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The San Clemente Aquatic Center may be your new favorite place to cool down! During “Recreation Swim” times, both residents and non-residents alike can enjoy the splash pad, kid-friendly pool, or lap pool. With plenty of shade, attentive lifeguards, and pristine facilities, your family can enjoy a day at the Aquatic Center. Pair it with a trip to “Courtney’s Sandcastle” right next to it and you can spend the whole day there. 

Know Before You Go:

  • Children that are not potty trained are required to use a plastic cover over their diaper.  They are available for purchase for $2.
  • Parents of children under the age of 8 are required to be in the pool with their children.
  • There are 10 minute safety breaks on the hour.
  • Bring your own lock and you can use the lockers in the locker rooms for free.
  • There are showers and bathrooms in the locker rooms.


987 Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, CA 92673


Monday-Friday: 1pm-3pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm-4pm


Non-Residents: $6 for children, $8 for adults
San Clemente Residents: $2 for children, $4 for adults.


Kelly, Blog Contributor

About the Author
Kelly and her husband have two boys, ages 5 and 7. She loves taking her boys on adventures around Southern California that focus on learning, getting their wiggles out, and having fun! When she isn’t fulfilling her mommy duties she teaches at a local elementary school and community college. 

Atlantis Play Center

Maruska —  July 6, 2017

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Atlantis Play Center is a place I used to go as a kid, so now that I have kids of my own, it’s always a stop we make when the splash pad opens in the summer! This park is huge! It has lots of shade from all the trees around the park! You will find several play areas great for all ages and even a splash pad. 


  • Offers many playgrounds for all ages
  • Lots of different play structures 
  • Splash pad with outside shower to rinse off
  • Bathrooms with baby changing stations
  • Plenty of close free parking
  • Gated in
  • Lots of shade
  • Lots of grass
  • Plenty of benches for sitting and picnics
  • Not usually crowed
  • Great for birthday parties

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Know Before You Go:

  • The splash pad has a timer and turns off every few minutes. There is a button to turn it back on, which is a bit difficult. The trick is to use your elbow to press down.
  • Come wearing a swimsuit. Most kids play in the park first in their bathing suit then head to the splash pad.
  • This is cash only so bring $2 per person. Kids 2 and under free.
  • Pack a lunch, this park is huge and offers so many great picnic spots.
  • Don’t forget sunblock.
  • Picnic tables can be reserved for $5 but you can use them if no one reserved them.
  • As a safety precaution you must have a child to enter the park or you will not be allowed in.   

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Atlantis Play Center
13630 Atlantis Way
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 892-6015


Mondays: closed
Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10am-4pm
Sundays: 12pm – 4pm

The splash pad is open until Labor Day Weekend


$2 for ages 3+.
Free for 2 years old and under
Cash Only.

Parking is free.

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If you are looking for a free splash pad in Orange County, check out the one at the Lemon Park which is a 10 minute drive from the Fullerton Arboretum. It is the perfect place to cool down during the hot summer months, it is fun,and completely free. 

You can see from the pictures what this water park is all about. As you can see, the water features of this park are a little different than the ones you are probably used to. Here, there is a massive amount of water pouring on your kids so there is no chance to come out of it dry. So kids either love it or hate it. My boy loved it, my girl hated it. But if your kids don’t like to get drenched, they can still have a lot of fun on the “dry” side of the park. They have two nice playground structures, one for ages 2-5 and the other for ages 5-12. There are also swings, restrooms, a basketball court, lots of picnic tables in full or partial shade, a grassy area…and easy free parking. So it was a great free family outing and worth visiting.


Admission and parking are free.


May 31 – August 6, 2017: open daily, from 1pm to 5pm
August 12 – September 24, 2017: open weekends only from 1pm to 5pm.


Lemon Park, 701 S. Lemon, Fullerton, CA, 92832

Activities close by:

The Fullerton Arboretum. Click here for my review and some pictures of this awesome outdoor adventure for the kids.

The Interactive Pop Jet Fountain at the Fullerton Downtown Plaza.

Listing on PlanADayOut

To see a listing of the Lemon Park splash pad on PlanADayOut, click here