Summer is here, and even in northern New England there’s not a better way to cool off on a hot day than water play. Interested in an alternative to the lakes and beaches in our state? We’ve gathered a list of some local water parks, pools and splash pads to explore for a day of fun in the sun.
Don Ball Park in Derry has a splash pad and playground that attracts kids of all ages and abilities. The splash pad itself includes sprinklers and buckets that fill up and dump over for the ultimate cool down on the most humid of days. There are public restrooms and a cash-only concession stand. It costs nothing to visit the park!
Dupont Splash Pad in Manchester is a fun, popular spot only about a year old and located on the west side of the city where a public pool used to be. It’s open seasonally to Manchester residents; non-residents are permitted to visit in the evening hours only, from 5:30-7:00 pm.
Livingston Pool in Manchester is another free public park that offers several activities for families looking for a way to spend a few hours. In addition to the pool for swimmers of all abilities, there’s a playground and a walking trail around the nearby pond. No swimming allowed in the pond, but bring your fishing poles if you have them. Hooksett is also nearby and offers fun activities for the whole family.
White Park in Concord has the Capital City’s largest playground, along with a pool. Non-residents may purchase pool passes.
Daniel Healy Outdoor Pool & Splash Pad in Exeter has both pool and splash pad open to residents and non-residents for a fee. When you’re feeling hungry or thirsty, visit the concession stand with its extensive menu.
Candia Springs Adventure Park in Candia offers water attractions that include slides, a swimming hole and “beach,” an obstacle course challenge, and splash pad.
Canobie Lake Park in Salem is likely the best known amusement park in our state, and there are new reasons to keep going back. Along with the traditional water rides, like the beloved flume and Boston Tea Party, the park’s Castaway Island has expanded in time for the 2018 season with new features for fun.
Summer is one of the best seasons in New Hampshire to enjoy the outdoors in any capacity. When you live in southern New Hampshire, all of these options are just a short drive away. Check out our communities to see where you can make your home!