Warm summer days mean time to play! There are so many great, local activities to enjoy as a family this summer that the hardest decision will be where to go first!
Some (more) possibilities include:
Water Parks – Splish, splash and slide at New Hampshire’s amazing water parks. Liquid Planet in Candia features slides (including vertical drop speed slides), pools and an awesome zip line. Water Country in Portsmouth boasts rides and slides, waves, rivers and pools, plus their new 300-foot Tower of Terror. Kahuna Laguna in North Conway features slide tubes, wave pools, a 175-gallon tipping bucket and even a special area for small children.
Amusement Parks – Salem’s Canobie Lake Park features thrill rides like the corkscrew coaster, family-friendly rides like antique cars, trains and a Ferris Wheel, and water-themed rides, like the log flume. They also offer an arcade, contests, and popular carnival games like Whack-a-Mole, plus live shows, including a tribute to pop star Lady Gaga. StoryLand in Glenn, geared towards younger kids, features a carousel, teacup ride and swan boats. A pumpkin coach takes passengers to Cinderella’s castle to meet the princess. Interested in go-carts, batting cages, mini-golf and arcade games? Try Funway Park in Litchfield and Hilltop Fun Center in Somersworth, which also has a separate go-kart track for younger children. Daytona Fun Park in Laconia has all the basics (mini-golf, batting cages, etc.) plus bungee jumping and a huge indoor climbing wall. Chuckster’s in Chichester offers bungee jumping that anyone between 45-250 pounds can do, plus plenty of games. They also have a separate play area for younger children.
Cool Lessons – Surf Lessons at Summer Sessions in Rye will introduce your kids (ages 6-16) to surfing in a fun, safe environment. No experience is necessary and they provide the gear. Trained instructors will teach your child the basics of surfing, including timing the waves and riding them safely. More experienced surfers will refine their techniques and learn advanced moves. Classes emphasize safety, etiquette, balance, strength, paddling, standing and turning. Cinnamon Rainbows in Hampton is another great option for kids ages 11+. Their trained instructors also provide SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) lessons. Or your kids can take sailing lessons at the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, where children ages 7-16 learn to appreciate and respect the wind and water. Classes are available for students of all interests and abilities, from novice to racer. Lessons are based on US Sailing and American Red Cross curricula, with sessions in the classroom and on the water.
Your kids will be thrilled to try these awesome activities – from bungee jumping to rock wall climbing, swimming to surfing, water slides to sailing. Whatever you choose, there are plenty of fun ways to keep busy all summer.