3. Story Land
Storyland in Glen, NH is a theme park that started when the founders, Bob and Ruth Morrell, had purchased a large number of dolls from Germany based on storybook characters. The park grew from these humble roots to be the the adorable park it is now. Visit Mother Goose and all of her little animals, ride kid-friendly rides, cool off in the splash pad and water park and then play a game or watch a show.
All of the in-park restaurants are family-friendly, you can find a variety of food options. From crunchy chicken fingers and slow simmered barbecued pork, to Organic Selects menu items, there is something for the whole family. Visit the Farm Stand for healthy options, like fresh-made pretzels, apples and fresh squeezed lemonade.
2. Palace Playland
Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach, Maine is a boardwalk-lovers dream come true. From the bubblegum-speckled ice cream to the blinking lights and dinging bells, it’s probably the most Instagram- and Snapchat-friendly amusement park on the list. It’s also one of the oldest, having been in operation every year since 1902.
It has since grown to become a four-acre family oriented amusement park with (we counted) 25 rides and attractions. An on-site 24,000 square foot arcade is one of the largest in New England. While you’re there, don’t miss the Bumper Cars, Electra Wheel, and the Galaxi Coaster.
1. Six Flags, New England
Six Flags, New England in Agawam has got to be the Massachusetts amusement park with the most choices. Hop on pulse-pounding roller coasters or bring the little ones on their first ever baby-coaster. Chill yourself off at Hurricane Harbor or take a break at a show or restaurant.
The downside is that the longer you spend at Six Flags, the more you get drawn into their our-way-or-no-way mentality. You must purchase everything there throughout your day, from meals to sunscreen and bathing essentials, without leaving the park.
Go, Amuse Yourself!
Amusement parks are not only the place for making memories as kids but for unlocking those wonderful memories years later. Sometimes, some of our fondest memories can wash back over us just by eating cotton candy or a corn dog in the right New England park. Make your summers, and your childhood, linger a little longer at a New England Amusement Park near you.