Indoor Waterparks in New England!

Indoor Waterparks in New England! If you’re willing to pay cold hard cash to be transported to a balmy 84 degrees (albeit indoors) during a New England winter, this article may be for you.

Your desire to be warm, however, must trump any issues you may have with things like extremely high levels of chlorine and tons of wet people everywhere. For me, I’ll take these for tropical humidity in the cold weather any day.

Solution? Indoor water parks. They’re close, they’re fun and they’re warm. Deliciously and beautifully warm.

Note: Almost all of the indoor water parks discussed below offer discounts and special package deals on sites like Groupon, TripAdvisor, etc. or on their own websites. Be sure to Google special deals before booking and you could score some sweet savings.

Great Wolf Lodge, Fitchburg MA

Image result for great wolf lodge ma water parkAbout one half hour from Worcester, Great Wolf Lodge is 68K square feet of aquatic fun including water slides (for singles and groups), lazy river, children’s splash pool, water fort tree house, wave pool and more.

There are also a ton of non-water related activities including an indoor ropes course, bowling alley, mini-golf, lazer tag, MagiQuest (an interactive scavenger hunt which is an extra expense but I highly recommend splurging on it) and so much more. You will *not* get bored here, ever.

GWL has now started selling day passes. Prices for overnight start at about $199 per night for four people. Visit for more info. You can usually find deals on Groupon.

I have personally been here and really liked it. It was warm, clean and offered tons of activities. I would not recommend the onsite restaurants for dinner (either order in or go out), but other than that, it got a thumbs up from me.

Waterpark of New England (formerly CoCo Key), Danvers MA

Just over an hour from Worcester, Waterparks of New England is a great day-trip option. Although they have an onsite hotel, you are not required to stay overnight to access the water park. The park has an adventure river, water-filled jungle gym, zero-depth entry pool and play area, indoor/outdoor spa, several water slides and an activity pool (think water basketball, obstacle course).

I like this place because they put in a lot of cheesy tropical décor, but it makes me forget there’s snow outside so I’ll take it. Do bring your own towels (not offered); don’t bring your own food or drink (not allowed and they have some onsite options).

Check the website for prices, they can vary. Right now, the waterpark is only open on the weekends and school vacation weeks. Tickets can be booked in advance (recommended). For more info, visit Waterpark of New England Website.

Jay Peak Pump House, Jay Peak VT

As part of the Jay Peak Resort, this park offers several slides, lazy river, kids play area, indoor/outdoor hot tub, double-barrel “flowrider” (a cross between skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding on water).

At 4 hours from Worcester, this one’s definitely a road trip but I’ve even seen some combo ski/splash specials for Jay Peak Resort that would be worth it if you wanted to ski, as well. However, day passes are available if you choose to stay elsewhere. For more information, visit Image result for jay peak pump house

Cape Codder Water Park, Hyannis MA

Newly renovated, this 30K square foot water park includes 4 water slides, lazy river, kiddie area, wave pool and a 24-person jacuzzi. Day passes are available ($61 adult, $51 under 48”, $26 spectator pass). Water park admission is included in any overnight stays booked directly with the hotel itself (no third-party vendors).

Hyannis is a 2 hour drive from Worcester so you “could” make it a day trip but I think there are some better, closer options. For more info, visit And their Waterpark Page.

If you need to find me, I’ll be the one in the lounge chair with my eyes closed pretending it’s summer. I don’t even care if it’s manufactured.

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