Oh, baby, it's 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. Here are a few:
The sprinklers and splash park area at the Clark Street Playground at 100 Clark St. in Long Beach (516-431-3890) includes water arches that kids can run through or under. Water sprays up from the ground. There's also a spider climber made of rope, and showers that rain water down on kids. The park includes a playground, rope-climbing station and more. Admission is free.
Bay Park on Marjorie Lane in East Rockaway (516-571-7245) features a large playground that includes a spray pool. The 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. Admission is free.
Geiger Lake Memorial Park on Grand Boulevard in Wyandanch (631-957-3000) features a Tree of Life theme with 25 different play elements, including a bridge, three water slides, water cannons, a rope climbing net, bucket water dumps, a large spider and a snake water play set with several spiraling slides. There's also an area in the water where smaller children can play. Admission is $4.
Shipwreck Cove at the Bay Shore Marina on South Clinton Avenue in Bay Shore (631-224-5413) 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. The cost is $10 for Town of Islip residents, $12 for nonresidents.