Canobie Lake Park, New Hampshire
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Canobie Lake Park was been open for 112 years and feels like it. The park is by no means tired: Loving care has been taken of the Dancehall Theater (which dates back to the 1950s) and the hand-painted antique carousel, but the place has no trace of the modern or corporate about it. At the game stalls, teenagers hustle children and their parents, shouting to be heard over the sound of the wooden rollercoaster and the screams of children getting soaked on the ever-popular log flume. Everything that can be New England themed (a waterslide called the Boston Tea Party, a ocean area named Boston Harbor Patrol) is. Consider it the smart-locals' alternative to Six Flags New England.