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.
Bay Park features a large playground that includes a spray park with on-demand sprinklers. 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. Opening by Memorial Day, dawn to dusk. Where: Marjorie Lane, East Rockaway; 516-571-7245. Fee: Free to Nassau residents; $10 parking fee for nonresidents.
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. Where: Main Street, Port Washington; 516-869-6311. Fee: Free and open to all.
Byron Lake Park
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. Where: 76 Bayview Dr., Oakdale; 631-472-7043.
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. Where: 480 W. John St., Hicksville; 516-571-7056. Open June 26-Labor Day. Fee: Open to all; resident with Leisure Pass pays $9 adult, $6 child, 13 and older must have their own Leisure Pass; nonresident fee is $25 adult, $20 per child.
Clark Street Playground
The free sprinklers and splash park area on Clark Street and the bay 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 West Hudson Street and Georgia Avenue Park on the corner of Georgia Avenue and West Beach Street. Info: 516-431-3890. Fee: Free and open to all.
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, so call ahead. Where: Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue, East Meadow; 516-572-0348. Fee: Free to Nassau County residents with Leisure Pass, $10 parking fee for nonresidents weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Geiger Lake Memorial Park
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. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Where: Grand Boulevard, Wyandanch; 631-893-2100. Fee: $5; Town of Babylon residents only.
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. It has different water features: Overhead and grown-level. Flip-flops or water shoes are recommended. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Where: Broadway and Sheridan Avenue, Hewlett; 516-571-7821. Fee: All are welcome, but nonresidents or residents without a Leisure Pass pay $10 to park weekends and holidays.
Hoyt Farm Park Preserve
The splash park at Hoyt Farm Park Preserve features water arches for kids to run under, and overhead dump buckets. It is next to both a sand playground and a rubberized playground. Where: 200 New Hwy., Commack; 631-543-7804. Fee: Smithtown residents only, weather permitting.
North Woodmere Park
There are multiple playgrounds for different age groups at North Woodmere Park. The large pool complex features an Olympic-size pool, a diving pool with boards, a wading pool, training pool and an interactive water-play area with sprays, water guns and wheels to turn. Where: 750 Hungry Harbor Rd., North Woodmere (but use Valley Stream if using a navigation system); 516-571-7800. Fee: Open to all; with a Leisure Pass: $9 adults; $6 children; $5 for ages 60 and older.
At Phelps Lane, you'll find a swimming pool, two water slides and an interactive spray pool featuring overhead dump buckets, water guns, a rope bridge and a children's pool. Also includes free Wi-Fi, handicapped-accessible ramp; picnic tables and lounge chairs. Where: 151 Phelps Lane, North Babylon; 631-669-4654. Fee: $6, free for kids younger than 3. Town of Babylon residents only.
Rockville Centre's Children's Park
Water spouts from six flowers painted on the ground of the fenced-in spray park area, and water also falls from a shower at Rockville Centre's Children's Park (111 N. Oceanside Rd.). A button starts the flow and after 55 seconds it will go off, and someone else will have to push it. There's also a play structure,which depicts a pirate ship on one side and a pond scene on the other. A QR code posted on the structure lets parents download an app that reads kids Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. They can hear the story of "The Little Mermaid" and then act it out on the pirate ship, or the story of "The Ugly Duckling" and then act it out on the pond side. The park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk seven days a week. For more information, call 516-678-9338.
Shell Creek Park
A spray pool with multiple sprinklers, a playground, play equipment, shuffleboard, paddleball and more. Opens Memorial Day weekend. Where: Vanderbilt Avenue and Traymore Boulevard, Barnum Island section of Island Park; 516-431-6400. Fee: Free.
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. Open 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. June 24 through Sept. 4. Where: Bay Shore Marina, South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore; 631-224-5404. Fee: $8 a person with a Town of Islip Recreation Card; $12 with proof of town residency (driver's license); $15 for a nonresident; $2 for a resident with a Town Senior Recreation Card or Permanent Town Disability Card; parking fees may apply.
At Splish Splash water park, you'll find more than 14 water slides as well as New York's first hydromagnetic water coaster in New York, a kiddie area, two wave pools and a lazy river. Where: 2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton; 631-727-3600. Price: $42.99, $47.99; $32.99-$37.99 48 inches and shorter and 60 and older; $15 parking.
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. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: Kerrigan Road off Montauk Highway, Copiague; 631-893-2100. Fee: Free with a recreation permit; nonresidents and residents without a recreation permit; $25 weekends and holidays, $15 Monday through Thursday.
Tobay Beach features an interactive sprinkler park with water arches, water guns and water fountains that spray up from the ground. As a bonus, some parts are covered and out of the sun. Where: Ocean Parkway east of Jones Beach, off Wantagh Parkway, Massapequa; 516-679-3900. Fee: Included in beach entry fee; parking sticker $20 daily or $60 season for residents; $50 daily Monday-Friday for nonresidents, who are not permitted weekends or holidays; no parking fee after 6 p.m.
At Venetian Shores, you'll find a large Interactive spray park with a mushroom fountain, overhead dump buckets, water sprayers and more. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in the summer. Where: Granada Parkway off Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst; 631-893-2100. Fee: Town residents only, recreation permit required.
There's an Olympic-size main pool, a diving pool, a children's pool, a training pool, an interactive water-play area and two water slides. There's also a large playground with swings, slides, a maze and more. Open June 26 through Labor Day. Where: 1 King Rd., Wantagh; 516-571-7460. Fee: $9, $6 child with a Leisure Pass; $5 seniors, veterans and disabled. Nonresident guests welcome with a Leisure Pass holder, $25, $29 children, seniors, veterans and disabled.