Waterpark description: With attractions for all ages, the tropical-themed CoCo Key Water Resort at Courtyard Marriott has water slides, a lazy river, water basketball, dip-in theater, whirlpool, private cabanas and an outdoor area.

The “it” factor: Opened at the end of last year, this facility brought a reported 300 jobs to the community of Fitchburg. Dining options in the waterpark include an A&W Snack Shop and a Pizza Hut Express.