Amusement parks in New Hampshire offer family fun in some of New England’s most beautiful natural surroundings. Mountains and lakes provide unforgettable scenic backdrops. The area’s seasonal changes also help add an air of magic to the parks' already exciting and fun atmosphere. 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 New Hampshire’s amusement parks.
Story Land brings fairy tales to life through family-friendly rides and attractions for all ages. Located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the park is only six miles from North Conway, which is renowned for its outlet shopping and the Mount Washington Observatory.
Signature RideThe Polar Coaster is an Arctic-themed, high-speed roller coaster ride with two 12-passenger walrus cars named Waldo and Wilburr. Riders must be at least 4 feet tall to ride alone.
More Than CoastersIn addition to its 21 rides, Story Land offers games, live animals, shows, water play and playgrounds. When guests aren’t taking a spin on Alice’s Tea Cups, riding in Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach or reaching new heights in the Great Balloon Chase, they can enjoy many other activities. For example, they can watch the “Farm Follies” show, cool off at the Oceans of Fun Sprayground, meet their favorite storybook animals and characters, and explore the Little Dreamers Nursery Rhyme Play Area.
Food OptionsFood vendors offer everything from chicken fingers, fries, hot dogs, wraps, mac-n-cheese and salads to ice cream, fudge, popcorn, candy apples, fried dough and fried Oreos. Guests are also allowed to bring food into the park; glass and grills are prohibited.
Safety RecordAccording to All Business, a 7-year-old girl sustained head trauma from a tractor ride in 2004. This is the most recent accident made public during the park’s nearly 60 years in business.
Address: 850 NH Route 16, Glen, NH 03838
Hours: The park is open from late May until early October. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week in July and August and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days of the week during the other months.
Price: Ages 3 and older, $27.99; adults 60 and older, $25.99; active military, $24.99; group rate, $23.99 a person for at least 25 guests. Tickets are available at the gate or online. Parking and the use of strollers and the pet kennel are free.
At Santa’s Village, visitors can celebrate Christmas eight months out of the year with holiday-themed rides, entertainment and festivities. Located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, it is near Old West-themed Six Gun City amusement park and breathtaking Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge.
Slip Slidin’ AwayVisitors can slide and splash their way through Yule Forest and climb up the ramp to North Station in a log boat on the Yule Log Flume, the park’s signature ride. Riders must be at least 4 feet tall to ride alone.
Santa, Shows And ShoppingThe park has 16 rides, including The Little Drummer Boy, The Himalaya, The Great Humbug Adventure, The Peppermint Twist and Rudy’s Rapid Transit Coaster. Visitors can also enjoy the Ho Ho H2O water area, shows at the Polar Theatre, shopping at the Snowball Mall, hands-on activities at the North Pole Workshop, a ride on Santa’s Express Train and a visit with Santa.
Food OptionsA food court offers burgers, fries, soups and salads; a pizza place sells slices made to order; and a snack shack sells fried dough and cotton candy. A number of dessert shops offer fudge, candy, cookies, ice cream and doughnuts.
Safety RecordAfter nearly 60 years in business, the park has had no noteworthy accidents.
Address: 528 Presidential Highway, Jefferson, NH 03583
Hours: The park is open from the end of May through the end of December. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week all through July and most of August and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. a handful of days in May, June, September and October. It’s open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. a handful of days in November and December.
Price: General admission for the park is $26 for ages 4 and older, $24 for ages 62 and older and free for those age 3 and younger.
Other Noteworthy ParksSix Gun City
Canobie Lake Park
Daytona Fun Park
Hilltop Fun Center
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