Best of Boston
2022 Best Splash Pad
Ryan Wading Pool
When the blacktop is steaming hot, they’re bored, and a trip to the beach just isn’t in the cards, throw on the bathing suits and head to this urban oasis thoughtfully designed with the littlest kids in mind. Nervous swimmers love the expansive shallow wading area; daring tots revel in the buckets that dump water from overhead as well as the spraying turtles and gators; and parents (especially those with babies in tow) appreciate the shade. Pro tip: Let them dry out at the adjacent playground.
307 River St, Mattapan, mass.gov/locations/ryan-wading-pool