There are two types of men: Men who enjoy amusement parks, and men who emphatically do not. The latter group is considerably larger than the former and also wrong. Categorically disliking amusement parks is like categorically disliking restaurants or parties. There is such a wide range of options that the blanket statement is ridiculous. This is especially true in America, which boasts an incredible variety of parks. We've got the big ones – Disney, Six Flags, Universal Studios – but we've also got small ones, old ones, weird ones, and unexpectedly beautiful ones. Here are the spots that will change your mind about amusement parks.
Canobie Lake Park, New Hampshire
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.
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