Maine Road Trip Part 3-Story Land and Glen Ellis Falls, Glen, New Hampshire

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This is Part Three of Four of our Maine Road Trip. You can read Part 1: Our Maine Missions Trip HERE and Part 2: Our Trip to Tim Pond Wilderness Camp HERE.

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Story Land, in Glen, New Hampshire has loooooong been one of my very favorite places to visit. A mere 2 1/2 hours from my hometown, we would drive there once a summer or at the very least every other summer, sometimes intermixing our trips with Santa’s Village (not too far from Story Land). We would stay for the day from open to close.

My mom went to Story Land as a child. I went to Story Land as a child. Naturally, my kids had no choice. They, too, would be going to Story Land.

The plan (my plan) is that my kids will take my grand-kids to Story Land and I will get to buy them as much candy and soda and ice cream and toys and t-shirts as they want and my kids will thank me by the end of the day.

“Wow, Mom! Thanks so much for all of these gifts you bought our kids! We appreciate it SO much!”

Story Land is best for younger kids 12 and under. There aren’t crazy upside down, make you barf kind of rides. There are very few electronic, big and fancy techno attractions at SL. Kids imaginations really do come alive. Filled with nostalgia and set in the middle of the White Mountains of New Hampshire the scenery really doesn’t get any better. Head to the top of the log flume and take a look-it’s breathtaking.

I love, love, love Story Land.

You should love it too.

Visiting Tips:

  1. Admission fee is reasonable at $31.99 per person, ages 3 and up. Babies are free.
  2. If you purchase your ticket after 3 p.m. you come back the next day for free.
  3. There is a pet kennel, free of charge, but on a first come, first served basis. The park opens at 9:30 a.m. We try and get there by 9:00 a.m. just to make sure we get Daisy a kennel, but we’ve never had a problem with getting one. The kennels are sized for large pets (Daisy fits nicely with room to move) and medium sized pets. There is a lock with a combination on the kennel doors for safety. You are welcome to return to the kennel at any time to pet, hug, feed, water, or offer potty breaks to Fido. This is a perfect option for travelling families.
  4. Taking your own lunch, snacks, drinks is perfectly acceptable. There are other dining options to purchase meals in the park, but we prefer to take our own. It’s a good budget and diet friendly option.
  5. Moving in and out of the park is done easily with a stamp on your hand. This allows for visiting Fido and retrieving lunches or forgotten items in your car.
  6. The longest line I’ve ever had at SL is for the Antique Cars. Otherwise we rarely wait too long.
  7. If, When you go to Story Land, just make stay out of it. Even if it’s just a couple of extra days. The White Mountains are exquisite.

Here are a few articles to read up on before you make your trip.

16 Secrets of Story Land

10 Best Amusement Parks in New England

Fodors Travel-10 Best Family Friendly Amusement Parks in the US

Some pics from this years trip

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Waiting to buy tickets and needing some entertainment.
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Everyone must get their picture with Humpty Dumpty. Everyone.
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This Old Woman and her Shoe haven’t moved in years.
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Cups ‘o death. I need say nothing else.
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The Three Bears House
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Watch out for the Big, Bad Wolf.
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Peter Pumpkin’s Pie
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this is not as easy as it used to be….
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It’s a right of passage to ring the school bell in this building.
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My mom has this same picture taken of her almost 50 years ago.
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Cinderella’s Castle is the bestest.
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My parents chilaxin’ in the castle, while the princesses had their picture taken with Cinderella.
The princesses.
The princesses.
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Wreckless Driver
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Lunch at one of the many picnic tables available throughout the park.
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The new roller coaster is thirty two seconds worth of fun.
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Every. Kid’s. Dream. Every. Kids. Right of Passage.
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And as always the ask-a-stranger-to-take-your-family-photo photo in the giant frame by the park’s exit.

On the way home from Story Land we stopped for a picnic here, at Glen Ellis Falls. Glen Ellis Falls is a 64′ drop in Pinkham Notch, and is part of the Ellis River. It is an easy hike from the picnic area (though I was really disappointed that there were only two picnic tables at this stop) and parking lot, through a tunnel and under the highway to the walk along the river. The path is well maintained and bathrooms are available. To see the falls from below there is a large set of stairs that follow the river’s edge that will take you down to the bottom of the falls. If you can do stairs and are relatively fit this is worth the walk down.

I wouldn’t suggest racing your husband and kids up back up the stairs though. I tried.

I think I died a little.

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See the brownish rock on the bottom leftish of the photo? Look ahead, where the trees divide and you can see the mountain. Got it? This is where the falls start. On the other side of that rock is a quick trip to the bottom.
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My mom and dad making their way along the trail.
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A view from below. Beautiful.
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Best. Dog. Ever.
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Best. Family. Ever.

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