Start with the water park, add the children, and it’s non-stop excitement, adventure and water play well into a summer evening. Enjoying an enclosed water park gives children a wide berth and parents a clear view with seating and refreshments close at hand. Most parks include discounted tickets for the weekend, or special overnight passes at hotels nearby. Theme parks across the state make family packages that include accommodations and continental breakfasts. Boston neighborhoods have gotten into the water slide trend, adding a new twist to the standard public pool.

(Image Credit: CoCo Key)

(Image Credit: CoCo Key)


CoCo Key Water Park
50 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 777-2500
www.cocokeyboston.com

CoCo Key Water Park has something special for every age. Splash and play, slide, swim or float; indoor water fun easily cools down the summer heat in a jiffy. Packages for day passes, weekends or overnight stays are available. You’ll find giant whirlpools, thrill tunnels for extreme water fanatics and cabanas to simply rest and relax. Located just outside of Boston, CoCo Key Water Park is the first destination on the list of go-to best places for water slides, and having indoor facilities seals the deal. With water spas specifically allocated for adults therapeutic, hot and cold therapies, the water theme park gives an impressive array of options for private parties and celebrations as well.

Drake Playground
3 Hazel St.
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 314-3475
www.city.waltham.ma.us

Drake Playground is only one of many neighborhood water slide parks popping up all over the area. Making use of the larger playgrounds across Massachusetts, city and civic-minded volunteers bring water fun to the children and families in and around Boston, with the ever popular theme of water play. Just as the public pools are in use over the season, so are wade pools, short tubing, fountains and water spouts and slides. Drake Playground, Lowell Field, McDonald playgrounds and many more, including the immensely popular Fitch Spray Park, offer tree-lined picnic areas, ample parking and plenty of water fun for free during the summer from dusk til dawn. Look to the city websites in your own hometown for even more convenient newly renovated parks full of water slides and wade pools.

(Image Credit: Breezy Summer)

(Image Credit: Breezy Summer)


Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides
520 No. W. Main St.
Douglas, MA 01516
(508) 476-2664
breezysummer.com

Three 300-foot water slides with unlimited rides! These are spacious, immaculately maintained picnic grounds strewn with large tables by the water and placed in convenient places for comfort and access throughout the grounds. There is lake swimming with sandy areas for kids complete with manned beaches and slides by certified life guards. A snack bar and indoor game rooms, restrooms and changing areas are also available. Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides hopes to make summer fun a whole lot easier and enjoyable for mothers with a large brood of energetic children. It’s not an easy task to bring along supplies without forgetting the napkins, the juice or maybe a towel or two, but not to worry, all of these are in vast supply at Breezy, and you just may get a nice nap in while you’re there as well!

Related: Get Wet! Guide To Boston Area Water Parks

(Photo Credit: Great Wolf Lodge)

(Photo Credit: Great Wolf Lodge)


Great Wolf Lodge New England 
150 Great Wolf Drive
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(866) 678-9653
www.greatwolf.com/new-england

Great Wolf Lodge New England gives free park passes included in its overnight packages, so stay in comfort and indulge the entire family with indoor water fun no matter the type of weather outside. Making reservations work well no matter the season is a big plus. Accommodations fit every size, large or single occupancy is available with discounted rates depending on weekday or weekends. Step into the Wolf trail launch pad and you’re off, brave the Howlin’ Tornado, maneuver the twists and turns inside Albera Falls, or make use of the tots Otter Trail and Totem Towers. It’s an all-day family adventure, smiles a-plenty with safety first. Adults can settle down into the evening in the luxury of North Hot Springs heated pool or conveniently rent a private cabana. The lists of activities goes on and on there is plenty to do, see and remember at Great Wolf Lodge New England.

(Photo Credit: Water Wizz)

(Photo Credit: Water Wizz)


Water Wizz
3031 Cranberry Highway
E. Wareham, MA 02538
(508) 295-3255
waterwizz.com

Water Wizz season begins June 11, 2016 with loads of summer water fun waiting for the family. This water themed park is an outdoor wet and wild ride. There’s tubing for deep plunges, twists and turns that defy the imagination at Squid Row, pools, pools and more pools — even a bit of American Ninja Warrior water sports mixed in for teens. Take on the lily pads and cargo nets or just relax riding the waves, but don’t forget your floaties! Two rivers are waiting for the family to explore, with plenty of parking and shade if needed. Take on the world of water at Water Wizz west of the city.

Related: The Tallest Water Parks In The World

Freelance Writer Corinne Costantino brings the “Best of Boston” to New England. Her work can be found on Examiner.com