Theme Parks and Amusement Parks in New Hampshire

Story Land Carousel

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There aren't any large-scale, destination theme parks (like Disney World or Universal Orlando) 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.)

New Hampshire parks are listed in alphabetical order.

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Block Party Social in Hookset

Block Party Social New Hampshire ropes course

Block Party Social

An indoor family entertainment center, Block Party Social offers laser tag, a virtual reality experience, climbing walls, a ropes course, a zipline, an arcade, and billiards. There is also a cafe with a full bar.

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Canobie Lake Park in Salem

Canobie Lake Park
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 and a lovely boat tour around its lake. 

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Chuckster’s Family Fun Park in Chichester

Chuckster's New Hampshire fun park

Chuckster's

An outdoor family entertainment center that is open seasonally, Chuckster’s attractions include mini-golf, a zipline, go-karts, batting cages, bungee jumping, a climbing wall, an aerial ropes course, and games. New for 2021, the park is offering bumper boats.

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Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln

Clark's Trading Post
Clark's Trading Post

More a roadside attraction that's grown through the years than a theme park, Clark's nonetheless offers "Merlin's Mystical Mansion," a spinning room illusion attraction, bumper boats, an antique train, and other rides. The highlight is a trained bear show. Like a few of the state's other attractions, it's located in the White Mountains.

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Fort Jefferson Fun Park in Jefferson

It used to be known as Six Gun City and was a small, Old West-themed park. Now, it is a free-admission park that offers pay-as-you-go attractions including water slides, laser tag, go-karts, a carousel, and bumper boats. There is also a campground and cabins to rent.

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Funspot in Laconia

Funspot New Hampshire skeeball

Funspot

Billed as the world’s largest arcade, Funspot features hundreds of video games, pinball machines, skee ball, and other amusements throughout its sprawling, multi-level building. It also offers bowling, kiddie rides, bumper cars, mini-golf, bingo, and a restaurant.

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Hampton Beach in Hampton

There are no major rides at this lovely stretch of beach, but there are a lot of arcades, food joints, a couple of water slides, mini-golf, the Casino Ballroom, which features national musical acts, and other great honky-tonk attractions.

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Santa's Village in Jefferson

Ride at Santa's Village in New Hampshire.
Santa's Village

There have been a number of parks called "Santa's Village," but the New Hampshire one, which dates back to 1952, 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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Story Land in Glen

Story Land roller coaster

Arthur Levine.

Story Land is 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.)

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Weirs Beach in Laconia

Weirs Beach New Hampshire bumper cars

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The lakeside amusement area offers a few attractions including bumper cars, arcades, mini-golf, and go-karts. Located on Lake Winnipesauke, there are scenic cruises and train rides available as well.

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More Parks

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