Six Seacoast Splash Pads


Splash pads are a great way for kids to cool off on a hot day. They’re also a lot of fun! Here on the Seacoast, there are a range of opportunities to get wet and cool down from the heat of summer. Why not make a summer bucket list to hit them all? Here are 6 Seacoast splash pad to visit this summer!

children run thorugh water features on Splash Pad

What is a splash pad?

A splash pad is a water playground that’s designed for kids of all ages. They usually have a variety of features, such as fountains, geysers, and water cannons. Some splash pads even have slides and other interactive elements. Seacoast splash pads tend to “open” early June and run through August. 

What to know before you go

Splash pads are usually open to all ages, with babies and young elementary age kids the frequent fliers. Bring a towel, wear sunscreen, water, and coach older kids to look out for littles as they run, splash, and play. As for furry friends, leave the pup at home. Most splash pads do not allow dogs for sanitary reasons. In addition, these public spaces are crowded on hot summer days and not everyone feels comfortable around a dog. If your dog loves the water, consider taking them on a dog-friendly Seacoast hike or get them a doggie pool!

6 Seacoast Splash Pads in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts

Dover Adventure Playground at Henry Law Park

Address: 50 Henry Law Ave, Dover, NH 03820

Cost: Park and splash pad is free, metered street parking 

The Dover splash pad runs in the summer (start time varies) and offers a circular cement pad with pop up water jets. While the splash pad isn’t very innovative, the location can’t be beat! The Dover Adventure Playground at Henry Law Park is a fantastic summer destination. There is a great playground with a climbing tower, range of swings, slide, sandbox, music makers, rope structure, and model gundalow boat. In addition, it is the same location as the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire as well as the Dover pool. 

Aqua Land Splash Pad at Newmarket Rec

Address: 1 Terrace Drive, Newmarket, NH 03857

Cost: Free

Newmarket Rec opens their splash pad on June 3 this year. Hours vary throughout the summer and are posted on Newmarket Rec’s website. This is a top notch splash pad complete with bucket dumpers, spray nozzles, and sprayers. Another benefit is that it’s enclosed and has bathrooms.

Aqua Land has bucket dumpers

Splash Pad Spray Park – Amesbury Town Park

Address: 140 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA

Cost: Free

Just over the New Hampshire border in Massachusetts is the Amesbury Spray Park. This popular splash pad has multiple features including a spray tunnel, animal squirters, and dumping buckets. In addition to the splash pad, there is a basketball court, baseball fields, disc golf course, picnic area, bathrooms, and playground.

Noble Pines Park

Address: One Government Way, Somersworth, NH

Cost: Free 

The splash pad at Noble Pines Park has four water features scattered over a cement circle. It generally opens mid June and runs through the end of August. Visitors can expect it will be running on fair-weather days form 10 am to 7 pm. In addition to the splash pad, Noble Pines Park has two age appropriate playground areas, basketball court and covered picnic pavilion. This park gets a lot of direct sun so playground equipment can get hot on those warm, sunny days. Check out Somersworth Rec for more details.

Derry Splash Pad

Address: Don Ball Park, 14 Humphrey Road, Derry, NH

Cost: Free

Derry’s sizable splash pad is located at the Don Ball Park. It opens mid June through end of August. This site has multiple features including spray tunnels, bucket dumpers, and jets. In addition to the splash pad, there is a playground, concession stand, restroom, and picnic area. Hours and more info can be found on Derry’s Parks website.

Derry Splash Pad

Jamaica Island Spray Park 

Address: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine

Cost: Free (but only open to Shipyarders and their guests)

Sorry folks – this splash pad is only available to shipyarders and their guests. Open July and August, this splash pad has a large water area with multiple pop up jets and sprinklers. In the center of it all is a large, decorative tree sculpture. In addition to the splash pad, Jamaica Island Park has bathrooms, picnic areas, ball courts, and a playground.

Beat the Heat on the Seacoast

If Seacoast splash pads aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to get in the water this summer. Here are a few recommendations:

Whether you’re looking to cool down on a hot day or simply spend time out of the house, a Seacoast splash pad is a great choice.

Splash pads are great for hot days.