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​​About Ray's Splash Planet

Ray's Splash Planet is a joint venture between the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools built on the campus of Irwin Academic Center. This unique partnership allows the students at Irwin Academic Center access to the splash park and other amenities during the school day for specific programs while Park and Recreation utilizes the school's gymnasium in the evening and on the weekends.




Ray's Splash Planet opened it's doors on October 15, 2002 and has been a destination for area residents ever since. It's been voted "Best place to Get Wet 2003" (Charlotte Observer), "Best Recreation Facility 2003 & 2004" (Creative Loafing), "Best Place to Have a Birthday Party 2005" (Charlotte City Magazine), "Best Place to Swim 2008" (Charlotte Parent Magazine), "Best Birthday Party Venue in Charlotte 2013" (Yahoo), and "Best Pool/Spray Park 2009" (Charlotte Parent Magazine). Ray's Splash Planet offers year 'round fun for the entire family.

Ray's Splash Planet is unlike anything in the Carolinas. The facility includes a one-of-a-kind water park with fun-filled features. The Planet is home to a fitness center with aerobic & dance room, cardiovascular theater, free weights and resistance equipment. Ray's Splash Planet also contains party rooms available for reservations, a new playground, and other recreation-based features. Ray's Splash Planet offers yearly and monthly memberships as well as single-visit entry fees. Discounts are available for non-profit groups, schools and seniors.

The overall architectural design of the facility is striking. From the outset, planners and architects wanted to incorporate a natural flow of water into the building design. In addition to a natural creek running through the outside foyer, the structure itself has dramatic water-like design elements that convey movement.

The structure is well-suited for the indoor waterpark and fitness center. The project architects for the complex are the local firm, Clark Nexsen Architecture and Engineering.

For more information about programs and other services please visit Eparks 2.0​

Hours of Operation

Ray's Splash Planet is Open Year 'Round!

Pool/Splash Park Hours

Monday10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.*
Tuesday12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.*
Wednesday12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.*
Thursday12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.*
Friday10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.*
Saturday9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

*Opens at 9am Monday-Friday June 11-August 22

Fitness Center Hours

Monday-Friday7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday1 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Holiday Hours

New Years EveHoliday Hours**
New Years DayClosed
Martin Luther King Jr. DayHoliday Hours**
Good FridayHoliday Hours**
Memorial DayHoliday Hours**
July 4thHoliday Hours**
Labor DayHoliday Hours**
​Halloween​Holiday Hours**
​Veterans Day ​Holiday Hours**
​Day Before Thanksgiving​​Holiday Hours**
Thanksgiving DayClosed
Day After ThanksgivingClosed
Christmas EveClosed
Christmas DayClosed

** Holiday Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Office Location:

215 N. Sycamore St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Hours: Open all year round


Ray's Splash Planet