Amusement parks near Boston will add thrills to any tour of this historical city. Boston area amusement parks offer plenty of rides and shows for all members of the family. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Boston area amusement parks.
Canobie Lake ParkCanobie Lake Park offers great fun for the family just 40 miles from Boston. The park has both classic amusement park rides as well as newer concepts in thrills. Its lakeside location, green landscaping and variety of entertainment makes for a great break from the city. The newest thrill ride, Untamed, couples the excitement of a roller coaster with the wild outdoors.
The Classic Wooden CoasterThe park has a classic wooden roller coaster called Yankee Cannonball Coaster. The ride is full of lifts and drops that will keep riders guessing.
Live Shows And Arcade GamesDuring summer months, Canobie Lake Park has a live show series called Summer of SuperStars, featuring impersonators paying tribute to Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Tim McGraw. There are also water rides, arcade and carnival-style games, and plenty of shopping.
Classic Park FareWith 20 diverse food spots, there is something for everyone in the group. Classic park food like hot dogs, popcorn and funnel cakes are available as well fried clams, barbecue and pasta.
In The NewsAccidents at Canobie Lake Park are infrequent, but in July 2001, two of the Yankee Cannonball trains collided and five people suffered minor injuries, according to RideAccidents.com.
Address: 85 North Policy Street, Salem, NH 03079
Hours: Hours at Canobie vary by day and season and are subject to change based on weather. It's best to check the website for specific times by day. During the summer months of July and August, the park is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The park is open weekends only in September and is closed October through April
Price: General admission to the park is $32. For kids under 48 inches and seniors over 60 the ticket price is $23. After 5 p.m. everybody pays only $22. Kids three years and under are free. Parking is free
Six Flags New England
About 95 miles outside of Boston in Agawam, Mass., Six Flags New England offers thrill rides as well as family-friendly ones, such as Adventure River and Balloon Race. Visitors can refuel at one of the 23 drinking and dining options, or take a break from the rides and watch a wacky show like the Looney Tunes Dance Off. Families can cool off at New England's largest water park, Hurricane Harbor, located within Six Flags.
BizarroSix Flags New England's roller coaster Bizarro was voted the No. 1 steel coaster by Amusement Today in 2003, and again consecutively from 2006 to 2009. The ride travels twenty stories above the ground and launches riders into a 221-foot drop. This thrill also includes two fog tunnels plus twists and turns through buildings and structures.
Family RidesTypical of the Six Flags franchise, this park has plenty of entertainment options for the entire family. In Looney Tunes Movie Town, little ones will enjoy Foghorn Leghorn's Tinsel Town Train and the entire family will have fun rafting on the Swiss Family Toboggan in Hurricane Harbor. The park also offers shows, concerts and plenty of shopping options.
More Than 20 RestaurantsThe park has an assortment of more than 20 restaurants, food kiosks and bars. Fare includes everything from pizza, sandwiches, fajitas and burgers to funnel cake, cotton candy and ice cream.
In The NewsAccording to Theme Park Insider, a man fell out of the Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster in 2004 and eventually died.
Address: Route 159, 1623 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001
Hours: Open during the summer from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends; closed during the winter. Fall and spring hours vary. Hurricane Harbor is open late May through early September.
Price: An online special offers kids prices for everyone at $36.99 when purchased in advance. At the park, general admission is $46.99; children 2 and under are free. Season passes are also available.
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