Summer 2023 Heat Busters Guide

Stay Cool This Summer

By Erin Recuparo June 5, 2023

Best of the Northwest (Tucson) Pools & Splash Pads

Look for ways to stay cool this summer? Well, we've got some great options for you!

1. Oro Valley Aquatic Center

23 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley 85704

It is safe to say that Oro Valley Aquatic Center is one of our family's most favorite water spots. It features a variety of activities and is a perfect fit families with children of all ages. During the center's "Recreational Swim," featured activities include: the recreation pool, water slide, diving board, and splash pad. Be sure to check their website for specific days and times for the "Recreational Swim." A tip for when you're there: Don't be afraid to ask a lifeguard to open the slides or diving boards. They may appear closed due to no lifeguard at the activity, but once you ask another lifeguard, they will send someone to open it up. There is a ramada for some shade & the splashpad area has some shade. You can bring in outside food & drinks - just no glass containers. Our family loves taking our own camp chairs and spending the day! The facility has bathrooms/changing rooms and is handicap accessible. 


Child (Under 4): FREE

Individual: $5

Family: $14

2. Marana Pool At Ora Mae Harn District Park

13250 N. Lon Adams Road

When you don't have a pool at home or a community pool, it can be tricky finding affordable and fun pools to keep your kids active during the summer. The Marana Pool is a large, 25 foot open pool featuring depths of 3 feet to 12 feet and is available for FREE use during the summer. The location features: a diving bay, 7 swim lanes, and ramada style shade. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Hours are published as: 12 to 4 Sunday - Thursday and 12 to 5 Friday - Saturday, but be sure to check their website for any updates.



3. Wade Mclean Pool

12000 W. Emigh Rd, 85743

Another pool option in the NW Tucson area is Wade Mclean Pool by Marana High School. One of our favorite features of this pool is the zero depth entry. This makes it great for families with little ones to participate safely. And, in the entry area, kids can enjoy a fun "tumble bucket" feature. The pool also has a slide, a deep end, and 8 lap lanes. The facility provides bathrooms and changing areas. Family swim times are listed as Monday through Thursday 1 to 5 and Saturday 1 to 4. Be sure to check their website for an updated time changes. Also, be sure to check out the additional features at this pool such as: The Party Zone, Swim Lessons, and Junior Lifeguarding! This location has a lot to offer!


Children (17 & Under) - $1

Adults (18 & Up) - $3

Family Swim (must include one adult) - $1 per family

Lap Swim - $3 per entry

(Cash Only)

4. Heritage River Park Splash Pad

12280 North Heritage Park Drive 

Hours: 8am to 7pm

Cost: FREE

This is a great option for families that aren't looking for a full swim experience! This splash pad is one of our favorites and features a variety of activities in the splash pad area. It is a large size for plenty of room to play. It also sits next to the park playground for back and forth fun. 

5. Crossroads At Silverbell District Park Splash Pad

7548 N Silverbell Road

Hours: 8am to 7pm

Cost: FREE

Similar to the Heritage River Park Splash Pad, this location features fun elements in the splash pad area. It also sits next to a playground for back and forth fun. While it is a little smaller than our number 4 listed splash pad, it is still packed with all the same fun!