9 Super Fun Water Parks, Slides, and Pools on Long Island
There are few better ways to stay cool on Long Island this summer than by heading down a slippery water slide, splashing around in a refreshing swimming pool, or getting drenched at a water park. That's why we invite you to check out our list of the coolest spots for Long Island families to spend the hottest summer days.
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Be sure to click through to each venue for current rates and hours. Town pools are usually open to nonresidents, but they may charge a higher entry fee if you're not from the area. Most of the parks on our list require guests to wear masks when they're not in the water and have restricted capacity for the time being.
Top Water Parks, Rides, and Slides in Nassau County
North Woodmere Park – Valley Stream
A favorite spot to cool off in the summer, North Woodmere Park is scheduled to reopen for Nassau County residents on Saturday, July 3. This hot spot has not two but three water features for young swimmers: a wading pool, a training pool, and an interactive water play area. There is an Olympic-sized pool, a diving pool, and a huge water slide for the rest of the family.
Bump around on the water bumper cars at Bayville Adventure Park.
Bayville Adventure Park – Bayville
Who would imagine the tiny North Shore community of Bayville would host one of the Island's most popular amusement attractions? Currently open on weekends, with summer hours yet to be announced, the park is across the street from the Long Island Sound. In addition to its pirate-themed mini-golf, rock-climbing walls, arcade, and funhouse, the Bayville Adventure Park features a bumper-boat safari course and a spirited water balloon attraction.
Wind your way to the water on the slide at Cantiague Park.
Cantiague Park – Hicksville
Hugely popular with Nassau County residents, the outdoor swimming facility at Cantiague Park reopens for the season in June. It features everything the serious and not-so-serious swimmer needs, including an Olympic-sized pool, a diving pool, a training pool, and a kiddie pool for little ones, plus a fun water play area and two water slides. What more does a family need?
Race a friend down the dueling water slides at Wantagh Park
Wantagh Park – Wantagh
Nassau County residents can enjoy this pool beginning Monday, June 28. The whole family will have fun spending the day at this swimming complex, which has water amenities to suit all preferences and abilities, including an Olympic-sized pool, diving pool, kiddie pool, and training pool. There are two 30-foot water slides plus a water play area for the little ones.
Jump on the Rescue Boats at Adventureland.
Top Water Parks, Rides, and Slides in Suffolk County
Adventureland – Farmingdale
Along with its thrilling roller coaster and Ferris wheel, this venerable Long Island amusement park—which is currently open weekends only—has three exciting water rides. Adventure Falls is a popular flume ride for bigger kids with twists, curves, and a high-speed drop, while the Little Dipper is a fun log flume ride for the younger set. The Rescue Boats let riders navigate the waters while keeping an eye out for "crocs."
Meet up with a group of friends for a day at the Dix Hills Park Swimming Pool. Photo courtesy of The Town of Huntington
Dix Hills Park Swimming Pool – Dix Hills
This large outdoor pool reopens for the season in late June and features three diving boards. The facility also includes a kiddie pool, playground area, locker rooms, and food concessions. Pool passes are required for entry, and only Huntington residents are allowed to purchase them. Pool pass holders are allowed to bring out-of-town guests.
Head to the zero-entry pool at Splish Splash.
Splish Splash – Calverton
When most Long Islanders think water park, they immediately think Splish Splash. And why not? This 96-acre park has enough water-themed rides, slides, and attractions to keep an entire family happily saturated. Thrill-seekers can hit the Riptide Racer, a high-speed water race, and Bombs Away, which features dueling 300-foot slides. A family of four can take a ride on Bootleggers Run, and there's a large kiddie area just for little ones.
Town of Brookhaven Pools – Centereach and Holtsville
Families have their choice of three public pools in the Town of Brookhaven, and two have water slides. The main pool in Centereach has a 16-foot slide and a spraygroud with water features for younger children, while the Holtsville complex includes the main pool, dive tank, and a kiddie pool. The 2021 season hours have yet to be announced, but we expect them to open in late June.
This article was first published in 2014.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the parks