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Water, Water Everywhere: A Summer Day at Smuggs 

click to enlarge The view of the Mountainside Water Playground, from the top of a slide - JANET FRANZ
  • Janet Franz
  • The view of the Mountainside Water Playground, from the top of a slide

How many bodies of water can you explore in one day? About a dozen, if you head to Smugglers’ Notch. In the summer, the ski resort transforms into a water-park village, with three wet "playgrounds” and two reservoirs spread across the resort’s three interconnected mountains. A Daycation ticket and free, on-call shuttle give all-day access to every location.

My family of four visited Smuggs in July on a mission to plunge into every pool, descend every slide and play in every spray zone. We parked in the Village Center near Mountainside Water Playground, where four separate spaces cater to all ages. In the ankle-deep Little Smugglers’ Lagoon, tiny tots sloshed under a gentle waterfall, explored a faux cave decorated with happy bears and floated on colorful rafts. Nearby, kids up to 48 inches tall rode the Turtle Mini-Waterslide into a shallow pool.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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