Water Country in Portsmouth New Hampshire Park Review
Ever since I can remember, spending time by the pool has been one of my favorite ways to enjoy life. My mom used to say I must have been a fish because I could spend hours in the pool. When I went to my first waterpark at 8 years old, I was sold! For the next 20 years, I spent my Summers enjoying the many water parks in the North East like Water Country NH.
I have to admit, even thought I have enjoyed and visited at least 6 fairly close water parks in New England, it was only this year that I visited Water Country in Portsmouth New Hampshire. I was given the opportunity to review the water park in exchange for complementary tickets so I jumped at the chance.
Water Country intrigued me because they claim they are New England’s largest water park. To be honest, I thought Six Flags Hurricane Harbor was the largest, so I was excited to mentally compare the two. My inner child was thrilled to check out the grounds, and see what made visiting their water park worth the roughly 2 hour drive.
When we got there, I noticed that the entrance to the park was across the street from Burger King. A pit grew in my stomach because I was hoping it was not anything like the water park located in Wareham. There is nothing worse than trying to enjoy a water slide while you can literally see a generic shopping plaza from the top of the slide. I wanted trees, forest, and nice landscape.
Did I get the scenery I craved in Water Country NH?
The answer is YES!! Even though Water Country is near several chains, the drive in is set into a wooded area so you cannot see industry from inside the park. Parking is on the grass, and costs $5. You can get preferred parking for an additional fee, but regular parking was no hike at all! As I walked in, I noticed clean, very well landscaped areas, and family friendly attractions.
The beauty of Water Country is that they have several different cabana rental options for your family. You can rent on of many different cabanas so that your family can enjoy they full day at the park in privacy. We were able to stay in the so called “best cabanas in the park” which overlooked the gigantic wave pool. Each cabana contained 2 lounge chairs, and two outdoor plastic chairs. Their was some green faux grass inside to make the area comfortable.
One thing I found VERY strange about the Giant Wave Pool at Water Country was the fact that there were TONS of seagulls flying around, and taking dips and poops in the water. They were even drinking the heavily chlorinated water which was super weird. I know this is out of the park’s control, but I have never seen this before. I guess the folks at Water Country get an A+ for making the Giant Wave Pool area beach like.
We loved the Giant Wave Pool because it produced beach like waves every few minutes that made the area very relaxing and enjoyable. Much of our time spent was in this area because the kids loved it so much. They did explore some soley kiddie areas, but still reverted back to the Giant Wave Pool. There are complementary life jackets at the attraction entrance for little ones too which is great!
Adventure River was another area we enjoyed. This large and relaxing “lazy river” of sorts was a place where you could get into a tube and enjoy the ride. Due to the fact that my kids were with me, and needed life jackets it was not as relaxing for me as I would like. I have to keep a close eye on them; especially when passing under the ginormous waterfall.
Water Country has over 9 slide attractions, but I cannot say I got to enjoy them. Our kids were too little for most of them so we opted out of trying them. They looked so fun though, and nothing seemed too overwhelming. I am not sure if I am brave enough to try the Double Geronimo, but someday I will tempt my fate.
There were many shops and places to eat at Water Country New Hampshire but we opted to bring our own grinders, and drinks. They allow patrons to bring approved beverage containers, and food in so that is impressive!! Their food prices were a little on the high side, but that is similar at most water parks.
Overall, I would suggest that any New Englander who wants to enjoy a relaxing day at New England’s largest water park should head on over! Tickets are $38.99 for adult general admission and $26.99 for children under 48 inches. There are many tickets deals and combos you can check out on their official site. You can also buy tickets online to save time and money.