Joshua DiLeo, of Deer Park, cools off in the spray park...

Joshua DiLeo, of Deer Park, cools off in the spray park at Venetian Shores Park in Lindenhurst. Credit: Barry Sloan

The best way to cool off during the dog days of summer is to get wet. Sprinkler and spray parks in Nassau and Suffolk are family-friendly destinations — a few pool complexes even have waterslides. Access is free unless otherwise noted. 

NASSAU

BAY PARK

First Avenue, East Rockaway, 516-571-7245. A park with on-demand sprinklers and multiple playgrounds (toddlers to 12-year-olds). Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 24-Labor Day.

BLUMENFELD FAMILY PARK

Talia Shoch, 1, of Port Washington, plays at Blumenfeld Park’s...

Talia Shoch, 1, of Port Washington, plays at Blumenfeld Park’s splash pad in Port Washington. Credit: Rachel Rosenberg-Shoch

Main Street, Port Washington, 516-869-6311. Kids push large buttons to turn the water on. Three fountains go off in a timed pattern. The park also has a mushroom waterfall and dump buckets; playground areas for toddlers and older children with swings and slides. Hours 9 a.m.-9 p.m., June 16-Sept. 2. Town of North Hempstead residents only.

CANTIAGUE PARK

480 W. John St., Hicksville, 516-571-7056. Interactive water play area features a jungle gym with sprinklers that shoot water from ground level; pool has two large waterslides, plus a kiddie pool. Hours June 24-Labor Day. Fee Resident with Leisure Pass pays $10 adult, $6 child (13 and older must have their own Leisure Pass); nonresident fee is $25 per adult, $20 per child. Parking is $10 a car weekends and holidays for non-Nassau County residents from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

COW MEADOW PARK

South Main Street near Ann Drive South, Freeport, 516-571-8685. Umbrella-like sprinklers spray water from above. Hours June 1-Labor Day. 

EISENHOWER PARK

Jessica Oxer and her pup, Byron, of Syosset, splash around...

Jessica Oxer and her pup, Byron, of Syosset, splash around at the Water Bark event in Eisenhower Park in Westbury in 2021. Credit: Raychel Brightman

East Meadow, 516-572-0348. Field 2 has three playground areas including a free splash pool. There also is a large sprinkler ring with multiple spray heads, but no play equipment. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24-Sept. 2. Fee Free parking.

GRANT PARK

Broadway and Sheridan Avenue, Hewlett, 516-571-7821. Features playgrounds for ages 1-3, 4-8 and 9-12. The free spray area is on a large concrete pad and has overhead and ground-level sprinklers. Flip-flops or other water-resistant shoes are recommended. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24-Labor Day. 

LONG BEACH WATER PARKS

Clark Street Playground, Clark Street and the bay; Georgia Avenue Park, Georgia Avenue and West Beech Street; and Leroy Conyers Park, Park Place and West Hudson Street. 516-431-3890. Free sprinklers and splash parks include water arches that kids can run through or under. Water sprays up from the ground. Hours Daily Memorial Day-Labor Day.

NORTH WOODMERE PARK

750 Hungry Harbor Rd., North Woodmere, 516-571-7800. Playground with separate areas for different age groups and an interactive sprinkler play area for kids. The swimming pool complex includes an Olympic-sized pool, two waterslides, a diving pool, a kiddie pool and a training pool. An interactive water-play area features a jungle gym with sprinklers that shoot water from ground level, sprays, water guns and wheels. Hours Memorial Day-Labor Day. Fee Resident with Leisure Pass pays $10 adult, $6 child (13 and older must have their own Leisure Pass) and $5 ages 60 and older; nonresident fee is $25 per adult, $20 per child. Parking $10 a car weekends and holidays for nonresidents from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

REV. ARTHUR MACKEY PARK

49 Lakeside Dr., Roosevelt, 516-571-8692. Park featuring an on-demand sprinklers and playground. Hours 8 a.m.-8 p.m. June 24-Labor Day.

SHELL CREEK PARK

Sara Matijevic splashes with her sister Ema at Shell Creek...

Sara Matijevic splashes with her sister Ema at Shell Creek Park in Island Park. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Vanderbilt Avenue and Traymore Boulevard, Island Park, 516-431-6440. Spray area with multiple sprinklers from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day; includes a playground, shuffleboard and paddleball.  

TOBAY BEACH

Ocean Parkway, Massapequa, 516-679-3900. Interactive sprinkler park with water arches, water guns and fountains that spray up from the ground. Some parts are covered and out of the sun. Hours June 22-Sept. 2. Fee Included in $20 daily or $60 season beach entry fee for residents; no parking fee after 6 p.m. Town of Oyster Bay residents only.

WANTAGH PARK

1 King Rd., Wantagh, 516-571-7460. The swimming pool complex includes an Olympic-sized pool, two waterslides, a diving pool, a kiddie pool and a training pool. An interactive water-play area features a jungle gym with sprinklers that shoot water from ground level, sprays, water guns and wheels. Hours June 24-Labor Day. Fee Resident with Leisure Pass pays $10 adult, $6 child (13 and older must have their own Leisure Pass); nonresident fee is $25 per adult, $20 per child. Parking $10 a car daily for nonresidents from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

SUFFOLK

CHARLES TONER PARK

148 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset, 631-269-1122. Water arches for kids to run under and overhead sprinklers next to a rubberized playground. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Memorial Day-July 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily July 2-Labor Day, weather permitting. Fee Town of Smithtown residents only with a resident parking permit.

GEIGER LAKE MEMORIAL PARK

Sophia Giannini, 8, of Deer Park, plays in the water...

Sophia Giannini, 8, of Deer Park, plays in the water at Geiger Lake Water Park in Deer Park. Credit: Ed Betz

Grand Boulevard, Wyandanch, 631-893-2100. Tree of Life theme with 25 play elements including a bridge, three waterslides, water cannons, a rope-climb net, bucket water dumps, a large spider and a snake water play set with spiraling slides. There’s also a water play area for smaller children. Hours 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily June 22-Sept. 2. Fee $5; Town of Babylon residents only.

HOYT FARM PARK PRESERVE

200 New Hwy., Commack, 631-543-7804, smithtownny.gov. Water arches for kids to run under and overhead sprinklers. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Memorial Day-Labor Day, weather permitting; Town of Smithtown residents only with a resident parking permit. 

MANOR FIELD SPRAY PARK

East 5th Street, Huntington Station, 631-351-3089, huntingtonny.gov/spray-parks. Manor Field Spray Park and Playground Complex. The spray park features include a rubberized sports themed play surface, 12 individual spray features, 2 smaller dump buckets and a mega soaker bucket. Hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends May 25-June 28, 11 a.m-6 p.m. daily June 29-Labor Day, weather permitting. Fee Open to residents with Resident Recreation Cards (children ages 12 and younger will be able to use the spray park if accompanying parent/guardian shows a Resident Recreation Card). Town of Huntington Resident Recreation Card costs $40, $15 ages 13-17; valid for 2 years from date of purchase.

SGT. PAUL TUOZZOLO MEMORIAL SPRAY PARK

305 Cuba Hill Rd, Elwood, 631-351-3089, huntingtonny.gov/spray-parks. The spray park features 2,500 square feet of active play features utilizing push-button-activated water jets, water spraying hoops and overhead dump buckets. The spray pad uses efficient water use to collect the runoff and reuse it for field irrigation at Elwood Park. Hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends May 25-June 28, 11 a.m-6 p.m. daily June 29-Labor Day, weather permitting. Fee Open to residents with Resident Recreation Cards (children ages 12 and younger will be able to use the spray park if accompanying parent/guardian shows a Resident Recreation Card). Town of Huntington Resident Recreation Card costs $40, $15 ages 13-17;; valid for 2 years from date of purchase.

PHELPS LANE

151 Phelps Lane, North Babylon, 631-669-4654, townofbabylon.com. A swimming pool, two waterslides and an interactive spray pool featuring overhead dump buckets, water guns and a children’s pool. Includes free Wi-Fi, handicapped-accessible ramp and lounge chairs. Fee $5, free younger than 3. Town of Babylon residents only. 

ROBERTO CLEMENTE SPRAY PARK

Sandra Barilla and son, Anthony, of Brentwood, play in the...

Sandra Barilla and son, Anthony, of Brentwood, play in the Splash Zone at the Summer Splash Pool Party at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. Credit: Linda Rosier

400 Broadway Ave., Brentwood, 631-595-3715, islipny.gov. Large spray park with two zero-entry wading pool areas with a waterslide, overhead dump bucket, climbing area, water sprayers. Also, a pad area for small children with water sprayers and other play features. Hours 10:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m. June 22-Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Sept. 2. Fee $8 a person with a Town of Islip Recreation Card; $15 with proof of town residency (driver’s license); $30 nonresidents.

SHIPWRECK COVE

People play at Shipwreck Cove Spray Park in Bay Shore...

People play at Shipwreck Cove Spray Park in Bay Shore in 2016. Credit: James Carbone

Bay Shore Marina, South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, 631-224-5404, islipny.gov. Large spray park with waterslides, overhead dump buckets, a climbing area with water sprayers, a zero-depth entry for small children, plus a small beach with a dock and restaurant. Hours 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. June 24-Sept. 2. Fee $8 a person with a Town of Islip Recreation Card; $12 with proof of town residency (driver’s license); $20 for nonresidents; parking fees may apply.

SPLISH SPLASH

Visitors to the Splish Splash water park in Calverton ride...

Visitors to the Splish Splash water park in Calverton ride the Riptide Racer attraction in 2022. Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton, 631-727-3600, splishsplash.com. More than 20 waterslides, a hydromagnetic water coaster, a kiddie area, two wave pools and a lazy river. Hours May 25-Sept. 2. Check website for complete schedule. Fee $69.99; $64.99 for 48 inches and shorter; $30 parking. Season passes are available. Check website for discounts. 

TANNER PARK

Kerrigan Road off Montauk Highway, Copiague, 631-893-2100. Small, interactive splash park with a round tree waterfall, mini waterslide and water sprouts coming up from the ground. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily June 24-Sept. 4. Town of Babylon residents only, recreation permit required.

VENETIAN SHORES

Granada Parkway, off Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst, nwsdy.li/venetian, 631-893-2100. Interactive spray park with a mushroom fountain, overhead dump buckets and water sprayers. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily June 22-Sept. 2. Town of Babylon residents only, recreation permit required.

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

Moriches Road, St. James, 631-269-1122. Water arches for kids to run under and overhead sprinklers. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Memorial Day-July 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily July 2-Labor Day, weather permitting. Town of Smithtown residents only with a resident parking permit. 

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