By Mary Fischer
271 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT 06010
Park Hours July – Labor Day: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $17.99 – $35.99 (includes admission to amusement park)
Kids under three – free
With a lazy river, waterslides galore, and a wave pool, kids will stay cool and completely entertained at Splash Harbor Park. Children will especially love Clipper Cove, which is a water play structure complete with cannons and a 300-gallon water dumping bucket.
2 Lighthouse Rd.
New Haven, CT 06512
Park Hours: Gates open 7am until sunset
Free for New Haven registered vehicles
Non-New Haven registered vehicles $10
With a brand new splash pad, beach swimming, and even a carousel, Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven is the perfect place to take the family for a day of fun in the sun. Lifeguards are on duty for beach swimming all summer, although parents must accompany their children at all times. The splash park is next to the bath house, and kids will love cooling of in the fresh water fountains.
1134 New Britain Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06110
Hours: 11am – 7pm daily
Splash pads are such a great alternative to swimming pools to beat the heat this summer, especially for parents of young children who don’t know how to swim yet. The Spray Pool at Wolcott Park in West Hartford is the perfect place to let your little ones enjoy the water while staying safe!
Sandy Beach Rd. (Rt 140)
Ellington, CT 06029
Weekdays: 12pm – 6:30pm
Weekends: 11am – 6:30pm
Adult Residents: $2
Child Residents: $1
Adult Non-Residents: $5
Child Non-Residents: $3
All Children Under 5: Free
There is no better place for kids to cool off in Tolland County than Crystal Lake. It’s the perfect sunny day spot for kids of all ages to swim and play. Crystal Lake is a favorite for families with young children, as the right side of the beach is incredibly shallow. Small kids can wade right into the water without worrying about waves or currents. Crystal Lake only accepts cash, and you’ll want to have it on hand anyway for the ice cream truck that stops by a couple times a day.