|Shipwreck Cove, the new Bay Shore Marina Park sprayground on the Great South Bay, is a great spot to cool off.|
The newly-built Shipwreck Cove sprayground at Bay Shore Marina Park is the latest zero-depth pool on Long Island. Located between the marina and a small beach, you can't beat the seashore feel as the kids frolic in the water. There is one main play structure that is highlighted by a large open slide on the front and a covered slide to the rear. with various sprayers that keep the water flowing in all directions. Kids have two options for getting onto the big slide: a standard staircase and a challenging rope climb that is periodically doused by the giant water bucket above.
The nautical theme is carried throughout the play area, with sails and cannons dumping water and a scurvy pirate keeping watch over the whole affair.
The pool is deep enough in the middle for an average-sized kid to sit and be covered up to his shoulders, and rises gently to a three-inch depth at the edges. The deck that surrounds the pool has many tables and chairs, but they're a precious commodity. They get taken up quickly, although attendants at the pool will let you bring your own folding chair. Food and beverages are not allowed on the pool deck.
In addition to the main play structure, there are a few smaller sprayers scattered about. There is a small slide for toddlers, a free-standing trough that spills over, a lighthouse sprinkler and a large circle which sprays into its interior. There are also small jets around the perimeter of the pool, perfect for the little ones.
The large bucket that dumps water is positioned over the roof of the waiting area for the big slide, which is a nice touch (keeping waiting sliders out of the sun). The line moves quickly, it never extended off the stairs during our visit. While it is a nice slide, older kids who are used to theme park water slides may find that it's a little short on thrills.
Shipwreck Cove is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the summer. Islip residents with a recreation card enjoy free parking and a $5 admission fee. Non residents must pay $10 to park and another $10 per person to enter the sprayground. Children under four are free. Parking includes access to the beach and the public restrooms.
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