Vestiges of the park's early days remain, including the park's signature ride, the Yankee Cannonball. The classic wooden coaster has been operating at Canobie Lake since 1936, and it dates back even earlier to 1930 when it debuted at (the defunct) Lakewood Park in Waterbury, CT. Its lovely carousel was built in 1898 and has been spinning at Canobie since 1906. Other classic rides include the circa-1930's Dodgems (bumper cars) and one of parkdom's few operating Caterpillar rides, a spinning ride with a canopy that covers passengers.
While a strong sense of authentic nostalgia pervades the park, there are plenty of nods to contemporary thrills, including a corkscrew steel coaster, an Xtreme Frisbee pendulum ride, and a small drop tower ride. And while the Yankee Cannonball has an impressive early 20th-Century pedigree, it doesn't skimp on the thrills. Lovingly maintained, the out-and-back woodie delivers many generous pops of airtime and is a stellar piece of living history.
Canobie Lake does not include a water park, but it does offer Castaway Island, a large, interactive water play station with water slides, a tipping bucket, and all kinds of sprayers, water cannons, and other water gizmos. Other water attractions include the Policy Pond log flume and the Boston Tea Party, a Shoot-the-Chutes splashdown ride that sprays an enormous plume of water. Swimming is not allowed in Canobie Lake, but the park does offer a (dry) tour of the lake aboard its pontoon boat.
In its heyday, Canobie Lake's dancehall hosted big bands such as Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James. The entertainment is more modest these days and includes magic shows and stage productions. The park is spotless and the landscaping, including the park's generous canopy of old-growth trees, is lovely. The food is mostly standard park fare (fried clams are a regional exception), and the prices are reasonable.
Location and Phone:
Tickets and Admission PolicyReduced rates for children under 48" and seniors over 60. 3 and under are free. Guests arriving after 5 p.m. pay a reduced rate. Group rates are available. Parking is free. Special offers may be available online at Canobie Lake's official Website.
I-93 to Exit 2. Right off exit. Left onto North Policy Street to park.
Rides and Highlights:
- Yankee Cannonball- Classic wooden coaster.
- Untamed- Steel coaster featuring a 97-degree drop.
- Boston Tea Party- Shoot-the-Chutes splashdown ride.
- Castaway Island- Interactive water play station.
- Xtreme Frisbee- Spinning and swinging pendulum thrill ride
- Classic rides, including a lovely carousel, Dodgems, and a Caterpillar.
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New at Canobie Lake ParkNew for 2011
New for 2010
Xtreme Frisbee- Spinning and swinging pendulum thrill ride.