Continuing with a review of the recent trip we took to the condo, today we will focus on our Friday trip to Jefferson, NH and Santa's Village. We do not venture up there much focusing on Storyland since it is down the street and Attitash which is about the same distance the other way. That does not mean that one should not venture up to Jefferson - on the contrary, it is a worthwhile trip to undertake.
Santa's Village features many similar rides to the parks closer to our place but has 2 specific features that Storyland and Attitash do not. First, SV has decently sized watermark - in fact, if you have been to Sesame Place down in Pennsylvania, it is almost identical. The problem I have with the waterpark is the temperature of the water - it is ICE COLD. Even with temps in the 80, this water is cold and our kids jumped out as quickly as they jumped in. Not sure why it is so cold but it is a drawback to me. The rest of the waterpark end of SV is pretty cool - I guess a wet suit might work?
The other major feature that this park has over the others is the fact it is open during the the fall (a few weekends and then every weekend in December) and features a very cool Christmas light display throughout. Add in a snowstorm and Santa and it becomes a winter wonderland. If you are only going once in the year to this place, I recommend the fall and winter.
In terms of our visit, this Friday in June featured a very long line to get in - thankfully we had passes and were able to buy pass the line but if you need to buy tickets, I would recommend getting to SV the day before, getting tix around 3pm, spend the rest of the day at the park and then those same tix will be good for the whole following day - with those tix, you can buy pass the line in similar fashion and get into the park ahead of the crowd.
The levels of people at the park were not super high so occasionally some places were completely empty (ginger bread cookie house, antique cars, roller coaster, to name a few). The fact that it was not so crowded allowed us to easily find a picnic bench for lunch (ginerbread park) and lines were very manageable throughout the day. Overall it was a very pleasant experience and the people that work this place are all so very nice!
If you are looking for coffee for the ride hole or gas for the car, there is a station right down the road. Also if you take the 302 route back (as opposes to the rt 16 side) you can stop at Fabyan's Station - decent Restuarant on the train line that runs to the top of Mt Washington I think - which means trains go past this each day. Also if you are lucky like us, you might see a bear venturing along the tracks!
The last recommendation along the 302 rt is an ice cream place about a half mile from the base of Attitash - Trails End. It has an old playground outside of it and every kid that I have seen there has a big smile after playing on it (perhaps the sugar high from the Ice Cream leads to this smile...). Bugs can be an issue though so be sure to bring big spray.
Well, that's it for now. Next up (hopefully soon) is a review of the Seasons ClubHouse.