Laura Strobel and the Espey family -- Matthew, Sean, Emma,...

Laura Strobel and the Espey family -- Matthew, Sean, Emma, and James -- escape the heat by riding Adventure Falls at Adventureland in Farmgindale. (July 7, 2012) Credit: Johnny Milano

When it's blazing hot and you want to cool off, heading to the beach or the pool is a no-brainer. But Dallas Cranmer, 12, of Central Islip has a more original way to get wet -- riding a crocodile at Adventureland.

"They've got a waterfall you can go under and get so soaked," he says of the Crocodile Run ride. It even beats the Farmingdale amusement park's log flume, he says.

Here are five ways to reach beyond the obvious when you want to drop your body temperature this summer:


2245 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale, 631-694-6868,

INFO Pay-One-Price Bracelet $23.99; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

BEST BETS TO GET WET Adventure Falls Log Flume, The Little Dipper, Crocodile Run

Aidan Stukonis, 9, of West Babylon, instructed his cousin Sarah Cortez, 10, of Marietta, Ga., to wear her bathing suit under her clothes for their recent visit to Adventureland. Aidan says he knew they'd be frequenting the water rides. "It keeps you hydrated; it feels so cold and refreshing," he says.


2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton; 631-727-3600, splish

INFO $38.99 over 48 inches tall; $29.99 under 48 inches or senior citizen 60 years old; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

BEST BETS TO GET WET Take your pick of rides, slides, rivers and pools

New this year is Dinosaur Falls, an existing tube slide that's been redone to take riders on a prehistoric journey. Must be 42 inches tall or ride in a double tube with an adult.


Bay Shore Marina Park, South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, 631-224-5411

INFO $10 per person for nonresidents; $7 Town of Islip residents; $5 residents with town recreation card, ages 3 and younger free; additional $10 non-resident, $5 resident parking fees to park in adjacent lot; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

BEST BETS TO GET WET Standing underneath the dumping barrel, sitting down in the water

This nautical-themed spray park is filled with six inches of water. A pirate in his boat oversees the circular spray area; every 15 seconds a full barrel of water dumps onto part of the park. Slides, a spraying lighthouse and water pipes are other dripping wet options. "It felt like it was a massage," says James Poplaski, 8, of Holbrook, who was standing underneath a water pipe in his SpongeBob bathing trunks. Says mom, Karrie, of the spray park: "It's similar to Sesame Place."


8 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-624-7433;

INFO Pay-one-price $29.75; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

BEST BETS TO GET WET Wild Water Balloon Wars, Bumper Boats

Face off with someone in a Water Balloon fight -- each side gets a crate of water balloons; put them in your catapult and lob them at the opponent's target. If you hit it, he's drenched by a spray of water. This is one contest you might try to lose. "It made me all cool," says Ava Kotlier, 9, of Little Neck, who played against sister Sabrina. Bumper boats also get riders wet -- a button lets riders spray at other boats' passengers.


Kerrigan Road, Copiague, 631-893-2100

INFO $15 per carload Monday-Friday; $25 per car on Fridays-Sundays and holidays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

BEST BETS TO GET WET Standing underneath the tree; going down the slides

"I don't want to leave," Nicholas Crone, 6, of West Babylon, told his mom, Jeanna, when she suggested it might be time to go home. Mom couldn't blame him. "It's nice and clean and family-oriented," she says of the spray park. "I see a lot of staff here that keep an eye on things, and that's important." Nicholas' favorite spot: Underneath the tree, whose green top shoots water. "You get your hair wet," Nicholas says.


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