Disclosure: We received complimentary admission for purposes of review. We’ve also visited Story Land NH numerous times at our own cost. I’ve been visiting since I was a child. This post also contains affiliate links. A purchase/click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us. All opinions are my own.
If your children love rides, characters, and shows, they’ll absolutely love Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire. While it isn’t nearly as large as other theme parks like Walt Disney World, it’s still loads of fun for children. If you live within driving distance, or plan on vacationing in the White Mountains, I definitely recommend making a trip to Story Land NH. It’s a great spot for a first theme park visit and has lots for families to enjoy.
Review of Story Land NH Theme Park
Where is Story Land NH?
Story Land is about a 3 1/2 ride from Boston, MA, in Glen, NH. This adorable fairy tale themed amusement park is nestled among the White Mountains. If visiting, you have lots of options for where to stay. North Conway and Barlett are just a few minutes away, while Lincoln is about an hour away on the scenic Kancamagus Highway.
Visiting Story Land
There are two parking lots at Story Land, and the earlier you arrive, the closer you’ll be able to park. The front of the park features small classic “exhibits” featuring some of the most popular fairy tales, like the Women Who Lived in a Shoe and Heidi. These are generally more crowded when the park opens and quiet down throughout the day – so visit them last. They are great photo opps – I have pictures of my kids sitting in the very same spot that my sister and I posed. We typically go toward the back of the park when we arrive. Some of the rides don’t open until a little after park opening, but there are plenty of rides that you can check out before the crowds come.
Story Land Rides
Story Land has rides that will appeal to younger kids as well as some that appeal to older kids. In general, the park is best for younger kids – maybe up to lower middle school (or even younger). Some of the most popular rides include the following:
- The new Roar-O-Saurus (wooden roller coaster)
- Crazy Barn
- Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride (closes after Labor Day)
- Bamboo Chutes (Flume ride)
- Huff Puff & Whistle Railroad
- Antique Cars (you need to be at least 48 inches to ride alone)
- Splash Battle: Pharaoh’s Reign (bring swimsuits so your clothes stay dry)
- Swan Boats
There are other rides as well, including some that are best for toddlers.
In addition to the rides, there are other attractions at Story Land. One of my kids’ favorites is the Loopy Lab, where you can experiment with gravity.
The park also offers shows, including the Farm Follies, a magic show, Cinderella’s Royal Celebration, and Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Day.
In 2019, Story Land will be opening a brand-new aquarium called Living Shores Aquarium. This 32,000 square foot aquarium doesn’t have a grand-opening date yet. Combo tickets will be available.
Story Land Food
Food at Story Land is decent, but not great. It’s really just something to grab and eat – which is exactly what we do while we are there. Meal options include pizza, grilled cheese, ice cream, burgers, and sandwiches. There’s also a Dippin’ Dots and a Dunkin Donuts location on property. If you are planning to visit for multiple days during the season, it may be a good idea to purchase a refillable cup.
There are also character dining experiences, as well as a tea time. These should be booked and purchased in advance. The schedule is available online when the season starts so that you are prepared.
Characters and Amenities at Story Land NH
Keeping with the fairy tale theme, there are several characters to view throughout the park. These include the woman in the shoe, Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Heidi’s Grandfather.
The park offers free parking, $10 premium parking (subject to availability), wheelchair rentals, and stroller (both single and double) rentals. Locker rentals are offered at the Splash Battle, Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride, and the Roar-O-Saurus. If you travel with your pets, a free kennel is on property, but it’s subject to availability. They don’t offer reservations, so arrive early and bring everything that your pet needs with you.
Story Land Tickets and Closing
Guests who arrive within three hours of closing receive a pass to return another day – a great way to spread your visit out for two days. There’s also a season pass option for those who plan to visit three times or more in a season. You can save money by purchasing your ticket online in advance, rather than at the gate. Combo tickets will be available that include the aquarium, but information about that hasn’t been provided at this time. I definitely recommend arriving within three hours of closing on your first day so that you can do some of the rides and then return the next day at no cost.
Story Land generally opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend, and closes for the season Columbus Day weekend. Although there was a rumor that Story Land was closing permanently, the owners have said that is not true.
Story Land NH Hotels
If you are planning a trip to Story Land, there are loads of hotel options for you. These include the following:
- North Conway Grand Hotel
- Residence Inn by Marriott, North Conway
- Red Jacket Resort
- The Seasons Resort
- Attitash Mountain Village
- Comfort Inn and Suites at Pirate’s Cove
- Yankee Clipper Inn
850 NH Route 16
Glen, NH 03838
Originally published in 2012, updated in 2018.