I also live 30 minutes from Canobie Lake Park. It is the amusement park that I grew up visiting every year as a child when I could only dream of someday visiting other major parks across the country. Canobie Lake is still a fabulous park with a classic feel, and I'm impressed at how they continue to grow while always maintaining their older attractions.
One of my favorite things about visiting Canobie Lake now is the sense of community that is there. I mean most of the visitors are families and young people from the southern New Hampshire and metro Boston areas, so it feels like a local park and a good, safe, clean place for local people to relax and enjoy. In a way, it is the closest thing we have (except for shopping malls) to an old-time boardwalk or promenade.
I can travel far to visit huge and impressive theme parks, but Canobie Lake is the best for tradition and fun.
I go to Canobie every year at least once. Canobie is a lot like Lake Compounce and Knoebel's in that you get a very nostalgic feeling almost as if you have gone back in time to the parks of old. They somehow manage to keep this feeling while adding attractions like an Arrow corkscrew, S&S doubleshot, and a shoot the chutes. The best thing about this park is that almost all of the original buildings are not only still there, but they are still used to this day. It's also worth noting that Canobie has an original working Caterpillar. Do any other parks have one of these? Also you can't forget FREE parking at Canobie.
I went to Canobie for ACE's Preservation Conference last year. Although I live in CT and it is only 2-3 hours, we got caught in a ton of traffic. I wish I could go to the park again, but I think the traffic will keep me from there.
Although the park is very small, I think it is one of my favorites. Yankee Cannonball is a great ride. The corkscrew is pretty smooth and more enjoyable than one with a loop in my opinion. Starblaster and the shoot the chutes are pretty fun too, but the park is great to just walk around. There's shade too, which many parks lack.
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I am THE Canobie person and well I go there atleast once a year and have been doing so for 4 years now. I love this park and its my home park despite being 110 mins away from me (90 miles). Its an awsome park and I love everything about it...Also i've heard a rumor that the river boat stage will be taken out for a new Wave Swinger for 2003...and also When I went there last year the Round Up seemed to be removed...can anyone confirm its been removed?
------------------ Im the #1 Canobie Lake Park Fan!!!These are my top 3 coasters: 1. S:RoS @ SFNE 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Cyclone/B:TDK *** This post was edited by MikeMir87 2/19/2003 12:55:00 PM ***
MikeMir87 said: Also i've heard a rumor that the river boat stage will be taken out for a new Wave Swinger for 2003
I have heard that too, and I think a wave swinger would be a great addition to Canobie, and it would also bring some excitement to that quiet area of the park without ruining the peaceful lakeside feeling there. I wish they would restore the Canobie Queen boat ride as well. That was a relaxing way to spend a half hour and look back at the park from across the lake. It was sad to see the boat stripped to its core and sitting in pieces near the dock last year.
I'm up at Canobie quite few times in a season. It's simplythe best place to be a kid. The way the park is set around you. You enter the park and feel there's little their and then it all comes into you and you feel like a kid again. It's not your Disney fantasy, but it's much much more.
It also is the spot of many rides which I dislike and even despise(like those overshrunk Over The Rainbows), but for some reason, I love those rides at Canobie. Rockin' Rider has become my favorite "tyke" coaster addly and I always thought of those tame,tangled-pieces of licorice, sold by the dozen, were a waste of money. But even if every park in New England has had one of these( -Compounce), this is the only one I can actually enjoy. They make it feel like a classic alomost or apart of nature, not a carnival ride like all the others.
Canobie, from the leisurely charm of yesterday...to the thrills and excitment of today. ------------------ Lake Compounce-So Fresh and So Clean Clean
Canobie holds a treasured part in my childhood memories. From age 3-10 I visited the park every year, but then we moved to WI. I first rode the cannonball (the most underated wooden coaster out there) when I was 3, there was no height requirement that year but the year after there was and I was too short, I was pissed. Anyway back to the park, its great besides having the cannonball it has one of the better traditional (and by that I mean any log ride not in Orlando or any Disney property) log rides I have been on, a great dark ride called the mine of lost souls, a catipiller, and the psycho dome (scrambler+indoors+strobe lights=awesome) deffinatly go.
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However, I'd still say the Yankee Cannonball would recieve more love from fans if it hadn't been tamed. I love the little monster, but the Yankee Cannonball isn't that underrated. It's a nice gem, but but gems don't sparkle like pearls. ------------------ Lake Compounce-So Fresh and So Clean Clean
I remember my first ride on the log flume - I was scared to death and I came off it shaking. Then promptly asked my dad if we could do it again. :)
Same goes for the Yankee Cannonball.
I haven't been since high school though, as SFNE has seemed to overtake any interest i have in going there, but i'm thinking about going this summer. It's pretty cheap, and I'd like to ride the Cannonball again now that i've ridden many "world-class" coasters to see if it's a hidden gem, or just a puny old woodie (no offense to MikeMir who swears by the thing... ;)). Plus, their pirate ship alone is worth the drive, since SFNE took out theirs to put in some dumb kiddie rides. And their rotor (Turkish Twist) is the closest to me now, since again SFNE did away with theirs. Grr... now this post is making me irritated...
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Yankee Cannonball may look smaller than some coasters, but it always seems to give me enormous airtime on every hill. I love that thing. As a child I remember lifting out of my seat so much that I was afraid of falling out. Now I still get that great airtime and that makes it one of the most fun coasters.
My other favorite thing about Canobie Lake, besides the Yankee Cannonball and the great atmosphere of the park, is the beautiful antique carousel. With its great speed and working band organ, it's my favorite carousel.
IMO the best judge of a coaster is the average non enthusiast. Every time I take family or friends to Canobie and they ride the Yankee Cannonball, they all say it's one of the best coasters theyve ridden. My wife actually rates it just below S:ROS but ahead of Kumba, B:TR, and Medusa. It is filled with excellent airtime and only underrated because not many enthusiasts have had the opportunity to ride it.