Kerrville's Carver Park: FREE Splash Pad Fun for the Whole Family!
Last summer a good friend of mine told me about a "secret" splash pad she and her family had discovered, right up the road from us in the little town of Kerrville. I've had it on my bucket list ever since and after writing my post about bringing back the vintage summer, I decided it was time give it a try! So, last weekend we piled into the car and drove the 45 minutes through the Hill Country to see what it was all about. Once in Kerrville, we grabbed some lunch to-go, then made our way to Carver Park.
Following the GPS made getting into the park a bit confusing as it took us down a super narrow road that seemed more like an alleyway than an actual street, but it did get us there! Once at the park, we chose a picnic table in the shade to enjoy our lunch (there are plenty to choose from) then made our way to the restrooms before heading over to the splash pad.
I have mixed feelings about the restrooms at the park as I'm SUPER glad that they're there, but was a bit disappointed in the lack of a changing table, doors that didn't shut properly, and missing soap and paper towels. To be fair, we went the weekend after the fourth of July and I think it just hadn't been restocked from the holiday celebrations yet. It was nothing a quick diaper change in the minivan and hand sanitizer couldn't fix! All the fun to be had at this park definitely outweighed those little inconveniences, for sure.
The splash pad is on a timer, so you just push a little button on a pole to get it started. The water features cycle on/off as it's all running and our kids had a great time running from one to another and guessing which one was going to come on next. The water was the perfect temperature, and everything seemed to be in great working order. It was never too busy, even on a Saturday, and everyone we met at the park was super nice and helpful. The kids were having such a great time that I, of course, had to get in on the fun too!
In addition to the splash pad, there's also a covered basketball court and an amazing playground with swings, which always makes our Big Girl happy. A covered pavilion is available for rent for parties and events.
This turned out to be a wonderful and FREE weekend outing for our family and we just can't wait to go back. Next time we plan to be a little wiser with our time and check out one of these highly rated restaurants in Kerrville...goodness knows there's enough of them to choose from!
Have you made it out to Carver Park with your family yet? Are there any other splash pads in the Hill Country that you'd recommend for young families? Tell us in the comments!
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