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If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

If you are looking for some fun this summer, Water Country is the place to go! They have more slides, pools and attractions than any other water park in the area. There is definitely something for everyone when visiting Water Country.  A day at the water park is just that – a full day.  I always do my prep work before heading out for the day because I like to be prepared.  In addition to packing up all the items I will need for the day, I take a few minutes to look over the website to make sure there are no surprises when I get there.

If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

What you need to know before visiting Water Country

A day at Water Country is an awesome way to spend some quality family time together. My family has been there every summer for as long as I can remember and we always have a blast.  Over the years we have learned a few things about Water Country to make the day go smoothly. Today I wanted to share those tips with you so that your family has a great time when you are visiting Water Country.

If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

1. Get there early

On hot days, the park fills up quick, so I suggest getting there before the park opens.  You can line up early and be one of the first ones in the park. That way you can stake out a good spot for the day.  If you wait until later in the day, all of the chairs might be taken and you could end up having to set up in a corner on the ground.

To make getting into the park even easier, purchase your admission tickets in advance and print them out at home.  That way you won’t have to wait in the ticket line and can get in quickly.

If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

2. Know the parking situation

On a busy summer day the parking lot can fill up quick, too. Standard parking is $5, but depending on when you get there, you could end up pretty close to the entrance. Or you can spend $25 for Preferred Parking and you are guaranteed to be parked right up near the entrance.  At Water Country you can come and go in and out of the park as much as you want (a hand stamp allows for re-entry into the park), so if you park closer, the walk will obviously be shorter.

As with the admission tickets, you can purchase a parking voucher online or make sure have cash to be able to use their express lane when you arrive.

If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

3. Spring for the locker

If you have any valuables with you (wallet, phone, Kindle, etc), you should lock them up if you are leaving your area. Why take the chance that something could get stolen? Water Country offers rentable lockers for guests to safely secure their personal belongings while they enjoy the park’s attractions. Guests will be able to use self-service kiosks for their new electronic lockers.

• All-day unlimited locker access for EACH locker rented (no coins required)
• Self-created, personal pin number for locker
• Two convenient locations- Rentals pavilion and Groups Entrance

If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

Locker Sizes:
Standard: $12
Large: $16
Jumbo: $20

4. Outside food is allowed

Water Country has a really solid food selection at the park available for purchase. Things like pizza, burgers, chicken fingets, frid dough, ice cream and lots of other goodies. But guess what?  You can bring in your own food if you want to save a little money on food while you’re there.  Pack up a cooler with lots of waters, snacks and your lunch!  Just be sure not to pack glass (including pickle jars, salsa, baby food), alcohol, knives or any sharp items in your bag or cooler etc. Cut your watermelon at home and put in plastics containers!

If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

5. Don’t forget the water shoes!

On a hot day, by mid-day, the pavement gets hot! I mean HOT.  If you’re walking back and forth between attractions, bring water shoes with you. Flip flops have a tendency to be slippery when they get wet, so we bring water shoes with us. They are perfect for protecting your tootsies on that hot pavement and they won’t get slippery.  If you can handle the flip flops, do that instead – just don’t walk barefoot between attractions. You will thank me for this later.

If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

6. Life Jackets for the little ones

If you have a little one who is shorter than 48″, they will need to wear a lifejacket. You can certainly bring your own coastguard certified lifejacket or borrow one of Water Country’s with a $10 deposit. Lifejackets are mandatory for kids under 48″ who use the wave pool regardless of their swimming ability. The wave pool offers lifejackets, but just for that attraction only and are available only on a first come first serve basis. Certain rides and swimming areas also require lifejackets, so be prepared.

If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

Again, it is a good idea to be prepared and I hope these tips helped you. Here is a full list of what you should bring with you for a day at the water park so you can make sure you have everything you need with you:

Here's everything you should bring with you for a fun day at the water park with the family!

Print your full-size list right here!

Water Country is located at 2300 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth, NH.

If you're planning on visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH this summer, here are some things to know before you go. Plus there is a printable checklist!

I hope these tips help you plan your day when you are visiting Water Country. What would you add to the list?

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  71 Responses to “6 Tips For Visiting Water Country in Portsmouth, NH {And a Free Printable Checklist}”

  1. Water Country looks like a great waterpark. We’ve been to so many parks that looked like a pool, a slab, and a couple of slides. This place has a ton of fun stuff to do!

  2. $25 is definitely worth scoring great parking. Water parks are great, but what’s not great is a mile long hike to get there. Not really a mile, but you get what I’m saying.

  3. This looks like a fun way to spend a summer day. I like that you can bring in your own food.

    • I agree. Water park food isn’t usually very good, and it I should pricey. Bringing your own is a great idea and I love that they allow it.

  4. Looks like a place to visit! Thank you for completely preparing us to do so. I love the commentary, keep them coming!

  5. Water Country looks like so much fun, I love visiting water parks whenever going on vacation. I think it’s great they allow you to bring outside food in to help save a little money!

  6. I’ve never heard of this place. I definitely would like to visit New Hampshire at some point though so I may add it to my bucket list. I think the printable is awesome too! It should be super handy dandy for any watering hole 🙂

  7. Your tips are helpful. It’s good that they allow foods inside, we actually prefer bringing food when we visit water parks 🙂 It looks so fun there!

  8. OH this makes me miss New Hampshire so much, love Water Country in Portsmouth, NH such a lovely place to visit and get cooled down. Glad you all had a great time!

  9. Water parks bring back so many memories! Water Country sounds like a great place to be at on a hot summer’s day.

  10. I think a trip here would be a lot of fun on a hot day. This is helpful advice! We’d definitely bring all of those essentials with us!

  11. I really thought you meant Portsmouth, UK! Lol

    This place is really awesome and i really wish there were more water parks in the UK. I have been to one last year but it look a 6 hour drive to get there and it was not as big. Love the checklist but in the UK you will need to add an umbrella on the list!

  12. This sounds like a great water park. I like that you can bring outside food with you.

  13. Woohoo we love our water parks. This one looks like fun. My daughter is all about those crazy slides. I’m too much of a wimp.

  14. My kiddos would go crazy if I brought them to Water Country for a day. All those slides and other water features look amazing for a hot summer day!

  15. This place looks huge! Wonderful place for kids this Summer and is affordable. I like the cute checklist 🙂

  16. Taking the kids here will make them extremely happy! Just look at all the slides and the pools, there’s so much to look forward to and it would be such a treat to take them there!

  17. So fun! I love this printable, what a fun thing to go and do!

  18. Their water slides look like so much fun! My family will have the time of their lives going down those slides. I always love the lazy river rides when we go to water parks!

  19. I wish the water parks in our area is as awesome as that one. If this was closer to where I live, I would take my grandchildren there every weekend!

  20. Water County looks amazing.. Your photos depicts that.. So lovely.

  21. This sounds amazing! I’d love to go to a place like this but I just worry that it might be hard to manage my two little ones by myself – especially the toddler.

  22. Water Country sounds amazing.. would absolutely love to visit this water park for creating new memories!

  23. That looks like a fun place for a family day! I don’t believe that was there when we lived in NH years ago.

  24. This looks like so much fun! We are planning on a trip to the water park tomorrow! Next time we are in NH, I will be sure to check this park out!

  25. Well who doesn’t love a good water park. The last two weeks have been so hot and humid this waterpark would be a big hit with the family. Wish we lived so much closer.

  26. Water parks are always so much fun. I like your list because I always tend to forget something!

  27. This looks like it would be tons of fun! Too bad we don’t live anywhere near portsmouth, however your tips will totally come in handy for a park near us!

  28. I love going to water parks! They are so much fun and they do a great job of keeping your cool. We always get a locker because I do not want to lose my stuff. You have a lot of great tips here and I do most of them when I go to the waterpark.

  29. These are some awesome tips! That’s great they let you bring in outside food. I just don’t get why most amusement parks don’t let you do that. Ugh.

  30. What a beautiful place to visit this summer. I have never been to NH yet, hopefully someday we could go there.

  31. I believe you when you said that the lots fill up so quickly! I drive by a water park on the way to the gym and there is always a long line.

  32. It looks like all the things we would need are on the checklist. What a fun time!

  33. These are great reminders for those heading to a waterpark. I am not a big fan of them but my daughter and mom love them. I like that I can send them and stay home! lol

  34. What an amazing looking water park to visit, I love your tips as well – I am awful for forgetting something where ever we go.

  35. I am suprised it’s not so expensive.

  36. Water Country sounds amazing! I love going to waterparks with my kids. So cool that you can bring in your own food! This sounds like a place we need to add to our bucket list for sure! What fun!

  37. I love water parks and never heard of water country. Definitely another one I’m adding to the list!

  38. I agree these are all great tips when visiting any water park! Thanks for sharing all of these with all of us. This is the perfect way for the summer.

  39. This looks like such a fun waterpark! I wish we lived closer!

  40. This looks like a fun park! I love water parks. It is always good to know before hand if outside food is okay to bring, because the food they sell is terribly expensive usually!

  41. We love water parks, especially the lazy rivers. Thank you for the tips for visiting water country, I have heard of it but never been! How fun!

  42. Great tips for any water park! That’s great that allow in food!

  43. I used to adore water parks! Then the meds I was on for breast cancer made me sun sensitive so I couldn’t be outside for more than 10 minutes at a time. Bummer.

  44. My youngest kids just discovered water parks this year and are HOOKED! This location looks like loads of fun, great information!

  45. Oh my goodness! How fun! I need to get out and see more of the East Coast!

  46. Such a great list when you visit the water park. Renting a locker is a must to keep our stuff secure.

  47. I think it’s awesome to be able to go here with the whole family and just enjoy the summer! It’s nice that they have so much food as well but what I like is that you can bring your own too!

  48. This looks like an awesome place to take the kids. They would love to escape the heat and enjoy the cool water. Great way to spend the day.

  49. Looks like it’s fun to be in Water Country. Thanks for sharing these 5 tips. Love that foods are allowed inside. Few water parks allowed it.

  50. Water parks are so much fun. They are a great place to take kids during the summer. This one looks like it has plenty to do to keep the kids busy. Makes me miss water parks.

  51. Thanks for this great check list for visiting the Water Country Water Park. That place looks like a total blast and I bet my kid would never want to leave.

  52. Water parks are always a fun place for a family vacation. We go to one nearby and my kids absolutely love it. I love the lazy river ride and the wave pool. Oh, BTW, thanks for the tips. I think they would be applicable in any water park!

  53. I love water country! We haven’t been in quite a while, but I definitely want to go back. Maybe we will make a trip of it in the next few weeks – before summer leaves New England 🙂

  54. I like your checklist! Very helpful for Moms especially for forgetful Moms and Dads.

  55. What a fun place! My kids love water parks like this. New Hampshire isn’t that far away, I should go!

  56. Great tips! Water parks share a lot of similar features so your tips will transfer to any we visit. It’ll be perfect for our end of summer fun.

  57. Wow this looks like so much fun! We went somewhere similar this summer and had a blast! I would love to check this one out! My kids would flip!

  58. I’ve never heard of this place, but it looks lik a good time. That’s cute they have life jackets, I’m sure it gives parents some piece of mind.

  59. This looks like a fun place to go visit. I’m sure my kids and I would have a field day there all day long. I like the fact that you mentioned we could take outside food in there. That’s a huge benefit for places like this.

  60. This place looks like fun! Perfect summer activity for the family. I know my family is going to love this.

  61. Now this looks perfect for summer. I feel like diving in a pool now lol. Looks like you had an amazing time.Thanks for sharing

  62. My family and I totally have to visit a new water park this summer! This water park looks super fun! Love the photos! 🙂

  63. Woah now this looks like a ton of fun!!

  64. As I am reading this post I have the water county song that is on their commercial and now cant stop singing it. It truly looks like a fun place.

  65. Thank you for sharing this awesome printable list. Oh I miss swimming, love to visit this place too!

  66. I think in any place, the secret is always to get there early. This water park looks so much fun! I would love to take the kids here, there’s so much to enjoy!

  67. That looks like a really fun place! I love visiting new water parks with the kids. Best way to spend summer.

  68. Water Country seems like a great place for the family on a hot summer day. It is so important to be prepared and this printable list is perfect way to get prepared. Saving money is key for family fun day I believe. Thanks for sharing the printable and information.

  69. That looks and sounds like such a fun place to take the family! My kids would have a blast there.

  70. My hubby & daughter went there for the 1st time a week ago. They loved it. I’m not a swimmer/water person.