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“Tiny park. Overpriced.”

Whales Tale Waterpark
Ranked #4 of 31 things to do in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

This is more of a water park for first timers. If youve already been to a Water Country (we were in VA last summer at one), this one is dissapointingly small. Several of the rides dont have tubes so a couple of my kids wouldnt go on them, just the ones with the tubes. It is WAY overpriced for the size of the park. ($160 for 5 people) I think there are 14 (or less) rides to go on, including the lazy river. The park was not overly crowded but the lines were forever long. They only let a few people go up the stairs at a time so it seems like it takes forever. We went there from the Laconia area and it was not worth the ride, sad to say. Only positive point is its probably a great place to work in an area where there really isnt much to do in the summer.

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Reviewed 29 July 2011

The Good:
1) Staff is friendly and handles the crowds well. Respectful and not overbearing.
2) Big enough to enjoy, but not overwhelming huge.
3) Rides are fun and water is clean.
4) You can bring in your own food (BYOF) and non-alcoholic beverages.
5) There are hot tubs, and a heated pool if the weather is cool.

Areas to improve:
1) some slides are showing their age and sections need to be replaced.
2) The food for purchase is pricey and not great quality, but you can BYOF.
3) great for young kids, but older teens may find it lacking

If you have never been to a water park, you will enjoy Whales Tale especially with young kids. This was our first trip to NH and to the White mountains and this was a highlight for our two boys (6 and 3). Tourist season is short up there, so the place gets crowded, but they handle it well. If you plan to be there for a while, they have a special where you buy a full day pass after 3 PM, which gets you in until close the first day and then in for a full day on the second day.

The bathrooms were remarkably clean by waterpark standards, and the rest of the park is kept in good shape.

Thank bsavall
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

Spent the day there and all i can say is there is plenty of fun and excitement for grown ups and kids. Lots to do for all ages.

Thank ksommers
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

I think this park is overpriced for what it has to offer, I thought $128.00 for a family of 4 was a bit ridiculous. Also, I think it's a bit small to command that kind of price. However, the kids had fun but I know that the park was a bit of a letdown after Water Country in VA last year and trips to Hershey Park's Boardwalk. I did like the idea of the bar, but didn't partake. Also, don't waste the money on a locker like I did, the parking lot is small enough, get your hands stamped and go out to the lot if you need something.

1  Thank TIA1966
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Reviewed 4 September 2010

We had a fabulous time at Whales Tale Waterpark today. It is clean, well-run and just big enough. It was far less-crowded and a much better value than a larger waterpark on the Seacoast. We spent our entire day at that other park on smaller slides, because the larger ones had lines over an hour long (WAY too long for young kids' attention spans), and they were short of lifeguards, so they could not open the lazy river and wave pool at the same time. Terrible planning. Whales Tale, in contrast, had every ride and slide open and was well staffed to handle a larger crowd than they had. There was plenty of variety - Shipwreck Island is like its own self-contained waterpark with activities for all ages (and much better maintained than a similar area at that other waterpark). Banzai Pipeline is a great slide, and the only one of its kind in New England - you ride in a two-person raft down a corkscrew tunnel slide that emerges to daylight and drops away fast, and then you run up a wall (like a half-pipe) until you're nearly vertical, and slide back down again backwards, spinning all the way, over another small rise to land in a pool. My wife and I agreed, it was the best waterslide we have ever experienced. Overall, we had a great time. Food is a little pricey, but it was excellent quality, and the park allows you to bring in a cooler if you wish to bring your own food and drink. You can also leave and re-enter the park, if you wish to get food elsewhere.

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