Cool off at these pools, splash pads, and fountains in Portland

Interactive fountains and splash pads offer swim-free aquatic fun, while outdoor pools can help the whole family burn off extra energy while beating the heat.

Two people run through the water jets at Salmon Street Springs Fountain in downtown Portland's Waterfront Park. It's a sunny day with blue sky and green-leafed trees in the background.

The Salmon Street Springs fountain in Tom McCall Waterfront Park creates a giant dome of water and mist.

Photo by Portland Parks & Recreation

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Summer officially starts Wednesday, June 21 — and the weather seems to have received the memo. The summer solstice will chase away a recent spate of cool days and usher in the return of warmer temperatures, with some 80° days on the horizon.

But as the weather heats up, Portlanders may need a little help cooling down. Sitting inside a stuffy room without air conditioning is no one’s idea of fun, so the city of Portland operates splash pads, interactive fountains (the kind you can play in), and public pools where people of all ages can find relief.

A boy beams with delight as he runs through the Peninsula Park splash pad - a series of concentric circles where water sprays on participants. It's a sunny summer day.

Peninsula Park is home to Oregon’s oldest public rose garden — and a really fun splash pad.

Photo by Portland Parks & Recreation

Splash pads

These free public water features have already been turned on for the summer season and will remain on through Labor Day weekend. All splash pads are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

There are 18 splash pads at parks around the metro area with the highest concentrations in North and Northeast Portland. Find one near you using Portland Parks & Recreation’s online map.

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Jets shoot gentle arches of water at Holladay Park’s interactive fountain.

Photo by Portland Parks & Recreation

Interactive fountains

Not all public fountains allow toe dipping and splashing. The keyword is “interactive” — look for one of six interactive fountains spread across Portland, all of which are now turned on for the summer and free to enjoy. The Bill Naito Legacy Fountain at Waterfront Park is open 24 hours a day, while the rest have various hours.

A few dozen people play in an outdoor pool on a sunny day.

Wilson Outdoor Pool in Southwest Portland was renamed Ida B. Wells-Barnett Outdoor Pool in 2022.

Photo by Portland Parks & Recreation


Portland operates 11 pools, seven of which are outdoors. Though their sizes, amenities, and accessibility features range, each location has fixed admission fees and is open Wednesday, June 21-Sunday, Aug. 27.

Outdoor pools cost $3.75-$4.75 for drop-ins, or visitors can buy 20-visit or season passes starting at $64 and $69, respectively. Residents can also register for an Access Pass to unlock ongoing discounts of up to 90% depending on financial need.