As summer temperatures rise, what better way to get the kids outdoors without overheating than hitting one of the many splash pads, sprinkler parks and wading pools in the area!
Massachusetts is home to a few full-on water themed resorts, most of which offer day passes, with the exception of Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, which is an overnight-only resort. In no particular order:
CoCo Key Water Resort in Danvers
Hurricane Harbor at 6 Flags in Agawam
Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis
John Carver Inn and Spa in Plymouth
Water Wizz in Wareham
Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg
Looking for a place you can just stop by and cool off on the fly? Try one of these great spots:
Artesani Park & Wading Pool (free) in Brighton – my personal favorite, Artesani is not only free – it also has loads of parking, clean restrooms, life guards, a sprinkler park AND separate wading pool, playground, picnic area, and is located right on the beautiful Charles River. The entire facility was upgraded about 2 years ago. IT’S AWESOME.
Rings Fountain on the Greenway (free) in Boston – located right near the Aquarium, it’s a great place to stop by and cool off after a trip to see the fishies. Every summer my daughter and I hit the Figment Art Festival (this year planned for Saturday and Sunday July 22 & 23) on the Greenway to check out the music and interactive art installations, and we always visit the Rings Fountain for a good soaking. In fact, there are fountains all along the Greenway, so you can take dips the whole way through.
Frog Pond on the Boston Common (free) – it’s easy to spend the whole day on Boston Common with the kiddos, whether there’s an event going on or not. Check out the enormous wading pool, the sprinkler park, the playground, the carousel, maybe even take a ride on a Swan Boat – not to mention the gardens are stunningly beautiful, great for a stroll with an ice cream cone before you head home. There are also lots of fun activities planned for the summer months, like free evening yoga, so check out their website to find out more.
Minot Rose Garden Playground (free) in Brookline – I live near this one, so we hit it a lot, and the roses are in full bloom right now. The splash pad is the usual playground sprinkler set up, nothing fancy. The fancy part is its location – right next to a fantastic playground that is itself located inside a large, shady, fully fenced in park with a paved loop perfect for scooters or bikes. This park is named and known for it’s gorgeous rose gardens, and makes a great spot for a picnic or catching a free morning yoga class on a Sunday.
Daniel Ford Playground at Emerson Park (free) in Brookline – another great Brookline playground, along with a separate sprinkler/fountain area, in a large sunny park where summertime often finds my daughter and I (and a hundred or so other families) sharing some takeout pizza with friends and listening to some live music at the Brookline Summer Concert Series Wednesday evenings.
Those are my personal favorites, but there are so many more:
Soule Recreation Center (free) – Chestnut Hill
Charlesbank Playground & Spray Deck (free) – Boston
North Point Park & Splash Pad (free) – Cambridge
Danehy Park Splash Pad (free) – Cambridge
Johnson Playground & Stonybrook Spray Deck (free) – Jamaica Plain
Bradley Palmer State Park & Wading Pool $ – Topsfield
Beaver Brook Spray Deck & Playground (free) – Belmont
Luciano Park Spray Pool (free) – Arlington
Artemas Ward Wading Pool (free) – Marlborough
Nelson Memorial Park & Splash Pad (free) – Plymouth
Davis Farmland $ – Sterling (Yes, this is a farm with a spray park. I cannot WAIT to take my daughter here.)
Petersen Splash Pad at Watson Park (free) – Braintree
Cellucci Skate & Splash Park (free) – Hudson
Lynch Park Splash Pad (free) – Beverly
Or look them up yourself:
Wherever you go to stay cool this summer, be safe, have fun, and don’t forget your SPF!
Laura Perras is a mom and Realtor who grew up in Needham, where she now works as part of the Perras Group at the William Raveis Needham office. In addition to mom-ing and selling houses, Laura enjoys djing, yoga, and arts and crafts. She’s involved in Parent Talk as Board CoChair of Marketing and Communications, Blog Coordinator, and Sale Committee Member. Please reach out if you would like to submit a post to the blog or have feedback or ideas regarding what you’d like to see here : Laura.Perras.Realtor@gmail.com