When the temperature rises, there’s nothing like jumping through the sprinkler to cool off. Long Island sprinkler parks are great places to take kids because unlike pools and beaches, sprinkler parks have low water depth and often a rubber surface. Just add sunscreen and let the adventures begin.
We’ve put together a list of super sprinkler parks that are open to everyone. We've even included a few parks open to residents only. Proof of residency and/or a membership pass can be required at those facilities. Fees vary, so check the websites or call the parks before going.
For more aquatic fun, take a look at our guide to Long Island amusement parks and water parks. For other kid-friendly activities, check out our Summer Fun Guide, and our recommendations for the best beach playgrounds as well as other top playgrounds on LI.
Bay Park – East Rockaway
198 First Avenue
Bay Park combines the playground with the sprinkler area. No need to dry off or change in between splashing and climbing on the monkey bars. There have been plenty of updates to the park, including to the playground, and pool and picnic areas. FREE for Nassau County residents, $10 parking fee for nonresidents.
The interactive spray park at Blumenfeld Family Park is a kid-friendly addition to Port Washington's downtown. Photo courtesy of the Town of Hempstead.
Blumenfeld Family Park – Port Washington
The spray park area at Blumenfeld Family Park is on the smaller side, but definitely keep kids playing and cooled off for an afternoon. The sprinklers are interactive, requiring kids to push buttons to start the water spray. Fountains, a giant mushroom, and large buckets dump water. FREE
Cantiague Park – Hicksville
400 West John Street
Cantiague Park is a one-stop park that has it all. The swimming facility includes a kiddie pool and interactive sprinkler play area for younger kids. There's an Olympic-sized pool, diving pool, and two water slides for older kids and adults. Fees vary for Nassau County residents and nonresidents, but are generally $6-$25 per person.
Clark Street Playground – Long Beach
100 Clark Street
The sprinkler area at Clark Street playground sits on a rubber surface so even the youngest kids can join in on the fun. Aqua shoes are optional, but handy to have when kids want to go from the sprinklers to playground. FREE
Eisenhower Park – East Meadow
Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue
The park at Field 2 offers a playground with a sprinkler area and splash pool. Enjoy the park’s other amenities, including batting cages and miniature golf in the morning and then cool off in the sprinklers when the temperatures rise in the afternoon. FREE for Nassau County residents; fees vary for nonresidents, but generally $10-$25 parking fee.
Grant Park – Hewlett
This is a 35-acre park that offers a spray area as well as roller and ice hockey rinks. While the sprinkler area is basic, it doesn’t take much for kids to have fun—just add water. FREE
Tobay Beach – Massapequa
The spray park was updated after superstorm Sandy, complete with a new snack shack and separate picnic area near the sprinklers The sprinkler area has low-depth water with spray arches, dumping buckets, and the always popular water cannons. Fees vary for Town of Oyster Bay residents and nonresidents (weekdays only), but generally $20-$50 to park.
Wantagh Park – Wantagh
1 King Road
The swimming complex at Wantagh Park includes an Olympic-sized pool, kiddie pool, training pool, two large water slides, and a spray pool. The spray pool’s multilevel play structure has many interactive elements that keep kids busy. The pool is 1-foot deep. Fees vary for Nassau County residents and nonresidents, but generally $5-$30 per person.
Centereach Pool – Centereach
286 Hawkins Road
The pool complex in Centereach has a big, twisting water slide that older kids will enjoy. The sprinkler area is perfect for younger children and includes arch sprayers, dumping bucket, water spouts, and a tractor that spouts water. There are plenty of lounge chairs within the pool area. Fees vary for Town of Brookhaven residents and nonresidents, but generally $3-$10 per person.
Shipwreck Cove Spray Park – Bay Shore
139 S Clinton Avenue
Located next to the marina, Shipwreck Cove Spray Park is an ideal place to cool off on a summer day. There's one large play structure with several slides, various sprayers, and a rope climb plus the giant dumping water bucket that sends kids into a frenzy. The pool is a low depth so it’s perfect for toddlers. FREE for Town of Islip residents with recreation card, or $5 per person without card; nonresidents $10 per person.
It's water fun for all ages at Tanner Park's interactive sprinkler park in Copiague. Photo courtesy of Town of Babylon.
Tanner Park – Copiague
400 Baylawn Avenue
This interactive sprinkler park is part of a large complex right on Great South Bay. The sprinkler area has plenty of sprayers as well as a tree that spouts water, and a mini water slide. The playground at Tanner Park is huge, and is also worth a visit. Fees vary for Town of Babylon residents and nonresidents, but generally $15-$25 per vehicle to park.
Geiger Park – Deer Park
93 Grand Boulevard
One of the newer sprinkler parks on Long Island, Geiger Park’s sprinkler area features a tree-of-life theme. Two large, artificial trees are connected by bridges with water slides and climbing structures. There are more than 20 play elements to keep kids entertained, including water cannons, spider and snake water play features, spiraling slides, and an area for smaller kids. Limited to Town of Babylon residents with a pool plan or $5 entrance fee.
Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve – Commack
200 New Highway
Hoyt Farm is nestled in a nature preserve that features farm animals, walking trails, two playgrounds, and in the summer months, a sprinkler park. The sprinkler park has multiple sprayers, rainbow arches that kids can run through, and dumping buckets. Town of Smithtown residents only with residency sticker.
Town of Babylon resident? Cool off at Phelps Lane Park’s interactive spray pool. Photo courtesy of Town of Babylon.
Phelps Lane Pool – North Babylon
151 Phelps Lane
Phelps Lane pool offers many amenities to Town of Babylon residents. There is a pool with two water slides, concession area, lounge chairs, and of course, the sprinkler pool. The sprinkler pool has a large play structure with a rope bridge, water slide, dumping bucket, and more. There is also an umbrella waterfall, where younger kids can play. Town of Babylon residents only with pool plan or a $6 entrance fee.
Venetian Shores Park – Lindenhurst
850 Venetian Boulevard
Venetian Shores Park sits on Great South Bay. The sprinkler area is right by the beach so kids can enjoy the best of both worlds on a hot summer day. When kids are done playing on the two playgrounds, they can splash around in the sprinkler park that has water cannons, a giant, water-spraying octopus, dumping buckets, and a mushroom waterfall. Town of Babylon residents only with a recreation permit.
This article first published in 2014. It was updated in May 2017
Top photo: The sprinkler area at Venetian Shores Park on Great South Bay in Lindenhurst. Photo courtesy of Town of Babylon.