Best Spraygrounds Open on LI For Summer 2020
When the temperature rises, there's nothing like jumping through a sprinkler to cool off. Long Island spraygrounds take a lot less preparation than a trip to the beach: Just add sunscreen and let the adventures begin.
While we publish this list of Long Island's top spraygrounds annually, you'll notice options are a bit more limited in 2020. Though the governor gave spraygrounds the green light to reopen, it's up to each locality to decide when or if they'll open. The good news: Most Nassau County splash pads have reopened, and we've found 10 spraygrounds ready to welcome you back. Fees and opening days vary, and there may be more residency requirements than in years past, so check each venue's website before venturing out.
Best Long Island Spraygrounds Open in 2020
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 in between splashing and climbing on the monkey bars. There have been plenty of recent updates, including upgrades to the playground, pool, and picnic areas. FREE for Nassau County residents, $10 parking fee for nonresidents.
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
2. 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. There are fountains, a giant mushroom, and large ready to douse kids with a cascade of water. FREE
3. 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.
The state-of-the-art sprayground in Rockville Centre was renovated in 2017 to include smart playground compatibility. Photo by Natalie Ferro Aurigema
4. Children's Park — Rockville Centre
111 North Oceanside Road
Renovated and reopened in 2017, 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
5. Eisenhower Park — East Meadow
Due to the pandemic, the batting cages and miniature golf at this park are closed for the season.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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
8. Tobay Beach — Massapequa
The spray park at Tobay Beach is restricted to town residents only for summer 2020.
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 the always-popular water cannons. Beach stickers are being sold to residents only in 2020 and cost $60 for a season-long pass.
9. 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
10. 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 a large play structure with several slides, sprayers, and a rope climb plus a giant dumping water bucket that sends kids into a frenzy. The pool is a low depth, so it's perfect for toddlers. FREE with a pool membership. $7 per person for Town of Islip residents with a recreation card or $10 per resident without a card. Nonresidents pay $12.
11. Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Memorial Spray Park — Huntington
This spray park will reopen to residents only on August 1, 2020, with online reservations and more limited hours.
305 Cuba Hill Road
The new sprayground, which opened in 2018, features lots of interactive play for kids. Children can use the 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.
Long Island Spraygrounds That Have Not Reopened for 2020
12. Centereach Pool — Centereach
Due to the pandemic, the Centereach Pool will not reopen for summer 2020.
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, 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 between $3 and $6. The fee for nonresident children is $8; nonresident adults are $10.
13. Clark Street Playground — Long Beach
Due to the pandemic, the Clark Street Playground has not reopened as of our publication date.
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
14. Geiger Park — Deer Park
Due to the pandemic, Geiger Park's sprayground will not reopen for summer 2020.
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. 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. Entrance is limited to Town of Babylon residents with a pool plan or $5 resident entrance fee.
Kids will be thrilled to explore the rainbow arches at the sprinkler park at Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve. Photo courtesy of Hoyt Farm
15. Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve — Commack
Due to the pandemic, Hoyt Farm is closed until further notice.
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.
Town of Babylon resident? Cool off at Phelps Lane Park's interactive spray pool. Photo courtesy of Town of Babylon
16. Phelps Lane Pool — North Babylon
Due to the pandemic, Phelps Lane Pool will not reopen for summer 2020.
151 Phelps Lane
Phelps Lane Park offers many amenities to Town of Babylon residents. There is a pool with two water slides, 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 or a $6 entrance fee for residents without a pool plan.
It's water fun for all ages at Tanner Park's interactive sprinkler park in Copiague. Photo courtesy of the Town of Babylon
17. Tanner Park — Copiague
Due to the pandemic, Tanner Park will not reopen for summer 2020.
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. Fees for residents without a recreation permit are $25 Friday through Sunday as well as holidays; $15 all other days.
18. Venetian Shores Park — Lindenhurst
Due to the pandemic, Venetian Shores Park will not reopen for summer 2020.
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.
A version of this article first was published in 2014. Additional reporting by Gina Massaro.
Places featured in this article:
Blumenfeld Family Park
Clark Street Playground
Shipwreck Cove Spray Park
Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve
Phelps Lane Pool
Venetian Shores Park
Jones Beach Field 4
Sgt. Tuozzolo Memorial Spray Park