Water parks in Connecticut are largely affiliated with resorts that attract visitors to the state's 250-mile Long Island Sound shoreline. Surrounded by golf courses, beaches and beautiful scenery, the water parks offer New England-style fun and excitement for adults, kids and resort-goers of all ages. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Connecticut's water parks.
Splash Harbor Water Park at Lake Compounce
Splash Harbor is Connecticut's largest water park and, in keeping with the locale, it features a New England harbor theme and lighthouse as its centerpiece. Splash Harbor is affiliated with Lake Compounce, a 332-acre theme park that opened in 1846 and is believed to hold the record for the longest continuously operated amusement park in America. Natural resources abound throughout the park, including the famous namesake Lake Compounce.
Lake PlungeThe Lake Plunge tube slide is a main attraction that empties thrill-seeking riders into the lake. The Lights Out high-speed slide leaves sliders in the dark and the Tunnel Twisters enclosed body slides take riders along a winding path. Splash Harbor also features the Mammoth Falls family raft ride.
Anchor BayOther attractions include Anchor Bay, a relaxing lazy river, and Clipper Cove, which features a 300-gallon water bucket, water cannons and slides. There is also a wave pool, pirate ship and a play area for small children.
GrubPizzas, hamburgers, fries, hot dogs, baked potatoes and chicken tenders are available at the park. Online meal deals are also available.
PriceGuests 52 inches and taller, $35.99; juniors under 52 inches, $25.99; seniors 60 and over, $17.99; children 3 and under, free. Admission to Splash Harbor is included with admission to Lake Compounce Amusement Park. There are reduced prices for arrivals after 5 p.m.
Safety RecordIncidents at Splash Harbor and other water and amusement parks are "rare," said a spokesman for Connecticut's State Fire Marshal's office. There were no serious accidents or incidents reported.
Address: 186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, CT 06010
Hours of Operation Opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. depending on the month and day of the week. Open spring through summer. Check the website for details.
CoCo Key Water Resort Hotel & Convention Center
CoCo Key Water Resort offers medium-size indoor water park fun and relaxation. It is affiliated with the Key West, Florida-themed hotel and convention resort that offers guest rooms and suites, conference facilities and ballrooms.
Shark SlamCoCo Key Water Resort features the Shark Slam body slide, Coconut Grove Adventure River tube ride and Parrot's Perch, a multi-level interactive play island with slides for young children, water cannons and a big bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water every few minutes.
Coral Reef CavernOther attractions at CoCo Key Water Resort include the Coral Reef Cavern activity pool, which features basketball and a lily pad adventure. There also is the Key Quest Arcade, an interactive game room with more than 50 state-of-the-art electronic games.
GrubPizza and other snack food shops are inside the water park. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.
PriceA full day pass, $29; a half day pass, $19; children 2 and under, free. Hotel and water park packages and annual passes and group discounts are also available.
Safety RecordIncidents at CoCo Key Water Resort and other water and amusement parks are "rare," said a spokesman for Connecticut's State Fire Marshal's office. There were no serious accidents or incidents reported.
Address: 3580 Main St., Waterbury, CT 06705
Telephone: 203-706-1000 or 800-446-1449
Hours of Operation Open daily at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. during operating season. Half-day admissions are good from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Other Noteworthy ParksSaturation Station at Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury Farmington River Tubing, New Hartford Splish Splash, Calverton, N.Y. Water Wizz, Westerly, R.I. SplashDown Beach, Fishkill, N.Y.
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