Splish Splash! 13 cool places to cool off this summer
Belmont: Beaver Brook Reservation Spray Deck & Playground
621 Trapelo Rd.
Ponds and a waterfall make this 59-acre park’s northern section a delightful place for a walk or picnic. The southern section features a soft-surface spray deck with multiple zones and different activation sequences. Children can scramble across the rocks and splash in pop-up sprinklers at this woodsy retreat.
Boston: Christian Science Center Splash Fountain
The long reflecting pool at this Boston landmark mirrors the Christian Science Church and the Back Bay skyline. The fountain at the northern end of the pool features 180 water jets that shoot directly out of the ground, providing endless fun for little ones.
Boston: Boston Frog Pond Spray Pool
38 Beacon St.
Located on the historic Boston Common, Frog Pond Spray Pool is a favorite among city dwellers and visitors alike. Big kids can splash their way to the giant, spraying fountain in the middle of the wading pool, while littler ones can soak in the outskirts.
Clinton: Philbin Memorial Park (The Acre)
42-62 Berlin St.
Along with the Splash Pad, this park offers a playground, sandbox, shade structure and even a Free Little Library.
Fitchburg: Park Hill Splash Park
27 Franklin Rd., Fitchburg
Kids can splash in geysers and run through colorful water-spraying rings. Nearby in the park, enjoy a skatepark, play area and sports fields.
Hudson: Cellucci Park Splash Pad
15 Houghton St., Hudson
Kiddos can run under fountains and through geysers to cool off at this park, which also features a playground and skatepark.
Marlboro: Artemas Ward Wading Pool
157 Orchard St.
This gently sloped wading pool features a mushroom-shaped misting fountain in the middle.
Northboro: Assabet Park Splash Pad
20 Gale St.
Kids can cool off in bubblers, misters, geysers and more. After splashing, enjoy a picnic and more playtime at the adjacent playground.
Oxford: Carbuncle Pond Splash Pad
12 Carbuncle Dr.
Cool off at the fenced-in zero-depth splash area, or head over to the beach to swim in the pond.
Sterling: Adventure Spray & Play at Davis Farmland
145 Redstone Hill, Sterling
This spray park features two spray pads -- one for toddlers and one for multi-generational fun. Play in misters, sprinklers and geysers and cool off under the water tower or giant sunflowers. There’s also a kiddy car wash, slip and slide and inflatable waterslide.
Topsfield: Bradley Palmer Spray Deck
40 Asbury St.
A play area, shady spots for picnics and a kid-activated spray deck make this a popular place in the summer. The wading pool is large and shallow -- perfect for little ones.
Worcester: Cristoforo Colombo Spray Park (East Park)
180 Shrewsbury St.
This splash park also features a padded-surface playground, climbing structures, amphitheater and acres of undeveloped hillsides with trail connections to Bell Pond Park and Green Hill Park leading all the way to Lake Quinsigamond.
Worcester: Greenwood Spray Park
14 Forsberg St.
Splash in the sprinklers to cool off at this park on the south end of the city, then enjoy a nature trail, picnic area and sporting fields.