Review

#WCFamilyFun @WaterCountry in Portsmouth New Hampshire – Review!

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Water Country is located at 2300 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth NH 03801 and is New England’s largest outdoor water park with water slides, rides, pools, wave pool, and kiddie rides – all located on 26 acres! This is definitely a park that my entire family can enjoy!

 

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Attractions include Thunder Falls and Wild Canyon; Triple Giant Slides; Double Dive Boggan; Shoot and Screamer; Dragon’s Den; Black Hole and Warp 8; Double Geronimo; Racing Rapids and The Plunge; Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror; Activity Pool; Adventure River; Giant Wave Pool; Giant Wave Pool and a Whirl Pool.

 

Kiddie Attractions include: Bubble Bay; Ollie Octopus; Pirate’s Pool and Lagoon; and the Tahiti Tree House

 

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At Water Country you can even reserve Cabanas (all different price ranges) to make your family even more comfortable all day long. There are locker rentals, tube rentals and life jackets available.

 

Season passes are available for less than the price of two general admission tickets plus there is also a premium season pass available which includes so many other extras – well worth the slightly higher cost.

 

Preferred parking is $15 per day and general parking is $5. You may choose to bring your own lunch to Water Country, but please no glass, alcohol or BBQ equipment. All bags and coolers will be searched upon entry. Water Country also has excellent snack bars and satellite stations serving Pizza, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken Fingers and Sandwiches, Fried Dough, Sausage and Steak Subs, Fries, Ice Cream, Dippin’ Dots (the ice cream of the future!) and lots of other goodies.

 

  1. And now you can get$3.00 off of the $38.99 admission price with coupon code: Blog30Water Country’s social handles:
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We had the ability to go to Water Country yesterday and check it out for ourselves.  We did have some difficulties getting there yesterday – we have a sick dog that needed some attention and some other critical situations that came up – delaying our arrival.  We arrived a little after 3pm.

The first thing I was quick to note is that most of the employees had already spent half a day outside in the hot sun and they were still all smiles.  They clearly love what they do and love helping all visitors.  That is such a great start to such an adventure.  No customer wants to feel like they are a nuisance.  Everyone was extremely helpful.

We were given the opportunity to experience a cabana – right above the wave pool.  It was the perfect spot – we could see the entire upper section of the water park.  To get into the cabana you must have a cabana bracelet – that means that thousands of people cannot just walk by your space – the traffic is pretty limited in that section.  There is a host of the cabana section who insures that everyone who enters that section has a wrist band and she also makes rounds to check periodically to see if you need anything.  Our host was Kate and she was extremely pleasant and personable.

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The second wristband is for the tubes we rented.  It allows us to not have to carry the tubes everywhere we go.  If we just return them when we are doing something like eating – then we can request another one when we are ready to go back to tubing.

Now here is the problem we encountered, which had nothing to do with Water Country.  When we arrived after 3pm it was a sunny afternoon.  By the time we got settled into the cabana and walked around to take some photos, clouds start rolling in very quickly and then there was a “serious thunderstorm warning”.  The kids were able to go on two or three attractions while my husband and I ran around taking photos.  The very first attraction I went on – brought the storm full on.  We were immediately evacuated from all water due to thunder and lightning and massive amounts of rain.  There was hope that the storm would pass quickly enough to reopen the attractions but unfortunately that was not the case.  After we sat it out for an hour – they closed the park.  They definitely didn’t have a choice – the storm was just that bad.

The park is huge.  There is an upper section with slides, wave pool, river etc… then when you circle around, down the back side there are many more slides of all different varieties, kiddie sections, more cabanas, and a sprinkler type with the large buckets.  There is a section for groups, parties, many food options, restrooms, tube rentals, locker rentals and more.

Here are some photos from our hour before and during the storm.

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Just to give you an idea of how quickly this storm moved in and how strong it was – here is a photo of one side (what it looked like when we arrived at the park) and the storm side rolling in.  Then a video immediately after the storm started – shot from the cabana.  You can see the tubes all left exactly where they were.  The lifeguards were very efficient at removing everyone from any attraction with water, quickly and safely.

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So that was our experience.  Just around an hour with lots of excitement – sadly very little time experiencing the attractions.  Maybe we can get back there again soon.

 

And what did I find particularly interesting?  This sign…

 

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15 Comments

  • Jennifer

    This looks like SO much fun! I love the idea of reserving a cabin so your family to be more comfortable throughout the day – nothing worse than getting to a water park and find yourself scrambling for a lounge chair or table for your family’s stuff.

    • Athena

      We didn’t know they were giving us a Cabana. We were quite stressed about arriving after 3pm and not being able to find a spot. However, I can tell you that even though we had a cabana there were so many spots still available. Much more seating than any water park I have ever been to.

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