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 is spend 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.

Pershing Field Pool is located in Pershing Field Park. It is an indoor pool starting at 3.5 feet to 12 feet deep. We are a 6-lane pool, 25 meters (1 lap) distance. A small Parking lot is available. Photo ID and proof of residency are required by all patrons 18 & older at each visit.

Daily Fees for JC residents: Weekdays: Adults $3, Child (17&


June 27th to September 4th
Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays
7am to 10am Adult Swim
10am to 12pm Camp Swim/Family Swim
12pm to 1pm Closed for maintenance
1pm to 3pm Family Swim
3:30pm to 6pm Family Swim

Tuesday & Thursdays
8am to 10 am Adult Swim
10am to 12pm Camp/Family Swim
12pm to 1pm Closed for maintenance
1pm to 3:30pm Family Swim
4pm to 7pm Family Swim

Saturdays/Sundays & Holidays
12pm to 2pm Family Swim
2pm to 3pm Closed for maintenance
3pm to 5pm Family Swim

Lafayette Pool & Aquatic Center

303 Van Horne St

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

Lafayette Pool’s location is 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.

The facility has two pools: The main pool goes from 3.5 feet to 9 feet, and the kiddie pool goes from 0 feet to 3.5 feet.

*This facility is a Jersey City Residents Only entrance. All individuals 18 & older must show a current photo ID & proof of residency before entering the facility. Examples are as follows: Current Driver’s License w. jersey city address OR Employee ID, State ID, driver’s license with different city address or passport w. utility bill. Electronic or hard copies can be shown before entry.

2023 Pool Pre-Season Schedule

June 27th to September 4th
Mondays and Wednesdays
8am to 10am Adult Swim
10am to 12pm Camp Swim/Family Swim
12pm to 1pm Closed for maintenance
1pm to 3:30pm Family Swim
4pm to 7pm Family Swim

Tuesday, Thursdays & Fridays
7am to 10 am Adult Swim
10am to 12pm Camp/Family Swim
12pm to 1pm Closed for maintenance
1pm to 3pm Family Swim
3:30pm to 6pm Family Swim

Saturdays/Sundays & Holidays
12pm to 2pm Family Swim
2pm to 3pm Closed for maintenance
3pm to 5pm Family Swim


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.  There is also a children’s playground with a water sprinkler on-site

2023 Winter/Spring Schedule:

7am-11am Adult Swim
11:30am-3pm Family Swim
3:30pm to 5:30pm Swim Programs (no public entry)
5:30pm to 7pm Family Swim

Saturday & Sunday *UPDATE AS OF 5/27/23*
12pm – 2pm Family Swim Session 1
3pm – 5pm Family Swim Session 2

Daily Fees for JC residents:
Weekdays: Adults $3, Seniors (62 & Older) $1
Weekends & Holidays: Adults $4, Seniors(62 & Older) $1

Weekdays: Adults $6, Seniors (62 & Older) $2
Weekends & Holidays: Adults $8, Seniors (62 & Older) $2XCEL Athletic Lifestyle(Membership/Classes)

XCEL Athletic Lifestyle

125 Marshall St, 7th floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030

XCEL Athletic Lifestyle is an exclusive Rooftop Athletic Club serving 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 we offer at several public parks in Jersey City! All sprinklers are open daily from 11 am to 7 pm.

Please make sure to check the park’s website or call them directly before your visit. You can also get updates on Jersey City parks with The Jersey City Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Development at  or


May 26 – September 4, 2023, 7 days a week, 11AM – 7PM (weather permitting)

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 is in the heart of downtown Jersey City. They have an excellent playground for kids with swings and a sprinkler area to enjoy in the summer, which will be open daily. Kids over two wear face coverings, limiting their time so others may use the equipment. It will be available from 9 am-7 pm.

Hamilton Park Splash Pad 

25 West Hamilton Place, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

This water playground is smaller, but your little one will 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!

June Park Update:

The Hamilton Park Playground resurfacing project begins this Wednesday, June 14, 2023.  The estimated construction time is 2.5-3 weeks. Thanks to Lucinda MacLaughlin, Director of Recreation, for securing the funds for this work.

Newport Green

700 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

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 massive hit with the younger kids. A small sandy beach with umbrellas completes this downtown oasis. Parking can be an issue, so follow the rules posted on signs along the streets. Also, remember pets are not allowed at Newport Green. Pets are permitted 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 on 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

A playground named Berry Lane Park is now open in the Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City. It is across the street from New Jersey Transit’s Garfield Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station. They have a sprinkler park and a beautiful playground 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 Park in Jersey City + Hoboken.

Pershing Field Park

201 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Pershing Field Memorial Park is a large park with 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 is a beautiful 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, the Verrazano Bridge, and the 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, a 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, playground, basketball court, and more. Enjoy a picnic here during the week as they have enough space. The splash pad is open from 11 am-7 pm.

Lincoln Park

1 Lincoln Park, West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

Located on West Side Avenue, Lincoln Park is a historic park founded in 1905 and known as West Side Park. It was among the first parks and playgrounds to be built for Jersey City kids. The park features 21 tennis courts, three playgrounds, a public golf course, a dog run, and several sports fields.  The pre-schooler playground is clean and safe, with fun climbing areas, slides, and many parts that children can turn, push, and pull. Their spray park is also open for kiddos to enjoy.

Sprinkler Parks in Hoboken

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

Church Square Park

4th Street and Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ

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 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, Hoboken, NJ

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, Hoboken, NJ

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, followed by a concept design approved by the City Council in February and Construction Contract awarded in October. As a result, Madison Street Park will reopen on or around April 15, 2019.

Elysian Park

Hudson Street and 10th Street, Hoboken, NJ

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 a fantastic dog run! This area has countless cafes and pizzerias, 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 prepared to get soaked in the pool or sprinkler, there are options for all families! After staying active, grab a bite to eat; there are many options for food indoors and outdoors.

Updated June 26th, 2023

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