When it comes to escaping the heat of New York City, New Yorkers often flock to the beaches or shaded woods of Central Park, but many travelers overlook destinations on Long Island that offer a quick getaway from the city and the summer sun.
As far as water parks go, there are none quite like Splish Splash Water Park in Calverton, Long Island. From their kiddie attractions to their wave pools to New York State's only water coaster, Bootlegger's Run, the park brims with exciting, thrilling water-themed rides that will keep you cool during the hot weather.
In addition to all the excitement, there's a way to save some cash on a family outing to the venue. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) offers a package deal that includes your ride, a shuttle bus, and water park admission, with a savings of up to 27 percent on the regular price. The LIRR Splish Splash Package price is $69.25 for each adult and $54.50 for each child, ages 4 through 11 (must be under 48 inches tall).
Purchase the package with cash, a personal check, or credit card at any open LIRR ticket office. You can also purchase them at LIRR full-service gray or blue ticket machines. Select the "Deals & Getaways" button on the first screen. Then choose "LI Getaways" and select the package. Both the blue and the gray LIRR machines accept debit and credit cards, and the gray machines will also accept cash.
Getting to Splish Splash Water Park
After purchasing your package tickets, you will then take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to the Ronkonkoma Station.
You can board a train to Ronkonkoma from Penn Stations, Atlantic Terminal (Brooklyn), Woodside, Kew Gardens, or Forest Hills; there is also a train from Jamaica that costs a little less for the whole package. On Long Island, New York, trains to Ronkonkoma leave from Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, Wyandanch, Deer Park, Brentwood, and Central Islip—all of which offer reduced prices for the getaway package.
Once you arrive at Ronkonkoma Station, you'll board an air-conditioned North Fork Express Bus directly to the entrance of Splish Splash Water Park. You can then present your getaway package ticket to the front gate and spend the rest of your day enjoying the water, waves, and sun.
Keep in mind that this is a special summer getaway package that is only available on weekends and holidays through the beginning of September. Rail tickets are valid and refundable for 60 days from the date of sale but subject to a $10 refund processing fee per transaction. To get travel information on the LIRR, please visit their schedules page and type in the name of the station you are leaving from and the approximate time that you will be traveling, or you may also call 511 and say, "LIRR."
What to Do at Splish Splash Water Park
Your getaway package from MTA includes a full day admittance to the Splish Splash Water Park in Calverton, Long Island. Attractions and activities at Splish Splash include:
- A lazy river
- 20 water slides
- Two wave pools
- A large Kiddie Area
- Two new rides: Bombs Away and Riptide Racer
- Monsoon Lagoon, an interactive shipwreck splash zone for all ages
- Cabana rentals
- Catered picnic areas
- Gift shops
- Special events and exhibits
- The "Parrots of the Caribbean" exhibit (through September 3, 2018)
Whether you're traveling with family or looking for a great way to spend a hot day with a group of friends, this Long Island attraction is a great getaway within a few hours of New York City. Simply buy a getaway package, hop on the Long Island Rail Road, and get ready for a day of family-friendly fun and a splashing good time at Splish Splash Water Park.