Walnut Creek's recently renovated Larkey Spray Ground is the perfect place to spend a sunny day in the Bay. The splash playground shares a space with the Larkey Pool, but is sectioned off in its own gated area with a lifeguard on duty. Plenty for the five and under set – climb to the top of the water slide, shoot a water gun on those below, tug on strings to get wet, or jump over water shooting up from the ground.
The playground is set in a circle, with benches along the perimeter – plus three tables with umbrellas – which fill up fast. I liked that it was small and could see my boys from anywhere I sat. We showed up right as it opened – 10am – and I didn't feel like it was too crowded, but can see how it may get crazy. Show up early!
- Splash Park Only Hours: $2/Person
- During Recreational Swim: $3.50/Child, $4.50/7-15yrs and $6/Adults
Once you're done splashing around, take advantage of Larkey Park – just behind the swim center – plenty of green grassy hills, picnic tables, and two playgrounds – bring a lunch and dry off under the trees.
Larkey Swim Center is located at 2771 Buena Vista Ave, Walnut Creek.
For more info, check Walnut Creek's Aquatic Site.
[Photo Credit: Anna Azimi]