park! With a variety of ways to cool-off, the entire family can enjoy themselves. Pack a picnic and soak up the rays all day (but please note that food and drinks are not allowed in the gated splash area). The splash pad is open at 50 percent capacity due to COVID, so give them a call to make sure they are open before you go. Admission is $2/hr. The park is open 11am-1pm, 1:30-3:30, and 4-6pm for Brownstown residents. Visit brownstownrec.org for more information.
White Star Quarry
901 S Main St., Gibsonburg
Located on an 800-acre park, White Star Quarry is a popular place for scuba divers as well as casual swimmers. Divers can not only see fish and underwater plant life but sunken boats and even a motorcycle that has become a popular underwater photo op! Admission to the grounds is free. The fee to scuba dive is $20 per person per day, and swimming at the beach is $2 for kids ages 3-12 years, and $4 for individuals aged 13 and up. Scuba concessions, such as oxygen refills, and equipment rentals are also available. Other area activities include camping, hiking, and fishing. Get more information, including current weather and water conditions, at whitestarquarry.com or call 419-334-4495. There are no COVID restrictions at this time.
6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania
Lake Olander swim and beach facilities are open Wednesdays through Sundays and holidays 12-6pm at limited capacity due to COVID. The authentic sand beach is overseen by lifeguards. Children 2 and under are free, while Sylvania School District residents are $3/person. All other guests are $5.
Glass City Metropark
938 Front St.
On June 9, 2023, phase 2 of Glass City Metropark opened, reflecting the community’s goal of turning brownfield land into a waterfront park. Glass City Metropark also completed the first section of a larger project called Glass City Riverwalk, which has a goal of establishing a city center with 300 acres of greenspace.
The water features include a splash pad with a waterfall and rivers that reflect Northwest Ohio rivers, a traditional splash pad, and a section with mist.
Although the broader Glass City Metropark is open daily (7am-10 pm), each facility in the park has slightly different hours. Market Hall is open from 9 am-9pm daily, and The Garden is open daily for lunch and dinner. To learn more about Glass City Metropark, visit their website.