Summer is here and that means it’s time to find places to cool off with the kids. New Jersey has lots of spraygrounds to do just that. Kids will love running through the cool water and finding relief on those scorching days. Be sure to call and/or check the website in advance for hours and openings before heading out.

Asbury Park Splash Park 
Third Ave. Greenspace, Asbury Park
This splash park features a cute garden theme with oversized hoses, sprinklers and watering cans. It’s right next to the beach and the boardwalk.

Dorbrook Recreation Area 
353 County Rd. 537, Colt’s Neck 
This huge park features hoses squirting from the ground, spigots dumping water from above and a host of water tables ensuring no one leaves dry.

John C. Bartlett Jr. County Park at Berkeley Island
399 Brennan Concourse, Berkeley Twp.
This park gives probably the best view of the Barnegat Bay. It features a family-oriented spray park, playground, walking paths, small picnic areas, bait stations and more. The crabbing/fishing pier at the park is one of Ocean County’s most popular. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day sunning, fishing or crabbing from the 100-foot pier.

Newport Green
14th St., Jersey City
The Newport Green spray park is open, plus there is a grassy outdoor space for you to take in the beautiful background views of NYC. There’s even a little beach with sand (complete with Adirondack chairs and umbrellas) that overlooks the Hudson River and a summertime carousel nearby.

Ponderosa Park 
1600 Cooper Rd., Scotch Plains
Check out the three large play structures and water jets at this water spray park that’s made of padded rubber. Keep in mind: Shade is limited, so pack cover-ups in case it gets hot. There’s also a huge patch of grass for the kids to run wild.

Snyder Avenue Park 
240 Snyder Ave., Berkeley Heights
Nestled inside a playground, this small sprayground with a football theme includes a giant goal post that shoots out water (donated by the New York Jets).

Surfside Spray Park
5330 W. Ninth Ave., Lakewood
Splish splash! Fun in the sun is plentiful at this one-acre spray ground with play features for kids of all ages. However, Surfside will be closed for the 2023 summer season because of renovations needed due to vandalism and concrete replacement.

STAFF PHOTO / Manalapan Rec Center Splash Pad

Here are some other options by county:

Bergen County

  • Borough Park (Elmwood Park)
  • William Birch Park (Fort Lee)
  • Jewell Street Sprayground (Garfield)
  • Polifly Park SplashPad (Hackensack)
  • Phelps Park (Teaneck)
  • Walter Lubbe Jr. Playground (Bergenfield)
  • Van Saun County Park (Paramus) – Note: the splash pad is undergoing renovations and is currently closed.

​Burlington County

Camden County

  • 4th & Washington St. Park (Camden)
  • 7th and & Clinton St. Park (Camden)
  • Pyne Poynt Park (Camden)
  • Ralph Williams Park (Camden)
  • Alberta Woods Park (Camden)

Cumberland County

Essex County

Hudson County

  • Dennis P. Collins Parks (Bayonne)
  • Stephen R. Gregg Park (Bayonne)
  • Terry Collins Park (Bayonne)
  • North Street Park (Bayonne)
  • Veteran’s Park (Bayonne)
  • Russell Golding Park (Bayonne)
  • West Hudson Park (Harrison and Kearny)
  • Church Square Park (Hoboken)
  • Hoboken Housing Authority (Hoboken)
  • Jackson Street Park (Hoboken)
  • Elysian Park (Hoboken)
  • Stevens Park (Hoboken)
  • Pier A (Hoboken)
  • Pier C (Hoboken)
  • Madison St. Park (Hoboken)
  • Columbus Park (Hoboken)
  • Fillmore Park (Fillmore, West New York)
  • Ivanoski Park (Secaucus)
  • Buchmuller Park (Secaucus)
  • Naters Park (Secaucus)
  • Kennedy School Mini Spray Park (North Bergen)
  • North Hudson James Braddock (North Bergen)
  • Juan Pablo Duarte Park (Union City)
  • The Michael Leggiero Music Park (Union City)
  • Colombia Park (Union City)
  • Newport Skating Ring Market Oval (Jersey City)
  • Splash Pad (Jersey City) – located in Hamilton Park
  • Pershing Field (Jersey City)
  • Audubon Park (Jersey City)
  • Terrace Park (Jersey City)
  • Arlington Park (Jersey City)
  • Country Village Park (Jersey City)
  • Roberto Clemente Park (Jersey City)
  • Rev. Ercel Webb/Lafayette Park (Jersey City)
  • LaPointe Park (Jersey City)
  • Columbia Park (Jersey City)
  • Dr. Lena Edwards Park (Jersey City)
  • Bayside Park (Jersey City)
  • Washington Park (Union City/Jersey City)
  • Berry Lane Park (Jersey City)
  • Lincoln Park (Jersey City)

Mercer County

  • Mary Moss Park (Princeton)

Middlesex County

Monmouth County

Morris County

Ocean County

Passaic County

Somerset County

Union County

  • Phil Rizzuto Park (Elizabeth)
  • Mickey Walker Sprayground (Elizabeth)
  • Kellogg Park (North Elizabeth)
  • Warinanco Park (Linden/Roselle/Elizabeth)
  • Pine Street Park (Roselle)
  • Cedar Brook Park (Plainfield/South Plainfield)
  • Mattano Park (Elizabeth)

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