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New England water parks & water slides add splash to a family vacation

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New England's water parks, splash parks, and water slides make a great day trip or even a half-day stop on a New England family vacation. Water rides, twister rides -- the whole works -- are a fun adventure for adults, parents and kids on a summer trip or getaway in New England.

Once you dry off and relax, think about the next day’s adventures: Mountain coaster rides? Railroad excursion? Zoo visit? Pilgrims and the Mayflower? Explore more family activities.

1225 Iyannough Road Hyannis, MA, 02601 Phone: 877-568-4920

Now open at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa is Cape Cod’s newest family attraction, a 30,000 square foot indoor Water Park and the only one of its kind on Cape Cod. The Park features two body slides, a 300-foot lazy river with waterfalls and rapids, giant spouting humpback whale, Kiddie play area, the Gazebo Cafe serving appetizers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and beverages, a birthday party area and more – all beneath a giant retractable roof for sunny days. The Indoor Wave Pool, with its two-foot waves, 50 and 80 foot water slides, saunas and 24-person whirlpool is now incorporated into the Water Park. Day Passes are based on availability. Admission is free for all resort guests.

1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85) Oakdale, CT, 06370 Phone: 860-443-4367

Splash and stay cool in the shadow of dinosaurs

New England’s largest Splashpad is included with your admission to The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village! This one-of-a-kind dinosaur-themed water park is one of Mystic County’s premier attractions. The Dinosaur Place Splashpad is a zero-depth water playground with water features for every age group. Fun and engaging water tables will entertain infants and toddlers for hours, while over 30 dinosaur-themed sprinklers, dumping buckets and water guns will have the older children screaming with joy. Just added in 2015, the Vortex Superwheel is a gigantic spinning wheel which pours thousands of gallons of water down on everyone waiting below. The Splashpad also features a dinosaur “ribcage” waterfall, dueling Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor-headed water cannons and much more! There is seating available surrounding the Splashpad and changing rooms located right on site. Water shoes or flip-flops are required to use the Splashpad.

Winter Hours for Dinosaur Place: Thurs.-Sun. 10am-5pm. Discovery Depot: Weekdays & School Holidays 10a-5p. The Shops & PAST Antiques Marketplace: Open daily 10a-6p. Gateway Museums: Open Daily 10a-12:30p and 1-5pm.

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

Pure Joy. Family Style. Every Splash & Slide.

Ho Ho H2O, the Joy Ride Slides, and Poogie’s Splash Pad comprise the water park geared for pre-teen children inside Santa’s Village theme park. Pre-schoolers love the spraying jets of the splash pad; kids over three feet tall have a blast on the three-stories-high Joy Ride Slides; and children of all sizes enjoy the tipping bucket and other features of Ho Ho H2O. The Elfs Lodge serves up satisfying lunches, and houses a gift shop with bathing suits and towels, family-style changing rooms, and restrooms. Use of the water park is included in the general admission to Santa’s Village. Season: the water park operates Memorial Day weekend to mid October.

85 North Policy Street Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-3560

Enjoy hot summer fun and cool down afterwards

Here’s a cool deal. Just 30 miles north of Boston, cool off on a hot summer day after some hot summer fun at Castaway Island Water Park at Canobie Lake Park and the largest water play complex of its type in New England. You’ll find water cannons, 9 water slides, waterfalls, and more than 180 ways of getting wet. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and hit the Island splashing. Castaway Island operates from Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-September weather & temperature permitting. Proper swim attire is required and strictly enforced. Work up a good sweat on the Park’s breathtaking thrills and rides then get your chill on. Admission is included in your one-price general admission to Canobie Lake Park.

Route 1 Saco, ME, 04072 Phone: 207-284-5139

Nothing like water fun in the summer sun

After working up a sweat on the amusement park rides at Funtown Splashtown, nothing is more refreshing than cooling down while zooming down on the Mt. Olympus Water Slides, a half dozen of them and nearly 60 feet high. And there are so many other exciting ways to get wet! By yourself you can slide down on a pad on the Corkscrew or rocket down the vertical tube of Poseidon’s Plunge or the deeply angled ones of Amphitrite’s Challenge. Climb into a rubber raft by yourself or with the whole family and plunge down the Liquid Lightning or Mammoth chutes. Or take a breath from all the action. Just slow down, settle down and chill out at the swimming pool.

50 Ferncroft Road Danvers, MA, 01923 Phone: 978-777-2500

The Largest Indoor Water Park in New England!

Whether you’re seeking the thrills of our water slides or looking to relax in our tropical themed retreat, CoCo Key is a fun filled experience for all ages. Open year round, and every day is a balmy 84 degrees! Enjoy our lazy river, splash pad, dip-in theater, arcade and more. Private cozy cabanas and birthday party rooms available for rental. Plan your fun family getaway! Overnight packages also available at our adjacent DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore. Conveniently located just 19 miles north of Boston, at the intersection of I-95 and Rt. 1, with ample free parking.

1225 Ocean Avenue New London, CT, 06320 Phone: 860-447-3031 Toll-Free: 800-510-7263

Pool / Waterslide / Spray Park

There’s family fun and more at Ocean Beach Park. Our award-winning lifeguard staff is on duty for your safety. For more fun we have rides, mini-golf, and a Family Fun Center with a video arcade. Kids can enjoy our playground and adults can work out in the health club. The nature walk and observation deck let you enjoy our natural beauty. You may also enjoy our 50-meter,Olympic-sized pool. We have changing rooms and token-operated lockers for your convenience.

When all the activity makes you hungry you have dining choices; our full-service restaurant, a food court, or ice cream stands. Ocean Beach Park can also accommodate picnics and corporate events. Our nightly entertainment schedule includes Classic Car Cruises on Mondays; kids movies on the beach Tuesday; live magic on Wednesday; Sock Hop on Thursday; and live bands on Friday.

2300 Lafayette Road Portsmouth, NH, 03801 Phone: 603-427-1111

The wet fun starts here

This 26-acre landmark has remained the largest, cleanest, safest and friendliest water park in New England since 1984. With rides and attractions, great dining, places to kick back and relax, you’ve found a special and affordable summer destination. Youngsters can conquer their first water slide at Big Ollie, teens can take on more adventure on Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, and family and friends can enjoy rides and slides together with the family rides, wavepool and Adventure River. Lots of wet action will keep you smiling as you plunge through curves, tunnels and pools! Relax in style in your own private picnic area or cabana that are perfect options for group activities; group pricing available! Make forever memories here!

Quassy Amusement Park, Lake Quassapaug, Route 64 (2132 Middlebury Road) Middlebury, CT, 06762 Phone: 203-758-2913 Toll-Free: 800-367-7275

“Splash Away Bay” is the fabulous family water park at Quassy Amusement & Water Park in Middlebury, Conn. Slides, cascading fountains, giant tipping bucket, kids’ splash pad – so many ways to get drenched! New Slide City for youngsters! Plunge more than three stories in the Tunnel Twister slides, one of which is in total darkness! Enjoy the water park with your all-day Quassy wristband, or purchase a Quassy Beach/water park admission separately. Combo passes are less than $30 per person – making Quassy the affordable family choice.