Though small in comparison to the sizes of other states, New Hampshire offers a wide variety of amusement parks and tourist destinations to suit any taste. These five are some of the most nostalgic, with generations of New Hampshire families returning year after year for wholesome fun and a fantastic experience. Scattered throughout the state, each is worthy of an all day excursion.
Canobie Lake Park
Located in Salem, New Hampshire and a short drive from the Massachusetts border off of US 93, Canobie Lake Park has been offering quality family entertainment since 1902. Home of the Yankee Cannonball, the oldest wooden roller coaster in the world, the park also has live entertainment and an endless selection of carnival food and treats. A recent addition of the Boston Tea Party ride as well as a water park has expanded the comfort of a day at Canobie Lake, so be sure to bring your bathing suit should the weather forecast predict hot temperatures.
Clark’s Trading Post
Best known for their black bear shows, Clark’s trading post has been a summer destination since 1928. Located in Lincoln, NH in the heart of New Hampshire ski country, Clark’s is a daylong excursion of trains, rides, and fun. Come face to face with the daunting Wolfman, and experience the mystical wonders of Merlin’s Mansion.
A unique experience for the day road-tripper, Polar caves is located in Rumney, NH and is home to the coolest hikes in the state. Once believed to be the refuge of local Indian tribes, the walks through the caves weave in and out of cooling recesses and fascinating geological structures. Polar Caves also has a New Hampshire maple sugar shack museum, where visitors can learn everything they can about how the state’s most famous export is created. Polar Caves is open to the public on a seasonal schedule, so be sure to call if in doubt.
Nestled in the White Mountains in Jefferson, NH Santa’s Village has been entertaining families with wholesome fun since 1953. Signature rides include Rudy’s Rapid Transit Coaster and the Great Humbug Adventure. Open full time in the summer months, Santa’s Village also opens for special events during the holidays to bring the joy of Christmas to whatever season it happens to be. Plan on at least a day to explore everything the village has to offer.
Storyland is another of New Hampshire’s generational destinations, as it has been in constant operation since 1954. Children of all ages thrill at dolls brought to life, as well as animated animals and favorite storybook characters. Located in Glen, NH, it is a short 16 miles drive from scenic North Conway in the White Mountains.