Best Splash Pads and Water Playgrounds in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

Tibbets Brook Park's swimming complex includes a splash pad complete with cool jets and sprinklers.
Tibbets Brook Park's swimming complex includes a splash pad complete with cool jets and sprinklers.
5/19/24 - By Marisa Iallonardo

While Westchester and the Hudson Valley boast wonderful local pools and swimming lakes, local splash pads are also an easy way for kids to cool off in the summer. The setting is especially fun for younger kids, who can run through the sprinklers and water jets, no swim vest required.

We’ve rounded up the best splash pads and sprinkler parks to check out in the region, from Yonkers to Wappingers Falls, including some that offer FREE entry.

Find more outdoor adventures in our Guide to Parks and Playgrounds, and bookmark our Ultimate Westchester and Hudson Valley Kids Summer Vacation Guide for tips all season long. 


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Splash Pads at Westchester and Hudson Valley Pools and Beaches

1. Tibbets Brook Park – Yonkers

There's everything from mini golf to soccer fields and playgrounds at this 161-acre Yonkers park—and that includes a swimming complex, complete with a splash pad. Here, you’ll find cool jets and sprinklers. If you decide to hit the pool, kids can try their hand at water sports, or you can relax on the lazy river (well, try to, at least!). You have to be a Westchester resident to visit this county pool—and parking and entrance fees vary.

2. Sprain Ridge Pool – Yonkers

This swimming pool complex boasts many family-friendly features, including a sprinkler park for kids. When the kids are done running through the splash pad, you can check out the zero-entry pool and the concession stand. Keep in mind you have to be a Westchester resident to use the facilities.

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Splash pad in Westchester at Harbor Island Park
Harbor Island Park's splash pad is right on the beach, so you can spend time splashing and playing in the sand.

3. Harbor Island Park – Mamaroneck

Kids want a beach day and time at the splash pad? Head to Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck, where the sprinkler park is at the beach, making it easy for kids to run through the sprinkler jets and frolic in the splash pad, then get back to building their sandcastle. The sprinkler park includes features like a 12-foot-tall, wavy palm tree. There’s a parking fee and a fee to enter the beach, which varies depending on the day. Done with water activities? There’s a great playground at the park, too.

4. Willson’s Waves – Mount Vernon

Water-loving kids will be thrilled with all the things they can do at Willson’s Waves, housed in Willson’s Woods Park in Mount Vernon. That includes water slides, a wave pool—with waves up to 3-feet high—and of course, a sprinkler park and splash pad with 57 jets! You need to be a Westchester resident to visit this pool, and parking and entrance fees vary.

5. Rockland Lake State Park – Valley Cottage

The pool at Rockland Lake State Park boasts tons of great features, including a state-of-the-art splash pad. With water slides, sprinklers, and more, there are tons of things to keep kids happy. There’s also a 25,000-square-foot pool with zero-depth entry, a playground, a picnic area, and a lakeside trail that’s great for bike riding. There’s a fee to park, and entry to the pool is $5 per person.

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The colorful Bowdoin Park splash pad
Take a break from swinging and climbing to cool off in the splash pad at Bowdoin Park.

Free Splash Pads in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

6. Bowdoin Park – Wappingers Falls

With water cannons that actually move, a circular spray area to run through, and lots of other fun features, the colorful splash pad at Bowdoin Park is a blast for little ones. The 301-acre park also boasts a playground and picnic areas, scenic river views, and more. It's earned its "destination playground" reputation.

7. Louis Engel Waterfront Park – Ossining

Want to ditch the car for the day? This Ossining park is close to the Metro-North station, making it a quick walk from there to enjoy the splash pad as well as the playground.

8. Barnhardt Park – Sleepy Hollow

Head to this Sleepy Hollow park, where you’ll find lots to do for kids—including a splash pad. After the kids have had their fill of running through the water, they can continue the fun at one of two playgrounds, depending on their age. Also important: There are bathrooms and space for picnics or a snack break.

9. Pierson Park – Tarrytown

You’ll find various jets and sprinklers at this fun splash pad in Tarrytown. There’s a playground right next to it, as well as room to have a picnic lunch or snack under the pavilion (when it’s not in use). If the kids still haven’t gotten all their energy out, there’s a huge grassy field perfect for running and other outdoor games. Just note that there is metered parking. 

Originally published in 2018, this post is updated annually. Photos courtesy of the parks

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