Summers on Long Island are all about barbeques, lazy mornings, and late nights. And of course, there’s nothing better to beat the heat than a little time spent splashing around with the kids! But when your family gets bored with the pool routine try one of these three local water parks for a kid-friendly cool-down you won’t soon forget.
- Splashzone in Melville- Located inside White Post Farms, this water park is especially entertaining for little ones. It features plenty of inflatable dry and wet slides and is open Thursday through Sunday all summer. Plus, the petting zoo, pony rides, gemstone mining, train rides, playgrounds, and giant sandbox at the farm (open all week) make this a water park with tons of fun activities to keep everyone busy. Rates and hours vary but parking is free.
- Out East Family Fun in Riverhead- True to its name, this is a place for active fun with your whole family. The three-story high hippo water slide may be more than your youngest can handle, but there are also water games to enjoy, like water wars where water balloons can be launched for a fun, wet time. In addition, families can play mini-golf, beach volleyball, basketball, and spend time in batting cages. Check out the group rates and combination tickets available for the best deals for your brood.
- Splish Splash in Calverton- The most well-known of Long Island’s water parks, Splish Splash is famous for its innovative rides for older kids and adults. But did you know there is also a whole section of water rides specifically geared towards smaller children? Slide down an elephant’s back or swing on octopus tentacles into wading pools. Explore an interactive shipwreck or a pirate’s cove. With lots of water slides, water cannons, climbing ropes, and cool pools, this area will keep young ones dripping with happiness all day.
Summer will be wet and wild and wonderful if you and your family spend some time at these great local water parks. All three have tons to do to keep your kids cool and excited. There’s more to these water parks than water, though, so be sure to take advantage of all of the unique activities available. You don’t have to leave Long Island for a memorable summer. Make destinations like these your family’s summer staycation getaways and watch as the smiles keep on coming!