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Matthew Bayes, 5, of Bay Shore, cools off (Credit: John Dunn)

Matthew Bayes, 5, of Bay Shore, cools off in the wading pool at Shipwreck Cove spray park at the Bay Shore Marina on June 26, 2010.

Splash parks for kids on Long Island

According to the Long Island weather forecast, it's going to be hot outside, and the best way to cool off during the dog days of summer is to get wet.

Sure, there are plenty of pools and beaches around Long Island, but they're not always fit for the little ones.

The solution? Take them to one of the many sprinkler and spray parks in Nassau and Suffolk. Better yet, check out one of the many waterslides around Long Island.

Here, we show you where to find the right amount of water to keep kids cool without going in over their heads.

Venetian Shores

Where: Granada Parkway off Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst; 631-893-2100What
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Where: Granada Parkway off Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst; 631-893-2100

What you'll find: At Venetian Shores, you'll find a large Interactive spray park with a mushroom fountain, overhead dump buckets, water sprayers and more.

Bay Park

Where: Marjorie Lane, East Rockaway; 516-571-7245What you'll find:
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Where: Marjorie Lane, East Rockaway; 516-571-7245

What you'll find: Bay Park features a large playground that includes a spray pool. The free sprinkler playground includes three settings and a center console that sprays water out of nozzles. Water also shoots up from the ground and sprinkles out of the wall.

Clark Street Playground

Where: 100 Clark St., Long Beach; 516-431-3890What you'll
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Where: 100 Clark St., Long Beach; 516-431-3890

What you'll find: The free sprinklers and splash park area on Clark Street includes water arches that kids can run through or underneath. Water sprays up from the ground; there's also a spider climber made of rope, and showers that feature water raining down on kids. The park also includes a playground, rope-climbing station and more.

Other Long Beach splash parks: Leroy Conyers Park on Park Place and Georgia Park on the corner of Georgia Avenue and West Beach Street.

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Eisenhower Park

Where: Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue, East Meadow;
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Where: Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue, East Meadow; 516-572-0348

What you'll find: In Field 2 at Eisenhower Park, you'll find three playground areas -- the largest includes a free splash pool. There is also a large sprinkler ring with multiple spray heads but no play equipment. Hours vary from day to day.

Cantiague Park

Where: 480 W. John St., Hicksville; 516-571-7056What you'll
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Where: 480 W. John St., Hicksville; 516-571-7056

What you'll find: At Cantiague Park, there is an interactive water play area featuring a jungle gym with sprinklers that shoot water up from the ground. There's also a pool with two large water slides and a kiddie pool.

Blumenfeld Family Park

Where: Main Street, Port Washington; 516-869-6311What you'll find:

Where: Main Street, Port Washington; 516-869-6311

What you'll find: The free splash area for kids is located at the back of Blumenfeld Family Park. The water is user-controlled, with large buttons that kids can push to turn the water on. Three fountains go off in a timed pattern that lets kids run around and chase the water. There's also a mushroom waterfall and dump buckets. The park includes swings, monkey bars, slides and more.

Splish Splash

Where:2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton; 631-727-3600What you'll find:
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Where:2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton; 631-727-3600

What you'll find: At Splish Splash water park, you'll find 20 waterslides as well as the first water roller coaster in New York, a kiddie area, wave pool, lazy river and much more.

Geiger Lake Memorial Park

Where: Grand Boulevard, Wyandanch; 631-957-3000What you'll find: The
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Where: Grand Boulevard, Wyandanch; 631-957-3000

What you'll find: The Geiger Lake splash park features a Tree of Life theme with 25 different play elements, including a bridge, three water slides, water cannons, a rope-climb net, bucket water dumps, a large spider and a snake water play set with several spiraling slides. There's also a water play area for smaller children.

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Grant Park

Where: Broadway and Sheridan Avenue, Hewlett; 516-571-7821What you'll
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Where: Broadway and Sheridan Avenue, Hewlett; 516-571-7821

What you'll find: Grant Park features three playgrounds based on different ages: 1 to 3, 4 to 8 and 9 to 12. The free spray pool area is on a large concrete pad; water shoes recommended.

Shell Creek Park

Where: Vanderbilt Avenue and Traymore Boulevard, Barnum Island
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Where: Vanderbilt Avenue and Traymore Boulevard, Barnum Island

What you'll find: A spray pool with multiple sprinklers, a playground, play equipment, shuffleboard, paddleball and more.

Hoyt Farm Park Preserve

Where: 200 New Hwy., Commack; 631-543-7804What you'll find:
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Where: 200 New Hwy., Commack; 631-543-7804

What you'll find: The splash park at Hoyt Farm Park Preserve is for Smithtown residents only and features water arches for kids to run under, and overhead dump buckets.

Phelps Lane

Where: 151 Phelps Lane, North Babylon; 631-669-4654What you'll
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Where: 151 Phelps Lane, North Babylon; 631-669-4654

What you'll find: At Phelps Lane, you'll find a swimming pool, water slide and an interactive spray pool featuring overhead dump buckets, water guns, a rope bridge and a children's pool

North Woodmere Park

Where: Hungry Harbor Road, North Woodmere; 516-571-7800What you'll
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Where: Hungry Harbor Road, North Woodmere; 516-571-7800

What you'll find: There are multiple playgrounds for different age groups at North Woodmere Park. The large pool area features a water slide, diving pool, wading pool, training pool and an interactive sprinkler play area for kids.

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Shipwreck Cove

Where: Bay Shore Marina, South Clinton Avenue, Bay
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Where: Bay Shore Marina, South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore; 631-224-5413

What you'll find: Shipwreck Cove features a large spray park with water slides, overhead dump buckets, a climbing area with water sprayers, a zero-depth entry pool so small children can play, plus a small beach with a dock and restaurant.

Tanner Park

Where: Kerrigan Road off Montauk Highway, Copiague; 631-893-2100What
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Where: Kerrigan Road off Montauk Highway, Copiague; 631-893-2100

What you'll find: There's a small interactive splash park at Tanner Park with a round tree waterfall, a miniature water slide and several water sprouts coming up from the ground. There's a playground with slides, a climbing gym with ropes and pipes.

Wantagh Park

Where: 1 King Rd., Wantagh; 516-571-7460What you'll find:
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Where: 1 King Rd., Wantagh; 516-571-7460

What you'll find: There's an Olympic-sized main pool, a diving pool, a children's pool, a training pool, an interactive water-play area and two waterslides. There's also a large playground with swings, slides, a maze and more.

Tobay Beach

Where: Ocean Parkway east of Jones Beach, off
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Where: Ocean Parkway east of Jones Beach, off Wantagh Parkway, Massapequa; 516-679-3900

What you'll find: Tobay Beach features an interactive sprinkler park with water arches, water guns and water fountains that spray up from the ground. Bonus: Some parts are covered and out of the sun.

Byron Lake Park

Where: 76 Bayview Dr., Oakdale; 631-472-7043What you'll find:
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Where: 76 Bayview Dr., Oakdale; 631-472-7043

What you'll find: At the Byron Lake Park Pool, there are two large swimming pools, one with a large, winding slide. There is also a kiddie pool with sprinklers.

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