Ready to cool off? Here is a comprehensive guide to Central MA Pools, Splash Pads and Ponds for when you can’t take the heat any longer. Please check each website for updated information.
*Please note that all places have their own rules regarding Covid regulations and about bringing in outside chairs, umbrellas, food/drink and floats. Please contact for clarification on rules so there are no surprises. Go get your swim on!
Worcester County Splash Pads
Artemus Ward Wading Pool (Open Through Labor Day)
57 Orchard Street, Marlborough
A large, gently sloped pool with a misty mushroom-shaped fountain for play. There is a large shallow pool for non/new swimmers. Maximum depth is about 2.5ft.
Assabet Splash Park
Gale Street, Northborough
Roughly the same dimensions as a basketball court, it offers several different water features such as bubblers, misters and geysers. Also features swings, sandbox and other playground equipment.
Carbuncle Pond Splash Pad
12 Carbuncle Drive, Oxford
A beach for swimming and a zero depth splash pad for cooling off. Resident and non-resident passes at the gate. Owned and operated by the town of Oxford.
Cellucci Skate & Splash Park
South Street, Hudson
Playground, award-winning splash pad, sculpted in-ground skate park, bocce court, gazebo pavilion and picnic area and summer concerts.
Fournier Water Park (Open through Labor Day)
525 Litchfield Street, Leominster
Sprinkler-like jets come from brightly colored fountains.
Ghiloni & Stevens Park Splash Pads (Open through Labor Day)
239 Concord Rd, Marlborough, MA
This is Marlborough’s new splash pad, Built in 2020. In addition to the splash pad they have playgrounds, fields, nature trails and a track.
Parkhill Park & Splash Park
235 Pratt Road, Fitchburg
A zero depth splash pad. Almost completely fenced in and great for letting little kids run around and cool off in the summer heat. There are a few picnic tables and a playground as well.
Philbin Park Splash Pad (Closed for 2021)
Berlin & Wilson Streets, Clinton
For kids ages ten and under, the splash pad has several spray structures to cool down kids. There is a playground and basketball court as well.
Davis Farmland (Water Spraygrounds open through Labor Day)
145 Redstone Hill, Sterling
Davis Farmland has the largest zero-depth water parks in New England featuring a toddler area and multi-generational play area.
Swimming at Local Parks
48 Old Oxford Rd, Charlton
Douglas State Forest
107 Wallum Lake Road, Douglas
Dunn State Park
289 Pearl Street, Gardner
Lake Siog Recreation
Off Dug Hill Road, Holland
Wells State Park
159 Walker Pond Road, Sturbridge
Rutland Community Swimming Pool
Behind Town Hall
The Recreation Dept. operates a large pool and wading pool for preschoolers. Residents and non-residents can get a season pass, a 10 visit punch card or day pass. Open daily during the summer. Bathrooms and Snack Shack on site.
Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides (Open Through 8/29 and open Labor Day Weekend)
520 N Main St Douglas MA 508-476-2664
Family owned and operated recreational facility with picnic area, 3 waterslides, lake and beach.
City of Worcester Pools, Pads, Ponds
Open daily 12pm-7pm.
Ponds & Lakes
Shore Park on Indian Lake
115 Shore Drive, Worcester
A sandy beach staffed by a lifeguard. Picnic tables are available; a snack bar sells food, too.
Bell Pond (Temporarily Closed)
238 Belmont St, Worcester
Lifeguards staff this small beach. Restrooms and free parking nearby.
Coes Pond Beach and Bathhouse
Mill St, Worcester
20 acres of parkland in the western part of the city. Includes a sandy beach, restrooms and a bathhouse, but no snack bar or picnic tables.
North Lake Ave, Worcester
Quinsigamond State Park is 25 acres on the Worcester side with a nice sandy beach, lifeguards, picnic tables and restrooms. You will often see boats passing by on this long lake separating Worcester from Shrewsbury.
Splash Pads Open through Labor Day
Greenwood Spray Park
Forsberg St, Worcester
Cristoforo Colombo Park (East Park)
Shrewsbury St, Worcester
Newest splash pad. Opened in 2014.
Swimming Pools – Open through 8/22
Veteran’s Memorial Pool
1270 Main St, Worcester
Shrine Memorial Pool
146 Providence St, Worcester
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What is your favorite Central MA pool, splash pad or pond? Tell us in comments below!