As a “Playful City USA,” Fort Wayne offers dozens of options for great FREE outdoor fun.
Come play in one of the ten FREE splash pads conveniently located all around the city:
This park features a large open-air pavilion with picnic tables and restrooms, a playground with two new playsets and swings, a splash pad, and a trail that runs around the open area behind the playground.
Kreager offers softball fields, Taylor's Dream: Boundless Playground with splash pad, Soccer fields, many natural open spaces for flying a kite, tennis courts, and .95 miles of the Rivergreenway trail. This park ranked second on our splash pad list because the splash pad here is not as large at Buckner's.
Located just off of St. Joe Road this a great park for a variety of reasons. This park features a baseball diamonds, a golf course, Frisbee/disc golf course, boating access to the St. Joe river, trails, a playground and splash pad, and 2 enclosed pavilions available for rentals.
Swinney park will soon feature a splash pad and is also home to many other great features like the playground tennis courts, baseball diamonds, 18-hole Disc golf course, floral displays, and natural open space and trails. It's also important to distinguish that the park is split up by the St. Mary's river. Lastly, this park holds a bit of history in the Swinney Homestead and log cabin located in East Swinney Park.
From baseball diamonds and basketball courts to a playground and swimming pool there is a lot to offer. This park also includes a pavilion that is available for rentals, picnicking areas under some great old trees, and a splash pad full of colorful equipment.
This park features a small covered picnic area and a larger enclosed pavilion for gatherings up to 104 people. This park also boasts a basketball court, playground and splash pad.
If you’re towards the southern part of Fort Wayne, make a stop at Waynedale Park. This park features a basketball court, tennis courts, access to trails, a pavilion that's available for rentals, a playground and a splash pad!
Headwaters Park is the main location for festivals in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Headwaters also features a splash fountain that is open in the summer months, if you ever need to cool off! Wander this park for a variety of views of downtown Fort Wayne, or take a bike ride on some of the paths and trails. For the best view of downtown, stand at the apex of the bridge connecting Headwaters Park to the Old Fort!
If you're downtown on a hot day and the kids are getting antsy, consider having a splash in the Robert E. Meyers park splash fountain located within Parkview Field. With a splash fountain area, an amphitheater and performance stage that overlooks Parkview Field you can enjoy the game and a splash. If you wish to splash in the park remember the park will close 3 hours prior to activities in Parkview Field, but it is open during activities with your entrance fee.
This unique park features architecture from the old school on the grounds, and a fun splash pad for all.
After splashing at one of the many spraygrounds, take a walk or bike ride along one of the many trails around the city.
Plan your route with one of the many Trail Itineraries.
Don’t forget your map for convenience in finding the parks, trails, and hidden Fort Wayne gems!