Whether you’re planning a family trip around New England this summer or just looking for a day’s outing with the kids, there’s plenty to do all over the region.
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.
An antique German Carousel and Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach provide a tamer experience for the younger or less adventurous set. Mini antique cars and farm tractors let the kids experience driving on their own on roads or fields. More than a dozen other rides are offered, from spinning and thrilling to calmer and scenic. Among the attractions are play areas where kids can dig to uncover treasures, see their nursery rhymes come alive, play in mini geysers and visit their favorite, live storybook animals. The kids can rest a bit as they watch any or all of the daily 20-minute shows featuring all their familiar storybook and fairy-tale characters as well as an amazing magic show. And if the family is competitive, there are games of skill and chance.
New at Story Land for 2018, join Daniel Tiger and his best friend, Katerina Kittycat, for a fun day in Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood.