Who doesn't love summer? No school, beautiful weather, extra time with family and friends... but sometimes that heat can be no joke! Luckily, here in Rowan County, we have 10 original ways and places you can stay cool and beat the heat while having some fun this summer!


Family Fun Water Attractions in Rowan County


Cannon Ballers Stadium Splash Pad



1. Dan Nicholas Park Splash Pad 

6800 Bringle Ferry Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146

If you've never been to Dan Nicholas Park in the warmer seasons, then you are missing out! Besides already having plenty of exciting activities at the park like mini golf, paddle boats and rides, Dan Nicholas also has an incredible splash pad that will be calling your child's name as soon as they lay eyes on it. Learn more about all that Dan Nicholas has to offer on our blog, Guide: Dan Nicholas Park.


2. Bell Tower Green Waterfall & Splash Pad

120 S. Church St., Salisbury, NC 28144

Another fantastic way of keeping cool during these summer months is by visiting the waterfall and splash pad at the Bell Tower Green. This attraction is made up of a manmade waterfall and fountains that shoot up from the ground. Be sure to also visit the uniquely designed playground during your visit to the Bell Tower Green!


3. Kannapolis Cannon Ballers Playground & Splash Pad

1 Cannon Baller Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081

Play ball!... or just come for some free, outdoor fun. At the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers' stadium you can come for a game, or just come to play! Their amazing splash pad is accompanied with a huge climbing structure and playground that will keep your child's imagination flowing! Come join them daily on memorial day through September 30th.


4. Blue Waters Pool

6930 Faith Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146

Blue Waters Pool - a true Rowan County original that has been providing families with an opportunity to beat the heat for decades! Whether you're coming to catch some rays, take a dip, play around, or relax poolside, Blue Waters Pool is the perfect way to beat the heat. You can join them on weekends beginning May 20th and daily beginning May 27th, 2023.


5. Village Park Splash Pad

700 West C Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081

Also opening May 27th is the splash pad at Village Park in Kannapolis, N.C. Similar to Dan Nicholas, a splash pad isn't the only thing you'll find during your visit! Between a carousel, rotary express train, and outdoor movies and concerts all summer long, the fun is only beginning at Village Park.


6. East Spencer Splash Pad at Royal Giants Park

200 Robinson Rd., Salisbury, NC 28144

Another great way to beat the heat this summer and help your child's imagination soar is by taking a trip to the Royal Giants Park splash pad in East Spencer, N.C. This baseball-themed water attraction offers everything from a giant water-dumping baseball, to slides and much more. Stay cool and join in on the fun this summer!


7. JF Hurley YMCA Pool & Splash Pad (membership required)

828 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Salisbury, NC 28147

With a membership to the JF Hurley YMCA, you and your family can enjoy a day of water-filled fun indoors or outdoors. Here you'll find indoor lap and activity pools and an outdoor splash pad! Grab a membership and cool off at the Y this summer!


8. Fred M. Evans Pool & Splash Pad

110 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury, NC 28144

Also located in Salisbury, N.C. is the Fred M. Evans pool & splash pad. This is the city's only public swimming pool facility and also offers a new splash pad area! Join them early June to mid-August this year.


9. Eaman Park Pool Club (membership required)

123 Eaman Ave., Salisbury, NC 28144

Next up on our list is the Eaman Park Pool Club! This pool has been serving families with only the best summer memories for 65 years and was just resurfaced for their 2023 season. Become a member or test it out with one of their trial days!


10. Landis Pool

301 W. Rice St., Landis, NC 28088

Operating for over 90 years, and providing fun for every single one, this pool is absolutely one that you'll have to put on your visit list. The Landis Pool currently has an opening date of June 10, 2023, so mark your calendar and join them in keeping cool this summer!


Looking for more things to do with your family this summer? Check out our Things To Do page.