Whale's Tale Waterpark

White Mountains

This razzle-dazzle water park looks out of place in the staid White Mountains, but you know what? If the kids are cranky after all the hiking and scenic driving, the waterslides, lazy river and wave pool might be a fun – dare we say awesome – change of pace. And parents can enjoy a waterside beer while the kids do their thing.

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Nearby White Mountains attractions

1. Clark's Trading Post


Just north of North Woodstock on US 3, Clark's has been a traditional family stop since 1928. Children who've spent too much time in the car can burn off…

2. Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

5.49 MILES

Adventurous kids will enjoy exploring this network of caverns and crevices formed by glaciers millions of years ago. Each cave has its own title and story…

3. Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza

6.48 MILES

Franconia Notch was long the residence of the Old Man of the Mountain, a natural granite formation shaped like a man's face that became New Hampshire's…

4. Old Man of the Mountain Museum


All New Hampshirites mourn the Old Man of the Mountain, a rock formation resembling a man's face in profile that remains the state symbol despite its…

5. Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

6.79 MILES

This tram shoots up the side of Cannon Mountain, offering a breathtaking view of Franconia Notch. You can also hike up the mountain and take the tramway…

6. New England Ski Museum

6.81 MILES

Bode Miller's Olympic medals are on display at this tiny museum near the base station for the aerial tram. The permanent exhibit traces the history of…

7. Echo Lake Beach

7.39 MILES

Despite its proximity to the highway, this little lake at the foot of Cannon Mountain is a pleasant place to pass an afternoon swimming, kayaking or…

8. Frost Place

10.34 MILES

Robert Frost (1874–1963) was America's most renowned and best-loved poet in the mid-20th century. For several years he lived with his family on a farm…