Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire, is a White Mountains family favorite.
Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker
Located just six miles north of North Conway, New Hampshire, Story Land has been delighting generations of New England children since 1954. Boosted by a beautiful White Mountains backdrop, Story Land (“Where fantasy lives!”) offers attractions and rides geared exclusively toward the under-12 set, making the storybook-themed park a favorite “staycation” destination for many New England families.
For its youngest visitors, kid-sized figures and buildings depict traditional nursery rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty, the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (you can go into the shoe!), and Goldilocks and the Three Bears (including all three Mama, Papa, and Baby Bear beds). Then there are rides like Alice’s Tea Cups and the Polar Coaster, live animals (I see you, Three Little Pigs), special shows and performances, and the perfect amount of “bigger kid” rides such as the Roar-o-Saurus coaster and Bamboo Chutes log flume.
Additional Story Land perks? You’re allowed to bring your own food and drinks into the park (pack an entire picnic lunch if you want to). Most restrooms include a separate room for nursing mothers. And if you purchase your ticket within three hours of closing time (3 p.m. in July and August and 2 p.m. on all other operating days), you’ll receive a free pass for the next day or any other full day that season.
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I spent many happy summer days at Story Land during my 1980s New England childhood, so when I had the opportunity to return last year with my sisters and their small children, my nostalgic curiosity got the better of me. Here’s a look at our day at Story Land!
Revisiting Story Land
Do you share my fond childhood memories of visiting Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire? (You’ll sometimes see it spelled on the Web as “Storyland,” but they’re one and the same.) Let us know in the comments, and remind me what I missed on this visit (I’ll get you next time, Los Bravos Jail!).