There’s nothing quite like New York’s summer heat—but thankfully, the city's best water playgrounds for kids are unmatched! Choose from fun splash pads with sprinklers, playgrounds with water cannons, spots with exciting play structures to climb and other great stuff not far from home. Most of the picks on our list also have plentiful seating for parents.
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Don’t forget to browse our guide to the best kids’ playgrounds in the city (which also includes some water playground picks), as well as our favorite local kids’ amusement parks and summer day trips for kids to keep your days packed with plenty of fun. If you need your local spray shower turned on for the season, make sure to read this.