When it’s this hot, everyone starts looking for a way to cool down. No need to stay in the backyard. There are several spray and sprinkler parks in the area that offer water play for kids (and grown-ups)! So pack up that beach bag. If you don’t have a town pool to go to, don’t miss our roundup of public pools in the region.
Pierson Park Water Spray Park, Tarrytown
If you didn’t make it to the spray-ground at the newly renovated Pierson Park last summer, make a plan to visit now. Two brand new playgrounds (one for tots 2 to 5, and a second one for older children) sit next to the sprayers, situated on the banks of the Hudson River. When you’re done cooling off, explore River Walk, take in views of the Tappan Zee Bridge (young building enthusiasts can spy the construction of the new span), and get a homemade ice cream at Lighthouse Ice Cream and Coffee. The Vietnamese Coffee gelato is amazing, if they have it on the day you visit.
Harbor Island Sprinkler Park and Playground, Mamaroneck
Located right on the beach, Harbor Island’s Sprinkler Park allows your kids to play in the sand, then wash off in the sprinklers. When it’s time to dry off, head over to Harbor Island’s Playground for more fun. The beach and sprinkler park are open until 5 pm every day until Labor Day. Bonus: One of our favorite places for ice pops and homemade ice cream, Paleteria Fernandez, is nearby at 350 Mamaroneck Avenue.
Bob the Builder Splash Works at Splash Down Beach, Fishkill
Let the kids climb, splash and slide their way around 50 interactive features at this kiddie splash park, located within a larger splash park about an hour north. Your little ones will love the geysers and the chance to dump a bucket of water on you. Expect Bob to make an appearance. Bottom line: Let the older kids explore the big slides, while your wee ones enjoy the little ones. Perfect for the under five set.
Saxon Woods Park, White Plains
Westchester’s largest public pool has tons of spray features for kids to dive into. With an actual play structure situated in the pool – and water spraying all around it – kids can’t help but have a good time.
Willson’s Waves Pool, Mt. Vernon
At Willson’s Waves, an interactive water playground shoots out sprays, fountains, cascades and “curtains” of water. Best of all, the pool is zero to 1.5 feet deep, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers alike. On the “spray deck,” there are 57 different spray heads on a level surface to cool down in.
The Brook at Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers
Get in the pool and get ready to be sprayed. The large in-pool spray playground shoots out over one side of the pool, while a shallow area has a geyser-like fountain for splashing. There’s also in-pool basketball and volleyball, lap lanes, in-pool benches and a lazy river with inner tubes. The original pavilions at the end of each pool have been restored creating a charming vintage-style pool.