The end of the school year for Massachusetts students and families is on the horizon and folks are ready to hit the road for summer vacation.

With temperatures already climbing in Massachusetts, there's no better place to hit on your summer vacation or road trip than a water park and New England has plenty of options.

Whether you're heading to Cape Cod, Connecticut, or even Hampton Beach, we've got a great water park destination for you. If your idea of a summer vacation includes a wet and wild stop for the whole family to enjoy, you're got to check out this list of the top water parks in Massachusetts and beyond.

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