The 65,000 square foot CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore is a pretty impressive sight when you first walk through the doors. CoCo Key is the largest indoor water park in Massachusetts and any time it is open the park is a beehive of activity as kids, tweens and teens make the most of the park’s brightly colored slides, sprays, pools and water features.
Located in Danvers MA, just 19 miles north of Boston and adjacent to the 364 room Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore hotel, CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore includes multi-level water slides, spray decks, bucket dumps, water actvities, four-story high enclosed tube slides, a lazy river, and a wading pool for younger kids. The action never stops as the kids scamper from one splashy activity to the next.
One of the best parts of visiting CoCo Key during the winter is that no matter what the weather is like outside, its is a near perfect 84 degrees inside. It was well below freezing when we were there but the climate controls were working perfectly. A quick serve restaurant and a bar overlooking the action offer refreshments for kids and adults (the margaritas looked pretty chill). The water features are surrounded by plenty of tables to act as base camp for the day. And if the kids need a break from the water, the arcade is well stocked with video games and prizes for all ages.
The park caters to families with kids ages 2-12, although families with slightly older teens and tweens can definitely enjoy CoCo Key as part of a family stay at the hotel. On our recent visit to the Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore , our 16 year old teen and a friend were found enjoying the lazy river and the big tube slides before heading off for an hour at the arcade and an extended visit to the hotel pool, hot tub and workout area. They said the Water Park was fun for a few hours and would be a great place to spend time hanging out with younger siblings during a family vacation to explore Boston and the surrounding North Shore towns including Salem, Rockport and Gloucester.
For local residents, day passes, half day passes and season tickets are available. CoCo Key is also a popular destination for birthday parties and group outings. Be warned that it can get crowded on weekends, particularly in the middle part of the day. Hotel guests can avoid the crowds by visiting in the evening hours – the Water Park stays open until 9 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and many school vacation days.
For hotel guests, family discount packages can mean a fun affordable weekend getaway or provide built-in evening entertainment when using the Doubletree as a base camp for visiting Boston and the North Shore. However, if booking a hotel stay, be aware that the Water Park is often closed on non-holiday Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Book by January 31st for a discount on an overnight visit during the mid-February Massachusetts school vacation week. The Ultimate Waterpark Package includes CoCo Key access, arcade game cards, breakfast and overnight accommodations. The hotel has recently renovated a number of rooms to create family suites located near the Water Park.
All and all, a day or a weekend at CoCo Key is a great way to get a break from New England’s cold winter weather while spending some fun time with family and friends.
We want to thank CoCo Key and the Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore for hosting our recent complimentary overnight visit to the hotel and water park. The opinions in this review are solely our own.