With the pandemic winding down and summer heating up, families, particularly the youngsters, are looking to get out, have fun and splash around. As a kid it was all about water activities for me. Whether it was waterslides, wave pools, regular pools, lakes, the ocean, even water falls; I loved swimming and splashing around. The water rides in particular were a thrill for me as I would climb those tall sets of stairs over and over. Going down the slides once wasn't enough but is it really for any kid?

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We put together a fun list of wet attractions that the kids will enjoy this summer in or near the Berkshires. So grab the swim trunks and let's get soaked.

Kids: Get Ready for Splashing Thrills and Fun in or Near Berkshire County

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