Last updated on May 26th, 2023
There’s nothing better than summer in Seattle. When the temperatures reach 70 degrees or higher, the wading pools are where kids and their families gather. Starting June 24th, wading pools in Seattle will start to open. To double check hours before you go, on their website, call 206-684-7796, or follow the Seattle Parks and Recreation Wading Pool Facebook page.
There are 20 wading pools in Seattle, this summer due to a shortage of chlorine, they will be open on alternating schedules.
1 - Green Lake Park Wading Pool
Wallingford Ave N. and, East Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115
Green Lake Park wading pool will be open daily starting June 24th through September 4th from 12pm to 7pm. The Green Lake wading pool is one of the biggest and most popular in the city. The grassy area surrounding the wading pool makes it a perfect spot for a picnic. The amenities of Green Lake Park like boat rentals, bike/walking path, and shops and restaurants nearby make it a perfect spot to soak up the summer sun.
2 - Volunteer Park Wading Pool
1417 E Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98112
Volunteer Park will be open daily starting June 24th through September 4th from 12pm to 7pm. This park is a family favorite! This wading pool is one of the bigger ones in the city, made even better by the great playground and picnic benches just steps away. Volunteer Park is a perfect summer outing with many shaded areas, walking paths, a lovely pond, trees to climb, the greenhouse, water tower, and Seattle Asian Art Museum.
3 - Dahl Playfield & Wading Pool
7700 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Dahl Playfield wading pool will be open Tuesday through Thursday Starting June 27th through August 17th from 12pm to 7pm. This park in the Wedgewood neighborhood is the quintessential neighborhood park with a fun playground, rock garden, a woody bog, bike path, and skate park to enjoy.
4 - East Queen Anne Wading Pool
1912 Warren Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
East Queen Anne Playground wading pool will be open Sunday through Tuesday starting June 26th through August 20st from 12pm to 7pm. This neighborhood wading pool is a great spot for relaxing while the kids splash and play on the nearby playground.
5 - Lincoln Park Wading Pool
8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136
Lincoln Park wading pool in West Seattle will be open daily June 24th through September 4th from 12pm to 7pm. This park is a family favorite! Aside from the wading pool, the nearby beaches, tide pools, playground, saltwater pool (with waterslide!), trails, and views are a summertime MUST.
6 - E.C. Hughes Playground Wading Pool
2805 SW Holden St, Seattle, WA 98126
E.C. Hughes Playground wading pool in the Delridge neighborhood will be open Sunday through Tuesday starting June 26th through August 20th from 12pm to 7pm. This wading pool is made even better by the stunning views of Mt. Rainier and fun playground!
7 - Gilman Playground Wading Pool
923 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107
Gilman Playground wading pool in Ballard will be open Friday and Saturday starting June 24th to September 4th from 12pm to 6pm. This wading pool has trees around it providing shade from the summer heat. The playground is great for all ages with climbing structures, slides, and swings. Bonus for the adults, there’s a handful of nearby breweries and taprooms plus Serious Takeout pizza.
8 - Powell Barnett Park Wading Pool
352 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle, WA 98122
Powell Barnett wading pool near the Central District and Leschi will be open Wednesday through Sunday starting June 28th through August 20st from 12pm to 7pm. This wading pool is set right near the playground, bathrooms, and basketball court for hours of entertainment. Just a few blocks away are great restaurants (check out Central Cafe and Juice Bar for a refreshing drink during the hot days!)
9 - Wallingford Playfield Wading Pool
4219 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Wallingford Playfield wading pool in the heart of this neighborhood will be open Thursday through Saturday starting June 29th to August 19th from 12pm to 7pm. This nice big wading pool is partially covered by shady trees and just steps from a spectacular playground. Bonus for the kids (and adults too), two blocks north on either end of the playfield you’ll find Molly Moon’s ice cream and Trophy Cupcakes.
10 - Ravenna Park Wading Pool
5520 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Ravenna Park wading pool will be open Friday through Saturday starting June 30th through August 19th from 12pm to 7pm. This park feels like stepping into the wilderness, but in the middle of the city. The hiking trails, play structure, and sandpit are additional draws to this park during the sunny summer days in Seattle.
11 - Soundview Playfield & Wading Pool
1590 NW 90th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Soundview Playfield wading pool in the Olympic Manor neighborhood will be open Saturday through Monday starting June 26th through August 16th from 12pm to 7pm. The wading pool is steps from a small playground and large grassy area.
12 - Van Asselt Playground & Wading Pool
7050 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Van Asselt Community Center wading pool will be open daily starting June 24th through September 4th from 12pm to 7pm. Situated in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, this park includes a playground and nice picnic area to relax. Bonus on a sunny day is shady trees to stay cool(ish).
13 - View Ridge Park Wading Pool
4408 NE 70th St, Seattle, WA 98115
View Ridge Playfield wading pool will be open Sunday through Monday starting June 26th through August 20th from 12pm to 7pm. This wading pool is steps from a wooden style playground and bathrooms, surrounded by trees providing shade from the hot summer sun.
14 - Beacon Hill Playfield Wading Pool
1902 13th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Beacon Hill Playfield wading pool will be open Wednesday and Thursday starting June 28th through August 17th from 12pm to 7pm. Right next to Beacon Hill Elementary, this park also features a play structure, basketball hoops, and bathrooms.
15 - Bitter Lake Wading Pool
13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
Bitter Lake Playfield wading pool will be open Wednesday through Friday starting June 28th through August 17th from 12pm to 7pm. This park is the northernmost park with wading pool in the city. From the wading pool, you’ll catch a view of the lake and close by you can grab a bite to eat at the many spots along Highway 99.
16 - Delridge Wading Pool
4458 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Delridge Playfield wading pool will be open Wednesday through Friday starting June 28th through August 18th from 12pm to 5:30pm. Just south of the West Seattle bridge, this park features a great skatepark right next to the wading pool.
17 - Peppi's Playground Wading Pool
3233 E Spruce St, Seattle, WA 98122
Peppi’s Playground wading pool will be open Monday and Tuesday starting June 26th through August 15th from 12pm to 7pm. Just a few blocks east of Powell Barnett, near the Leschi neighborhood, this park features a nice grassy area, trails for strolling, and a big playground for the kids to enjoy.
18 - Sandel Playground Wading Pool
9053 1st Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Sandel Playground wading pool will be open Tuesday and Wednesday starting June 27th through August 16th from 12pm to 6:30pm. This playground in the Greenwood neighborhood also features a large open meadow for running, a basketball court, and a nice little playground with slides, climbing structures, and a merry-go-round.
19 - South Park Playground Wading Pool
738 S Sullivan St, Seattle, WA 98108
South Park Playground wading pool will be open Monday through Wednesday starting June 26th through August 17th from 12pm to 7pm. This park in the southwest part of Seattle features a great play structure with swings and picnic tables in the shade for escaping the summer heat.
Wading Pool + Park Day Must Haves
After NOT being prepared one day for a wading pool stop, we like to be over prepared now…. Here’s some recommendations to have ready for a day at the wading pool + park:
~ Beach Bag: we LOVE the Aloha Collection for its cute prints, lightweight and waterproof material. (We hear a lot of great things about the Bogg Bag, but haven’t tried it yet)
~ Water friendly shoes: Crocs and Native shoes are great to take the kids from the wading pool to the playground.
~ Wet/Dry bag: there are so many great options on Amazon to store the post wading pool wet clothes. If you want to splurge, Aloha Collection also has some great ones in multiple sizes.
~ Sun Hat: Keeps those little faces and heads safe from the UV rays with a great one from Amazon or splurge on the mom-owned George Hats for some fun and stylish looks.
~ Sunglasses: Wayfarer glasses are so stylish and come in fun colors and many sizes.
~ Sunscreen: We like that this one from Thinkbaby can be applied to wet skin – makes reapplying so much easier.
~ Seat Cushion: bear with us… when you’re sitting on the wading pool edge, the concrete can get hot and hard on your bottom. Protect your bottom with a nice poolside cushion.