In the dog days of summer, hitting the beach is a hike and driving to a water park can be too costly, but a local spray park is a refreshing change of pace.
Ranging from small parks to ones that are practically water parks, this list can help you and your kids cool off this summer.
The playground at Bay Park is connected to very small, but features an entertaining spray park that will keep the kids splashing their hearts out. 198 1st Ave., East Rockaway. Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Nassau County Leisure Pass required.
Blumenfeld Family Park
The small spray park is tucked in the shade of trees and offering an easy way to beat the heat in the summertime. 218 Main St., Port Washington. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Metered Parking available nearby.
This park offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two water slides, three different types of pools and a spray park. 480 W John St., Hicksville. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fee: $6 for children with leisure pass, $25 without.
Clark Street Playground
Tucked away at the end of a side street in Long Beach, this small spray park is a good spot to cool off that’s not crowded because of its location. 98 Clark St., Long Beach. Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free parking available.
The playground at Field 2 has a basic spray park attached to it that offers simple entertainment for the afternoon. 1899 Park Blvd., Westbury. Hours: Dawn to Dusk. Fee: $10 for non-county residents.
Attached to a playground, this spray is no-frills, but entertaining nonetheless because, well, it’s a spray park. 1625 Bwy., Hewlett. Hours: 8 a.m-7 p.m. Fee: Free.
Opened in 2013, this spray park is huge. With over 15,000 square feet of space and 25 spray elements, it can keep the kids entertained all day. Grand Blvd., Wyandanch. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fee: Town of Babylon residents only with recreation pass or daily entrance fee.
Phelps Lane Pool
One of the biggest water play areas on Long Island, Phelps Lane has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a crazy spray park and huge water slides. 151 Phelps Ln., North Babylon. Hours: 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Fee: $6 with town of Babylon recreational pass.
This Pirate-themed water playground is great place to cool off on a hot summer day for both parents and kids. South Clinton Ave., Bay Shore. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Fee: Free with Pool Membership, $7 per person with a Town of Islip Recreation Card, $10 per person with proof of Town Residency, $12 for a Non-Resident, $2 for a Resident with a Town Senior Recreation Card or Permanent Town Disability Car.
This small, interactive spray park sits right on the bay beach with a Beach Hut steps away. 400 Baylawn Ave., Copiague. Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fee: Free for vehicles with recreation pass, $25 on weekends for cars without pass, $15 on weekdays.
This spray park had a major facelift after Superstorm Sandy and looks better than ever with low-hanging water features for kids. Ocean Pkwy., Massapequa. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee: $20 for residents without seasonal beach pass, $60 for non-residents on weekdays only, excluding holidays.