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I have been a huge and unequivocal fan of “Clark’s Trading Post“, Lincoln (i.e., ‘Loon‘), N.H. from the very first time I visited 15 or 16 years ago. I like everything about Clark’s. The bear shows are heartwarming in that the Clarks treat the bears like we treat our dogs. They, as they do like to point out, are their family pets. And you can tell. The bears are so at home with the two (Murray and Maureen (these days)) Clarks. So while I cringe and close my eyes when “Ringling Brothers” insist on putting on Big Cat acts I have no qualms, whatsoever, about the bear acts. You can tell that the bears are pampered and loved and doing the show is part of their lives. So no issues with the bear show. On Tuesday, July 12th, when Teischan and I visited, we (as is not unusual), watched both bear shows.
The train ride is always fun. Yes, I know the routine and the spiel by heart (and knew the now retired Wolfman). But it is still fun and it is nice to see the reaction of kids.
The new 300′ feet Anaconda water ride (up a 40′ platform) is sure fast (20 to 40 seconds max., top to bottom) but does give you pause since part of it is in PITCH darkness. It was fun though I am not sure I will do it again.
I did the Segway ride the first year it was open. We did it twice each on Tuesday since the lines were short. Though short, i.e., 3 minutes, it is enjoyable.
The Chinese Acrobatic and Contortionist Troupe, though different to the Chinese father and daughters act from a few years ago, is compelling though we have seen lot along these lines.
The water blaster boats do get you soaked — which was good since it was broiling hot.
In my opinion what is there NOT to like about Clark’s? Yes, it is very compact BUT they pack a lot in. But this is true of all the New Hampshire attractions of this genre, Befitting the State’s smallness they also all tend to be small. That said I will maintain that Clark’s is my favorite amusement-related attraction in New Hampshire — ahead of Storyland, Santa’s Village & Polar Caves.
Tuesday’s visit, and Teischan and I were there from 10:45 am to 5:15pm, was a success. I got to talk with Murray Clark, in depth, twice — once about his dad’s 1908 Ford Model T which he was restored and the other time about his kids. That was a bonus. I used to always chat with his dad. He was neat. He was missed.
I always recommend Clark’s unstintingly. Wonderful place for kids.
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Any day at ‘Story Land‘ (providing it is not pelting down with rain), as is the case with the Laconia Multicultural Day, is a good day by definition, though the caveat is a bit redundant since ‘they’ really do try hard to make one’s visit to Glen fulfilling and rewarding. Kids love it. “Story Land” and “Clark’s Trading Post” are my perennial favorite amusement spots in N.H. (albeit I preferring the latter by a tad because I love the bears, like the train and enjoyed the Segways the last time I was there, though I did not thoroughly trust them not to deposit me, unceremoniously, on my face). But, given a choice, with Devanee at a 12-night camp, Teischan, as we expected, plumped for ‘Story Land’. She has been a few times and remembers that she liked the overall experience. We did go to “Santa’s Village” in 2011 — but that was a hike. Really felt like you were driving to the North Pole. Story Land, 65 miles from home, is just right.
Talking of ‘just right’ today was a Goldilocks’ day: the weather was just right as were the crowds. Right smack bang in the middle.
We try to go to Story Land at least every other year but it is possible that we haven’t been as of 2010 — with the 2011 diversion to Santa’s Village.
A few new things in particular: Splash Battle, the re-done Loopylab & Imagination Theatre. But, the catchy French adage, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (the more things change, the more they stay the same) really applies in vengeance to Story Land — and that is NOT a bad thing; it is really part of its abiding magic. Deanna used to go to Story Land as a child with her Dad. Given the 17-year age span of my kids, I have been taking kids to Story Land since the 1990s. So we have mental images of Story Land and in reality it maintains a reassuring continuity despite the gallant efforts to reinvigorate. They try and for that they do deserve kudos.
The Pharaoh’s Reign ‘Splash Battle’ is essentially their ever popular Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride on steroids. Now you really do get soaked. But now they have Fully Body dryers. I want one for the house. If it accepted credit cards I would have used multiple times and being who I am invited others to join us in getting dry.
The revamped Loopylab is ball pit with semi-rigid foam balls — without the pit. It is a load of fun. I stood around catching balls coming my way. It was just like fielding practice — the only thing being that you couldn’t move too much because there were kids underfoot. I think they should bring the Sri Lanka cricket team over here to practice their catching with these balls. Might help.
The Hanneford Circus (which has nothing to do with the Hannaford Supermarkets, though I didn’t spot the difference in spelling) had three world-class acts — two done by the same, amazing, and I mean amazing young man — who may be from Argentina (as is the pope). I will do a separate post on the circus. It was beyond impressive.
If you haven’t been to Story Land of late give yourself a treat, get up there this year. You will have a ball and get soaked.
…by Anura Guruge
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I found another. Santa’s Village, Partybation, in Jefferson, NH. It looks interesting.
I have only been to Santa’s Village once, and that was 2 years ago. I was surprised by how far it was. Beautiful ride, but ‘WoW’. It was like an hour beyond ‘Story Land‘ in Jackson. If I was up there, I might consider the drive. Plus, I know that there are a lot of adults, thanks to fond childhood memories of the place, who love going there. So, this might be an option for them. It is $27 for adults. Seems a tad on the high side given the location. Plus it does not go on until midnight. Finishes at 9pm. So most folks will be on the road at midnight! But, here is a sneak preview.