As the mercury rises and the days get longer, one of the best cures for summer heat is splashing around in cool waters. When you’ve had your fill of the seaside and regular ol’ pools just don’t cut it, head to one of these incredible Massachusetts waterparks and take your refreshment with a side of excitement.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore, Danvers
This park is open year-round and is perfect for family outings. There are plenty of slides, spray areas, a tubing river, and a great hot tub for guests over 16. A day pass for the park is just $35 for adults, $25 for guests under 48 inches tall, and $25 for seniors. The water park has male and female lockers rooms, complete with showers and lockers.
2. Great Wolf Lodge, Fitchburg
This place is FULL of awesome features and rides. Families and those just looking to relax can slide, splash and swim away to their hearts' content, while thrill-seekers can try rides such as the "Wolf Tail," where the floor drops out from beneath you and sends you free-falling for 25 feet before sweeping you up in a tube loop. There are plenty of options for young kids, and even a luxurious hot spring for adults. Note: this water park is only available to Great Wolf Lodge guests.
3. Water Wizz, East Wareham
Southern New England's largest water park is only an hour from Boston and Providence. There are TONS of waterslides and a pretty awesome wave pool. Captain Kid's Island is great for children, while Thunder Falls provides a real adrenaline rush. If you prefer to spend the day relaxing, there are also plenty of places to just splash around and soak up the sun. Admission is $37 for adults and only $20 for guests under 48 inches. Children two and under are free!
4. Boston Common Frog Pond Spray Pool, Boston
The Frog Pond may not be the fanciest water park on this list, but it's definitely one of the most beloved. While many may know the Frog Pond as somewhere city dwellers go to skate in the winter, this pool actually becomes a pretty wonderful swimming hole in the warmer months. The sprays and fountains will delight younger kids, and grownups will love the free Wi-Fi and awesome cafe. The spray pool is open from the end of June until Labor Day.
5. Cape Cod Inflatable Park, West Yarmouth
This fantastical colleciton of bounce houses, obstacle courses, slides and splash zones will absolutely bring out the kid in you. Though this park offers more dry rides than wet rides, their slip n' slide rides are some of the best around. Try the Log Flume, Double Tube, AirBorne and Aqua Chute for the most awesome experience. Bring extra socks in case you want to ride some of the dry rides, but honestly, you'll probably be having too much fun on the slides to tear yourself away. Rates are $31 per person, or $15 under 38 inches.
6. Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags New England, Agawam
There's so much going on at this park that we definitely can't fit it here, but suffice it to say that their water rides are out of this world. If you prefer your water park with LOTS of options, a bit of thrill, and plenty of splashing, Six Flags can deliver. From massive wading and wave pools to lazy rivers and breathtaking water slides, you're sure to find your particular flavor of fun. There are too many water rides to list here, but don't miss the Tornado rafting ride or the Bonzai Pipelines.
7. Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides, Douglas
This park may not be the biggest, but it definitely has some of the best views of any we know of. Located right on the shore of crystal-clear Whitins Reservoir, this park features three 300-foot waterslides that guests can ride an unlimited amount of times! This is an incredible local park with unbeatable natural beauty and a great grassy park for picnics and lounging. Rates are $21 per guest over 5 for all-day access, though if you come after 3 p.m., the price drops to $15.
8. Cape Codder Resort Water Park, Hyannis
This water park is a favorite among locals and is expanding in 2016! The new park will include a lazy river, additional slides, a new spray deck, a retractable roof, and a new waterpark restaurant. The park's wave pool is over 8,200-square-feet, is perfect for kids. Adults can also enjoy a 24-person whirlpool, relax in two saunas, or even take advantage of the park's fitness center. Day passes will run you $25, though access to the park is free for overnight guests.
Do you know of any other water parks in Massachusetts that deserve to be on this list? Let us know!