WESTERLY, RI – New England is not necessarily a region that is known for its diverse water park offerings. Typically, if you want to experience a state-of-the-art water park, you would probably be better off going to warmer states like California or Florida. After all, in Orlando, you have myriad themed water parks that are begging for your attendance, like Disney's Typhoon Lagoon or Universal's Volcano Bay.
But in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, among other northeastern states, water parks are very much a seasonal experience for New Englanders. And during the summer, water parks up north can be very special.
Just look at movies like 2010's Grown Ups and 2013's The Way Way Back, both of which were filmed at the famous Cape Cod water park, Water Wizz. Both movies have their own sort of fan followings, and both have major aspects of the movie that center around water parks.
However, there are two Water Wizz theme parks in New England. The one mentioned from the films above is located in Cape Cod and there is another one that can be found in the nearby Westerly, Rhode Island. Sadly, the one in Rhose Island announced plans to close at the end of this summer. The unfortunate news was shared in a Facebook post from the water park's page.
The 40-year-old theme park is hanging it up at the end of the season, which will result in one fewer water park that New Englanders will be able to frequent to cool off on the hot days of summer.
As for the one in Cape Cod, they made it clear that they are not going to be closing, but with the Westerly location shuttering its gates, this can surely not be good news for the other locale.
Adam Sandler, the star of Grown Ups, is a New England native, though, so I wonder if he might be in the market to help the water park stay afloat. After all, he might need someplace to film key scenes in "Grown Ups 3."