Make a splash the whole family can enjoy this summer in Connecticut. Indoors or out, a day of waterpark fun is the coolest way to beat the heat and chase the vacation boredom blues away. Soaring temperatures are no match for the best waterparks and pools in Connecticut, especially with fun extras from dump buckets to full-on amusement park fun.

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Lake Compounce
Splash Harbor 
186 Enterprise Dr
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 583-3300

Price: $69.99 season passes//$8 parking/click here for single-day passes

Lake Compounce holds the record as the longest continuously operating amusement park in North America. Set on a picturesque lake offering a variety of traditional, thrill and kiddie rides as well as shows and entertainment, the water park at Lake Compounce, known as Splash Harbor, offers exciting options for beating the summer heat. Raft rides, water slides, tunnel twisters and a wave pool start off the fun, and a 300-gallon water bucket dumps out the final dose of cool satisfaction. New for 2012, the Riptide Racer’s high-speed water slide is not for the faint of heart. Start with a vertical drop, sail through criss-crossing enclosed tubes and finish off with a daring plunge. Make great memories, then come back for more with emailed promotions and season passes. Purchase tickets and passes online any time and avoid waiting in line. Share the fun with corporate and group rates as well.

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Quassy Amusement Park
Saturation Station
2132 Middlebury Rd
Middlebury, CT 06762
(800) 367-7275

Price: $12 Saturation Station and Quassy Beach/$6 parking

A family amusement destination for more than 100 years, Quassy Amusement park offers fun in the sun for all ages. The more recent addition of the Saturation Station makes more than 30 water attractions an enjoyable outing for all. When it comes to fighting sweltering summer temperatures, nothing beats a drenching Jungle Gym, cascading fountains, water cannons and a 300-gallon water bucket. Enjoy the new Tunnel Twister waterslide for an adventure never to be forgotten. For those whose tastes are more traditional when it comes to water fun, enjoy a relaxing day on Quassy Beach. Take a swim, try out a paddle boat or steam around Lake Quassapaug on the Quassy Queen II. Quassy is great for birthday parties, company picnics, field trips and family reunions. Tickets and passes are available online, and be sure to check out group events while you shop.

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Coco Key Water Resort
3580 E. Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06705

Price: $10 Wednesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m./$19 Friday/$29 Saturday and Sunday

Don’t let a day of fun be ruined by stormy weather this summer. At Coco Key Water Resort, an indoor water park, it is always a balmy 84 degrees. Attractions including an activity pool with water basketball and a little pad adventure are just the start. Body and raft rides, an interactive play island, a river ride, kiddie area and an arcade fill 50,000 square feet with the kind of excitement the whole family will want to experience again and again. If you are traveling, day tripping or planning a weekend away, stay at the hotel and convention center here for the full experience. Newly renovated and with endless amenities, Coco Key Water Resort is a perfect destination location. Reservations, passes and gift cards are all available online.

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