From adventure parks to water playgrounds, the New England high country offers endless options for family fun.
Things are heating up at Santa’s Village, with the much-anticipated opening of Polar Paradise this summer. This interactive water play area will include spray zones and multiple small slides for children and families to enjoy together. Located across from Ho Ho H2o and next to the Elfs Lodge, Polar Paradise is being manufactured by Whitewater West and is fully customized to fit the Santa’s Village landscape. Check out santasvillage.com for construction updates.
The season kicks off on Saturday, May 25, with the Ho Ho H2o and Joy Ride Slides open through early October. Use of the water park is included in the price of admission to Santa’s Village, along with the roller coasters and other rides, live shows and visits with Santa and his reindeer.
Story Land, in Glen, N.H., started out as a concept where storybook characters could come to life. Opened in 1954 (even before Disneyland), this children’s theme park now includes rides, attractions, shows and family-friendly games. The Roar-o-Saurus, led by Rory the Dino, is a wooden roller coaster in the area’s dinosaur-themed section of the park. This 12-passenger train has a lift height of 40 feet with a drop almost that size and provides plenty of thrills for the kids along with some great views.