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Best of Brooklyn Water Playgrounds – Prospect Park Splash Pad now open

Cool off at these popular sprinkler park destinations

By Meredith Kurnov, Editor & Publisher of Macaroni Kid Brooklyn NW May 23, 2024

As seasonal temps start to soar, there's no better way to spend a few hours with the kids than to cool off in one of Brooklyn's amazing water playgrounds! Read on for our favorite water playgrounds. Already have a favorite? Try out a new splash destination with the kids!

Water Lab at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 – Brooklyn Heights
Enter near Bridge Park Drive at Atlantic Avenue

  • Better with big kids, but there is a typically quiet area to sit top back portion 
  • Around the corner from Swing Valley, Slide Mountain, Sandbox and other Brooklyn Bridge Park features
  • Fornino Pizza is conveniently adjacent with picnic tables and a rooftop space for a quick bite on the waterfront. Iris Café and Estuary are also very close.
  • Tip: Avoid on busy weekends with the littlest kiddos
  • Open 9am-sunset 



Pier 2 Water Area at  Brooklyn Bridge Park Uplands – Brooklyn Heights
Entrance between Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1 and Pier 2 (150 Furman Street)

  • Multiple semi-enclosed areas for kids to run around on this tiered splash pad
  • Across from Pier 2 bathrooms, sports area, roller skating, and free kayaking
  • Open daily 8am-sunset 

Abolitionist Place – Downtown Brooklyn
Willoughby Street at Albee Square West, adjacent to 227 Duffield Street

  • Water element
  • Children's Playground
  • Dog Park
  • Open 6am-1am

Underwood Park Playground – Clinton Hill
Entrance near Lafayette and Waverly

  • Chill sprinklers area for both big kids and little kids
  • Side ledge for parents to sit and watch their kids
  • Shaded by tree canopy
  • Next to playground with separate areas for big and little kids
  • Across the street from G train

The Splash Pad at Lakeside Prospect Park – Prospect Park/Prospect Lefferts Gardens
171 East Drive – enter at Lincoln Road and Ocean/Parkside Avenue entrances

  • 16,000 square foot Splash Pad with 47 water spray jets
  • Food and drinks available at neighboring Bluestone Cafe with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Around the corner from Zucker Natural Exploration playground
  • Open daily 10:30am-6pm 

Imagination Playground – Prospect Park/Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Enter at Ocean Avenue just south of Lincoln Road

  • Whimsical playground with kids book themes 
  • Splash pad including cool dragon fountain

Harmony Playground – Prospect Park/Park Slope
Enter at Prospect Park West between Ninth and 11th Streets

  • Lots of water features including Harp shower and misting sprays
  • Tips: Come with another parent since water features are spread out. Not alot of shade here, reapply sunscreen!

The Third Street Playground – Prospect Park/Park Slope
Enter at Prospect Park West at Third Street

  • Short walk into park
  • Very fun half circle sprinklers for kids to run through

J.J. Byrne Playground – Park Slope/Gowanus
Third Street at Fifth Avenue 

  • Fun features including water cannons, sprinklers, water mill
  • Adjacent to awesome playground including climbing area and swing set

Domino Park Fountain – Williamsburg
15 River Street

  • Amazing riverfront view
  • Fountain sprinklers shoot straight up from the ground – illuminated at nightfall
  • Next to Domino Park slides playground, taqueria, open lawn
  • Stadium-style seating for parents to relax and watch kids




Beyond the standard sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, don't forget to bring a plastic cup or bucket to maximize the kids' interactive water fun. Have a fun splash session and stay cool!

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