Tucked away among the trees in the historic town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is the much loved Water Country. This aquatic retreat is New England’s largest water park featuring dozens of attractions that will suit both adrenaline seekers and those who prefer to float happily along at a comfortable pace. Water Country is one of the few amusement parks in the country that actually encourages families to pack and bring their own meals. For thirty years, Water Country has been cooling off Seacoast residents and travelers looking to find relief from the summer heat.
What kinds of rides do they have?
Water Country offers a wide variety of attractions. For those looking to test their courage, rides such as The Double Geronimo with its twin, steep mega-fast slides and the Shoot and Screamer propel swimmers with high-speed action. One of the newest slides, Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel Of Terror, features a plunge into a pitch black, winding tunnel. For more relaxing rides, consider Adventure River or Racing Rapids. There are also two kids only water playground areas called Ollie Octopus and Pirate’s Lagoon. Thunder Falls and Wild Canyon have group oriented raft rides that send you twisting and swaying on one big inflatable raft. And don’t forget the gigantic wave pool! With over 70,000 gallons of cool, fresh water, this attraction is aimed to please and impress.
Water Country also has several other water slides of various lengths and heights, a whirlpool, a family center and more! For a full list of attractions, click here!
What should I bring with me?
When packing, make sure to bring (or wear) a bathing suit, sunscreen, comfortable sandals and your own food/snacks if you desire. There are designated areas to store your belongings while you are out and about in the water. If you happen to forget something, don’t fret! Water Country has a sundry shop that sells anything you could possibly need to enjoy your visit.
What is the price of admission?
The general admission price as of the 2014 summer is $38.99. Children two and younger can enter free of charge. The park does offer a variety of discounts and offers season passes that begin saving you money as soon as your second visit. Before heading there, always make sure to check the weather as Water Country must close during inclement weather.
Are there any good restaurants close by?
For those who love Mexican, we highly recommend Vida Cantina and The Cemita Shack. Shio serves fabulous sushi and right next door is a hidden gem of an Italian restaurant called La Bella. These four restaurants are all less than one mile from Water Country.
Where should I stay if I am traveling?
For help finding lodging nearby, please refer to these following links: Lodging and Accommodations and Campgrounds. It should be noted that historic downtown Portsmouth is worth a visit if you have time to explore the area further.