14 Outdoor Water Parks in New England
In just a few hours time, families in Massachusetts and Connecticut can drive to some exciting outdoor water parks for a wet and wild adventure with kids. Although there's no shortage of big slides at these water parks, you don't have to be a daredevil (or of a certain height) to enjoy yourself. There are wave pools, family raft rides, lazy rivers, and mini slides for little ones. Some of our favorite water parks are small, family-run parks with just a few slides, and others are part of a larger theme park, but they all offer plenty of chances to get completely soaked.
Read on to see what outdoor water parks are open in the summer of 2020. To cool off closer to home, Massachusetts and Connecticut families can day trip it to these Boston-area spraygrounds and splash pads, Hartford-area spraygrounds and splash-pads, or New Haven and Fairfield-area spraygrounds and splash pads.
Note that several water parks are closed for the 2020 season, but plan to reopen in 2021. Others could change their policies or hours or close anytime in 2020, so be sure to contact the attraction before heading out. Also, certain states are mandating that visitors from other states quarantine upon arrival. These policies are fluctuating, so check state travel restrictions when planning your visit.
Outdoor Water Parks in Massachusetts
There are loads of big, cushy slides and plenty of spots to splash at Cape Cod Inflatable Park. Photo courtesy of the park
1. Cape Cod Inflatable Park—West Yarmouth, MA
2020 update: Cape Cod Inflatable Park is open daily. Admission takes place outside with separation between groups. Masks are required in indoor and dry-land areas, and visitors' hands will be sanitized before entry to park and each attraction.
With its grand opening in the summer of 2018, this splashy addition to the inflatable fun park scene has become a must-stop for many Cape-bound families. There's a lazy river and lily pad "walks," but thrill seekers will head straight for the four large, inflated slides. Hint: If you're heading for an overnight (or two), consider a stay at the Cape Cod Family Resort; booking entitles you to two free park passes each day of your stay.
2. Breezy Picnic Grounds—Douglas, MA
2020 update: Breezy is open daily. More space has been made between picnic tables, social distancing will be monitored in water slide lines, and masks are encouraged on property when social distance can't be maintained.
This little gem on the Massachusetts side of the Blackstone Valley delivers old-fashioned fun in a natural setting. The three 300-foot slides abut a swimming lake and spacious, grassy, beautifully maintained picnic grounds.
3. Water Wizz—Wareham, MA
2020 update: Water Wizz Wareham is closed for the 2020 season.
Water Wizz is packed with watery fun ranging from a family pool with multi-age activities to super high thrill slides called the "Devil's Peak." If the place looks familiar, that might be because the park has been in two feature films!
4. Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags New England—Agawam, MA
2020 update: Six Flags New England remained closed at press time.
Six Flags is home to New England's largest water park, Hurricane Harbor, with has everything from one of the largest wave pools in the country to multi-passenger rafting adventures. Good to know: The water park is pretty serious about enforcing its rules.
Outdoor Water Parks in Connecticut
5. Crocodile Cove at Lake Compounce—Bristol, CT
2020 update: Crocodile Cove is open daily through September 7, 2020, but double check calendar as closures could happen at any time. Guests are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets in advance, and entry to the main park does not guarantee entry to Crocodile Cove as capacity restrictions are in place. Mask use and social distancing will be monitored.
Lake Compounce's Crocodile Cove is home to multiple wave pools, water slides, and special areas designed for young children. There's even an actual lake.
6. Splash Away Bay Water Park at Quassy Amusement Park—Middlebury, CT
2020 update: Splash Away Bay is open daily through September 7, 2020, but double check calendar as closures could happen at any time. Guests are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets in advance, and entry to the main park does not guarantee entry to Splash Away Bay as capacity restrictions are in place. Mask use and social distancing will be monitored.
Along with giant water slides that you can ride solo or together, a rapid raft adventure, and a gigantic dumping bucket, there is also a great area for little water lovers to hang out at, with pint-size slides and pools.
Brownstone Park has a variety of water obstacles on the lake. Photo courtesy of the park
7. Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park—Portland, CT
2020 update: Brownstone Park is open daily through September 7. Tickets must be purchased in advance online, and mask use and social distancing will be monitored.
Brownstone takes "lake fun" to a whole new level. Along with wakeboarding, kayaking, and paddling opportunities, this lakeside park features an over-water zipline, various water obstacles, inflatable sides and trampolines, and a big "cliff jump" for the bravest kids.
Outdoor Water Parks in New Hampshire
8. Water Country—Portsmouth, NH
2020 update: Water Country is open Wednesdays through Sundays and Labor Day through September 7. Advanced online registrations are required to adhere to state capacity restrictions, masks are required in dry and indoor areas, and social distancing will be monitored.
Water Country offers plenty of ways to stay cool and have fun, from the Adventure River Ride that takes you through waterfalls, fountains, and caves, to Triple Giant Slides, the Whirlpool, and whitewater adventures on Thunder Falls. Young children can have their own adventures as they slide down the arms of Ollie Octopus, climb on a pirate ship at Pirates' Lagoon, and explore the Tahiti Tree House.
Whale's Tale's 17 acres includes a lazy river and a 360-degree tube slide. Photo courtesy of the park
9. Whale's Tale Water Park—Lincoln, NH
2020 update: Whale's Tale is open daily through September 7. Advanced online registrations are required to adhere to state capacity restrictions, masks are required in dry and indoor areas, and social distancing will be monitored.
There are a lot of bells and whistles at this White Mountain-area favorite, including a wave pool with "flow boarding" (sort of like surfing), loads of speedy slides and flumes, and a 360-degree tube slide. Rent a cabana for a more private experience.
10. Castaway Island at Canobie Lake Park—Salem, NH
2020 update: Castaway Island will be open Thursdays through Sundays through September 7. Advanced online registration is required, masks are required in dry and indoor areas, and social distancing will be monitored.
Castaway Island at Canobie Lake Park has over 180 ways to get wet and features water cannons, nine water slides, waterfalls, and other entertaining activities. Check the website for specials, which include reduced evening rates. Bonus: Parking is free.
11. Ho Ho H20 at Santa's Village—Jefferson, NH
2020 update: Ho Ho H2O at Santa's Village is open Tuesdays through Sundays through September 6—opening hours beyond that are still to be determined. Advanced online registration is required, masks are required in dry and indoor areas, and social distancing will be monitored.
Christmas and summer collide at this cool water park located in Santa's Village amusement park. Kids can splash and play at this interactive splash pad area filled with slides, a dumping bucket, and multiple spray components. For daring kids, try out the JOY Ride Slides, three-story water slides filled with twist and turns. Be on the lookout for the parks newest addition Polar Paradise, opening this summer, for even more water fun.
12. Candia Springs Water Park—Candia, NH
2020 update: Candia Springs is closed for the 2020 season.
Cool off in the splash pad or go for a swim in the spring-fed swimming hole. If you've got a daredevil on your hands, this park has three crazy water slides to choose from that promise high speeds, lots of twists and turns, and big drops.
Outdoor Water Parks in Rhode Island
Yawgoo Valley Water Park has medium-sized slides that are fun for little and big kids alike. Photo by Mommy Poppins
13. Yawgoo Valley Water Park—Exeter, RI
2020 update: Yawgoo Valley is open daily through September 7, but closed August 31 to September 4. Advanced online registration is required, starting three days before the date you plan to visit.
The Yawgoo Valley ski area transforms in the summertime to a fun-filled water park with crazy slides, pools, and a Tiki Bar with food and drinks. The best part: The water park is small enough that you can sit at the bar with an adult beverage while watching your kids go on the slides over and over again. Good to know: If you'd rather not share the park with 100 kids from a day camp, check Yawgoo's Group Schedule before you go to find out whether any groups are booked during the time you're planning to visit.
Outdoor Water Parks in Maine
Parents with little kids tend to park themselves close to the Family Fun Lagoon.
14. Funtown Splashtown USA—Saco, ME
2020 update: Funtown Splashtown is closed for the 2020 season.
If you're headed up the Maine coast for a family vacation, Splashtown's Family Fun Lagoon, thrilling slides, and pirate-themed play area beckon. Good to know: Separate tickets can be purchased for Funtown and Splashtown, but the combo tickets are only a few dollars more, and parking is free, so why not make a full day of it?
Looking to splash inside? Check out our indoor water parks guide.
All photos courtesy of the water parks mentioned
Places featured in this article:
Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags New England
Castaway Island at Canobie Lake Park
Crocodile Cove at Lake Compounce
Yawgoo Valley Water Park
Funtown Splashtown USA
Candia Springs Adventure Park
Quassy Amusement Park