It’s finally summer! There are plenty of ways to cool off this summer in the Garden State. While beaches and pools are family favorites, perhaps the best destination for families with small children is a water playground. These “spraygrounds” offer plenty of fun and safe water features, including sprinklers, water guns and dumping buckets.

Many of these splash pads are located in local parks, making them the perfect outing for a hot day. And best of all, most of these spraygrounds are free!

Newport Green Park

spraygrounds, summerLocation: 14th Street & Washington Boulevard, Jersey City
Details: Don’t miss this amazing park, located right on the waterfront in Jersey City. Newport Green features a great sprayground, complete with spraying misters and dumping buckets. There is even a little sandy beach for kids to play in, with umbrellas to escape the sun. In addition to the sprayground, you’ll find a large playground with attractions for all ages.
More info: www.newportnj.com or call 201-626-5000


Pirate’s Cove Splash Pad

Location: Turkey Brook Park, 30 Flanders Road, Budd Lake
spraygrounds, summerDetails: Pirate’s Cove is a 3000-square foot splash pad featuring more than 20 motion-activated water features. The sprayground has three play areas, each appropriate for different age groups. There’s also a huge splash bucket in the middle that dumps water every few minutes. Turkey Brook Park is also home to Mount Playmore, a 12,500-square foot playground that contains slides, climbing nets, rock walls, tunnels and a pirate ship complete with a steering wheel and a treehouse tower.
More info: www.rec.mountolivetownship.com or call 973-426-7263


spraygrounds, summerVan Saun County Park

Location: 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus
Details: Van Saun Park is the perfect place to spend a summer day. The park’s pond-themed sprayground features whimsical water creatures, gigantic lily pads and cattail misters. The park is also home to several playgrounds, hiking trails, a miniature train ride and picnic areas, as well as the popular Bergen County Zoo.
More info: www.co.bergen.nj.us or call 201-336-6000


Lyndhurst Town Park

spraygrounds, summerLocation: 367 Valley Brook Avenue, Lyndhurst
Details: The spray park at this large Bergen County park offers plenty of fun for the little ones. The fenced-in water area boasts a large snake-shaped sprayer and a tunnel of colorful sprinkler rings. Lyndhurst Park also features 3 separate playgrounds and a concession stand. The spray park is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Note: There is a $1 admission fee per person.
More info: www.lyndhurstnj.org or call 201-804-2457


Asbury Splash Park

spraygrounds, summerLocation: Asbury Boardwalk, 950 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Details: Spend a summer day at the popular shore town of Asbury Park. Located right on the boardwalk, the Asbury Splash Park is a safe and fun alternative to a dip in the ocean. Kids love the garden hose-shaped spray features and giant tipping teacup. Open 7 days a week, the sprayground charges $9 for children and $5 for adults or $20 for a family pass. In addition to the sprayground, there is also a miniature golf course.
More info: www.asburyparkamusements.com or call 732-897-6538


spraygrounds, summerWarinanco Park

Location: Saint George Avenue, Roselle
Details: Warinanco Park recently opened a new children’s area that includes a sprayground and a playground. The large splash pad features a tree-shaped fountain in the center and more than 100 different water sprayers. In addition to the play area, there are pedal boats, hiking trails, sports fields and a snack bar.
More info: www.ucnj.org/parks-recreation or call 908-527-4000


Dorbrook Recreation Area

spraygrounds, summerLocation: 353 County Road 537, Colts Neck
Details: Dorbrook’s large, popular sprayground is open daily from mid-May through early September. With a variety of water features, including a large dumping bucket for the bigger kids and gentle sprayers and water tables for the little ones, this splash pad is perfect for children of all ages. A fun playground, complete with a large sandbox, is located adjacent to the splash pad. In addition, there are plenty of shady spots and picnic tables nearby.
More info: www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-542-1642


Manalapan Spray Park

spraygrounds, summerLocation: 120 Route 522, Manalapan
Details: Head to the Manalapan Recreation Center for a fun, sports-themed spray park. This small splash pad is perfect for the little ones. It features small water cannons, sprayers and misters. To conserve water, the sprinklers work off a motion sensor, so don’t be concerned if you show up and don’t see the water flowing. This large recreation complex also features shaded picnic areas, basketball courts, playgrounds and trails.
More info: www.mtnj.org/parks_recreation or call 732-446-8355


Bridgeton Splash Park

spraygrounds, summerLocation: 35 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton
Details: Located next to the Cohanzick Zoo, this fenced-in, spacious splash park contains 28 animal-themed fixtures, including cannons, buckets, fountains and water wheels. The site features outdoor showers, a concession stand and two pavilions perfect for picnicking. This year the park also opened a brand new miniature golf course. Note: There is a $3 admission fee to enter the splash park.
More info: www.cityofbridgeton.com or call 856-453-1675


spraygrounds, summerVeterans Park

Location: 61 Avenue K, Monroe Township
Details: This fun, fenced-in sprayground consists of a variety of water features, including water cannons, dumping buckets and an oversize mushroom shower. You’ll also find a great playground nearby, as well as a rock wall for climbing. Veterans Park is open every day of the week from 10:00 am until dusk.
More info: www.monroerec.com/Veterans-Park or call 732-521-5016


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