Water parks provide some serious fun for families. The slides, whirlpools, and wave pools provide lots of entertainment that both kids and adults truly enjoy. We all love splashing in the water; especially if it’s warm out. If you’re looking for some incredible water parks, look no further. Here are some of the best outdoor and indoor water parks in New England. Get ready to book a day trip to one (or maybe even all) of these fun places!
Great Wolf Lodge (Fitchburg, Massachusetts)
If you’re looking for an indoor water park where the whole family can have fun, look no further than Great Wolf Lodge. Great Wolf Lodge, located just more than an hour outside Boston, is one of the best indoor water parks in New England. The indoor water park features a tube ride, an interactive treehouse, water slides, a lazy river, and more. There are plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy.
There are non-water park activities at Great Wolf Lodge, too. There’s a rock-climbing wall, bowling alley, rope course, and other fun activities for everyone to enjoy. You’ll never forget your time at Great Wolf Lodge!
PS: Another great thing to do in Massachusetts that involves water is whale watching. Here are some of the best whale-watching tours in Massachusetts.
Water Country (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
If you head to the Seacoast region of the Granite State, you’ll find one of the best outdoor water parks in New England. Water Country opened in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1984 and has been providing tons of family fun ever since. There’s plenty of attractions for the whole family to enjoy, including rides, slides, pools, and other fun water activities. If you’re brave enough, you can go through Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror or go down the Screamer. Or, if you want to take it easy at Water Country, you can go in the wave pool or hang out on Adventure River.
Portsmouth is a beautiful port city in New Hampshire, which means there’s plenty of other family-friendly activities to do when you’re done at Water Country. Hampton Beach is only 20 minutes away from Portsmouth, so if you can’t get enough of the water, you can always go to the beach.
Funtown Splashtown USA (Saco, Maine)
This lovely New England attraction is a win-win for families! Located in Saco, just 20 minutes outside of Portland, Funtown Splashtown is both a fun park and water park. The water park has a number of water slides, water rides, and other water-filled fun attractions. You can take a ride down Poseidon’s Plunge and then head to the swimming pool to recoup!
If you want to take a break from the water park, you can always go to the Funtown side of the park, which has amusement park rides. You can take a ride on the Sea Dragon, Flying Trapeze, or the Excalibur Wooden Roller Coaster to get your thrills. Once you go to Funtown Splashtown, you’ll want to go back every year! While you’re in the Pine Tree State, don’t forget to visit the most beautiful places in Maine.
Pump House Indoor Water Park (Jay, Vermont)
Located about an hour and a half north of both Burlington and Montpelier, Pump House Indoor Water Park allows you to enjoy water fun year-round. It’s part of Jay Peak Resort, which also has an ice arena, rec center, and, of course, slopes for skiing and snowboarding. The indoor water park has a bunch of great attractions, including the Double Barrel Flowrider, which is a cross between snowboarding, surfing, and skateboarding. You have to experience it to believe it!
If you and/or the kids don’t want to ride the Flowrider, there’s also some waterslides, an activity pool, and a kids’ play area. Once you’re done in the indoor water park, you can enjoy the other amenities the resort has to offer. It’s sure to be a trip you never forget! While you’re in Vermont, make sure you stop at these lovely summer destinations.
Quassy Amusement & Water Park (Middlebury, Connecticut)
You’ll find one of the best water parks in New England in the Constitution State. Quassy Amusement & Water Park is located in Middlebury, which is about 40 minutes outside of Hartford. There’s plenty of water park fun to be had here! You can buy an all-day pass and enjoy rides like the Tunnel Twisters, the BulletBowl, and Slide City. Since the water park is part of an amusement park, you can also take some time to go on Quassy’s family-friendly rides. Or, if you prefer to stay close to the water, you can enjoy a number of activities on Lake Quassapaug.
Whale’s Tale Water Park (Lincoln, New Hampshire)
This is another one of the best water parks in New England that’s based in the Granite State. If you head to Lincoln, which is located in the White Mountains, you’ll find the incredible Whale’s Tale Water Park. It was actually named one of Trip Advisor’s top 25 water parks in the United States!
There are many reasons why this is one of the best outdoor New England water parks. The rides are simply incredible, from the Eye of the Storm to the Banzai Pipeline. There’s plenty of water rides the whole family can enjoy. There’s even a full-service restaurant where you can take the family to grab a bite to eat.
There’s plenty to do in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, so if you take a trip up there, make sure you plan plenty of outdoor activities along with a trip to What’s Tale Water Park. Make sure you check out the best things to do in the White Mountains.
CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore (Danvers, Massachusetts)
Another great indoor water park to check out in Massachusetts is CoCo Key Water Park, located in Danvers. CoCo Key Water Park has more than 65,000 square feet of water park fun to check out. You and your family will have a blast slipping and sliding down the water slides and exploring one of the most fun water parks in the Bay State. Plus, they offer special birthday party packages, so your child can have a birthday party they’ll never forget!
Lake Compounce (Bristol, Connecticut)
This is another place in New England where you can visit both an outdoor water park and an amusement park. You’ll find Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, just about 25 minutes outside of Hartford. Two fun facts: Lake Compounce is Connecticut’s largest water park and the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America!
You’ll find plenty of water rides to enjoy, including the Venus Vortex, Tunnel Twisters, and Mammoth Falls. If you need a break from the water park, you can always head to the amusement park and ride the Boulder Dash, Rev-O-Lution, and the Rainbow Riders. This is one water park and amusement park you’ll want to visit time and time again. By the way, don’t forget to visit the best beaches in Connecticut for more New England fun.
Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park (North Conway, New Hampshire)
If you’re looking for a year-round indoor water park in New Hampshire look no further than Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park in North Conway. It’s located at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort and has plenty of fun waiting for you and your family. There’s plenty of tubes, pools, slides, fountains, and more to explore at this fun resort. There’s even a hot tub where you can go to relax and an arcade where your kids can have some extra fun. This can be a fun getaway for the whole family, especially during the colder New England months.
Wild Acadia Fun Park & Water Slides (Trenton, Maine)
This is another place that offers more than just a water park for your family to enjoy. Wild Acadia Fun Park & Water Slides features fun water slides that send you sliding into a refreshing pool. They’ll definitely keep your family cool during those warm summer months! If you want to do something else, you can always race go-karts, play a round of mini-golf, or zip across fun zip lines. This is a great place to go if you’re looking for a day filled with family fun!
Cape Codder Water Park (Hyannis, Massachusetts)
If you’re looking for something to do during a trip to Cape Cod, add visiting Cape Codder Water Park to your list. This resort has an indoor/outdoor water park that will keep your family entertained for hours. High-speed water slides, waterfalls, a wave pool, and a whirlpool are just some of the incredible features this lovely water park has. You can even check out Beach Plum Spa if you’re in need of some relaxing. Talk about a win-win for everyone in your family!
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Amy is the founder of New England with love. A proud Vermonter, she hopes to share her love of New England and help you find the best adventures in the region. Amy is also blogger/founder at Two Drifters, where she writes alongside her husband about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. When not working on websites, Amy is probably reading, cuddling with her husband, son, and cats, & drinking a maple latte.