Spending a day around the wave pool at a water park is one of our favorite ways to while away a summer day. Of course, when temperatures soar, we might just sprint over to one of New York's many FREE neighborhood pool or sprinklers for a quick cool down, but sometimes it's an all-day water park kind of heat.
Families with toddlers in tow aren't looking for big slides or big waves. So although we've already told you about the many water parks near NYC, we've rounded up our top preschool splash pads. Prepare to find toddler-sized attractions, along with perks such as nursing stations and FREE mini life jackets—and don't worry, there's plenty of big-kid fun to go around, too. So read on for details on 11 parks within two hours of New York City that cater to the littlest water explorers.
Check out our NYC Beaches, Pools, and Water Fun Guide for more ideas on how to cool down.