Meeting the REAL Mother Goose — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti Two and half hours north of Boston you'll find the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where four-season family fun is offered at every turn. Along with great skiing during the winter months, the White Mountains area provides families with adventures that wow kids of all ages.
One attraction that creates Disney World-like smiles (without the Disney World prices) and is ideal for the two- to twelve-year-olds is Story Land. At Story Land you'll enter a magical world where children's literature comes to life. A right of passage for New England youngsters, Story Land draws families from far and wide to enjoy its many surprises.
Hop on and off the rides all day long as the admission fee covers unlimited access to the 21 family rides designed to accommodate parent and child, allowing you to really enjoy your visit to Story Land together. You'll find a variety of options to please the most timid to the most adventurous rider. Visit Cinderella by way of pumpkin coach, shoot it out on the water on Pharaoh's Reign, or enjoy the thrill of plunging through the arctic ice caps on the Polar Coaster. Best of all, you can do it beside your three footer who will squeal with delight as he comes upon every new site.Splashing onlookers — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Story Land's admission price is enhanced by the storybook characters holding court throughout the land. Bump into Mother Goose with her pet in hand and say hello, pose for a photo or just enjoy her company because this real life character is as pleasant as you've pictured. Watch an interactive performance or play on the structures throughout the park. This amusement park has it all in a clean, compact form that let's you make a day of it without feeling you've missed anything.
Train Rides, Adventure Park and Shopping
Story Land is not the only snow-less show around; get out and see other remarkable sites. The White Mountains area is loaded with attractions fit for families. The close proximity of Story Land to several attraction filled towns (Story Land is in Glen but there is lots of post-park action to be had a few miles away in North Conway) makes this a multi-day excursion or better yet, a weeklong adventure.
North Conway's Downtown is a strip of mom-and-pop shops that will make you feel like you've taken a step back in time. You can browse this small stretch of Americana, or enjoy a meal at one of the many establishments on the main drag. It is also the place to shop til you drop at the (tax-free) outlet stores. An entire day could be spent going from store to store to get great deals on fashionable items. While those looking to see the natural wonders of the mountains, can't beat a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad. This train ride offers several ride options and brings you through the mountains, to admire the bluffs, ravines, and cascading water along its route. Or visit Cranmore: a ski resort that offers off-season fun like their mountain adventure park where you can soar above the hills you ski in season.
Choosing where to stay has never been easier as the area is overflowing with options. From resorts which allow you to stay put and play, like the Red Jacket Resort, to chain hotels with familiar names that offer a twist for this location by catering to families like the Hampton Inn where you'll not only get the clean rooms and friendly service you'd expect, but also extra amenities like a small indoor water park and an evening line-up of kids activities.
Area hotels are so much fun that kids often mistake them for Story Land as was the case with four year old Ava, who upon being told it was time to go to Story Land turned to her parents and replied, "I thought this was Story Land".
A driver's license for even the littlest in your group — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti