Cooling Off In New Orleans (Water Parks, Splash Pads, and Pools)

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We all know it gets super hot here during the summer in New Orleans. So what can we do to try to keep as cool as possible?

Well lucky for you I have created a list of things around town to help with those summer blues. Cooling Off In New Orleans: Water Parks, Splash Pads and Pools is your guide to all the water fun you can have in the New Orleans area.

Cooling Off In New Orleans

New Orleans Pools


NORDC operates fifteen pools throughout the city that are open to the public and free. Most are outdoor pools that are only open in the summer months and some are indoor pools open year round. They also offer swim lessons and aquatic exercises such as aerobics and yoga. You can find the list of New Orleans Pools here.

UNO Aquatics Center

6801 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, La 70122; (504) 280-7238. UNO has both an indoor and outdoor pool. Membership starts at $30 per month with a $100 sign-up fee. Check the website for times and more information. 

Johnny Jacobs Pool

Located in Johnny Jacobs Playground on 5th Avenue in Marrero. The pool is open April through August from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, 1 pm – 6 pm on Sunday, and 2 pm – 6 pm Tuesday through Thursday. The pool is staffed by YMCA lifeguards and the cost of admission is $2 for swimmers and $1 for spectators. Swim lessons are also available for ages 6 months through adults.

Hotel Pools

Various hotels around New Orleans allow locals to access their pools with a Resort Pass. Prices start at $20 per person.

New Orleans Water Parks and Splash Pads

Audubon Zoo's Cool Zoo

6500 Magazine St. New Orleans.  Open daily until August 4 and weekends only from August 10-September 1 with two sessions daily 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm. Cool Zoo admission is included with your zoo admission ($38 per person), Audubon Members can purchase an add-on ticket for $10 per person.

Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

The splash pad is currently closed due to renovations.

Lafreniere Park Spray Park:

The spray park is open from 12 – 6 pm seasonally for ages 3-10. The spray park offers 13 water features and 4000 sq. ft. of fun! FREE

Parc des Familles Spray Park

Located at 6101 Leo Kener Lafitte Parkway, Marrero – the park is open April through May 14 and August 19 through September 3 on weekends only from 9 am – 5 pm and May 15 – August 13 from 11 am – 6 pm 7 days a week.

Ormond Spray Park

Located in Detrehan pm Ormond Blvd, about 30 minutes outside of New Orleans, this spray park is the perfect place to spend a summer day.

Splash Pads and Water Parks That Are Worth the Drive

These splash pads and water parks are only about an hour's drive from New Orleans and worth taking a day trip to explore!

St. Bernard State Park Water Playground

The water playground is open from 8 am – 8 pm on Tuesdays through Sundays. Park admission is $2 per person 16 and older and $1 per person 15 and under.

Abita Springs Park Splash Pad

Located near the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum on the Abita Trailhead, the park offers dozens of jet sprays, shaded areas, and benches. Open during regular park hours from dawn until dusk. FREE

Mandeville Lakefront Splash Pad

Located on Lakeshore Dr by the lake the splash pad is open May through October from 10 am to 9 pm. No food or drinks are allowed. FREE

Fontainebleau State Park Water Playground

Located inside Fontainebleau State Park the playground is open 8 am – 8 pm Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission to the park is $3 per person – free for seniors age 62 and up and children 3 and under.

Tickfaw State Park Water Playground

Located inside Tickfaw State Park the playground is open 8 am – 8 pm Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission to the park is $3 per person – free for seniors age 62 and up and children 3 and under.

Slidell Heritage Park Splash Pad

Located near the playground, the splash pad is open daily May through October from 6 am to 10 pm.

Pearl River Water Park

Located in the Pearl River Playground the splash pad is open daily May through October from 6 am to 6 pm.

Coquille Park Splash Pad

Located in Coquille Park in Covington, the splash pad is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm.

Madisonville Park Splash Pad

The Madisonville Park Splash Pad is located by the brand-new playground and is open daily during park hours.

White Sands Day Lake Beach

Located in Covington, White Sands Lake Day Beach is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. The sandy beach offers plenty of space to relax and soak up the sun, while the lake's clear waters are perfect for a refreshing swim. The beach also features a playground, volleyball courts, and a concession stand for snacks and drinks.

Families play at White Sands Lake Day Beach

Kroch Center

Gulf Islands Water Park

Make a splash at Gulf Islands Waterpark with over 15 water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a dedicated children's area.

Gulf Islands Waterpark Gulfport Mississippi

Blue Bayou Water Park

Located just off the I-10 in Baton Rouge, Blue Bayou Water Park offers over 20 thrilling rides and attractions including a wave pool, lazy river, and a children's area. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. Tickets are $55 for those 48″ or taller, $44 for those under 48″ and older than 60 years of age, and guests under 35″ are free. All tickets include admission to Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'.

What's your favorite way to stay cool in New Orleans during the summer?

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