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Take the Kids to a
Splash Pad on Cape Cod!

Updated: March 29, 2024

Looking for beat-the-heat water fun on a steamy summer day? Head to a Cape Cod splash pad!

They're totally kid-friendly, parent approved ... and free!

Kids playing at a splash pad as adults watch from the sidelines

About Cape Cod Splash Pads

Cape Cod's splash pads (a/k/a "splash decks") are nifty little outdoor play areas with interactive features that dump, sprinkle and spray cool water from above, below and all around.


They're a perfect alternative to the beach for:

  • young ones who aren't ready to brave the saltwater surf;

  • finicky tweens and teens who think even a single strand of seaweed is way too "icky" to deal with; and

  • you, when you're looking for a no-fuss, no-cost activity for the kiddoes during the dog days of summer.

*Note: Open days and times for all splash pads are subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.

Yarmouth Splash Deck

Sandy Pond Recreation Area
482 Buck Island Road
West Yarmouth, MA

Open: June 1st to Columbus Day, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays when it's closed until noon for routine maintenance.

Children being sprayed by in-ground water features

From the minute the gates first swung open at Yarmouth's new accessible playground and splash deck in June 2023, it's been a huge hit with Cape Cod vacationers and locals, too!

Amenities include:

  • Large parking lot with designated handicap spaces near the play area
  • Picnic tables
  • Bathhouse and restroom facilities
  • Water bottle refill station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Inclusive (dry) playground with rubber safety surface and a fabulous array of accessible climbing, swinging, sliding and sound elements. The playground has separate sections for ages 1-4 and 5-12.
yarmouth-inclusive-playground.jpgKids love the pirate ship in the 5-12 age group area!

Want more?

There's also a freshwater pond with a small beach, a basketball court, soccer and softball fields, tennis courts, walking trails and a dog park here.

Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon!

For more info about Yarmouth's Inclusive Playground & Splash Deck, contact: Town of Yarmouth Recreation Department

Bourne Splash Pad

Buzzards Bay Play Space
90 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA

Open: June to September, daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Opening/closing dates for 2024 - TBA.)

Buckets of water dumping on kids from overhead

The splash pad at Buzzards Bay Play Space is a popular cool-off spot on the northern ("mainland") side of the Cape Cod Canal.   

Amenities include:

  • Adjoining playground
  • Plenty of free parking with designated handicap spaces
  • Picnic areas
  • Restroom facilities

Families especially enjoy coming to this splash pad because it's just one of the many fun things to see and do at the Canal

Bicycling, fishing, bird watching. Frame-worthy photo opps of Coast Guard vessels, tugboats, private yachts, and cruise ships transiting the waterway. Shopping and dining on Main Street. Summer evening concerts in the park.

It's easy to make a full-day outing here, for sure!

For more info about Buzzards Bay Play Space & Splash Pad, contact: Town of Bourne Recreation Department

* Good to Know *

At the splash pads on Cape Cod, most water features are manually operated.

Look for a large round button (it might be on a separate stand), press the button, then wait a moment for the spray to start!

Mashpee Splash Pad

524 Main Street
Mashpee, MA

Open: June to September, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (Opening/closing dates for 2024 - TBA)

Family play time in the spray at Mashpee's splash pad

Amenities include:

  • Adjacent (dry) playground with up-to-date equipment
  • Free parking
  • Picnic tables

Mashpee Splash Pad and the adjacent Edward C. "Tiger" Long Playground are part of Heritage Park, a large recreation complex that also includes a basketball court, softball diamond and soccer field.

So if your older kids have no interest in the splashing with the little ones, there's plenty to keep your tweens and teens happy here, too.

*FYI: Under a mile away there's Dunkin' (401 Main Street) for a quick bite and Cape Cod Coffee Roasters (10 Evergreen Circle) for a real meal to take out or eat in.

For more info about Mashpee Splash Pad, contact: Town of Mashpee Recreation Department

Map of Splash Pad Locations

You Might Also Wonder ...

Do Cape Cod's splash pads charge admission or parking fees?

Admission and parking are free.

Are there age restrictions for use of the splash pads?

All ages are welcome. 

Are the splash pads staffed by lifeguards?

No. Children must be eyes-on supervised by a parent/guardian or other responsible adult at all times.

Are there any rules of use we should know about?

Rules are set by the town and posted at each location. Here are some important ones to keep in mind:

  • For the safety of all users, no running, pushing or shoving is allowed.

  • To prevent damage to the splash equipment, don't allow your kids to stand, sit or climb on water features or drains.

  • Little ones who aren't toilet trained must wear a swim diaper.

  • Water shoes are required at Buzzards Bay Park splash pad. (*Tip: It's a good idea to use them at the other locations, too.)

  • At the first hint of thunder or lightning, gather up the kids and leave!!!

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