You know summertime is in full swing when there's an abundance of children excitedly running through water fountains! Although us New Englanders are dealing with less than ideal weather throughout the year, we also know how to party when the suns out in the summer, and what better way to cool down from the heat than spending a couple hours running around water parks or relaxing at the beaches? Luckily for us, Boston and Massachusetts have a wide range of places to choose from, so in this blog, we have compiled a list of places where you, your family, and your visitors can all go to soak in this beautiful Boston weather! (Bonus: They're all FREE!)
First on the list is the Splash Fountain at the Christian Science Plaza. One of the major reasons why this place is so popular is the close proximity of the Prudential Center (one of Boston's main malls), as well as the easy accessibility. Furthermore, it was renovated in 2005 specifically to include a new splash pool area and a evening lighting system, meaning that the fountain stays open from 9 a.m. all the way up until 9 p.m. every day! This place is guaranteed to have a good amount of people everyday during the summer, and another major bonus is that you can always go for the free movie event at the Prudential Center after some water fun!
Next up on our list is the hugely popular Beaver Brook Spray Deck and Playground, located in Belmont! This place is suitable for all ages as there are swings, slides, and climbing structures for toddlers, the 'Spray Pool' where water sprays out of boulders and vents for older kids, lots of green space with picnic tables and softball/baseball areas for the older folk! It is open daily until September 1st from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tip: Have little one wear comfortable water shoes as it gets slippery, try and get there early to guarantee parking, and always practice sun safety by applying sunscreen regularly!
Another prime location for the younger ones is the Artesani Playground Spray Deck and Wading Pool, located in Brighton near the Charles River. Although this park is smaller in comparison to the others, it is well maintained and has a nice spray deck and wading pool for people to cool off and enjoy the sunshine! The spray deck and wading pool is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Check the link for more information!
Looking for more places to take your family and visitors to play in the water fountains and parks? Check out Rose Kennedy Greenway, where there are new fewer than 7 water park areas in places such as the North End, Chinatown, and the Wharf District! These places are more suitable for all ages, and is sure to be a blast for the whole family!
We hope this list helps you to give an idea of the different places you can take your family to have a cool, chill day! We would love to hear what you think!