My family found ourselves up in Boston for the 2014 North American Irish Road Bowling Championships (yeah, you're going to have to Youtube this one) and decided to make a quick stop at Canobie.
This was my first visit to this park and I was absolutely impressed with everything about it. We only had about 5 hours to spend, so we didn't get to do any of the water park stuff, but there is a good chance that we will be back there next summer, so we plan on stopping over again, albeit with a little more time at the park hopefully. I had heard about Canobie many moons ago, but didn't know "that" much about it until a couple years ago when I knew I would be making the trip from WV to Boston and looked into it some more. I knew the basics (Untamed and Yankee Cannonball) but the rest of the park was a surprise to me, and I was totally surprised!
The park reminded me very much of a Kennywood or Lake Compounce for sure. Everything was clean, pretty well run, and the employees were all really friendly and helpful. But there is one major thing that stood out to us - their knowledge of the parent swap!!! Seriously, my son isn't quite 2 and has been to about 8 parks (NOT including Disney Parks). Of these parks it was amazing how many of the employees had NO clue about the correct procedures for the parent swap. Last year at SFNE we were literally told about 4-5 different procedures from ride to ride. You would think at the end of summer that even the younger teens would know the procedure, but alas, they don't. Maybe parents just don't get out much anymore? Who knows. but I will say that every single employee knew the procedure perfectly and were so very courteous when instructing us on where to stand/when to board/etc. Major kudos and thumbs up Canobie!
So, I'll make the rest of this quick and let my pictures do the talking.
* The food stands here are themed out better than about any park I have ever been to - much awesomeness!
* Untamed is very fun and a perfect fit for a park like this
* Yankee Cannonball is an absolute blast and is a total sleeper of a coaster. I truly wish more parks would put in coasters this size! (Wooden Warrior is a prime example as well - potentially the most "fun" coaster I have ever been on).
* The setting for the park along the lake is great as well, there is just something about reflections of sun off the water at the end of your park day
* The best parking is FREE parking!
* One or two large flat ride additions and maybe one more small wooden coaster would put Canobie at the top of my list of favorite parks anywhere. We had a blast and can't wait to come back!
And now for the pics!
Let's not get lost now!
Ummm... I think he had a little too much honey.
Nerdism (aka - a mechanical engineer being himself) at it's finest.
I just got wide on you!
REALLY wide! And tall too.
Side note: the ride ops at the Autobahn were all insanely nice and courteous getting kids on and off the ride. Even stubborn ones like my son who didn't want to walk around.
We spent a good bit of time here.
You could cheat by looking at the floor, but not doing that and being legit made this a ton of fun.
So much time I got all blurry when taking pictures!
Underrated for sure. Great air.
Nostalgic on you here with my black and white wizardry!
Our son is REALLY into things with engines.
He was enthralled (big word, I know).
Driving is serious business!
Seriously, put down the phones people! (Public service announcement)
Great theming. Much fun.
Up is the direction.
Before you go down!
This little train lead to one of my favorite pictures of the trip later!
POV of the tracks - this is where you don't want to be when you hear "choo choo" coming.
Canobie has TWO skee ball locations! *And drool*
Unfortunately Corkscrew broke and we didn't get to ride - but there is always next time! (take note people, don't whine when you can't ride something because it broke).
*Insert peacock joke here*
His first "coaster"....If you ignore the laws of physics and forget the motor driving it.
He loved it.
Cry and shudder in fear!
My goodness Canobie, Orville Redenbacher would be proud if he weren't so dead.
See, I told you they had two skee ball locations, and you didn't believe me!
As a nice little storm brewed in the distance we had to head out. Thanks for a great day Canobie!
And now we'll chug off into the sunset...