Splash Pads and Spraygrounds in Westchester and Hudson Valley
Ready to cool off this summer? There are plenty of local pools and swimming lakes, but if you’re looking for something a little different, a splash pad or sprayground is a great choice. The setting is especially fun for younger kids, who can run through the sprinklers and water jets, no swim vest required. Lucky for us, there is a slew of family-friendly spraygrounds to choose from in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, whether you’re looking for a quick morning trip or an all-day adventure. While you don’t have to wear masks in the water, just note that facilities are currently requiring masks at all other times.
We’ve rounded up a few splash pads and spraygrounds to check out, from Yonkers to Wappingers Falls, including several that offer FREE entry. Find more outdoor adventures in our Guide to Parks and Playgrounds.
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. Photos in this post were taken before the pandemic.
Splash Pads at Westchester and Hudson Valley Pools and Beaches
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 sprayground. 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.
Sprain Ridge Pool – Yonkers
Official hours for County pools aren’t out yet, but this complex boasts many family-friendly features, including a sprayground for kids. When the kids are done running through the jets and sprinklers, you can check out the zero-entry pool and the concession stand. Keep in mind that it's cash-only, and you have to be a Westchester resident to use the facilities.
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Harbor Island Park is right on the beach, so you can spend time splashing and playing in the sand.
Harbor Island Park – Mamaroneck
Kids want a beach day and time at the splash pad? Head to Harbor Island in Mamaroneck, where the sprayground is at the beach, making it easy for kids to run through the sprinkler jets and then get back to building their sandcastle. The sprayground includes features like a 12-foot-tall, wavy palm tree. While the beach is open daily from 9am-5:30pm, the splash pad is only on to the public from Fridays to Sundays. Also, note that weekend mornings until noon (including Friday), the beach is for Mamaroneck residents only. 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.
Wilson’s Waves – Mount Vernon
Water-loving kids will be thrilled with all the things they can do at Wilson’s Waves, housed in Wilson’s Woods Park in Mount Vernon. That includes water slides, a wave pool—with waves up to 3-feet high—and of course, a water playground and a spray deck with 57 jets! You need to a Westchester resident to visit this pool, and parking and entrance fees vary.
The recently renovated pool at Rockland State Park includes a state-of-the-art splash pad.
Rockland Lake State Park – Valley Cottage
Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, the pool at Rockland State Park boasts tons of new features, including a state-of-the-art splash pad. With water slides, sprinklers, and more, there’s tons to keep kids happy. There’s also a 25,000-square-foot pool with zero-depth entry, a playground, picnic area, and lakeside trail that’s great for bike riding. There’s a fee to park, and pool entrance prices vary.
Take a break from swinging and climbing to cool off in the splash pad at Bowdoin Park.
Free Spraygrounds in Westchester and the Hudson Valley
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 the 301-acre Bowdoin Park is a blast for little ones. The park also boasts a playground and picnic areas, scenic river views, and more. It's earned its destination playground moniker.
Cool down in the splash pad in Barnhardt in Sleepy Hollow.
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.
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.
Pierson Park – Tarrytown
You’ll find various jets and sprinklers at this fun splash pad. 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.
Originally published in 2018, this post is updated annually. Photos courtesy of the parks