Need a quick ‘beat-the heat’ break? Smaller children will love a sprayground – a playground with water! Wherever you are in NJ, spraygrounds are splattered throughout so you may not have to drive far for some quick relief from the heat. Many are free or at a small fee offering classic sprinklers, or more elaborate water playgrounds. You may find these spraygrounds within a beautiful playground, garden or beach, adjacent to picnic areas, nature trails, athletic facilities and more. It may make a great day trip so be prepared!
Storybook Land - 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. 609-641-7847
Lyndhurst Town Park, Lyndhurst - fenced in Splash Pad for the younger kids, plus massive park with amphitheater, climbing structures, walking paths, fountain.
Walter Lubbe Jr. Playground, Bergenfield (Memorial Field) Splash Pad plus nice playground with picnic tables, climbing structures, playthings, walking paths.
Van Saun County Park, Paramus - sprayground within large park and adjacent zoo.
Phelps Park, Teaneck - Spray area within a large open playground for various age groups.
Polifly Park Splashpad, Hackensack multiple sprinklers with a big bucket that dumps water. Nice park with benches, tennis and basketball courts, and gazebo.
Borough Park Sprayground - Elmwood Park
Johnson’s Corner Farm, Medford - Splash pad includes a fenced in spray are, located inside The Discover Barnyard (family fun activities including go-carts, climbing structures, a pretend farm).
Camden Children’s Garden, Camden - Cool off in Violet Fountain Plaza with flower-shaped spray structures and jumping water jets that sprout up at intervals. Adjacent activities include carousel, train ride, play treehouse, and then enjoy the gardens.
4th & Washington St. Park
7th & Clinton St. Park
Alberta Woods Park - 30th & Fremont St
Pyne Poynt Park - 6th & Erie St., Camden. 856-216-2117.
City Park Splash Pad, Bridgeton - Animal themed splash pad, located by the free Cohanzick Zoo. Water features include buckets, sprays, wheels and animals that squirt.
Gloucester County Fasola Park
12 Sycamore Ln, Deptford Township. 856-845-0804.
Hamilton Park Splash Pad, Jersey City - fenced in with sprinklers and buckets of water dropped overhead. Plus large playground in heart of downtown Jersey City.
West Hudson Park Sprayground, Kearny - Solid water park with two playgrounds at each end, pond.
Braddock Park, North Bergen - located in one of Hudson County’s largest parks. Home to nature trails, picnic areas, 16 acre Woodcliff Lake, athletic facilities plus enjoy an impressive view of the NYC skyline.
Newport Green, Jersey City - many water features along with a little beach complete with umbrellas and sand in a 4 acre park.
Madison Street Park, Hoboken - Large water play area with fun playground equipment.
Dennis P Collins Park, Bayonne - features wading pool, walking trails, playground, basketball courts, baseball fields, dock and fishing.
Waterworks Aquatic Complex, Princeton Junction
Veterans Park Sprayground, Monroe - bright enclosed spray area plus playground and shaded picnic area.
Carteret Spray Ground, Carteret - fenced in with music themed squirt structures, next to big playground with shady picnic area.
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck - Sprayground complete with water umbrellas, water tables and more.209 County Route 537, Colts Neck. 732-542-1642.
Asbury Park Splash Park, Asbury Park - Splash Pad fun. Adjacent to minigolf, boardwalk and beac.h. 915 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park. 732-897-6538.
Michael J. Tighe Park, Freehold - wonderful sprayground situated within large park with many sports fields. 65 Georgia Road, Freehold. 732-294-2190.
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch - Water playground right on the beach. 221 Ocean Avenue North, Long Branch. 732-229-7025.
Randolph Park, Randolph - Spray Park & Large Sand Beach, all in one! Plus boating, picnicking, lake, athletic fields.
Pine Lake Park - Lake Drive, Manchester. 908-910-3669.
Michael Lepp Park, Somerville - new splash pad in 2014. Dry fun inn playground and picnic area.
Ponderosa Park, Scotch Plains - Wet and dry playground. fenced in water area with a variety of sprinklers.
Snyder Ave Park, Berkeley Heights - football themed sprayground in a 13 acre park with playground, walking trail, rock walls.
Pine Street Park, Roselle Park - mini spray area adjacent to large playground, plus basketball court, picnic tables.
Additional Aquatic Adventures:
Delaware River Activities: Tube, Canoe, Kayak or raft down the Delaware River. Location available in NJ and PA, including Delaware River Tubing in Frenchtown, Lazy River Outpost, Phillipsburg, and Kittatinny Canoes Delaware River in Dingsman, Ferry, PA.
Boating and Fishing:
South Mountain Reservation Complex, West Orange - Essex County Paddle Boat House offers rentals and some area to fish off the sides, with a nice 1.7 mile walking path around the reservoir and a sprawling playground.
Round Valley Recreation Area, Lebanon
Lewis Morris Park, Morristown
Whale and Dolphin Watch Boat Tours: Catch a glimpse of dolphins and whales on exciting boat tours. Boat depart from a variety of locations including Cape May and Wildwood Crest