Storyland is a beautiful and CLEAN amusement park settled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 2015 marks their 62st year in business! It's the perfect place to bring the younger set because the rides are age appropriate, fun and entertaining. They have shows and games - the usual things you'd expect at a park but what we love about it, is that this is the same park my husband used to go to when he was a child....and it hasn't changed too much. At the same time, Storyland continues to adapt and change, updating rides and bringing us new shows. This year, they've also introduced their new Roar-O-Saurus - fun for the slightly older kids and scream worthy! This roller coaster was named one of the Most Insane New Roller Coasters in the US by CNN!
They have a lovely Storybook Animals area that incorporates live animals including goats, chickens, pigs and sheep. Each area has a story that accompanies the animal: The Three Little Pigs, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Mary Had a Little Lamb are all found here. My girls spend hours in this area because they love animals. It's fun to watch them interact. It's wonderful to watch your children as they innocently enjoy this area. There are always people cleaning and feeding the animals too so it's a great educational opportunity for the kids.
Next, The Little Dreamers Play area that is perfect for the youngest children. This hands on interactive play area has rhymes including Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, One Two Buckle My Shoe and more. They also have a big play structure that again, my children love. Slides and a big tree to climb with a little and just tons of giggles to be heard. It's set in a shady area and is the perfect way to get the kids back to the basics - or spend the last hour at the park. Kids doing what they do best: PLAYING!Now for the rides! There are easy and relaxing rides like the Swan Boats and then rides on the bigger boat - the Swan Queen. There's a large Pirate Ship to take a cruise on as well as a ride through the Jungle, which is always fun. They have the beloved Tea Cups, Flying Fish, Antique Carousel, Antique Cars, Farm Tractors and Riley's favorite - the Polar Coaster! It's nice to be at an amusement park where the kids can actually ride on a roller coaster that's just fun but not too intense. Kid's have to be 36 inches to ride that, the Bamboo Shoots (log floom) and the Dr Geyser's Water Ride. Kids of all ages can ride the remaining rides. There are over 21 to enjoy! (You can see the full list of park info here). It takes at least a full day to do it all. What's great about this park too is that if you enter after 3pm on the 1st day, you'll get in FREE the next day.
There are also 7 shows to enjoy, including a magic show that my girls love! It's a nice diversion to watch something! These shows are the perfect way to spend a little "downtime" after a wild morning filled with rides and fun. I also have wonderful memories of my little Sydney falling asleep on me as a baby while Riley took in an afternoon show. No worries - children under 3 are free at Storyland!
They also have several character appearances throughout the Summer including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Olivia, Curious George and more. You can view the entire list of characters that will be visiting here.
Convinced yet? If you are in the New England area, it's a great option when planning your next vacation! Be sure to Like Storyland on Facebook here! You can also follow them on Twitter here! Be sure to sign up for their e-newsletter here to be "in the know" and for your chance to win two tickets to the park!
This is a wonderful place to re-live your memories you had as a child with your own children. You can take this park at your pace, the lines are reasonable (if any), there are plenty of places to get shade, places to shop, food to eat and of course, memories to be made!
Until next year Storyland! The best part? If you haven't gotten a chance to enjoy Storyland yet, you STILL HAVE TIME!!! Storyland is open weekends until Columbus Day! With two weeks of Summer left, there is still time to enjoy every inch of this park! The Fall is a FANTASTIC time to go and enjoy the beautiful and scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire and take a trip to Storyland!