Guide to Boston Spray Parks & Wading Pools
Summertime in Boston means it's time splash in spray parks! There's plenty of free water fun to be had all around the city, and we've rounded up some of our favorite spots.
Frog Pond, Boston Common—Beacon Hill
From the opening day festivities on June 27, 2019 through Labor Day weekend, children ages 12 and under can cool off in the Frog Pond Spray Pool, open daily at 11 a.m.
Rose Kennedy Greenway — Chinatown Parks, Wharf District Parks, and North End Parks
Rose Kennedy Greenway fountains are available for splashing from late May through early October 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. They are fun to frolic in both day and night, and add a wonderful dimension to the Greenway parks.
Rings Fountain, Wharf District Parks—Milk Street.
64 nozzles shoot up in the air and create circles of vertical water.
Canal Fountains, North End Parks—New Sudbury Street and North Street
The Canal fountains run along the North and South lawns of the Parks. These fountains are perfect for smaller children, who just want to get their feet wet.
River Stream Fountain, Chinatown Park—Surface Road and Beach Street
A bamboo lined, rocky stream in Chinatown is best for older kids. The Canal Fountains are perfect for little kids who just want to get their feet wet.
Splash Fountain, Christian Science Plaza—Back Bay
Renovated in 2005 at the Christian Science Plaza to include a new splash pool area and evening lighting system, the Splash Fountain is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting. The fountain is on the Belvidere Street side of the plaza, near free family movie series at The Pru.
Artesani Playground Spray Deck and Wading Pool—Brighton
The small, nicely-maintained DCR playground has a spray deck and wading pool for cooling off. The spray deck is open daily from late May to early September, while the wading pool is open Saturday and Sunday from mid-June to late August.
Ryan Wading Pool and Playground—Mattapan
The water features at this next one are extensive. Not only is there a substantial wading pool, but there are several spray features in the shapes of animals. Ryan Wading Pool is open daily from mid-June to late August with extended hours on Thursdays in July and August.
North Point Park — Cambridge
The spray deck at North Point Park has one of the best views in the area. You can see Boston and the Zakim Bridge while splashing around.
Latta Brothers Splash Pad —Somerville
It’s still under construction, but there’s a large splash pad opening this summer at Latta Brothers Pool. The facility is open daily from late June to late August.
Chuckie Harris Park—Somerville
The innovative water feature at Chuckie Harris Park doubles as a movie screen on summer nights.
Dorothy Curran Playground — South End
This nautically themed playground has some of the coolest water features in town: several large seaweed sculptures spray kids down when the weather heats up.
Water shoots out of what looks like a volcano at Coolidge Playground.
Stony Brook Spray Deck—Jamaica Plain
This small neighborhood spray deck is part of the Stony Brook Playground. It's open daily from late May to early September.
Johnson Playground Spray Deck—Jamaica Plain
Like Stony Brook, this is small neighborhood spray deck is part of the Johnson Playground. It's open daily from late May to early September with extended hours in July and August.
Alexander W. Kemp Playground—Cambridge
This super unique playground Cambridge Common (it’s built of natural materials) has a splash pad and water wheel with attached water tables.
Alfond Memorial Spray Deck—West End
You may not be able to dive into the Charles River, but you can cool down on its shores at the Alfond Memorial Spray Deck.
Beaver Brook Spray Deck and Playground—Belmont
There are a lot of fun water features in the Beaver Brook Spray Deck as well as a playground and lots of green space to explore in the Beaver Brook Reservation. Tip: The rocks in the water area tend to get slippery. It's a good idea to have your little ones wear water shoes with tread.
Olsen Swimming Pool and Spray Deck—Hyde Park
With brightly colored spray features, this splash pad is big enough for everyone who needs to cool down on hot days. The spray deck is open from late June to late August with extended hours in July and August.
Soule Recreation Center—Brookline
Nestled right in the middle of a large playground is a decent sized spray deck that's great for small kids to cool down on in between turns on the slides and swings.
Free Water Fun for Boston Kids: Spray Parks, Fountains and Wading Pools
Find more refreshing venues in our Water Fun Guide. We invite you to Relax on a Beach, or Go Boating/Sailing, or Cool off in a Spray Park.
Varies by location. Most locations are open on weekends after Memorial Day, and then daily from the end of June through Labor Day.
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