Relax & Recharge: Massachusetts Water Parks for a Fun-Filled Getaway

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You may not think of water parks and Massachusetts together but you should! Whether you’re looking for some summer fun or an indoor swim day in December, we’ve got you covered. Waterparks in Massachusetts cater to all ages. From heart-racing slides to calm lazy rivers, Massachusetts waterparks have whatever you desire in central New England.

Get your swimsuits and towels ready as we take you through the ultimate guide to indoor and outdoor water park fun in Massachusetts. From Water Wizz to Six Flags New England to Great Wolf Lodge New England, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best water parks in the state.

Water Wizz is one of the water parks in Massachusetts.
Water Wizz, Wareham. Photo credit: Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

Water Wizz

3031 Cranberry Hwy, East Wareham, MA 02538 
(508) 295-3255

If Cape Cod is part of your summer vacation plan, be sure to check out Water Wizz in East Wareham. This outdoor water park operates seasonally. A family favorite since 1982, Water Wizz boasts 7 water slides of varying thrill levels. Squid Row, Thunder Falls and Hurricane Hill are some favorites. There are also two kid’s areas, a wave pool and a lazy river.

Best Attraction for Thrill Seekers

Want to free fall? If you don’t change your mind after climbing a hundred stairs, you’ll find yourself taking off from a 76 foot tall summit on Devil’s Peak. 

Best Attraction for Young Kids

Captain Kid’s Island features water slides, spraying water, tunnels and waterfalls. Get a giant splash by standing under the Water Wizz Frog Bucket.  For the youngest crowd, Little Neck Beach is a splash playground for those under 7. 

Hours and Tickets

Water Wizz is open from mid-June through the beginning of September. Regular ticket prices run roughly $35-$45 depending on age. Children 2 and under are free. Ticket rates are lower within two hours of the park closing. If you’re looking for discount Water Wizz tickets, I’d recommend signing up for their email list before the season starts. They’ve historically offered deeply discounted pre-season tickets. Military members and their immediate families save $4 per ticket with ID. If you are a first responder, pay attention to their Labor Day specials. 

Extra Charges: Water Wizz rents cabanas. Prices vary based on weekday or weekend and the size of the cabana. Tube rentals are optional and cost $20 ($10 is a deposit you’ll get back). Locker rentals are $20. Life jackets are free. You can bring your own as long as it is Coast Guard-approved. Blow up floaties are not allowed. 

Hotels Near Water Wizz

Looking to stay nearby? The Hampton Inn on Buzzards Bay is a quick drive and is located right on the Cape Cod Canal. Its location means you won’t need to worry about traffic getting over the bridge, which is clutch. There is a TownePlace Suites in Wareham that is also nearby. Both hotels offer free parking and a free breakfast. 

SheBuysTravel Tip: Looking to avoid crowds? Monday and Tuesday are generally slower, and weekends are the busiest. 

Six Flags New England

1623 Main St, Agawam, MA 01001
(413) 786-9300

Six Flags New England is not just an amusement park! If you’re heading to Agawam be sure to plan time for roller coasters and slides. This seasonal outdoor water park is the largest in New England. Combo passes can be purchased for both the theme park and water park.

Get your adrenaline rush on thrilling water slides at Hurricane Harbor. With 15 water-based attractions, your group won’t run out of options. Rides definitely lean towards adrenaline-based thrill rides. The Big Kahuna is a great starter for kids moving into thrill rides. Not knowing exactly where you’ll end up makes this attraction exciting. With four visible slides that twist and turn, you’ll be left guessing your path. Hairpin turns, drops and speed make this attraction a moderate thrill ride that is a great (and safe) start for kids 48” and taller looking to test out their capacity for surprises.

Looking for space to spread out? You can rent a private cabana that will accommodate up to six people at Hurricane Harbor.

Best Attraction for Thrill Seekers

Looking to scream? Ride the Tornado. This maximum-level thrill waterslide starts with a seven-story climb. The raft fits up to four people. Starting at 75 feet you’ll shoot down over 130 feet moving at 35 feet per second. As if that’s not enough, you’ll be launched into a 60-foot wide tunnel that will swirl you around in tornado fashion as you move through 5,000 gallons of water. Just when you think it can’t be over soon enough, you’ll shoot out the bottom of the funnel. You’ll need a strong stomach for this one!

Best Attraction for Young Kids

Although rides are thrilling here, you’ll find the perfect mini-water park within a waterpark for the littlest swimmers. With 16,000 feet and its own kiddo-sized wave pool and river, it’s perfect for the youngest visitors.

Hotels Near Six Flags New England

One good options near Agawam is the Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield Enfield which is actually just over the border in Connecticut. Even the standard guest rooms here are larger in square footage than those at other hotels. If you’ll be working in a trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Hilton Garden Inn Springfield is a great option. With restaurants onsite, it is also a convenient choice for families.

Fort Mackenzie at Great Wolf Lodge New England is one of the water parks in Massachusetts.
Fort Mackenzie at Great Wolf Lodge New England. Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge New England

Great Wolf Lodge New England

150 Great Wolf Dr, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(866) 678-9653

This well-known national brand sports a location in Fitchburg. For those unfamiliar with Massachusetts, please be aware that Fitchburg is a one-hour drive from Boston. Search results will sometimes incorrectly call this location Boston.

Family suites and a giant indoor water park make this a great spot to take kids. Most families choose to stay at the hotel for two reasons. First, day passes are priced extremely high. We’re talking a minimum of $50/day if you buy way in advance, up to a whopping $120/day per person for popular times. Second, hotel guests get more access to the park. Your access starts on the day you check-in and lets you splash away until the waterpark’s scheduled close on your departure day. With basic double queen rooms that sleep four running as low as $199 on some dates and averaging about $300, it’s worth booking the room most of the time! 

With more than a dozen water-based attractions, including the perennial favorite Big Foot Pass, there’s no shortage of things to do. Kids and adults will love testing out their balance on floating lily pads. Adults can wind down in the North Hot Springs (hot tub). 

Best Attraction for Thrill Seekers

Great Wolf Lodge Fitchburg only has two attractions that are rated high-thrill, so we’ll include them both. Howlin’ Tornado is a group tube thrill ride for two-four riders at a time that drops you into a six-story funnel of fun. The Wolf Tail is a solo ride that is not for the faint of heart. You’ll stand on a launch pad that’s floor drops out from under you leaving you plummeting vertically. After a 20-story free fall, you’ll go through a high-speed 360-degree loop.  

Best Attraction for Young Kids

Little ones will love the zero-depth entry Cub Paw Pool. This area is for kids 52” and under. During the summer, the outdoor Tadpole Pond area is perfect for toddlers. 

Water Park of New England (formerly CoCo Key)

50 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 646-1062

Located outside of Boston in the North Shores’ Danvers, the Water Park of New England is open Friday-Sunday for family fun. Day passes run from $30-45, depending on the day and time of entrance. You may hear some folks refer to this one as CoCo Key, but it was purchased and transformed way back in 2011. 

Kids will love the water cannons and water dumping bucket. The Parrot’s Perch Play Area has open top slides for the smaller kids as well as wading areas.

Wind down with a lazy river tube ride on the Coconut Grove Adventure River. Parents can also escape to the Palm Grotto Indoor/Outdoor Spa which has hot tubs and a swim through passage.

In total, this water park provides 65,000 square feet of refreshing indoor fun.

Cape Cod Inflatable Park and Family Resort, one of the best family resorts near Cape Cod
The Cape Cod Water Park Pool. Photo courtesy of Cape Cod Inflatables.

Cape Cod Inflatable Park and Wicked Waves Water Park

518 Main St, West Yarmouth, MA 02673
(508) 771-6060

The 2023 season at Cape Cod Inflatable Park starts on June 10th and runs through September 4th. Located in West Yarmouth, this waterpark in Massachusetts is free for guests of the Cape Cod Family Resort. Reservations must be made directly through the hotel to qualify for the free passes. 

Inflatable Park + Water Park = Twice as Much Fun

Made up of two sections, the Cape Cod Inflatable Park section boasts dry fun like bouncy houses, obstacle courses and a mechanical bull. You’ll need a pair of socks to enjoy this area, so pack a pair or buy one on site.  

At the Wicked Waves Water Park, you’ll find standard water slides and inflatable water slides. Overall, this park is very family-friendly, with most rides ranking on the low- to medium-thrill level. Tubes and life jackets are free to use. Towels are not available, so bring your own.  A snack bar is located inside the park. Outside food and drink isn’t allowed in the water park, but there is a picnic area outside the entrance where you can enjoy a picnic with food you’ve brought.

Day passes and season passes are available for this waterpark in Massachusetts. Day passes are $45 for adults and $30 for toddlers under 42″ tall. Kids younger than 12 months are free. Evening passes are available for 4 pm – 6 pm and cost $20-$30 depending on age. Everyone entering the park must have a pass, even if they don’t plan to go on the slides. 

West Yarmouth has a large array of hotels for every type of travel group. Check out West Yarmouth travel deals here

SheBuysTravel Tip: If you live locally or have a lengthy stay on Cape Cod planned, consider a season pass. Combo season passes for the inflatable park and the water park run $150 for adults or $80 for toddlers under 42”. After three-four visits, you’ve covered your cost. Season passes are only available to buy in person. 

Cape Codder Resort and Spa, one of the best family resorts near Cape Cod
Kids will have a blast at the indoor/outdoor waterpark. Photo courtesy of CapeCodderResort.com

Cape Codder Resort & Spa

1225 Iyannough Rd. Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 771-3000

The Cape Codder Resort & Spa is made up of 30,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor fun. 

Water rides and features include:

  • Wave pool
  • Two 160-foot high-speed water slides
  • 300-foot stormy river complete with waterfalls, rapids and a spouting humpback whale
  • Kiddie spray pool called Pirate Bay featuring a pirate ship, water cannons, small water slides and a dumping bucket
  • 24-person whirlpool and saunas

Guests booking directly through the hotel receive complimentary admission to the water park. This resort offers many specials on a wide range of sites from Booking.com to Groupon. If you purchase from any sites other than the hotel, double-check to make sure water park admission is included! 

Day passes are sold when the park isn’t at capacity. You can book day passes by calling the hotel directly. Day passes cost $40 for adults and $30 for children under 48” tall. Kids three and under are free. If booking a day visit, please be aware that prices can fluctuate based on day and time of year. Only hotel guests have access to the outdoor pool and free towels. Towels can be rented by day guests for $5. 

Not Quite a Waterpark: Massachusetts Summer Fun

Some sites will list these bonus water fun locations as “water parks,” but we cannot in good conscience do that. They’re fun, but the water features are a bonus rather than a main attraction.

Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides

520 N W Main St, Douglas, MA 01516
(508) 476-2664

You’re not going to head to the Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides in Douglas specifically for a waterpark in Massachusetts. But if you’re looking for a beautiful place to spend the day that also has a waterslide? It’s perfect. 

The 2023 season starts the weekend of 6/10 and 6/11. The park is open daily from 6/16-8/27.  It will reopen for Labor Day weekend 9/2-9/4. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm for the park and swimming. The three 300-foot slides are in operation from 10 am – 5 pm. 

Prices vary for Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides. For waterslides, the park and swimming, prices start as low as $15 for two-four year olds on a 2 pm or later ticket, and go up to $26 for an adult on an all-day ticket. The tickets for the park and swimming only range from $11-$19 (includes Mini River Water Slide for kids 42” and under). Cash and credit cards are taken for admission but the snack bar only takes cash. You buy tickets once you arrive at the park. There are no advance sales. 

Because this park is lakefront and also has slides, you can have a full-day of water fun. Be sure to pack your sand toys to make epic sandcastles! Pack a picnic lunch and spend the whole day. 

Hotels nearby include the Red Roof Inn in Sutton and the Hampton Inn Auburn which has easy access to Breezy and Sturbridge Village. Although Sutton is closer be aware that the Red Roof Inn does allow smoking in some rooms so check listings carefully. Camping is also available at the nearby Douglas State Forest.

Boston Commons Frog Pond Spray Pool

38 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

This spray pool (splash pad) in Boston Commons is a fun way to spend a hot day, but not the entire reason to go. If you’re in Boston, you can make your way over on foot or by taking the MBTA. The closest stops to the Frog Pond are Park Street on the Green and Red Line or Boylston Street on the Green Line. This shallow pool and spray fountain is perfect for families. It’s open between June and September from 11 am – 6 pm Be sure to squeeze in a ride on the Swan Boats and see the Make for Ducklings statue while you’re in the area. 

SheBuysTravel Tip: Parking in this area can be outrageously priced. If you plan your visit for a Sunday, metered street parking is free. 

Water Parks in Massachusetts: Something for Everyone

So there you have it, the ultimate guide to Massachusetts water parks. Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled day or just want to relax, there’s something for everyone. Pack up your sunscreen, swimsuits and grab your loved ones. Adventure is waiting! If you know anyone who is planning a trip to Massachusetts, share this guide with them!

Nasreen’s adventures started out as business travel. Working as a territory sales manager she covered 21 states during her tenure, traveling 3-5 nights a week. As she visited new cities and states, she always worked in a quick stop at a unique or iconic site. A travel writing career was born. When her father-in-law’s cancer came back she started writing and consulting full-time around his chemotherapy schedule. Traveling with her firefighter/paramedic husband, kids, friends and solo allows her to cover a variety of situations and topics. Her four kids (19 year old boy, 13 year old girl, 11 year old girl and 7 year old boy) are professionals at the cross country road trip. After 10 years in Texas, their family is back in the Northeast exploring both familiar and new destinations. There she runs her own business providing go-to-market, sales strategy, podcast, and content marketing consulting for websites and B2B businesses. Whenever possible she writes for a variety of publications in the podcast, travel, and business space. Connect with her on LinkedIn to chat about travel, content, sales, and podcasts!
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