Almost Free (Or Cheap) Places to Get Wet

Written by on July 5, 2016

11836855_10207276116046983_2017370637499329477_nIt’s July in San Diego County and that means it’s HOT!  Kids, and adults alike love the chance to get wet and stay cool during these hot summer months so we’ve compiled a list of the best places to do so.  It would be AMAZING if Ramona could build a splash pad or something but that isn’t in the cards (for now…hint??), for now here is our list of near(ish) places to get wet.

Community Pool at Ramona High School

The pool at the High School is available for open swim, Monday through Saturday from 1pm to 4pm.  The cost to swim is $4.00 per person or you can purchase a season pass for $50.00 per person and $120.00 for the whole family.

Ramona Oaks Pool

The pool at Ramona Oaks Park is available for Estates HOA members and their guests.  The pool is free to use for open swim during the following times and hours:

Monday – Friday:  Open Swim 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday Open:  Swim 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday Open Swim:  8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Santee Lakes Sprayground

This is a fun splash pad for kids aged 13 and younger.  It costs only $2.00 for an all day play pass and then $4.00 per car during the week and $6.00 per car on the weekends.  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery and bring some bird seed to have fun feeding the ducks.

Hilton Head County Park

If you’ve got friends in the East County, then organize a play date at this popular, Pirate Themed park.  It’s only $3.00 per person for day use and is a perfect cooling off spot.  The park is open 11am-4pm, May till October.

The Viejas Interactive Fountain

It’s a bit of a trek, but if you have some shopping to do and are looking to keep the kids entertained, this is a great spot!  It is free to play in the fountain from 11am to 5pm daily (now through September).  At 5:30pm be sure to have a good table because that’s when the fountain puts on an amazing water, music and pyrotechnic show.  If your kids are going to play, they must be wearing shoes (not flip flops) so be sure to take a pair of water shoes with you.

The Wave Waterpark

Our family just loves The Wave in Vista.  It’s a smaller waterpark so it’s not as overwhelming to keep track of the kids while still packing a thrilling punch.  You can often find discounts on Groupon making this a very affordable adventure.  Get there early to ensure a shady spot.  Pricing ranges from $12.95 to $18.95 and the hours varies so check the website.

I know there are more options out there but we tried to keep them relatively close to Ramona.  But, if you have any favorite places to add, please do so in the comments below!

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