New Hampshire and northern New England may be known more for its ski resorts, but it does get hot in the summer. And one of the ways to seek relief—and have fun–when the mercury rises is to head to a water park. Water Country is one of the largest outdoor water parks in New England. For year-round fun, the state also offers two indoor water park resorts. New Hampshire has some water park attractions at the amusement park, Canobie Lake, and the theme park, Santa's Village.
Candia Springs is a small outdoor water park that offers a few attractions including two speed slides, an open and an enclosed body slide, a sprayground with activities for younger children, and a spring-fed swimming hole. In addition to the water park, Candia Springs has an adventure course with bridges, climbing ladders, and ziplines. The park was formerly known as Liquid Planet.
Not a full-fledged water park per se, Castaway Island is a collection of water rides at the classic amusement park, Canobie Lake (which is among a handful of the country’s trolley parks). Among its features are Tidal River, a lazy river with waves, Rain Fortress, a large interactive water play structure, and Python, Anaconda, and Constrictor, three water slides. Castaway Island is included with admission to Canobie Lake.
The hotel offers a small (5,000 square feet) indoor waterpark that is included with room rates. The climate-controlled park is open year round.
The medium-sized indoor water park located at the Red Jacket Resort features a tropical theme. Attractions include body and tube slides, a wave pool, an activities pool, and an interactive water play area. Admission is not included in the hotel's room rates. Day passes to the water park are available.
Water Country in Portsmouth
Located just north of the Massachusetts border, the huge outdoor water park is quite popular with residents of that state as well as New Hampshire. It's also a good spot for vacationers. Water Country offers a lot of attractions including two family raft rides, the Dragon's Den themed bowl slide, the Double Geronimo speed slides, the enclosed funnel ride, Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, a lazy river, wave pool, and kiddie attractions.
Like Canobie Lake, Santa’s Village does not have a full-featured water park. Among the few activities it offers are the Ho Ho H2O interactive water play structure with a tipping bucket, Poogee’s Splash Pad, and the Joy Ride Slides. The water rides are included with admission to the park.
Whale’s Tail is a good-sized outdoor water park set in the lovely White Mountains. Attractions include the Beluga Boggin raft ride, The Plunge speed slides, the Eye of the Storm bowl slide, the Shipwreck Island water play center, Willie's Wild Waves wave pool, and the Whale Harbor play area for younger children.
In addition to water parks in New Hampshire, you could find fun at other parks in the region.