Canobie Lake on July 9

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Well, for the first time in 15 years, I made the 45 minute drive to mt home park, Canobie Lake. For those of you who don't know about this hidden gem, it's been around in various forms since 1902, is about 75 acers, and is about 40 miles north of Boston.

The first thing I noticed about the park is that it had it's front plaza rebuilt from the ground up, very tastefully, I might add. I walked in and headed for an ld favorite of mine, the Yankee Cannonball. This coaster is a classic old PTC, built about 1930, she is (I beliwve) the oldest PTC still in operation. Man can she still give you a thrill!

CP has your typical collection of flats and spinners, with their newst addition, a Huss Frisbee, which is smilar to MaxAir at CP. It's not a smooth as Max, but it is a fun ride. Over all not bad.

As for the park itself, I did not see one piece of trash on the ground all day. The landscaping was very well done and blends the old and new nicely. The staff at times lacked energy, especally when you compare it to parks like CP.

The only negative point was the food. It was cold, overpriced and not too great.

Overall, an 8.5 out of 10 for the day

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

matt.'s avatar
I don't think Canobie has your average collection flats, I think it's really way above average. Really makes it, and I'm surprised you didn't have a good time with the food. As far as eating goes Canobie is really on of my favorites.
Why would you not go to the park for 15 years?
Golith, it's called life and working my rear end off. Maybe I was juat a bit spoiled by CP. Plus i was a broke college student, had family life and just now had some disposable income.

As for the food, what do you call a cold burger, and soggy fries for $9.50? Hell, SF has better chow!

Okay, I was wrong by calling Canobie's collection average. The Trukist Twist is a unique ride you don't find everywhere (like a Tilt-O-Whril).

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

matt.'s avatar
I think with the Psychodrome and the caterpillar thing and the disk-o and the frisbee and everything else I'm forgetting Canobie probably has the best flat collection of all the smaller traditional parks. Except for Knoebels I guess.

And yeah, that sounds rough with the food. But I've always found the Italian place down by the lake pretty good and the Mexican-type eatery is tasty as well, and pretty cheap. That sucks about what you got not being good, though, I'm a bit of a Canobie fanboy, I totally recommend trying a different place next time.

But like I said, proud fanboy here, I sure have turned a few heads announcing that Cannonball is my second favorite coaster in New England!

Well, I did notice that they outsourced the food ops, juging by the folks in Sodexho shirts running around. Maybe they just had an off day.

Canobie alwso added one of those 'interactive water towers" that you see everywhere these days.

Of course, the Cannonbal still rocks, even for being 70+ years old.

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

matt.'s avatar
Yeah, I think that's a couple years old now. Looks like a very popular addition, it's always packed when I'm there.
One thing you forgot was the StarBlaster. I LOVE THAT RIDE!! I would actually say that it's better than the other two S@S power tower rides I've been on Power Tower and Scream at SFNE. That's b/c all other tower rides are launched with just enough speed to reach the top meaning very little if any airtime. starblaster has more than enough speed to reach the top meaning unbelievable airtime.

And yea I agree that Yankeee Cannonball is a very underated coaster. It's actually my favorite wooden coaster. I haven't been on many top notch ones before though. Offcourse that will change later this summer with El Toro.

-Eric: Major Parks: SFNE(homepark), SFA,SFGADV,CP,BGE,BGA,Kennywood,and Sea World: Track record 65 different coasters ridden #1 is Millennium Force #2 is El Toro and than there are all the others

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