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Want to beat the heat? Get splashed at one of the many super-fun New Hampshire Water Parks, complete with wave pools, lazy rivers, slides, and more!
But even if it’s a cold day, as it so often is in the Granite State, that’s okay! There are several indoor water parks in New Hampshire as well. No matter whether it’s snowing or there are frigid winter temps, you can still enjoy good times on a water slide!
New Hampshire is home to the largest water park in New England — that would be Water Country — as well as several small niche outdoor and indoor water parks, from southern New Hampshire all the way into the White Mountains. There are even two indoor water park resorts.
Here are the best outdoor and indoor New Hampshire water parks.
Water Country is the largest water park in New Hampshire – and all of New England!
If you’re looking for an outdoor water park the White Mountains, Whale’s Tale is a wonderful option in Lincoln.
Outdoor Water Parks in New Hampshire
Water Country is not only the largest water park in New Hampshire, it’s the largest water park in New England! Its convenient location right off the highway in Portsmouth makes it popular with kids and adults of all ages (and easy day trip from neighboring states). Here you have enough thrill rides and easygoing rides that there’s something for everyone.
Water Country is known for its wide variety of water rides. Some thrill rides include Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, and a 58-foot slide called the Patriot; you’ll also find more moderate rides like the Adventure River, a lazy river flowing around the park, New England’s largest wave pool, and Thunder Falls and Wild Canyon, a fun and easygoing slide for groups of up to four.
Have young kids? Water Country has stuff for them, too, including kid-friendly areas like Olly Octopus and Pirate’s Pool and Lagoon.
Opening season: Water Country is open from late June through early September.
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Castaway Island at Canobie Lake Park
Castaway Island is the water park within Canobie Lake Park in Salem, a fun theme park for the entire family. While it might not get as much attention as Canobie’s roller coasters like the Yankee Cannonball, Castaway Island is perfect on a warm summer day!
Head to the amusement park for a few hours, then cool off in the water park or spend a day in each for the ultimate experience. We recommend hitting up the Boston Tea Party flume ride as the perfect transition between dry and wet!
The most popular ride at Castaway Island is the tidal river, a lazy river with waves. There are also three slides at the top of a 60-foot tower. Children will enjoy the Lil’ Squirts Lagoon and the Rain Fortress, where you can shoot water cannons and stand under a tipping bucket.
Opening season: Castaway Island generally opens in June and closes after Labor Day weekend.
Whale’s Tale Water Park
Whale’s Tale Waterpark is a small water park with a lot of personality. This water park is located in Lincoln, a stone’s throw from Franconia Notch and what feels like a million fun family activities! We also think Whale’s Tale has one of the most scenic settings, surrounded by glorious mountains.
Fun rides here include Akua Beach, which provides waves for riders to surf or body surf. The Eye of the Storm takes you through a dark tunnel before you’re shot out into a swimming pool.
There are also several slides, pools, and other rides to enjoy. On Poseidon’s Voyage, the floor falls out from under you and you slide until you reach the water!
Opening season: Whale’s Tale opens in mid-June and closes in early September.
You don’t have to wait until December to get into the holiday spirit in New Hampshire! Santa’s Village is a delightful Christmas-themed park in Northern New Hampshire, and part of the park is home to Santa’s Water Park.
While Santa’s Village is often compared to Story Land, a lovely kids’ theme park in Glen, Santa’s Village is the only one to feature a water park. Water rides include Ho Ho H2O, where you can climb, slide, and splash in hopes of avoiding the bucket of water that dumps out every few minutes. Joy Ride Slides has three twisting and turning slides you can speed down.
Polar Paradise has pools, slides, and spray zones for the whole family to enjoy. Poogee’s Splash Pad is perfect for young kids to jump around and enjoy the gentle water splashes.
Of course, the water park is only part of Santa’s Village, so make time for the dry activities, too! And hit up the gift shop for a Christmasy souvenir you’ll treasure.
Opening season: The water park area at Santa’s Village opens in late May and closes in early October, though other parts of the park are open through the Christmas season.
Indoor Water Parks in New Hampshire
Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park
North Conway, NH
New Hampshire’s largest indoor water park is Kahuna Laguna at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway. If you’re looking for a fun-filled family resort with a four-season water park, you’re going to love it here.
Try out the three-story water slides with the option of both body slides and tube slides. Bob up and down in the Wiki Wave Pool, have fun in the Bamboo Bay Adventure Center, run around in the Aquabrella, a cascading curtain of water, and challenge your friends to a game at Kahuna Basketball Court!
If you’re looking for something like Great Wolf Lodge, Kahuna Laguna is exactly what you’re looking for! It’s all about the water adventures here.
Do note that the water park is only open to resort guests. (But if you take your kids to stay here, they’ll never stop talking about it!)
Opening season: Kahuna Laguna is open year-round.
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Skyventure in Nashua is an indoor adventure park with a twist — this is all about unusual activities you can do indoors. Here guests can try surfing, indoor skydiving, riding the Fishpipe, and rock climbing.
Surf’s Up is the largest indoor surfing in North America! The 32’ Surfstream is a machine delivering endless waves for people of all skill levels to enjoy.
The Fishpipe is a unique water ride where you get into a rotating solid-and-mesh dome and can run around, flop around, jump around, and enjoy the ride! (The Fishpipe is currently not running, but we hope it returns soon.)
After enjoying the water rides, check out the indoor skydiving, which is done in a wind tunnel with experts guiding you, and rock climbing on photorealistic southwestern walls.
Opening season: Skyventure is open year-round.
Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway
North Conway, NH
The Hampton Inn & Suites in North Conway, New Hampshire, is a hotel with a fun feature — an indoor water park for guests to enjoy!
The water park has two large slides, a pool, and a splash area. It’s on the small side — Kahuna Laguna in North Conway is much larger and more of a special destination overall — but the Hampton Inn & Suites has a lot of fun
If you’re a lover of the Hampton Inn Hotels, this is a great added feature.
Opening season: The Hampton Inn and Suites is open year-round.
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There is a New Hampshire waterpark for everyone, no matter how old you are or what time of year it is. With different adventures at each park, pick one or try them all! Cool down in the summer or make winter a little bit more bearable.
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