Best Splash Pads, Splash Parks, and Water Playgrounds on Long Island

Cantiague Park's splash pad offers water play for all ages.
Cantiague Park's splash pad offers water play for all ages.
5/19/24 - By Thien August

Hitting up a sprinkler park or splash pad on Long Island takes a lot less preparation than a trip to the beach: Just add sunscreen and let the adventures begin. They hit the spot, too, since there's nothing like jumping through a sprinkler to cool off. 

For other seasonal, kid-friendly activities, check out our Ultimate Long Island Kids Summer Vacation Guide, which includes our recommendations for the best beach playgrounds on Long Island.


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Eisenhower Park:
Splash in the mini pools and run through the sprinklers at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. 

Public Splash Pads on Long Island  

1. Bay Park – East Rockaway

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

2. Clark Street Playground – Long Beach

The splash pad 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

3. Eisenhower Park – East Meadow

Field 2 of Eisenhower Park offers a playground with a sprinkler area and a splash pool. Enjoy the park's other amenities and then cool off in the sprinklers when temperatures rise. FREE

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4. 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

5. Cantiague Park – Hicksville

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, a 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

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. Summer 2023 fees for Town of Brookhaven residents ranged from $4-$7. The fee for nonresidents regardless of age was $15. 2024 summer pricing will be released soon. 

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7. Children's Park – Rockville Centre

The Children's Park is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a user-activated splash pad 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 splash pad, 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

9. Jones Beach Splash Pad – Wantagh

Designed to look like blades of grass blowing on a dune, this splash pad is a perfect addition to Jones Beach. Located next to the Boardwalk Cafe, its convenient location makes it an easy stop during a beach day. Kids push buttons that shoot water out of the large, blade-like structures, and the water sprays for 6 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

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+. 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.

11. Shipwreck Cove Spray Park – Bay Shore

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. 2023 costs were: $8 for residents with an annual recreation card; $12 per person for Town of Islip residents without a recreation card; nonresidents $25.

Resident-Only Splash Pads on Long Island

12. Phelps Lane Pool – North Babylon

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 $7 for entry.

13. Tobay Beach – Massapequa

The sprayground was updated after Superstorm Sandy, complete with a new snack shack and a separate picnic area near the sprinklers. The sprinkler area has low-depth water with spray arches, dumping buckets, and always-popular water cannons. Seasonal stickers are for residents only and cost $60. Daily passes are $20; a Town of Oyster Bay resident must be present in the vehicle and show a driver's license. 

14. Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve – Commack

Hoyt Farm is nestled in a nature preserve that features farm animals, walking trails, two playgrounds, and a sprinkler park that's open in the summer. 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

This sprayground features lots of interactive play for kids. Little ones 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. Starting July 2, 2024, children with special needs have exclusive use of the spray park from 10-11am Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The park is open to Town of Huntington residents with resident recreation photo ID cards and up to 5 of their guests.

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

One of the newer splash pads 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; a $5 resident entrance fee is required without the pool plan.

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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 water-spraying octopus, dumping buckets, and a mushroom waterfall. The facility is open to Town of Babylon residents who have a recreation permit. Venetian Spray Park completed a $1.5 million renovation last summer. 

19. Patchogue Beach Club - Patchogue

The spray park was added to Patchogue Beach Club in 2023. To enter you must have a beach club membership. Patchogue resident and non-resident plans are both offered, though the non-resident plans are much pricier. A family plan includes 2 adults and 3 children. You can pay an additional fee to add more children or adults. Everyone on the plan must be living under the same roof. 

A version of this article was first published in 2014. Additional reporting by Gina Massaro.

Photos by Gina Massaro

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