A Guide to Parks with Splash Pads in Hoboken + Jersey City

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Thanks to the global pandemic caused by the spread of COVID-19,it might feel like we skipped over the breezy weather of spring and jumped right into the heat of summer. Stay-at-home orders have been lifted but the heat combined with maintained closures of indoor play spaces and museums might have families staying home quite a bit more than the average summer. For local families in Hoboken and Jersey City there are over ten parks in the area that feature splash pads so you can get out, and cool off this summer without going all the way down the shore. Read on to find the right fit for your family.

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Hoboken

Legion Park {1225 Willow Avenue}

Also known as “Frog Park” to some, this pocket park is sandwiched between a residential building and the architecture office on the corner of Willow Avenue and 13th Street. Possibly one of the most shaded play areas around town, this park has some serious tree coverage. Pre-pandemic there were talks of renovating the park but for now, the frog and flower sprayers get the job done.

Elysian Park {1001 Hudson Street}

For those living Uptown, Elysian Park has it all. Amazing city views, dog park, playground, green space, a basketball court, and a spray park. Once the littles are soaked and exhausted you can easily pick up dinner on the way home from one of the many surrounding restaurants.

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Columbus Square Park {Clinton Street between 9th and 10th Streets}

This park was freshened up in 2019 and now features updated playgrounds with turf and a brand new splash pad. Be aware the ground surface at the splash pad is concrete so water shoes are recommended. Bathrooms are available at the park in addition to basketball and tennis courts, and ample green space for picnics.

Church Square Park {401 Willow Avenue}

Another “all inclusive” option, Church Square Park has a playground for all ages — a gated infant area, a gated toddler area, and an open playground and obstacle course for grade school kids. One of the few parks with swings, this park is a hot spot for families with multiple kids. The sprinklers are turned on during the summer and feature dolphins spouting water. This park covers two square blocks and includes chess tables, a gazebo, basketball courts, ping pong tables, a newly refinished dog park, and plenty of grassy areas.

Stevens Park {401 Hudson Street)

This park has two tree-covered play areas with a sprinkler in between. Located right next to the Hoboken Little League Field, you can catch a game, check out the waterfront view, grab a snack, and have the kids play all in the same park. Stevens Park also has plenty of green space and a fenced dog park {so the four-legged family members can come, too}.

Pier C Park {340 Sinatra Drive}

One of the most unique parks along the Hudson River, Pier C Park is literally on the water. Two access points lead visitors out onto a pier with grassy knolls and secluded play areas. A fenced toddler playground features a climbing structure, slide, spring riders, and a sand area with water play. Next to the long silver slide and climbing structure there is another sandy spot with multiple water fountains that can entertain kids for hours on a hot day.

Madison Street Park {300 Madison Street}

Recently renovated, the brightly colored Madison Street Park is a must-play-at location this summer. The park includes a new splash area complete with purple and green shade flowers, swings, and playground equipment for both younger and older children. The park is open to the public from 8:00AM-8:00PM and bathrooms are available. 

Jackson Street Park {120 Jackson Street}

Renovations on this park were completed at the end of February 2020 so this might be one your family hasn’t seen yet. This enclosed playground features a new playground, safety surface throughout, inclusive spinning chairs, a chalkboard wall, and sprinkler arches that are turned on during the summer.

Jersey City

Newport Green Park {700 Washington Boulevard}

Maybe one of the most popular summer spots, Newport Green has a lot to offer. This park has multiple play areas for various ages, two sets of swings for infants and older kids, shaded picnic tables, a carousel, a splash pad with a safety surface in the playground area, and a sandy beach with stationary umbrellas and movable adirondack chairs. If all of that wasn’t enough, park-goers can also enjoy in-ground sprinklers between the gated play area and grassy lawn. 

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Hamilton Park {25 West Hamilton Place}

Hamilton Park is similar to Church Square Park in Hoboken in that it offers something for everyone. The playgrounds and swings are fenced in and divided by age group. This water playground is on the smaller side but your little will definitely have a blast. The splash pad has tall posts with buckets that spill over once filled with water and in-ground sprinklers. The rest of the park features basketball and tennis courts, plenty of lawn space, and a dog run. Surrounded by a variety of restaurants, this park is a great location to enjoy a full day out.

Enos Jones Park {237 Brunswick Street}

Close to Hamilton Park, the smaller Enos Jones Park packs a lot of fun. Entirely gated, this park features a playground and separate splash pad area featuring a water-spouting whale, dolphin, and seal. Check out the community garden and take adventurous scooter-riders to the skate park nearby.

Luckily, Hoboken and Jersey City have amazing parks with water features to save the little ones from the summer heat. Where are you planning to cool off this summer?

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Originally from North Carolina, Ainsley became a proud Hoboken Girl years ago. As a freelance journalist she has written about everything under the sun for the past six years. She works from her home office in uptown Hoboken or sometimes from Choc-o-Pain, because nothing says “freelancer” like working from a café with a fresh croissant nearby. As the mother of one very fast toddler, she has a passion for self-care, parenting hacks, and discovering all the fun things the Mile Square has to offer.