The Rings Fountain is one of several that are open on the Greenway. Photo courtesy of the Rose Kennedy Greenway
The Rings Fountain is one of several that are open on the Greenway. Photo courtesy of the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Boston Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools Open in 2021

You know it's summertime in Boston when kids are running through fountains and splashing in shallow pools of water on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and at area parks and playgrounds. When the weather heats up, the water turns on and kids are able to splash around at several of the area's "coolest" spraygrounds, fountains, and wading pools in Boston and nearby suburbs, like Brookline and Belmont. As an added bonus, these spray parks are all free to visit.

As with any public activity this summer, be sure to pack a face mask along with your sunscreen and towels. And make sure to check with the local parks departments before heading out for any updates or changes to hours and rules. 

Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Boston

The Canal Fountains are perfect for little kids who just want to get their feet wet. Photo courtesy of Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

1. Rose Kennedy Greenway Fountains—Chinatown, Wharf District, and North End

Rose Kennedy Greenway fountains, listed below from north to south, are available for splashing through early October.

  • Rings Fountain—Greenway at Central Street
    64 nozzles shoot up in the air and create circles of vertical water.


  • Canal Fountains—Greenway at Salem Street (North Canal Fountain) and Greenway at North Street (South Canal Fountain)
    The Canal fountains run along the North and South lawns of the Parks. These fountains are perfect for smaller children, who just want to get their feet wet.

  • River Stream FountainSurface Road and Beach Street
    The bamboo-lined, rocky stream in Chinatown is best for older kids.

  • 2. Dorothy Curran Playground — South Boston

    This nautically-themed playground has some of the coolest water features in town: several large seaweed sculptures that spray kids down when the weather heats up. It's the perfect spot to keep the kiddos nice and cool.

    With multiple spray features and some depth, the Artesani wading pool is a great way to cool off. Photo by anevseev via Instagram

    3. Artesani Playground Spray Deck and Wading Pool—Brighton

    ​The small, nicely maintained DCR playground has a spray deck and wading pool for cooling off. The spray deck is open through early September, while the wading pool is open Saturday and Sunday through August.

    4. Ryan Wading Pool and Playground—Mattapan

    The water features at this next one are extensive. Not only is there a substantial wading pool, but there are several spray features in the shapes of animals. Ryan Wading Pool is open daily from mid-June to late August with extended hours on Thursdays in July and August.

    5. Stony Brook Spray Deck—Jamaica Plain

    This small neighborhood spray deck is part of the Stony Brook Playground. It's open daily from late May to early September. Water quality tests were done daily last summer during the pandemic, and the spray deck operated at limited capacity, which may or may not be the case in 2021.

    6. Johnson Playground Spray Deck—Jamaica Plain

    Like Stony Brook, this is small neighborhood spray deck is part of the Johnson Playground. It's open daily from late May to early September with extended hours in July and August.

    7. Alfond Memorial Spray Deck—West End

    You may not be able to dive into the Charles River, but you can cool down on its shores at the Alfond Memorial Spray Deck.

    8. Olsen Swimming Pool and Spray Deck—Hyde Park

    With brightly colored spray features, this splash pad is big enough for everyone who needs to cool down on hot days. The spray deck is open from late June to late August with extended hours in July and August.

    9. Frog Pond, Boston Common—Beacon Hill

    2021 update: As of press time, the city has not announced if the Frog Pond will open this summer. 
    From late June through Labor Day weekend, children ages 12 and under can cool off in the Frog Pond Spray Pool, open daily at 11am. 

    10. Splash Fountain, Christian Science Plaza—Back Bay

    This newer splash pool and fountain area that includes evening lighting is open daily, weather permitting. The fountain is on the Belvidere Street side of the plaza.

    Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Brookline

    11. Coolidge Playground—Brookline

    Water shoots out of what looks like a volcano at Coolidge Playground, which is a big hit with the little ones.

    12. Soule Recreation Center—Brookline

    Nestled right in the middle of a large playground is a sizable spray deck to cool down on in between turns on the slides and swings.

    Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Cambridge

    13. Alexander W. Kemp Playground—Cambridge

    This super unique playground Cambridge Common (it’s built of natural materials) has a splash pad and water wheel with attached water tables.

    14. Danehy Park—Cambridge

    In addition to playgrounds, open green space, and paths, Danehy Park has a large spray deck that’s perfect for cooling off on hot days.

    15. North Point Park — Cambridge

    The spray deck at North Point Park has one of the best views in the area. You can see Boston and the Zakim Bridge while splashing around.

    Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Somerville

    The splash pad in Foss Park in Somerville features many different-sized vertical jets for kids to run through.

    16. Foss Park/Latta Brothers Memorial Pool—Somerville

    A large, colorful splash pad with inviting vertical jets of various sizes opened last summer in Foss Park, near the popular Latta Brothers Memorial Pool.

    17. Chuckie Harris Park—Somerville

    The innovative water feature at Chuckie Harris Park doubles as a movie screen on summer nights. (Note: as of press time, movies are not planned yet for 2021.)

    Spraygrounds, Splash Pads, and Wading Pools in Metrowest Boston

    The rock features make Beaver Brook feel a little like a natural spring. Photo by aslava via Instagram

    18. Beaver Brook Spray Deck and Playground—Belmont

    There are a lot of fun water features in the Beaver Brook Spray Deck as well as a playground and lots of green space to explore in the Beaver Brook Reservation (a favorite for dogs and their humans). Tip: The rocks in the water area get slippery, so have your little ones wear water shoes with tread. 

    This post was originally published in 2011.

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