Whale's Tale Water Park

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Whale’s Tale Water Park
Slogan "New England's favorite waterpark!"
Location Lincoln, New Hampshire, United States
Coordinates 44°04′18″N 71°41′12″W / 44.07167°N 71.68667°W / 44.07167; -71.68667Coordinates: 44°04′18″N 71°41′12″W / 44.07167°N 71.68667°W / 44.07167; -71.68667
Website www.whalestalewaterpark.net

Whale's Tale Water Park is a 17-acre (6.9 ha) water park located in Lincoln, New Hampshire, United States. The park has a number of rides that the whole family can enjoy.[1] Operating for more than 25 years,[2] Whale's Tale has been pronounced the Best in Class Waterpark in America by Aquatics International magazine.[3]

Rides[edit]

The park has a total of 11 attractions, with recent additions of Shipwreck Island in 2010 and Poseidon's Voyage in 2013. The park features rides for all ages, such as the Whale Harbor, a pool no deeper than 16 inches (0.4 m) where young kids and toddlers can play. It contains four waterslides and three water fountains.[4]

There are 6 featured waterslides in the park.

  1. The Banzai Pipeline: a large water slide where riders start in an enclosed tube until they reach the peak where they experience a backward ride down the slide[4]
  2. The Poseidon's Voyage: a long water slide where riders start in a SkyBox (a steep vertical launch capsule), which spirals down into a 360 degree loop towards the end[4]
  3. Harpoon Express: a 400-meter-long (1,300 ft) and 7-foot-wide (2.1 m) bobsled-style tube that carries 1-3 persons per raft[4]
  4. The Beluga Boggin: a 360-meter (1,180 ft), figure-8 shaped, water slide suitable for small children[4]
  5. The Plunge: a double slide that reaches speeds up to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h), where riders can race each other[4]
  6. Downpour: a 430-meter-long (1,410 ft) winding slide that starts 50 meters (160 ft) in the air. It is also connected to the Plunge.[4]

Other rides include Shipwreck Island, which includes seven waterslides and various water sprays and can hold hundreds of people at once.[3][5]

Willie's Wild Waves is a large wave pool with a shallow and deep end.[1]

Jonah's Escape is a large gentle river that moves swimmers around under gentle waterfalls.[4]

Whale's Tale is one of the very few water parks in the country that feature the "eye of the storm," where guests slide first through an enclosed slide and then into a giant bowl where they go around several times before dropping through a hole in the center into a pool.

Weight restrictions apply and vary on each ride.[5]

Food[edit]

The park includes two main food locations and one main beverage location, in addition to an outdoor bar and restaurant and concession stands.[5][6]

  • The Porthole Pizzeria serves pizzas, subs, fried dough, Dippin' dots ice cream and draft beer.[5][6]
  • Harborside Café serves burgers, chicken fingers, fries, salads, sandwiches, beverages and more.[5][6]
  • The Oasis Beach Bar & Grill offers mixed drinks, smoothies, bottled and draft beer, only when the weather permits.[5][6]
  • An ice cream location called Dippin' Dots features a variety of ice cream.[5][6]

Coolers are allowed into the park with food and drinks, but glass or alcohol are not permitted. Coolers will be checked at the front gates before entering into the park. All beverages are required to be factory sealed.[5][6]

It is preferred that visitors do not bring food with them, but purchase food at any of the locations in the park.[6]

Other attractions[edit]

A side attraction called the Castaway Cove is an 85-foot (26 m) heated pool designed in the shape of a whale, set at 88 °F (31 °C) with underwater seating. It is surrounded by three large hot tubs, all maintained at 104 °F (40 °C), with available table services located around the pool.[1][4]

Cabanas are made available to visitors on a first-come first-served basis, which include a 10-foot (3.0 m) shade with retractable screens, a lunch table of four chairs, two lounge chairs and a cocktail table. They are located around the beach and Castaway Cove.[1][5][6]

All around the park are large green areas which are available to use by the visitors. Equipment like chairs and blankets can be brought and set up to use for the day.[6]

Breakers Surf Shop is the featured 2,500-square-foot (230 m2) gift shop at the park, which carries all beach necessities, toys, sunglasses, souvenirs, and more.[1][6]

Safety and weather[edit]

All staff at The Whale's Tale are certified by the American Red Cross, ServSafe and Certified Pool Operators. It is important that all park rules are followed by the visitors as they will be held responsible for any safety issues.[5][6]

If the weather is bad and gets worse to the point where the park has to close, rain checks will be issued to regain the time missed.[5][6]

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