Splish, splash and cool off

  • Madisyn, 11, Raighyn, 5, and Peightyn Henry, 11, from Portsmouth play on a rock at Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire Monday afternoon. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor file

  • Brave swimmers test out the Kimball Park swimming pool in Concord last summer, even with the afternoon temperatures in the 60s. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

Monitor staff
Thursday, June 01, 2017

When the sun gets hot, it’s time to cool down with some fun at a water park, pool or in one of New Hampshire’s glistening lakes or ponds. Here’s some suggestions of where to go to relax and make summer memories.

Whale’s Tale Water Park

481 Daniel Webster Highway,


Whale’s Tale combines thrilling rides – three “major water thrill rides” and 11 water slides – with relaxing attractions, such as three hot tubs, private cabana rentals and a quarter-mile lazy river.

Santa’s Village

528 Presidential Highway, Jefferson


As part of it’s larger amusement park, Santa’s Village has its Ho Ho H2O Water Park with a splash zones for small kids and older children and a series of water slides.

Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park

2251 White Mountain Highway, North Conway


This indoor water park provides the opportunity for visitors to stay the night and take in attractions such as the wiki wave pool, numerous water slides and a bamboo adventure tower.

Water Country New Hampshire

2300 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth


Water country is a family-friendly water park which has been serving New England since 1984. The park includes multiple tube and body slides along with a “Tunnel of Terror.”

Candia Springs Adventure Park

446 Raymond Road, Candia


The water park, part of a larger adventure park, includes four water slides, an obstacle challenge course and 5,000 square feet of interactive water toys.

Canobie Lake Park ’s Castaway Island

85 N. Policy St., Salem


Part of the larger theme park, Canobie Lake Park contains Castaway Island, a water activity center with water slides, tipping buckets, water guns, geysers and more. The park also has three water rides: The Boston Tea Party, Tall Timber Splash and Policy Pond Log Flume.

Concord Community Pools

Various locations, Concord


With seven locations throughout the city, Concord Community Pools, which open for the community on June 17, not only offer spaces for local swimmers but also provide swim lessons.

Manchester Public Pools

Various locations, Manchester


Five public pools are spread across Manchester. These pools host both public swimming and local swim meets for competitors.

State Park Swimming

Various locations


There are 22 state parks in New Hampshire that offer beaches and swimming areas in both fresh- and saltwater bodies.