This was one of our absolute highlights of living in New England. My kids loved going here and look longingly at the pictures from their time there. The rides are perfect for young kids and everything is so cute. What we loved also were the reasonably priced food choices. And it even tasted good! We dearly miss this place. A must-see if you are in NH!!
Our family just adores StoryLand in Glen, New Hampshire. What a great place for younger kiddos! First off we LOVE the area. We are huge fans of the White Mountain Region and one of our favorite activities to do as a family is hike. We usually incorporate a trip to StoryLand while on one of our summer camping trips to the Whites. StoryLand has been around for as long as I can remember. I was born in the 80’s and I can remember going there each summer with my parents. Not much has changed over the years, at least in my eyes. StoryLand still has its quirky little charm about it. You can’t beat the admission price, for a little over $25 per person you can enjoy a day full of unlimited rides and attractions. They also do this cool ”Final Three, Next Day Free” promo. If you arrive after 3 in the afternoon you’ll get a pass to come back for free any day that year. So head up after 3 on a Friday and you can go back all day on Saturday if you’d like or save it for another time all together. Sweet deal if you ask me. Our kids are 8 & 5 and they seriously love this place. They have a variety of rides for all ages. Nothing too thrilling or scary for the wee ones. I can see the 8 year old getting bored with the place in a few years but until that time comes we’ll be visiting StoryLand in Glen, NH each and every year. Where fantasy lives!!
Storyland is an amusement park designed around the classic Mother Goose stories and specifically aimed a children aged 1 through 10 or so. It is extremely family friendly with wonderfully clean restrooms and plenty of shade. The strollers are free and the variety of rides, shows, and attractions is wonderful. We took my daughter when she was 2 and she is still talking about going back. We love it!
As a transplant to New England, I had heard about StoryLand for years. Born-and-bred New Englanders say the name with a kind of starried-eyed awe that speaks to heavenly memories of childhood.
This year we took our 4 1/2 year old and almost-2 year old for a first visit. They already say the name with stars in their eyes. A month later, the 2 year old still wakes up 2-3 times a week and asks to go back.
Favorite tip: if you go after 3pm, you'll get a pass for the next day. We did this and found it a great way to check out the place and get an extra few hours of fun.
There seems to be an older part of the park and a newer part. From the conditions of facilities, you wouldn't know the difference. We found everything in great working order, clean, and perfectly kid-friendly. The noticeable difference is adherence to theme: the older part of the part clearly sticks to nursery rhymes and classic stories. My kids' favorite was sitting on Miss Muffett's tuffet as the spider dropped and acting out the poem. Newer parts of the park have more "wow-y" rides that are kid-friendly and absolute fun, but more loosely tied to childrens' stories. I noticed; the kids didn't.
My older child could ride almost every ride in the park. The littler one (small for her age) was excluded from a few, but not so many that she felt left out of the experience.
The park has some fantastic features for traveling families and for young families. Although we didn't use it, I noticed that they offer free kennels for traveling pets. They have a plentiful supply of strollers for use in the park, also free.
The entire park was very clean, accessible to strollers and wheelchairs (though there are a few steep hills), and full of wonderfully polite employees. Bathrooms are plentiful and some have kid-sized seats as well. Next to every (or almost every) restroom is a mother's room for changing, nursing, and napping babies.
Food was a little more expensive than you might buy on the street, but not considerably. There are a few games and activities that cost an extra few dollars, but not too many. Full-face painting and hair braiding are among the most expensive of these, at around $7 - $10 per kid.
We were there during July, on two quite warm days that turned to thunderstorms. Park employees went out of their way to be helpful and upbeat during the downpours, so every moment was still fun.
We can't wait for next summer!
We finally made it to Storyland last summer. We had a great time, and the boys talk about it all the time. We are sure to return this summer. It's a pricey admission ticket, but there are discounts available if you search. I had bought the Breathe NH discount book, and they offered a buy one get one free admission.
I filled a backpack with an extra set of clothes for the kids, wipes, small snacks, water bottles, and a small towel. There are a few water rides, and you will get wet for sure! Those happened to be the kids' favorite rides! (and the adults, too)
We went on a warm summer day, where the sky was mostly cloudy, but the sun came out on occasion. The lines for the rides were not too bad. We arrived shortly after the park opened, and stayed until nearly closing time. We did end up buying our lunch there, and spent more money than we wanted, but it was OK for our trip. I think next time I'll pack our own lunch food.
The boys were 4, and I think that was a perfect age to start with. At 3 years old, they may have been Ok too, but would have tired a lot sooner. Many, many parents had strollers, which are fine to push around. Everyone just leaves their strollers parked at the rides, and picks them up when each ride is finished.
It's very family friendly. Bathrooms all over, water bubblers, sitting areas, shady spots, snack bars, and ice cream areas.
I highly recommend a trip to Storyland for every family in the area!
We finally got to Storyland in 2009 after many years of talking about it but unfortunately my oldest children were 10 and 8 and they were a little too old for this park. My 4 year old loved it. All the rides are great for the little ones. The cirus show was awesome. All the kids and adults loved it. It is pricey so plan to stay the whole day.
We visited New hampshire every year prior to having kids and always thought this place was probably an old eyesore. We were wrong. We started going to Storyland annually when the 7 year old twins were 1. We now have a third and she (4) has been going every year as well. They look forward to going every year.The rides are great and the kids feel like big kids when they can go on them. Almost all of the rides are suitable for 3 year old kids. The place is immaculate and really like a fairytale. Although they love the rides my kids really love the play area ruled by Mother Goose when you go right from the entrance. They also love the log flume ride. We get a great picture every year. If you can go in the off season to avoid the lines and really create some magic. Strollers are provided with no fee.
This is a great place for toddlers, but even the big kids will have fun too. Admission is free for those under the age of three ( a great deal since there is so much for the little ones to do!) and for everyone else the price is $25.00 ( as of 7/09). Admission includes unlimited rides and attractions. The Royal Hanneford Circus show is a must see for all ages. I was not expecting much, but I came out wowed, this is not your traditional circus. Make sure you get to the tent at least 30 minutes before the show starts as seats fill up fast and are limited. Buy some popcorn or cotton candy to keep the little ones busy while you are waiting. The Polar Coaster is a great first roller coaster for the little ones to ride, with a 36 inch minimum ride height. Little girls will adore riding in Cinderella's Coach and boys love the antique cars. A family favorite is the Loppy Lab. Load a vaccum or a "shooter" with small, foam balls and take aim at an unsuspecting stranger-all in the name of fun of course! My 6 year old is crazy about the Crazy Barn. A barn shaped ride that goes up and over that is tame enough for the younger set. My husband and I are a fan of this one because our 3 kids went on this together ( the oldest is 12) while we sat on bench and enjoyed a few minutes of alone time, all while keeping a watchful eye on the troop. We will take our moments of peace and quiet when we can get them! This is a great place and even the older two kids enjoy this park. More information can be found at www.storylandnh.com
This a great place to take the little ones. They have lots of places for those special photo shots through out the park so bring a camera. They have Cinderella's Castle and lots of rides for all ages. When my children were ages 3 to 10 we went once a year because they just loved story land.