It will be a while before New England beaches beckon, but in the meantime aquatic fun abounds at several indoor water parks. Some require that you stay overnight at the host resort, while others offer a limited number of day passes (but these can be very limited or nonexistent during school vacation weeks). Here are some options for April vacation fun in the water.
CoCo Key has three New England locations, in Danvers and Fitchburg, and Waterbury, Conn. The Danvers park, located at the DoubleTree by Hilton, is a 65,000-square-foot tropical retreat with cozy cabanas, thatched-roofed huts, and water rides for all ages. Thrill seekers (who are also over 48 inches tall) will enjoy the Shark Slam, Gator Gus, Barracuda Blast, and Pelican Plunge water slides. Smaller visitors can head to the Dip-In Theater, with a zero-depth entry pool, kiddie slides, and water spouts and buckets. Day trippers are welcome, but all day passes ($20-$45) must be reserved online. The Ultimate Water Park Package ($289) includes an overnight stay with access to the Water Park for up to four people from 4 p.m. on the day of arrival until 4 p.m. on the day of departure, two $20 arcade cards, and breakfast for four. 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, 978-777-2500, www.cocokeyboston.com
CoCo Key at the Holiday Inn in Fitchburg has a Key West theme with two body slides, the Barracuda Blast two-person raft slide, an adventure river, and an indoor-outdoor spa. It also offers the Parrot’s Perch interactive play center with small slides and a tipping bucket. For small children, the Dip-In Theater is a shallow pool with a constant display of movies and cartoons. An overnight package special for April vacation week includes a room with water park passes for two full days for four people at $229 a night (with a two-night minimum April 12, 13, 19, and 20). Day passes $20-$30. 150 Royal Plaza Drive, Fitchburg, 978-342-7100, www.cocokeyfitchburg.com
Highlights of the 50,000-square-foot CoCo Key in Waterbury include an adventure river, three 40-foot body and raft rides, an activity pool with water basketball, and Parrot’s Perch interactive play island with zero-depth-entry kiddie area. Day trippers are welcome, and the park has extended hours during school vacation week. Day passes $10-$34. 3580 East Main St., 203-706-1000, www.cocokeywaterbury.com
Heading toward Cape Cod, check out the Pilgrim Cove indoor theme pool at the John Carver Inn & Spa in Plymouth. A giant, 80-foot water slide winds through a life-size replica of the Mayflower, and the island whirlpool is set in a model of Plymouth Rock, accessible by a bridge over the splashing waterfalls below. During April vacation week, a Family Vacation Package includes two nights for a family of four, with up to a $40 meal allowance at the on-premises Hearth ’n Kettle, and use of the Pilgrim Cove pool; prices from $148 per night for the two-night package. Limited day passes available at $20 for two hours (but not during school vacation weeks). 25 Summer St., 888-906-6181, www.johncarverinn.com
The 8,200-square-foot indoor wave pool at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis has 2-foot waves, 80- and 50-foot water slides, waterfalls, a 24-person whirlpool, dancing water fountains, and two saunas. The zero-entry-depth wave pool is ideal for younger children. Hardy souls may want to take a dip in the heated outdoor Rainbow Falls pool, which transforms into a light show after dark. During April vacation week, a Family Vacation Package, including two nights for a family of four, up to $40 meal allowance at the on-premises Hearth ’n Kettle or Grand Cru Wine Bar & Grill, and full use of the wave pool and Rainbow Falls pool, begins at $193 per night for the two-night package. Day passes $20-$25 (not available during school vacation weeks). 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, 855-861-4370,
Kahuna Laguna joins North Conway’s A-list of family-friendly activities. The 40,000-square-foot water park at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
in New Hampshire has a three-story slide that dumps into a 43,000-gallon pool. There’s a wave pool with rotating patterns so you never know what’s coming next and a 9-inch-deep activity pool with a slide, water toys, and squirting lemon drop fountains designed for younger visitors. The park is exclusively for the use of overnight guests. April vacation packages are available April 12-27, starting at $189 for a family of four with breakfast and water park passes (two-night minimum for most rooms). 2251 White
Mountain Highway (Route 16), NorthConway, 603-356-5411, www.kahunalaguna.com
At the Pump House at Jay Peak in Vermont, half the guests claim the best feature is La Chute — a tube slide that drops you into a 70-foot vertical free fall before sending you into an upside-down loop — while the other half would say it’s the Double Barrel — a twin Flowrider that generates a standing wave so you can claim you “surfed” in Vermont. There’s also a children’s play area with a graduated entry, water cannons, and a tipping bucket. Day passes $25-$35. Spring Splash & Stay packages begin at $195 per night for a family of four sharing one room. 830 JayPeak Road, 802-988-2611,
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