Thursday, July 7, 2011

New England Summer Thursday

Today I'm going to talk about Canobie Lake Park in Salem New Hampshire, my FAVORITE amusement park!  Yes, I've been to Disneyworld.  Yes, I've been to Six Flags.  However, I'm partial to Canobie because I grew up very close to the park. 

Canobie has a much different vibe than the bigger parks.  Plus, it has been renovated in recent years, and they've added some fun new rides, and a water park area. 
A new Wicked Awesome Coaster: Untamed.  It climbs 72 feet high, and has a 97 degree drop!

The Dance Hall Theater, which hosted some famous musical acts in the 1950s and 60s.
  • Canobie Lake opened in 1902 as a stop on the trolley line on the Hudson, Pelham and Salem railways.  
  • The park was originally a botanical garden, with a few activities such as picnics, canoeing, sporting events, and a Penny Arcade.
  • From the 1930’s to the early 50’s, the park’s Dancehall Theater hosted acts such as Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, and Sonny & Cher.  Yes, Sonny & Cher!  
  • The park is known for it's Yankee Cannonball roller coaster, a wood coaster from the 1930s.  (Yes, it's still running!)
  • The Antique Carousel was built in the late 1800s.  It was moved to Canobie in 1906, and is the oldest carousel in New England.
  • The carousel's music plays on a 1917 Wurlitzer Band Organ.
*Some of this info I learned by osmosis from living near the park, some of this info was taken from their web site. 

Have you ever been to Canobie Lake Park?  Is there another amusement park in New England that you like?

Want to read more about Sonny & Cher's visit to this little New England park?  Read an additional story about it on our Facebook page.


JennyLynn said...

Looks like an amazing place to visit. I grew up going to Disneyland, and Magic Mountain.

gin said...

I would love to visit this park! It looks beautiful and just a little smaller than the other big parks you hear about. I love how well manicured everything looks. I don't know if I would ride the roller coaster though; things probably wouldn't look so well manicured after I got off the roller coaster...

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

I've never been to Canobie Lake Park, but I love those older amusement parks. They have a simple honesty about them.

I'll skip the roller coaster if I get to visit, though. Just looking at it makes my stomach flip.

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

I just love amusement parks and roller coasters. It has been a while.

Chasing Joy said...

It's nice that some smaller parks like this are still up and running. They have their own unique character.

Kristin said...

My family LOVES Six Flags in MA, but discovered Canobie Lake Park last summer and are hooked. They just went again in June (they give free passes and lunch to fathers on Father's Day) and don't seem to miss Six Flags at all. I hope to get there some day, too. :)

Anonymous said...

I LOVED Canobie Lake Park! I had some of my best dates with a wonderful boy when I lived in Derry (and he was from Salem) and he would take me there on warm summer evenings! And I went with my family too of course (this was between 1972-1975) when I was a teen. Thought I didn't end up marrying that sweetheart, I sure do have happy memories of Canobie Lake!!!

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