Ten best free fountains where you can get wet and wild on a hot Denver day

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No need to sweat the rising temperatures: Your next kid-tastic adventure is just a fountain away. That's right, the Denver metro area boasts some of the coolest, child-friendly fountains known to man, most adjacent to day-trip-worthy family attractions -- and all free. What are you waiting for? Grab the kids, suits and swim diapers, and start splashing.

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Kids love manipulating water!
10) H2Odyssey
City Park, 1700 York Street

Prepare to get wet -- really, really wet -- at H2Odyssey, a water jet fountain located just west of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Operating from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, this big, mysterious spray pad will keep kids guessing where the water will shoot up next. H2Odyssey is so fantastic, in fact, that the Leaping Laminar Fountain, part of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's new Discovery Zone exhibit, is modeled after it. Of course, you'll have to pay to see DMNS's newest addition -- $13 for adult general admission; $8 for kids 3-18 -- or wait until the next free day, on September 8.

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City of Aurora
The spray park at Great Plains is cheerful, welcoming, and perfect for kids who like to get wet.
9) Great Plains Park Spray Park
20100 East Jewell Avenue, Aurora

It's a little tricky finding the spray-ground lurking on the south side of Jewell -- but the colorful, inviting water feature, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through early October, is worth the hunt. This spray park is huge, produces immense puddles, and draws large crowds. The fifty-acre park also houses a playground -- complete with pint-sized toddler structures for little guys -- as well as shade shelters and a well-groomed baseball field. Make a day of it: The nearby Plains Conservation Center, with its bygone pioneer nostalgia and massive educational and conversational efforts, is a family must-see. (The spray-ground will be closed on Tuesday, August 26 while public works crews resurface the adjacent parking lot.)

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The Denver Art Museum
The DAM's splash fountain proves that simple designs can be every bit as refreshing as more massive ones.
8) The Fountains on Martin Plaza
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway

Tucked between the Denver Art Museum's Hamilton building and Mad Greens you'll find a simple -- and super-fun -- spray pad that's owned and maintained by the DAM. The water's turned on daily at 7:15 a.m. and keeps spouting until 10 p.m.. Really adventurous kiddos might even be tempted to dip a toe in the fountains in front of the museum. After you've dried off, peruse the halls of the DAM; first Saturdays are free, and the museum offers an array of ever-changing kid-friendly games, stations and interactive exhibits. General admission is $10 for adults, $3 for youth 6-18, and free for those 5 and under.

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City of Boulder
Parents can relax on the Pearl Street Mall while their children splash around.
7) The Pop Jet Fountain
Pearl Street Mall in Boulder

This spray pad, where water shoots up from the ground, runs every day on the Pearl Street Mall, a spot where families can also shop or grab a bite to eat. Street performers and bands are visible from the Pop Jet Fountain, which means parents can sit, relax and be entertained while the kids cool off. Other fun features for adventurous kids include animal statues perfect for climbing, and the big rocks on the bricks between 13th and Broadway.

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Location Info

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City Park

17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Great Plains Park

20100 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora, CO

Category: General

Denver Art Museum

100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Pearl Street Mall

1300 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: General

Stapleton Central Park

9225 Martin Luther King Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Union Station

1701 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Westlands Park

5701 S. Quebec St., Englewood, CO

Category: General

Ralston-Central Park

5850 Garrison Street, Arvada, CO

Category: General

Irving Street Park

7392 Irving Street, Westminster, CO

Category: General

Parkfield Lake Park

555 East 53rd Avenue, Denver, CO

Category: General

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