Pools and Splash Pads in Council Bluffs

The summer weather has arrived, and it’s time for some fun in the sun! Council Bluffs has two fantastic family-friendly water parks and several splash pads for the kiddos to enjoy. Be sure to grab your sunscreen and beach towel. It’s about to be an unforgettable summer! Don’t forget to share your summer photos with us on social media using #UNleashCB.



Opening for the season on Saturday, May 27th, both water parks offer swimming lessons, zero-depth areas, play features, sand areas, water slides, shaded seating, concessions, and more! Find more information on the City of Council Bluffs Parks & Rec website


Places to Splash!


Kids of all ages love water play! Cool off at one of the Council Bluffs splash pads. Remember your beach towels and sunscreen.

Fairmount Park has an extensive interactive water playground with multiple elements that are fun for children of all ages. While visiting the park, you’ll also find a scenic overlook, a playground, hiking trails, a fire pit, picnic shelters, and ample parking,

Bayliss Park features a small splash area on the north side of the fountain. This quaint splash pad is perfect for young children. While at Bayliss, you’ll also find historical monuments, picnic spaces, and the sights and sounds of our iconic fountain.

Reopening this summer, you’ll find several interactive water features outside of River’s Edge Pavilion! While at the park, you’ll also have access to Belles’ Play Garden, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, the Iowa Riverfront Trail, tons of greenspace to play, and more!

More Summer Fun!

There’s way more summer fun to have in CB. Check out our calendar for upcoming events like concerts, bike rides, outdoor festivals, and more, and be sure to check out our excellent trails and the beach at Lake Manawa State Park! Visit our summer guide for even more ways to UNleash summer fun this year!  

This post was originally published on May 23, 2023 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.