This is the ultimate guide to surviving summer under the hot Boulder temperatures! If you’re a family with kids, we totally understand the stress when summer’s in and the school’s out. Not knowing where to take the kids to make it a fun day without roasting in the heat can screw up the whole day, or week!
Those problems are long gone now: take a look at this awesome list with every tip there’s to know about Boulder in the Summer!

Where: 250 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020, USA
Hours: August 16 -September 5: Mondays & Wednesdays 4 PM-6:30 PM | Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 4 -7 PM | Saturday, Sunday 9:30-1:30 PM, 2-6 PM | September 6, Labor Day 9:30 AM-1:30 PM, 2-6 PM

A must-visit summer destination for families in Boulder: Bay Aquatic Park.

Featuring two body slides, an inner tube slide, interactive water play structures, a leisure pool, a tot-pool with small slides, and splash zones for toddlers, this place has it all for families to escape the heat and have a blast!

Where: Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, CO, USA

Boulder Reservoir is a family favorite for some summer recreation! The place combines outdoor with water fun to cool off, what more can you ask for during summer?

The activities families can enjoy include swimming on the lake, boating, water skiing, wildlife viewing, and more! This is the top spot for lakeside recreation in Boulder.

Pop Jet Fountain on the Pearl Street Mall

Where: 1400 block of the Pearl Street Mall

Who would have known that there’s an awesome place for the little ones to cool off during the summer months located right in the middle of Downtown?

The Pop Jet Fountain spouts up water from the ground as kids run around and play.

Where: 500 East South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO, USA

The coolest Summer spot in Boulder features attractions such as Lap Pool, The Lazy River, The Wood Mini Slide, The Big Slide, the Aqua Arch, a Diving Board, play pools, Aqua Basketball, Swirly-Vortex, The Grand Eagle Dump Bucket, Trout Spray, Flower Garden, a Zero-Depth Entry Pool, and more fun summer attractions!

Sandstone Ranch Adventure Playground

Where: Sandstone Ranch at 3001 CO-119, Longmont, CO 80504

Fun and play are limitless at The Adventure Playground in Sandstone Ranch Community Park!

Kids will have a blast as they get a little wet with water and sand play. There are aquatic animals to climb, fossils to find, water spray jets and lily pads to cool off, and so many more play opportunities and features!

Where: 1505 30th St, Boulder, CO 80303, USA
Hours: Sunday: 8 AM-6 PM | Monday – Thursday: 6 AM-8 PM | Friday: 6 AM -7 PM | Saturday: 8 AM-6 PM

Located in central Boulder and featuring Boulder’s only 50-meter pool, families will find a fun place to cool off during summer at Scott Carpenter Pool.

It also features a water slide, two huge tower slides, a lazy river, a splash pad to cool off, a zero-entry leisure pool for the smallest family members with a climbing wall, diving board, and slide, a 10-lane lap pool, and awesome summer events such at inner tube water polo!

Where: 2102 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

This is a perfect location in Boulder to enjoy some family water fun!

There are so many things to do besides swimming in the 25-yard lap pool, including enjoying the water features and leisure pool, having a picnic on the lawn, have a blast with the accessible play features such as jets, fountains, and a duck slide, and more!

Creekside Play Area

Where: 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

The Boulder Civic Area in front of the Main Public Library features a nature playground with a water play area to explore, learn, and have fun!

This is a top spot for kids in Boulder during summer!

LaVern M. Johnson Park Splash Pad & Play Stream

Where: 600 Park Dr, Lyons, CO 80540

Kids will find many play equipment to have a cool summer, including a splash pad, a shallow play stream, a zip line, a web swing, and spots for a nice summer picnic. 

This is considered one of the most unique water play spots around Boulder!

Festival Plaza Splash Pad

Where: 311 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

This splash pad in Lafayette is a top option to visit during summer!

Besides cooling off with the water features, kids will have the chance to enjoy delicious ice cream and other tasty options!

Louisville Community Park Sprayground

Where: 955 Bella Vista Dr, Louisville, CO 80027

The sprayground at Louisville Community Park will cool off toddlers and big kids alike as they run around the splash ground enjoying a fun (and free) way of cooling off and beating the summer heat that strikes Boulder! There are also play structures and bathrooms!

Adventure West St. Vrain Creek Tubing

Where: Adventure West’s Saint Vrain Creek location in Longmont

Let’s just enjoy what nature offers in Boulder and have a fun summer day at Saint Vrain Creek.

Families can enjoy a float on the creek, rent a tube to use at the Playpark, and so much more!