Canobie Lake Park

Canobie Lake
Canobie Lake

Canobie Lake Park is a great place to go for fun in New England. This amusement park offers rides and other great attractions that cater to all ages, and its location makes it accessible to many New England residents. You can find Canobie Lake Park at 85 North Policy Street in Salem, New Hampshire. Less than 15 miles to the west is the city of Nashua, and it isn’t very far to Manchester or Concord either. Outside of New Hampshire, major cities that offer relative proximity to Canobie Lake Park include Portland, Maine and the Massachusetts cities of Lowell and Boston.

History

History

History

Canobie Lake Park opened in 1902, which is the same year that Salem, New Hampshire got new trolley lines. The combination of both helped to make Salem a popular destination among regional vacationers. Early Canobie Lake Park visitors dressed in their finest clothing, and among the leisure activities that they partook in were picnicking, canoeing, playing various sports, taking rides on the Circle Swing, and testing their skills at the Penny Arcade. Unfortunately, a declining trolley industry negatively affected Canobie Lake Park. In 1929, the last electric car made its way out of town, and the amusement park closed quickly thereafter. The park wouldn’t be closed for too long, however. In 1932, a wealthy private citizen purchased Canobie Lake Park and hired workers to refurbish it. Between the 1930s and early 1950s, the park’s Dancehall Theater was among the mainattractions. The entertainment venue hosted such renowned performers as Guy Lombardo, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey, and Frank Sinatra.

Rides & Attractions

Rides & Attractions

Rides & Attractions

These days, Canobie Lake Park is owned by a few different families and offers more rides than ever before. Among these rides is a historic favorite – the Yankee Cannonball. This wooden roller coaster was bought from Waterbury, Connecticut’s Lakeview Park in 1936. Complementing the Yankee Cannonball are a few more roller coasters, one of which is a kiddie coaster. There are other “Thrill Rides” too. Among them is a ride called Starblaster. Riders are shot up and down an 80-foot tower on this rather extreme contraption. Canobie Lake Park visitors also have a number of “Family Rides” to select from, not to mention “Kids Rides” and “Water Rides.” Among the highlights in these other ride categories are a carousel that dates back to 1903, an 80-foot tall Ferris wheel, a steam train, electronically driven cars, and a log flume. As for other Canobie Lake Park attractions, they include numerous games, a diverse mix of eateries, gift shops, the famous Dancehall Theater, a museum that celebrates the history of the Dancehall Theater, and another live entertainment venue that is known as the Midway Stage.

Coupons & Discounts

Coupons & Discounts

Coupons & Discounts

Should a visit to Canobie Lake Park figure among your New Hampshire vacation plans, you are encouraged to keep an eye out for any related discounts. Coupons for reduced admission can often be found in regional travel brochures or at various participating outlets in the area. These outlets can include food shops, supermarkets, and fast food restaurants. Discounts that are offered by the park itself are usually available for groups and are also worth keeping in mind, as are the other special discounts that the park or area hotels are known to offer. The full price for Canobie Lake Park admission is reasonable enough, especially since it covers all rides and live performances, though it never hurts to secure a discount that can help you free up funds for other things, such as your area accommodations.

Canobie Lake Park Hotels & Lodging

Canobie Lake Park Hotels & Lodging

Canobie Lake Park Hotels & Lodging

Since Canobie Lake Park is within reach of so many different New England cities and towns, travelers who are planning on visiting the park can choose from a fairly wide range of accommodations. There are certainly plenty of Boston hotels and Portland hotels to select from. In New Hampshire itself, the Nashua hotels and Manchester hotels can come in handy. In Salem, New Hampshire, the lodging choices include the Holiday Inn Salem, the La Quinta Inn & Suites Salem, and the Red Roof Inn Salem. Complementing these agreeable chain-brand lodging establishments is the Park View Inn, which can be found minutes from Canobie Lake Park in the heart of Salem’s shopping and restaurant district. Some of the rooms at the Park View Inn have kitchenettes for those who wish to take advantage. 

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