August has been unseasonably hot in New England. If you’re looking for a fun, exciting way to beat the heat, pack up the kiddies and visit one of these 10 fabulous water and amusement parks- all within a few hours drive of Boston!
1. Water Country – Portsmouth, NH
This is the real deal. With 26 acres of slides, rivers, caves and water-themed attractions, Water Country is the place to be when the thermostat rises. Planning a party or gathering? Reserve a cabana, suite or party deck for the day. Check the website’s calendar for hours and directions.
2. Water Wizz – East Wareham, MA
Southern New England’s largest water park boasts 11 unique attractions. It has been featured in the major motion pictures, The Way Way Back starring Sam Rockwell and Grown Ups starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Chris Rock. For all you South Shore folks, Water Wizz is just a quick zip “down the Cape”.
3. Funtown Splashtown USA – Seco, ME
Two great parks in one! Funtown has rides for the kiddies, thrill rides for grown ups, and family rides for everyone to enjoy together. For water fun, Splashtown has a massive swimming pool, a family lagoon, a pirate-themed play area, and tons of slides ranging from slow and silly to daring and heart pumping!
4. CoCo Key Water Park – Danvers, MA
New England’s only indoor water park, CoCo Key is open year round! There’s arcades, an outdoor splash pad, a massive lazy river, and even a dip-in theater featuring family-friendly films. When it’s finally adult time, you can relax at Palm Grotto Indoor/Outdoor Spa or partake in some of the more thrilling slides.
5. Canobie Lake Park – Salem, NH
Canobie Lake boasts 85 live shows, games and attractions. Shows include magic routines and musical tributes to Rock Legends. The rides range from major thrillers to kid-friendly theme rides. For a splash of relief try the Log Flume, the Timber Splash, or The Boston Tea Party where you’re dropped into 250,000 gallons of water like a crate of tea in Boston Hahbah!
6. Lake Compounce Park & Crocodile Cove – Bristol, CT
The amusement park offers The Boulder Dash, the #1 wooden roller coaster in the world and the 65 mph thrill ride Phobia! – not for the feint of heart! Over at Crocodile Cove, you can cool things off at the wave pool, lazy river, Mammoth Falls raft adventure, or the lighthouse-themed, Lights Out ride.
7. Santa’s Village Ho Ho H20 Water Park – Jefferson, NH
When the little ones get restless, try a visit to Santa’s Village! It’s not just for Christmas season anymore. Kids can enjoy the rides, visit with Santa and his reindeer, and cool off on the water slides and splash pads. Open daily from 9:30 Am to 6:00 PM through the end of August.
8. Six Flags New England – Agawam, MA
This massive property is dedicated to all things fun and exciting. There’s something for everyone from heart pounding thrill rides, to toddler-friendly entertainment. The Hurricane Harbor water park has 17 different attractions to choose from for all age ranges. There’s the Typhoon ProSlide Rocket Water Coaster – the first of its kind, The Swiss Family Toboggan raft ride, and the Monsoon Lagoon wave pool.
9. Palace Playland – Old Orchard Beach, ME
This carnival-themed park is truly designed for the little ones, although there are a few thrill rides and family attractions like the Cascade Falls water flume. Grownups will also love it’s location directly on beautiful Old Orchard Beach. Watch the kids enjoy the rides, games and snacks, then take a much-deserved dip in the lovely Atlantic to cool off!
10. Quassy Amusement Park – Middlebury, CT
Located on crystal clear, Lake Quassapaug, Quassy Park offers the unique opportunity to hit the rides, slides and beach all in the same day. The amusement park features a classic 1927 Grand Carousel among it’s more modern rides. The refreshing Splash Away Bay water park has a 300 gallon water soaked playground and splash pad area for tots, tandem slides for family, and speedy thrill slides for big kids and adults.