5 Epic Summer Splash Pads In Connecticut The Whole Family Will Love
Splash pads are pretty great, combining the fun of the playground with cool sprinkler-esque systems. Visiting the lake or the beach isn’t the only way to stay cool for the summer. And the best part is, folks of all ages can enjoy these. No tracking sand in the car and no floaties to wear. These popular attraction spots are home to some pretty epic splashpads, which people rarely seem to remember. You can skip the rides and hikes and head straight to the splash pads at these popular Connecticut destinations.
1. The Dinosaur Place
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Nature's Art Village, Oakdale, CT 06370
There's more than just discovering Connecticut's prehistoric past at this park. Cool off after traversing the incredible dinosaur filled walking trail or skip the dinos and head straight to the water. This neon stop lets you shoot water out of the mouth of T-Rex and includes an exploding water volcano.
2. Ocean Beach Park
98 Neptune Avenue, New London, CT 06320
You'd be hard pressed to find a list without Ocean Beach Park on it. This state beach also features a skate park, water slides, an Olympic pool and more, but my favorite part is the very spacious splash pad. It's easy to watch the little ones at this park, as it mostly features sprinklers and leaves pretty of room to maintain sight on your little one. You also get the added bonus of being able to pack a picnic and catch ocean views.
3. Lake Compounce
186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, CT 06010
Ahoy mateys! Pirate Bay takes the splash pad to a whole new level with it's pirate themed-and shaped-playground. Lots of fountains, water squirrels and a huge dump bucket make this one a fan favorite. Even though it's just an inch or two, wading in to this pad means you're always cool.
4. Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Point Road, New Haven, CT 06512
There's more to this park than meets the eye. Known for being a great place to walk, there's not only a beautiful lighthouse, but there's also an antique carousel and a large splash pad. With sculpted palm trees that rain down on you, you're guaranteed to have fun here. Usually less crowded than its competitors, this is a great one for exploring with little ones. It's a calmer oceanfront experience than Ocean Beach Park, but it's still tons of fun.
5. Quassy Amusement Park
2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT 06762
Say hello to the Saturation Station. This family water play area features a giant dump bucket, waterslide and tons of fountains, in addition to standard playground features like a bridge and monkey bars. This one is perfect for families with a wide age range, as there are both large and small water features that support visitors of all ages. Skip the murky waters and rocky shores this year with a trip to this gem.
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