With the exception of the beach, nothing says summer more than an amusement park. Full of thrills and fun for the whole family, summer is the season to visit one of New England’s many great amusement parks.
For most, the season runs roughly Memorial Day to Labor Day, with some open weekends in April and/or May, some extending the season out to Columbus day, and a few open weekends well into the fall. A couple of the Christmas oriented parks are open weekends in December.
The largest theme park in New England is Six Flag New England in Agawam, MA. The amusement park champion of New England is New Hampshire with five parks.
The oldest amusement park in New England is Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT that first opened in 1846! It is the oldest continuously operating theme park in North America. Lake Compounce also happens to be home to New England’s third oldest antique wooden carousel (1893).
Below you will find a listing of New England’s amusement parks, theme parks, and water parks:
|Canobie Lake Park||Salem, NH||Weekends April and May. Daily Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Weekends in September.|
|Funtown/Splashtown U.S.A||Saco, ME||Funtown Ride Park is open May through Labor Day. Splashtown USA Water Park is open mid-June through Labor Day.|
|Lake Compounce||Bristol, CT||May through early September. Weekends in October for the Haunted Graveyard.|
|Palace Playland||Old Orchard Beach, ME||Weekends in April and April School Vacation week. June through August. Weekends in September into early October.|
|Quassy Amusement Park||Middlebury, CT||Weekends late April through May. June through August. Weekends in September.|
|Santa’s Village||Jefferson, NH||May through August. Weekends in September. Select weekends in October and November. Weekends in December.|
|Six Flags New England||Agawam, MA||Mid April through August. Weekends September though October.|
|Six Gun City & Fort Splash||Jefferson, NH||Weekends from Memorial Day to Father’s Day. Father’s Day to Labor Day. Weekends in October for Six Gun Haunted.|
|Story Land||Glen, NH||Late May through early October.|
|Vermont’s Summer Adventure at Bromley Mountain||Peru, VT||Mid June through early September and other selected weekends.|
|Water Country||Portsmouth, NH||June through early September.|
|Water Wizz||Westerly, RI||Memorial Day to Labor Day.|
|Water Wizz of Cape Cod||East Wareham, MA||June through Labor Day.|
|York’s Wild Kingdom Zoo and Amusement Park||York Beach, ME||Late May through mid-September|