Best Spraygrounds Open on LI For Summer 2021
When the temperature rises, there's nothing like jumping through a sprinkler to cool off. Long Island spraygrounds and splash pads take a lot less preparation than a trip to the beach: Just add sunscreen and let the adventures begin.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. The photos in this post were taken before the pandemic.
Best Long Island Spraygrounds Open in 2021
1. Bay Park – East Rockaway
198 First Avenue
Bay Park combines a playground with its sprinkler area, so there's no need to dry off or change between splashing and climbing on the monkey bars. The playground, pool, and picnic areas are in great condition after upgrades in recent years. FREE for Nassau County residents, $10 parking fee for nonresidents.
2. Eisenhower Park – East Meadow
2021 update: The opening of the batting cages and miniature golf are pending further notice.
Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue
Field 2 of Eisenhower Park offers a playground with a sprinkler area and a splash pool. Enjoy the park's other amenities, including batting cages and miniature golf, then cool off in the sprinklers when temperatures rise. FREE for Nassau County residents; $10 for nonresidents on weekends, FREE on weekdays.
The interactive sprayground at Blumenfeld Family Park is a kid-friendly addition to Port Washington's downtown. Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead
3. Blumenfeld Family Park – Port Washington
The spray park area at Blumenfeld Family Park is on the smaller side, but it keeps kids entertained and cooled off during an afternoon visit. Sprinklers require kids to push buttons to start the water spray. The giant mushroom fountains are large and ready to douse kids with a cascade of water. FREE
4. 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 the fun. Rings spray out water that kids can run through. Water sprays from above, and fountains shoot up. Aqua shoes are optional but handy to have when kids want to go from the sprinklers to the playground. The adjacent playground is popular, too, with its modern equipment, rope climbing tower, and shady benches and tables. FREE
Splash amid the sprinklers at Cantiague Park. Photo courtesy of Long Island Playgrounds
5. 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 an 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-$20 per child and $10-$25 per adult.
6. Centereach Pool – Centereach
2021 update: The pool is closed but will be open later in the season and require online reservations.
286 Hawkins Road
The pool complex in Centereach has a big, twisting water slide that older kids enjoy. The sprinkler area is perfect for younger children and includes arch sprayers, a dumping bucket, water spouts, and a tractor that spouts water. There are plenty of lounge chairs within the pool area. Fees for Town of Brookhaven residents range from $3-$6. The fee for nonresident children is $8; nonresident adults are $10.
The state-of-the-art sprayground in Rockville Centre includes smart playground compatibility. Photo by Natalie Ferro Aurigema
7. Children's Park – Rockville Centre
111 North Oceanside Road
The Children's Park is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a user-activated sprayground that shuts down when not in use. Seven spouts blast water throughout the play area, which is situated next to a smart playground, where children and adults can download apps on their smartphones and tablets to enjoy stories and activities. The park is open to the public. FREE
8. Grant Park – Hewlett
This 35-acre park offers a sprayground, 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
Jones Beach has it all—splash pad, beach, WildPlay, and a pool! Photo by Rebekah Yahoves
9. Jones Beach Splash Pad – Wantagh
1000 Ocean Parkway at Parking Field 4
Designed to look like blades of grass blowing on a dune, this sprayground is a perfect addition to Jones Beach. Located next to the Boardwalk Cafe, its convenient location makes it an easy stop during your beach day. Kids push buttons that shoot water out of the large blade-like structures. The water sprays for six minutes. When another child presses the button, the water comes out in a different pattern. Access to the splash pad is FREE, but parking at Jones Beach is $10 for those without an Empire Pass.
10. 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 structure has many interactive elements to keep kids busy, but the pool is just 1-foot deep. Fees for Nassau County residents range from $6 for children ages 4-17 to $10 for adults 18 and older. A Nassau Leisure Pass is required to receive the resident rate. The nonresident fee is $20 per child and $25 for adults. There is also a $10 parking fee for nonresidents.
Enjoy pirate-themed water fun at Shipwreck Cove Spray Park. Photo courtesy of the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce
11. Shipwreck Cove Spray Park – Bay Shore
139 South Clinton Avenue
Located next to the marina, Shipwreck Cove Spray Park is ideal for cooling off on a summer day. There's a large play structure with several slides, sprayers, and a rope climb. The giant dumping water bucket sends kids into a frenzy every time. The pool is shallow, so it's perfect for toddlers. FREE with a pool membership. $12 per person for Town of Islip residents; nonresidents pay $20.
Town of Babylon resident? Cool off at Phelps Lane Park's interactive spray pool. Photo courtesy of Town of Babylon
Resident-Only Parks Open in 2021
12. Phelps Lane Pool – North Babylon
151 Phelps Lane
Phelps Lane Park offers many amenities to Town of Babylon residents. There is a pool with two water slides, a concession area, lounge chairs, and of course, a 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. It is limited to Town of Babylon residents with a pool plan. Residents without a pool plan can pay $6 for entry.
13. Tobay Beach – Massapequa
2021 update: The spray park at Tobay Beach is only open to town residents this season.
The sprayground 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 always-popular water cannons. Beach stickers are being sold to residents only in 2021 and cost $60 for a season pass.
Kids will be thrilled to explore the rainbow arches at the sprinkler park at Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve. Photo courtesy of Hoyt Farm
14. 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. It is limited to Town of Smithtown residents with a residency sticker.
15. Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Memorial Spray Park – Huntington
2021 update: This spray park is only open to town residents. Online reservations are required.
305 Cuba Hill Road
This sprayground features lots of interactive play for kids. Children can use point-and-shoot cannons or push-activated buttons to spritz water. Kids can also dash through a series of rings for a car wash effect. The park is open to Town of Huntington residents with resident recreation photo ID cards and their guests.
It's water fun for all ages at Tanner Park's interactive sprinkler park in Copiague. Photo courtesy of the Town of Babylon
16. Tanner Park – Copiague
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 also worth a visit. Use is limited to Town of Babylon residents with a recreation permit.
17. 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. Bridges connect two large, artificial trees with water slides and climbing structures. More than 20 play elements keep kids entertained, including water cannons, spider and snake water-play features, spiraling slides, and an area for smaller kids. Entrance is limited to Town of Babylon residents with a pool plan or a $5 resident entrance fee.
Venetian Shores Park's ocean-themed water area is perfect for little explorers. Photo by the author
18. Venetian Shores Park – Lindenhurst
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 with water cannons, a giant, water-spraying octopus, dumping buckets, and a mushroom waterfall. The facility is open to Town of Babylon residents only with a recreation permit.
A version of this article was first published in 2014. Additional reporting by Gina Massaro.