Summer is heating up, which probably means you're looking for ways to cool down. If you're searching for more than just a backyard sprinkler, check out one of Westchester's stunning community parks. Many local parks and playgrounds have elaborate water features that rival the best amusement parks around. From lazy rivers to splash pads and wave pools, the county parks system is a water lover's paradise—and all wonderfully close to home!
Read on for the scoop on this summer's must-visit locales, including everything you need to know about Westchester County's park pass and how to get one. Looking for more ways to spend your summer? Sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook.
Cool off at Willson's Waves and its exciting wave pool!
Westchester County pools are open in 2017 from June 23 through September 54 (Labor Day). Operating hours are 11:30am - 6:30pm (last entry is at 6pm). For admittance, all county pools (except Playland) require a park pass or valid New York state ID showing Westchester residency. Park passes cost $75 and are valid for three years. You can purchase a park pass at many locations, including Playland Park. In addition to providing discounts for parking and pool entry, they also allow you to bring non-resident guests to the park for an additional fee.
If you foresee your family becoming daily water bugs, consider purchasing season swim passes ($125 per person or $300 per family). These allow unlimited access to Saxon Woods Pool, Tibbetts Brook Pool and Willson’s Waves, as well as Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle.
Check the county website for further information regarding pool rules and regulations.
Willson's Woods Park - Mount Vernon
East Lincoln Avenue
The summer attraction at this park is certainly Willson's Waves Pool, which thrills with its 3-foot waves and two 18-foot water slides. But the fun has only just begun! With a water-spray playground, a splash pad with 57 jets, and plenty of H2O action surrounding the slides and wading areas, kids of all ages will be soaking up the good times. New for 2017 is the DeMatteo Pavilion, available to rent for parties and other special events.
Tibbett's Brook Park - Yonkers
355 Midland Avenue
Feeling like a ride on a lazy river is more your speed? Head to Tibbett's Brook and take advantage of all this water-filled destination has to offer. In-pool volleyball and basketball might be the ticket for those looking for some sports action. Want to relax and cool off? The in-pool benches are be the perfect spot, while kids will love the spray playground with water spouts and cascading, splashing jets. There is no doubt they will be ready for a good night's sleep after a day at "the Brook."
Tibbett's Brook Park has in-pool sports for your water-loving little athletes.
Saxon Woods Park - White Plains
1800 Mamaroneck Avenue
Be ready to splash around and get your hair wet at the totally awesome water playground and pool at Saxon Woods. With dumping, spouting and spraying water features, you are sure to enjoy all this kid-friendly park has to offer. Saxon also boasts a home as Westchester's largest public swimming pool, though swimming is clearly only half the fun.
Playland Park - Rye
100 Playland Parkway
A day at Rye Playland might just be what you are need for a day of summer fun. The beach and pool provide countless opportunities to cool off and splash your way through a memorable day with the kids. Complete pool and beach details will help you plan your day. The pool at Playland Park is the only county park that does not require a park pass for entry, although it does provide a discount on the entry fee.
Pierson Park - Tarrytown
238 W Main St
While it might not be able to compete with some of these elaborate set-ups, the splash pad at Pierson Park is an easy—and free!—way to cool off on a summer day. In addition to water features, there is a playground, picnic tables, pavilion and a large grassy area for playing. It is not part of the county's park program and thus doesn't require a pass to enter.
Sprain Ridge Pool - Yonkers
149 Jackson Ave
This pool, which has been out of commission for six years, has finally reopened, and it's better than ever. We have what you need to know.
For even more summer fun, be sure to check out our Summer Activity Guide.
Originally published in 2013 and updated for 2017.
All images courtesy of Westchester County Parks