It's a fact that most kids absolutely love the water!

Before our kids reached those complex teenage years, we packed them up and spent a week at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was a family vacation filled with laughter, frenetic fun, and unforgettable moments, but you know what our kids loved most of all: the hotel swimming pool.

So why are we spending hundreds of dollars for a week at Disney World when there are outstanding outdoor water parks that take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to get to from Danbury?

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    Hurricane Harbor Water Park - Six Flags New England

    Six Flags New England is located in Agawam, Massachusetts and is only a 1-hour 24-minute drive from Danbury. The water park, Hurricane Harbor has two wave pools, a lazy river, a water coaster, along with a river with waves. Many reviews on Trip Advisor raved about how you could spend the entire day just at the water park.

    Some of the highlights at Hurricane Harbor are Adventure River, Big Kahuna, Bonzai Pipelines, and Cannonball Falls. Check them all out by clicking on, sixflags.com.

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    Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

    Brownstone Park is located at 161 Brownstone Ave. in Portland, CT just a measly 1-hour 11-minute ride from the Danbury area according to Google Maps

    Google reviews give the park a 4.5/5. The big difference between this park and the others is Brownstone is a more interactive and physically challenging water park that includes a zip line, cliff jumping, swimming and snorkeling, a rope swing, and scuba diving. It's not your typical waterslide/lazy river park. Have you ever jumped off Chicken Rock on Candlewood Lake? If so, you're gonna love Brownstone Park!

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    The Splashpad at The Dinosaur Place

    The Splash Pad at Dinosaur Village is located at 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike in Montville, CT. and is only an hour and a half car ride from Danbury. 

    There are 40 life-sized dinosaurs inside the park waiting to greet you. Splashpad has been rated the 4th best splashpad in America by USA Today Travel 10 Best. Make sure to bring along some socks to experience the T.Rex Power Playscape.

     

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    Quassy Amusement and Waterpark

    Quassy is just up the road from Danbury off I-84 East on Rt. 64 (2132 Middlebury Rd.) in Middlebury. CT which is only 25 minutes from Danbury.

    Quassey's Splash Away Bay Waterpark features their Saturation Station that dumps 300 gallons of water right on your head. Add some cascading fountains, water slides, and their water raft ride, the bullet bowl and you've got yourself an amazing day of wet and wild!

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    Splashdown Beach - Fishkill, NY

    Splashdown is located at 16 Old Route 9 West in Fishkill, New York only 37 minutes from downtown Danbury.

    While you're there, make sure to try out their newest ride, the Megladon which will send you into a near-vertical zero gravity experience. Many Trip Advisor reviewers were impressed with the friendly staff and the cleanliness of the park.

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    Lake Compounce - Southington, CT

    Lake Compounce is an easy 44-minute drive from Danbury off Exit 31 on I-84 in Southington. Google reviewers gave the park a 4.7/5 which is damn good!

    You and the family will find extraordinary water rides throughout the park like the 'Sawmill Plunge,' 'Tunnel Twister' water slides, 'Clipper Cove,' and many more! Lake Compounce has something for everyone from ages 3 to 63!

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    Ocean Beach Park - New London, CT

    Located right on the ocean in New London, CT is the legendary 'Ocean Beach Park' which is only a 1-hour 44-minute car ride from Danbury.

    You'll be treated to a 50-meter Olympic pool, triple water slides, and a Kiddle Spray Park. Rated a 4.3/5 from Google reviewers you get the best of both worlds, a beautiful sandy ocean beach, a waterpark for the kids and plenty of attractions on the boardwalk.

    Ocean Beach Park Water Slide - YouTube Video by VietFiddle