With its majestic Green Mountains, lovely Lake Champlain, endless acres of rolling farmland (and gazillions of cows), Vermont is loaded with natural beauty. When it comes to roller coasters and water slides, however, the state comes up short. That's not to say that there aren't any water parks or theme parks in Vermont.
The sparsely populated state has never had an abundance of parks, but there have been a few that have closed.
Clement's Park in Putney operated from 1910 to 1925 and featured a single roller coaster, the wooden Figure 8. Also in Putney, Santa's Land, a small holiday-themed park, delighted guests for many years until it closed in 2011.
The following water parks and theme parks, which are arranged alphabetically, are open in Vermont:
Mountain Adventure Park
At Bromley Mountain in Peru
In the winter, it's a ski resort. In the warmer weather, the mini park features an Alpine slide, a zip line, bumper boats, chairlift rides, mini-golf, a water slide, and Giant Swing, a thrill ride that sends passengers 40 feet in the air at 40 mph and delivers 3 Gs.
The Pump House
At Jay Peak in Jay
Located at the Jay Peak ski resort, The Pump House is a good-sized indoor water park. The climate-controlled park is open year around. Among its highlights is La Chute, the first water slide with a launch capsule and a 360-degree loop to open in an indoor water park.
There is also a FlowRider surfing attraction, a lazy river, slides for little kids, and an interactive play structure with a tipping bucket. The park is open to both resort guests and the general public.
Another one of Vermont's big ski resorts, Smugglers' Notch offers some water park and amusement park-like fun.
The FunZone is a family entertainment center with mini-golf, laser tag, a climbing wall, and other activities. The resort also offers a year-round zip line. In the summer, there are eight outdoor pools and four water slides to enjoy along with a three-acre water playground. Activities are open to resort guests and the general public.
Nearby parks in New York and other New England states:
- The Great Escape- Lake George, NY
- New Hampshire Theme Parks
- Maine Theme Parks
- New Hampshire Water Parks
- Maine Water Parks