NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — Everyone is always looking for a place to cool off during the hot summer days. Beaches are always the go-to for families but can sometimes be an all-day expense.

Heading out to the beach requires a lot of planning, preparation and money, which may be more of an inconvenience when you want a quick way to cool down.

Thankfully, there are splash pads that get the job done just as well as a beach trip or a water park adventure.

Located on 143 Everett Streety
Located on 143 Everett Street

Splash pads and public pools are like hidden gems throughout the state, and it can be challenging to locate the closest ones nearby.

For those in New Bedford, local spots like Ashley Park, Clasky Common and Riverside Park are available throughout the season. These spots offer access to water jets, making them perfect for a refreshing break during a summer stroll.

Fall River residents can enjoy smaller splash pads at Pulaski and Thomas Chew Park, which have playground equipment nearby.

As days get hotter and the nights get longer, we compiled a list of splash pads and pools around the south coast you can visit when it's too hot to stay inside.

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Kristen Pacheco/Townsquare Media

Pack some snacks, show up with the family, and enjoy a great time during the summer season.

Remember that the splash pads are primarily for children up to age 12.

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SouthCoast Splash Pads and Pools

Brooklawn Park in New Bedford

1997 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA 02745. One of the city's largest parks with a playground in the center.

Father Travassos Park in Fall River

Located at 143 Everett Street, this is Fall River's biggest splash pad in the Flint neighborhood.

Vietnam Memorial Swimming Pool in Fall River

It is located at 339 Eastern Avenue. The pool will open for the season on June 22 from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Freetown Wade Pool

It is located at 110 Slab Road. The wading pool is a large spray deck at the entrance to the state forest. An opening date has yet to be announced.

Hopewell Park in Taunton

It is located on Hamilton Street and features motion and push-button-activated jets of water shooting in different directions.

Buzzards Bay Splash Pad in Bourne

It is located at 90 Main Street. The Splash Pad will officially open on Friday, June 14 at 11 a.m. Daily operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays.

Stoico/FIRSTFED YMCA in Swansea

Opens July 1 at 271 Sharps Lot Road. It will be opened Monday through Sunday. Times may vary depending on the day. Day passes are available for purchase.

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