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14 Best Water Parks in New England 2020

Cape Codder Water Park, Cape Codder Resort & Spa; Courtesy of Cape Codder Water Park, Cape Codder Resort & Spa

Want to take a water park vacation in New England? Whether you’re looking to forgo the frigid winter temps, cool down in the thick of summer, or just get away with the kids, we’ve found plenty of options, including outdoor water parks and indoor water park resorts. These are the best water parks in New England.

Best Outdoor Water Parks in New England

Water Country – Portsmouth, NH; Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/BarryPAleo

Water Country – Portsmouth, NH

One of the best water parks in New England, New Hampshire’s Water Country features more than a dozen rides and attractions for all skill and thrill levels. Highlights include Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, a tandem raft ride with a tornado funnel and a 40-foot descent; Thunder Falls & Wild Canyon, a family raft ride with suspenseful twists and turns; and, added in 2019, The Patriot, a 58-foot-high body slide! There are almost as many places to eat as there are attractions—enjoy everything from burgers and burritos to ICEEs and Dippin Dots.

Recommended Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown

Funtown Splashtown USA – Saco, ME; Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/shannon m

Funtown Splashtown USA – Saco, ME

Funtown Splashtown has a dozen water attractions, from a swimming pool and spray ground to speed slides and a body slide called Triton’s Twist. When the kids need a break from the water, dry off and check out the amusement rides, which include Excalibur—the only wooden roller coaster in Maine.

Recommended Hotel: Saco Motel

Whale’s Tale Waterpark – Lincoln, NH Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/Jennifer B

Whale’s Tale Waterpark – Lincoln, NH 

Located in Lincoln, New Hampshire, near Loon Mountain ski area, Whale’s Tale Waterpark is a favorite in New England. This water park offers a lazy river, pools, hot tubs, spray grounds and of course, waterslides galore. Poseidon’s Voyage, with a nearly vertical launch, and Eye of the Storm, are among the highlights.

Recommended Hotel: RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain

Splash Away Bay, Quassy Amusement Park  – Middlebury, CT; Courtesy of Splash Away Bay, Quassy Amusement Park

Splash Away Bay, Quassy Amusement Park  – Middlebury, CT 

With names like Saturation Station and Slide City, the attractions at Quassy Amusement Park’s Splash Away Bay are guaranteed to induce screams and laughter. And with rides for families, thrill seekers, and young kids, you’re guaranteed to find something everyone will enjoy, too.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Waterbury

Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags New England – Agawam, MA; Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/Androsleite

Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags New England – Agawam, MA

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway): Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags New England is a must, with more than a dozen attractions—eight of which are waterslides! Raft rides and body slides provide fun for the adrenaline seekers, while spray grounds, a lazy river, and wave pool cater to those who just want to chill out.

Recommended Hotel: Residence Inn West Springfield

Crocodile Cove, Lake Compounce – Bristol, CT; Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/kellybelly712

Crocodile Cove, Lake Compounce – Bristol, CT

Lake Compounce has roller coasters and rides for kids of all ages, plus plenty of ways to cool off at the onsite water park. Called Crocodile Cove, Lake Compounce’s water park offers eight thrilling attractions, including the popular Venus Vortex, a raft ride in which guests glide through a dark tunnel and experience weightlessness before descending… into the mouth of a Venus flytrap! More raft and body slides, spray grounds, a lazy river and wave pool round out the fun.

Recommended Hotel: Homewood Suites by Hilton Southington

Castaway Island, Canobie Lake Park – Salem, NH; Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/LollieWeeks

Castaway Island, Canobie Lake Park – Salem, NH

Admission to Canobie Lake Park amusement park includes access to Castaway Island, which features the Tidal Tiver (think lazy river meets wave pool); River Slides, a tower with three unique waterslides; Rain Fortress, a spray ground with “over 180 ways to get wet,” and Lil Squirts Play Pad, a shallow pool with play features for young kids. Private cabanas are available for rent, and three dining options are available within the water park.

Recommended Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salem NH 

Water Wizz – Westerly, RI ; Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/Emma-Noonan

Water Wizz – Westerly, RI

Water Wizz is just steps from Misqaumicut Beach, which means double the water fun in Westerly, Rhode Island! After you’ve mastered your sandcastle, head over to Water Wizz, where you’ll find three slide variations: Giant Waterslides, Speed Slides, and for youngsters, the Little Dipper.

Recommended Hotel: Weekapaug Inn 

Santa's Village - Jefferson, NH; Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/Davidjellis

Santa’s Village – Jefferson, NH

The water park at Santa’s Village is perfect for pint-size visitors, with four attractions: Ho Ho H20, a spray ground with small slides, climbing structures, and the always-important dump bucket; JOY Ride Slides, a combination of three waterslides; Poogee’s Splash Pad, with shooting fountains for cooling off; and, added in 2019, Polar Paradise, which features even more waterslides and spray zones.

Recommended Hotel: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Best Indoor Water Parks in New England

 

Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park, Red Jacket Mountain View Resort; Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/Courtesy of TripAdvisor Traveler/Lynsie D

Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park, Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – North Conway, NH

Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park has a three-story waterslide tower, basketball court (in the water!), spray grounds, a hot tub, and an activity pool with mini-waterslides for youngsters. When the kids work up an appetite, refuel at the Tiki Tide Café. Kahuna Laguna is located at Red Jacket Mountain Resort, which offers pricing packages that include accommodations and water park admission.

Cape Codder Water Park, Cape Codder Resort & Spa; Courtesy of Cape Codder Water Park, Cape Codder Resort & Spa

Cape Codder Water Park, Cape Codder Resort & Spa – Hyannis, MA

A popular destination resort in Cape Cod, Cape Codder Resort & Spa offers an outdoor pool, sports courts, kids’ activities, two onsite restaurants, and a spa. But the Cape Codder Water Park is the highlight of any stay, with four waterslides, a lazy river, wave pool, spray ground, and whirlpool—all beneath a retractable roof.

Pump House Indoor Waterpark, Jay Peak Resort; TripAdvisor Expert Photo

Pump House Indoor Waterpark, Jay Peak Resort – Jay, VT

When it’s time for a break from the slopes at Jay Peak Resort, trade your snowsuits for swimsuits and head to the Pump House Indoor Waterpark. This New England water park has a double barrel FlowRider, lazy river, spray ground, hot tubs, and—best of all—a wild waterslide called Le Chute (which means “to fall” in French, but the resort will tell you it translates to “you’ll scream your face off”).

Great Wolf Lodge; Courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge – Fitch, MA

The only Great Wolf Lodge in New England, this indoor water park resort is located about 1.5 hours from Boston. Families looking to escape the region’s chilly weather or try something new can stay overnight or purchase day passes to enjoy the resort’s waterslides, pools and spray grounds galore. When it’s time for a break, grab a bite to eat at Hungry As a Wolf (or one of the seven other onsite restaurants) before trying some of the non-water activities, including a ropes course, laser tag, mini-golf, bowling and even mining for treasure!

CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore; Courtesy of CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore

CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore  – Danvers, MA

One of the largest water parks in New England, CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore features Parrot’s Perch Play Area, with water cannons, a giant dump bucket, small waterslides for young kids; the Dip-in Theater, where kids can play and watch movies at the same time; an activity pool with obstacle course; a lazy river; and an outdoor splash pad. Big kids will love the raft and body slides, while parents can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot tubs. When it’s time for a break, towel off and visit the arcade or grab a bite to eat onsite. Visit for the day or stay the night—the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore is right next door.

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