7. Santa’s Village
At Santa’s Village in Jefferson, NH, Christmas is all year ’round, and Santa is always available to hear your requests. Giant nutcrackers are really slides, and mammoth cupcakes are here for you to take a load off. Sound like Charlie’s Chocolate Factory? That’s not far off. Don’t forget to try the Yule Log water ride, and the splash park for the sizzling-est days of summer.
6. Canobie Lake Park
Canobie Lake Park (85 N Policy St, Salem, NH) is an amusement park located about 30 miles north of Boston. The park opened on August 23, 1902, as a trolley park for the Massachusetts Northeast Street Railway Company. Back then, it was known for its flower gardens, promenades, and gentle attractions.
To say things have changed is an understatement. Now, Canobie is home to a looping, steel roller coaster named the Canobie Corkscrew;a kiddie coaster, called “The Dragon”; one titled “Mine of Lost Souls” where passengers board a “mine car” and are transported to a dark mine in collapse; and the “Psychodrome”, which is a 12-car Scrambler with flashing lighting and retro music. Just in time for Halloween, the park transforms into the setting of ScrEEEmfest.
5. Funtown & Splashtown
Funtown/Splashtown in Saco, Maine is a slice of Americana in all the best ways. Think quaint old painted signs that point you to hot dog stands or the antique Flying Trapeze ride, alongside the neon flashing lights of the Thunder Bolt. Re-fuel on ice cream, cotton candy, and popcorn until you’re ready to burst and then shake yourself up again on the Dragon’s Descent.
4. York’s Wild Kingdom
York’s Wild Kingdom in York, Maine is a small, family-oriented zoo and amusement park with a Ferris wheel, bumper cars and more. There are a number of landscaped animal habitats to see up close. The Butterfly Kingdom is a lush and beautiful 5,500 square foot enclosure with thousands of South and Central American butterflies.The 18-hole mini golf course is surprisingly challenging, as are the batting cages. Wind down with the “Sea Coast’s Best Fried Dough” followed by a walk to Short Sands Beach.