Summertime is in full swing in Fresno County! From Fresno water parks to a day at Shaver Lake, there are plenty of fun ways to stay cool as those temperatures warm up!

Wilderness Falls at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Children play in splash park at Fresno Chaffee Zoo Photo of splash pads, tree house and slide

Let the kids splash around at Wilderness Falls inside the Fresno Chaffee Zoo! The play area has fountains, splash pads and more to keep your kiddos cool. All water features are on from 10 am to 4 pm each day. 

Location: Fresno Chaffee Zoo, 894 W Belmont Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728

Price: Free with Zoo admission: $16.95 for adults and $10.95 for children (ages 2-11). Children 1 and under get in free.

Water Parks & Splash Pads

Woman and young girl in yellow raft Kids being splashed by large water fall at Island Water Park

Grab your goggles and sunscreen and head out to our local water parks and splash pads. You can visit the Island Water Park in Fresno or Wild Water Adventure Park in Clovis. Both parks feature water slides, splash zones and lazy rivers. You can stop by the splash pads open at various Fresno parks. 


Island Water Park, 6099 W Barstow Avenue, Fresno, CA 93723

Wild Water Park, 11413 E Shaw Avenue, Clovis, CA 93619

Dickey Playground (Splash Pads), 50 N Calaveras Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Martin Ray Reilly Park (Splash Pads), 750 N Chestnut Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727

Melody Park (Splash Pads), 5935 E Shields Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727

Figarden Loop Park (Splash Pads), 4265 W Figarden Drive, Fresno, CA 93722

Mosqueda Community Center (Splash Pads), 4670 E Butler Avenue, Fresno, CA 93702

Inspiration Park (Splash Pads), 5770 Gettysburg Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722

Vinland Park (Splash Pads), 4695 E Gettysburg Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726

Todd Beamer Park (Splash Pads), 1890 E Plymouth Way, Fresno, CA  93720


Island Water Park: General Admission is $39.99, Junior Admission is $34.99

Wild Water Park: Varies by Calendar Date

Splash Pads: Free

National Parks

 A group of people paddle board along Hume Lake with Sierra Nevada mountains in background Man faces rushing waterfall in Kings Canyon National Park

Take a short trip up to Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Each park is located only 90 minutes from Fresno/Clovis and temperatures are slightly cooler in the mountains than on the Valley floor. While you're there you can sit beneath gigantic trees, paddleboard and canoe in lakes and hike near the flowing rivers and rushing falls. 


Yosemite: Entrance fee is $35 per vehicle. Reservations are required from May - September 

Sequoia: Entrance fee is $35 per vehicle. 

Kings Canyon: Entrance fee is $35 per vehicle. 

Kayak on the San Joaquin River

Couple kayaks along the San Joaquin River with trees in the background. 

Kayak tours along the San Joaquin River are perfect for taking in the sights and sounds of the riverine and escaping the heat! The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc. offer morning and day tours that include a nature walk and sunset tours that conclude with a nighttime hike. All participants must 12 years or older. 

Location: 11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno, CA 93730

Price: Varies by tour choice. Reservations are required. 

Water Sports at Shaver Lake

Woman jet skis at Shaver Lake Panorama view of Shaver Lake


It's not summer without a lake day! Head up to Shaver Lake for jet skiing, canoeing, wakeboarding, swimming and more! Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake surrounded by thick pines of the Sierra National Forest. 

Price: Equipment rentals vary at Sierra Marina Boat Rentals. Shaver Lake Launch Ramp is free and open to the public. 

Trek through Boyden Cavern

The inside of Boyden Canyon sits at 55°F year-round—a perfect cool-down experience in the middle of summer! You'll walk through the cavern, seeing various mineral formations such as stalactites, flowstone, pendants and more. On your way to cave, you'll take a short hike with incredible views of Kings Canyon National Park. 

Location: Sequoia National Forest, 18 Miles East of Grant Grove, Kings Canyon, CA 93633

Price: Varies on time of week between $8 to $23. 

Maya Cinemas Discount Family Movie Nights

Photo shows exterior of Maya Cinemas Movie Theater with row of palm trees and grass area.

Kick back, grab some popcorn and enjoy a new movie at Maya Cinemas in Fresno. The theater offers discounted tickets ALL DAY on Tuesdays. 

Location: 3090 E Campus Pointe Drive, Fresno, CA 93710

Prices: $5.50 per ticket