There aren't any large-scale theme parks (like Disneyland) or huge, corporate amusement parks in New Hampshire (the nearest one is Six Flags New England in Massachusetts). But there is a nice collection of parks, many of which are family-owned and -operated (a rarity these days). Visitors to the state will find some wonderful places to visit during their vacations, including a couple of especially charming and wonderful theme parks in the lovely White Mountains geared especially for the pre-teen crowd. (That'd be Santa's Village and Story Land.)
Before we get to New Hampshire parks, here are some resources to find nearby fun places and make travel plans:
- New Hampshire water parks
- Massachusetts theme parks and amusement parks
- Massachusetts water parks
- Maine theme parks and water parks
- Find great rates for New Hampshire hotels at TripAdvisor
New Hampshire parks are listed in alphabetical order.
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Canobie Lake Park
A wonderful, traditional trolley park, and one of the few remaining family-owned, independent parks in the nation. Highlights include the Yankee Cannonball wooden coaster and Untamed, a vertical drop steel coaster. The park also offers some water park attractions.
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There have been a number of parks called "Santa's Village," but this is the original. It has the perfect blend of authentic nostalgia and contemporary appeal. Young children and adults alike will find its charm irresistible. Highlights include Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster and visits with a certain red-suited gent. Included with admission is the Ho Ho H2O Water Park (great name!). Santa's Village is open in the summer and fall as well as the weeks leading up to Christmas (of course).
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A beguiling and meticulous park themed to classic fairy tales. The log flume and other rides have been toned down for the under-12 set. It's loaded with charm and reasonably priced too. Highlights include a small, but especially potent wooden roller coaster, Roar-O-Saurus, as well as Dr. Geyser's Remarkable Raft Ride and the Bamboo Chutes log flume. (Don't worry; you won't get too wet on those last two.)