The Oak Park Wading Pool is a fun spot for the littles under 8. We recently took one last trip with my girl who will be 8 soon and had a great time. The pool is shallow, one side at one foot and the other 18 inches, with a water spot in the middle of the deeper end. There is always a life guard on duty (two the recent day we were there). Children need to be in a bathing suit and/or swim diaper and must be with a responsible person 18 years or older. Parents line up to enter on the hour and must exit 10 minutes before the hour for cleaning. You can get right back in line if it isn't busy.
Why it is a favorite: running under the water spout
Location: Oak Park near the Junipero St side
Directions: Take the 101 to Mission St. Turn toward the mountains and get back onto the 101 going North. Take the next exit (Pueblo) and continue straight. Turn right onto Junipero St and park in the lot to your left.
Time Spent: 1 hour
Hours: 12-5 daily in summer, closing August 13, 2021.
Parking: Oak Park has a parking lot on West Junipero St. near Calle Real with limited spaces and there is some street parking.
More info: Santa Barbara Parks and Rec and Santa Barbara Area Info
Kid Quotes: "Let's go again." 7 year old