. Splash Around at the Market
Farmers Market of the Ozarks, 2144 E. Republic Road, Springfield, loveyourfarmer.com
Shopping under the blazing sun can take a lot out of you, and the kid-friendly splash fountain at Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a fun way to cool down and keep the kids occupied. Kids love the surprise of the jets, but any overheated grown-up could dip a toe or two in, too. We won’t tell.
2. Zip Down KaPau Plummet
White Water, 3505 W. Highway 76, Branson, silverdollarcity.com/white-water
It’s the combination of fun and thrill that makes KaPau Plummet so exhilarating. The ride consists of two 245-foot slides beginning with a drop floor 40 feet high. Then it plunges you into a super-speedy 70-degree fall.
3. Frolic in the Fountain
Jordan Valley Park, 635 E. Trafficway St., Springfield
Until mid-October, the fountains at Jordan Valley Park are open for visitors who need a reprieve from the heat. They run for 30 minutes every hour from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and continuously from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. That means you will likely catch a spritz or two no matter what time you show up.
4. Get Soaked on American Plunge
Silver Dollar City, 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson, silverdollarcity.com
If sailing five stories down a roller coaster track sounds like a good time, then you’ll get a thrill out of American Plunge. The flume ride sends guests on a 35-mile-per-hour trip that ends in a giant splash.
5. Dance with the Jumping Jewels
Dickerson Park Zoo, 3043 N. Fort Ave., Springfield, dickersonparkzoo.org
Did you know there’s a splash fountain at Dickerson Park Zoo? The Jumping Jewels are randomly leaping jets of water that practically beg you to come in and play. And when you do, you’re sure to get soaked.