Summer Things to do

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

Written by Kristen Haas

Sprinkler Parks in Jersey City + Hoboken

Summer brings fun outdoor activities for kids! One of the best things to do with kids can be spending time in a sprinkler park or one of the city pools on scorching days. We have gathered a list of the Sprinkler Parks in Jersey City + Hoboken. A few of them are in Hoboken as well. Time to enjoy the season changing by keeping your kids active outdoors!

Jersey City Pools

Pavonia Pool

914 Pavonia Ave

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

Pavonia Pool is located in the West Side neighborhood of Jersey City.

Weekday Breakdown:
Adult Swim: 8am-10am
Swim Lessons: 9 am-10: 05 am (Tuesdays & Thursdays only)
Community/Camp Swim 10am-5:30pm/6:30pm

Weekend Breakdown:
Swim Lessons 8:30 am-10: 40 am (Saturdays only)
Community Swim 10am-5:30pm

Lafayette Pool & Aquatic Center

303 Van Horne St

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

Lafayette Pool’s location is very convenient to downtown Jersey City and Liberty State Park. The pool offers a kiddie pool with water features, a slide, a larger pool, and a snack stand.

Weekday breakdown:
Adult Swim 7 am-9 am
Swim Lessons 9 am-10:05 am (Mondays & Wednesdays only)
Community Swim/Camps 9am-6:30pm
Pool Swim Team: TBD

Weekend breakdown:
Swim Lessons 8:30 am-10:40 am (Saturdays only)
Community Swim: 10am-5:30pm

Pershing Field Pool

201 Central Ave

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

Pershing Field Pool is an indoor pool that is open all year round. Parking is available on the street or in the lot. Parking lot and street parking are available. Families can visit for a relaxing swim during the hours of 7 am and 8 pm on weekdays. SaturdaySunday, and holidays open swim is available between 12 pm and 6 pm. There is also a children’s playground with a water sprinkler on-site

Daily Fees for JC residents:
Weekdays: Adults $3, Child $2, Senior $1
Weekends & Holidays: Adults $4, Child $3, Senior $1
Weekdays: Adults $6, Child $4, Senior $2
Weekends & Holidays: Adults $8, Child $6, Senior $2

XCEL Athletic Lifestyle(Membership/Classes)

125 Marshall St 7th floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030

XCEL Athletic Lifestyle is an exclusive, Rooftop Athletic Club serving up a healthier lifestyle. They have a pool for adults and kids as well as swim lessons. Unfortunately, this isn’t free, and you would need a membership or join classes to attend.

XCEL’s Swim Programs offer a great experience for both children and adults. Their certified Instructors can focus on the swimmer’s needs in a group setting or a private 1-1 lesson! Lessons are offered to all ages with various options, whether beginner courses or athletic development. XCEL’s Swim Programs are provided to benefit you regardless of your prior experience or expertise.

Sprinkler Parks in Jersey City + Hoboken

If you’re not up for bringing your kids to a pool, they can still have fun with the water splash pads are offering at several public parks in Jersey City! All sprinklers are open daily from 11 am to 7 pm.

Van Vorst Park

257-287 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 

Van Vorst Park is the centerpiece of the downtown Jersey City neighborhood and historic district that bears the same name. Called “one of the most formal of Jersey City’s parks,” Occupying the entire rectangular city block between Montgomery Street, York Street, Jersey Avenue, and Barrow Street, Van Vorst Park, it is in the heart of downtown Jersey City. They have a great playground for kids with swings and a sprinkler area to enjoy in the summer, which will be open every day. Kids over two wear face coverings and limit their time so that others may use the equipment.

Hamilton Park Splash Pad 

25 West Hamilton Place

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

This water playground is on the smaller side, but your little one will definitely have a blast. The sprinklers are on from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The splash pad is fenced in and features in-ground sprinklers and buckets of water dropped from overhead. Hamilton Park is nestled in the heart of downtown Jersey City and offers a large playground, tennis courts, dog runs, a basketball court, and lots of grass on which to play. Bonus: the Hamilton Park area of Jersey City has tons of great food options!

Newport Green

700 Washington Boulevard

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

Newport Green is a unique little park! Not only does it offer a fun sprinkler area, but it also has a large and modern playground — complete with something for kids of all ages. This park also boasts a small carousel that’s a huge hit with the younger kids. A small sandy beach with umbrellas completes this downtown oasis. Parking can be an issue, so make sure to follow the rules posted on signs along the streets. Also, remember pets are not allowed at Newport Green. Pets are allowed at several other parks, though. Check our list here

Enos Jones Park

237 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

This small park has a cute sprinkler area in the playground. A whale, dolphin, and seal squirt water, and kids have a space to run around and play while cooling off. The playground is right there, so kids can run from one to the other, plus the entire area is gated. A small, pretty community garden project is in the corner of the site. The park also offers a skate park for those who love to ride their scooters on ramps! You can walk around the entire park, and it’s usually a nice quiet walk. Feel free to bring dogs! This park is within walking distance of the more significant Hamilton Park, so it can quickly be done if you feel like hitting two in one day. Stop by a local (kid-friendly) eatery like Carmine’s on Brunswick and 7th for a sandwich or sit at an outdoor table at the White Star for burgers and fries.

Berry Lane Park

1000 Garfield Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

In the Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City, a playground named Berry Lane Park is now open. It is right across the street from New Jersey Transit’s Garfield Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station. They have a sprinkler park and a beautiful playground which is perfect for all kids. The splash pad is on an automatic timer and is set to open from 9 am-8 pm, seven days a week. It’s such a fun sprinkler Parks in Jersey City + Hoboken.

Pershing Field Park

201 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Pershing Field Memorial Park is a large park full of fun activities for residents and visitors. In addition, they have a playground and splash park area that kids can enjoy. Pershing Field is a city square, and the park is located in the Heights of Jersey City.

JC Riverview Fisk Park

498 Palisade Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Riverview Fisk Park Renovation Now Open The Heights Jersey City 3

Riverview Fisk Park is a wonderful park located at the edge of the Heights. Riverview is located on Palisade Avenue. The park contains magnificent views of the New York City Skyline, the Hudson River, Verrazano Bridge, and George Washington Bridge. In addition, they have a playground perfect for all kids with a splash pad!

Boyd McGuinness Park

Corner of Duncan Avenue and Kennedy Blvd.

The Boyd-McGuiness Park, also known as the “Best Little Park In Town” at Duncan Ave and Kennedy Boulevard, is an oasis for seniors and children. The newly renovated two-acre park is now twice its original size: children’s playground, splash-pad, checkers/chess tables, and more. The splash pad is open from 11 am-7 pm.

Arlington Park

Btw Grand Street and Arlington Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07304

Small urban park featuring lots of open green space, a playground, basketball court & picnic tables. This year Arlington Park opened up its new and improved basketball court. They have a splash pad as well!

Bayside Park

480 Garfield Avenue

They have a sprinkler park with a playground, sprinkler park, basketball court, and more. Enjoy a picnic here during the week as they have enough space for all. Splash pad open from 11 is-7pm.

Sprinkler Parks in Hoboken

For you who live in Hoboken, there are four parks in Hoboken that offer sprinklers for the kids to cool down! They are all open daily from 11 am – 5 pm all summer long. Check our list of options below: 

Church Square Park

4th Street and Willow Avenue

This newly-renovated park includes a sprinkler area, brand-new playground equipment, swings, and even an area dedicated to toddlers. There is also a dog run, so feel free to bring the dogs. Hoboken Public Library is right across the street, so you can pop in for storytime if you feel too hot. Finally, don’t forget to stop by Sweet for what some consider the best cupcakes in the area!

Jackson Street Park

Jackson Street and 1st Street

This park is tucked away in a quiet area of Hoboken. After you wear yourselves out, walk down to the original Hoboken location of the famous Grimaldi’s on Clinton and 2nd Streets and grab a slice of what is hailed, by some, as the best pizza ever.

Madison Park

Located on Madison Street and 3rd Street

Hudson County awarded the City of Hoboken a $500,000 grant for improvements to the Madison Street Park Playground through the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. Additionally, the project began with the public process in January, following by a concept design approved by the City Council in February and Construction Contract awarded in October. Madison Street Park will reopen on or around April 15, 2019.

Elysian Park

Hudson Street and 10th Street

Close to the waterfront, this location allows you many options to walk around with your little ones. Take a walk to Shipyard Park or Castle Point Skate Park. For dog lovers, there is also an amazing dog run! There are countless cafes and pizzerias in this area, so take your pick and enjoy!

For more information on Hoboken parks and splash pads, call 201-420-2012.

Both in Jersey City, there are several options for families to enjoy the nice weather outside. Whether you’re in the mood for a nice walk in the park or if you’re prepared to get soaked in the pool or sprinkler, there are options for all families! After staying active, make sure you grab a bite to eat; there are tons of options when it comes to food as well, both indoors and outdoors.

Updated July 29th, 2021

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Kristen Haas