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Amusement parks in New Hampshire serve up old-fashioned family fun

New Hampshire amusement parks and water parks welcome families with children to enjoy classic fun, indoors and outdoors, year-round. StoryLand and Santa's Village in the White Mountains, for example, are among the many amusement parks where families return generation after generation.

Some amusement parks cater to the youngest of the kids, but everyone can enjoy a picnic on the grounds, and then forge on to other family activities, like a trip on the Cog Railway or an exploration at the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves.

Spinning Chairs - Santa's Village - Jefferson, NH
Santa's Village

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

Everyone has a jolly time on the rides, activities at popular Santa’s Village

For generations, in the winter and in the summer, families have been coming to Santa’s Village, and if you are planning your first visit, you will see why right away. The holiday spirit is everywhere, from the rides (Reindeer Carousel, Little Elf Flying School, Yule Log Flume, Skyway Sleigh, Jingle Bell Express) to the shops (Jolly Lolly Candy Store, Sugar n’ Spice Bake Shop where you can decorate your own gingerbread man). Even the water park gets into the act, with the fun Ho Ho H20 attraction: lots of splashes, slides, climbs and buckets of water. And there are three, three-story water slides. Lots of options for eating, from snacks to full meals, and you can rent a private cabana or small “suite.”
Older Mini Golf Group at Chucksters Family Fun Park - Chichester & Hooksett, NH
Chuckster's Family Fun Park

Two Great Locations Chichester and Hooksett, NH Phone: 603-798-3555

Mini golf, ziplines, go-karts and more at Chuckster’s New England locations

If mini-golf is your game, remember this name: Chuckster’s. The amusement center’s locations in Chichester and Hooksett have huge, imaginative courses, with unique obstacles in beautifully-designed settings from fountains to “fire stations.” If you're looking for more than mini-golf, Chuckster's in Chichester is also home to 16 games & attractions including the fabulous TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park - where you can zipline and otherwise traverse the woods above the ground. There's also go-karts, an enormous bumper boat pool, the new "Klime Walls" climbing challenge, Frantic Hoops and ChucksterBall, and batting cages. Both locations also offer our great Upchuck ice cream!
Water Park Aerial View - White Mountains Attractions - New Hampshire
White Mountains Attractions

200 Kancamagus Highway North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8720 Toll-Free: 800-346-3687

From fairy tale villages to giant arcades to water parks, the White Mountains region has it all

In the White Mountains, they take their amusement parks very seriously! That’s why there’s so much variety: You can visit Funspot, the largest arcade in the world, with over 600 games, or Clark’s Bears, with trained-bear acts, circus shows and wild rides. You can see fairy tales come to life at Story Land, with its one-of-a-kind wooden roller coaster, or visit with Santa and his reindeer in Santa’s Village, with exciting rides and shows. Is water your thing? Slide, swim and splash your way through the world-class Whale’s Tale Water Park. Over at Alpine Adventures, check out the Thrillsville Aerial Park to get your zip-line fix. At Polar Caves Park, explore boulder caves, mazes, trails and an animal park. To find out more, follow our link above or call us today at 1-800-346-3687.
The Bear 500x250 - Clark's Trading Post - Lincoln, NH
Clark's Bears

110 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-8913

Still a must-see stop for fun-seeking travelers

Ninety years ago, Clark’s Bears began when Ed & Florence Clark invited travelers to tour their sled-dog ranch. It’s been a must-see stop ever since, now famous not only for its trained bear show but also its steam railroad, antique Americana and Segway rides, Yandong's Chinese Circus and Merlin's Mystical Mansion. Kids love the water blaster boats, Old Man rock-climbing wall and Tuttle's laser shooting gallery. Enjoy a burger at the Whistle Stop, a slice of pizza and Pullman's or an ice cream sundae at the Peppermint Saloon. Tickets include all rides, all shows, all day.
Story Land Roller Coaster Glen NH
Story Land

850 New Hampshire Route 16 Glen, NH, 03838 Phone: 603-383-4186

Since 1954, this popular amusement park in the scenic White Mountains has offered family entertainment specially crafted for kids. Enjoy more shows, rides and play areas than ever before! Have dinner with your favorite characters, sit with Cinderella at Tea Time and sing along with Daniel Tiger during his NEW Grr-ific Stage Show! You’ll make a splash on the Bamboo Chutes, scream aboard our thrilling roller coaster, Roar-O-Saurus, and meet real-life storybook characters. You’ll search for prehistoric fossils, play in the Dig-M-Deeper sand box and immerse yourself in rhymes in the Little Dreamers play areas. There’s a free kennel for your pooch, lockers, and rentals for strollers, wheelchairs and ECV’s. Nearby is the best in family lodging for a sweet night’s sleep.