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Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

Tucked into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Whale’s Tale Waterpark has been thrilling families for over 30 years. As a matter of fact, Whale’s Tale Waterpark was recently voted one of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 waterparks in America! It’s a great place to cool off, relax and spend some time with friends or family. A visit to Whale’s Tale is a definite wet and wild experience for the whole family.

Don’t worry if you’re not a thrill seeker – I’m not either.  Whale’s Tale has something for everyone. My family recently spent the day at Whale’s Tale and we had a blast. Here’s everything you need to know to ensure you have the best possible time at Whale’s Tale.

Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

Attractions at Whale’s Tale Waterpark:

Poseidon’s Voyage
Their most thrilling ride yet. Riders of Poseidon’s Voyage begin in the SkyBox; a nearly vertical launch capsule, which is the steepest drop in the industry, with a trap door on the bottom. Tension builds as you hear your heart pounding. Then adrenaline kicks in as the floor suddenly drops out and you accelerate to the top speed of 38 feet per second. Powerful G-Forces glue you to the wall the entire way around the tight 360° SuperLOOP.

Jonah’s Escape
1/4 mile lazy river gently sweeps riders around the waterpark passing under a covered bridge and past waterfalls. Unwind as you float around the Whales Tale Waterpark on a ride that never has to end.

Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

Eye of the Storm
After travelling down a dark, enclosed tube at a 50 degree angle, riders are thrust into the light as they enter the “eye of the storm” at speeds of up to 35mph. Rotations are made around the sloped bowl until an inevitable 4′ drop is taken into the pool below. Awesome! A crowd pleaser. Take a spin yourself or climb to the first landing to watch the fun. *Riders must be able to swim

Banzai Pipeline
The Banzai Pipeline sends you into the quarterpipe at top speeds – so hold on tight and experience the Banzai rush! *Height & weight restrictions apply*

Willie’s Wild Waves
The giant wave pool brings the thrill of the surf to the White Mountains. We’re making waves the size of ocean breakers, so come join the beach party at the Whale’s Tale.

Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

The Plunge
Take the Plunge if you dare. Experience our dual speed slides and reach speeds of up to 40mph. Riders can race each other and prove once and for all who is the fastest.

Whale Harbor
Youngster’s can drop anchor at Whale Harbor, a special activity pool that gets no deeper than 16″. 4 waterslides, 3 fountains, a water see-saw and other features allow even toddlers to experience water-fun at The Whales Tale!”

Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

Zip through the turns of the two Downpour slides. The 430′ long winding course starts 50′ in the air. Then climb back up and do it again!

Beluga Boggin
This 360′ tube ride lets the little ones get in on the action. No height restriction and a gentle figure 8 course makes this attraction a family favorite.

Shipwreck Island
This state of the art water complex will entertain the entire family for hours! Watch out though, you WILL get wet!

Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

Harpoon Express
400′ long and nearly 7ft. wide this attraction sends from 1-3 riders down a bobsled style course. Built in the summer of 2000, the Harpoon Express combines a thrill and family ride into one

Castaway Cove
Come get away from it all in their 85 foot heated pool, surrounded with three giant hot tubs. Shaped like a whale with underwater seating built into the tail, fins and head , this pool’s temperature will be maintained at 88 degrees with the hot tubs set at a comfortable 104 degrees.

Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

See what I mean when I say there is something for everyone? We set up base camp at Castaway Cove, which is located in between the lazy river and the wave pool. While the kids and my hubby did some of the slides, the majority of our time was split between the other three.

Before we left for New Hampshire (we spent the week up there), I made this printable Waterpark Scavenger Hunt to do with the kids while we were there.  Even in a place as fun as Whale’s Tale, sometimes my kids need a change of pace – especially my little one who has ADHD.  This scavenger hunt was a perfect distraction for him and by the time he was done with it, he was ready for a lot more water fun!

Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

Give it a try when you go to Whale’s Tale – it’s wicked fun (and easy). Print your full size Waterpark Scavenger Hunt right here.

Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

Know before you go:

  • Believe it or not, a perfect weather day is not always the best day at the Whale’s Tale.  That’s because you and everyone else decided to go on that day, too. Think about going on an overcast day – there will be practically no lines, plenty of seating, and more opportunities to truly enjoy your day. Note: the park will close for thunder and lightening and reopen when it is safe to enter the water again. Whale’s Tale Waterpark does not give Refunds, but if the park is forced to close due to weather they will issue you a rain check to return for the time you missed.
  • Admission is required for anyone entering the park, even if you are not swimming, and admission prices are for each person in your party. For ticketing purposes, toddlers are guests age 3 & under that are able to walk. Toddlers receive a free swim diaper with their admission. Seniors are 70 years of age or older. Infants (children unable to walk) are free.
  • Check out their “After 3 Tomorrow Free” deal.  The After 3 Tomorrow Free Special Offer entitles the ticket holder to access the park from 3pm until closing on the day the ticket is purchased and then return for another full day on any day in the next 7 days of operation. The After 3 Tomorrow Free Special Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons and are non-transferable. It’s only $39 for all that fun!
  • Season passes and locals discount tickets are available at Whale’s Tale Waterpark.
  • Most of the seating in the park is available on a first come first serve basis. Seating areas near the food and beverage establishments are reserved for patrons purchasing food.
  • If you want to ensure that you have a seat for your family and friends, you can reserve a private cabana for the day. Call them at 603-745-8810 to make your reservation.
  • Whale’s Tale is situated on 17 beautiful acres and they have a lot of green spaces. Feel free to bring your own chair or blanket and find a peaceful spot to hang out.
  • They offer locker rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis. For a $9 fee and a $6 key deposit, you can access your locker throughout the day. When you return your key you get $6 back.

Whale's Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

The Food Situation

Yes, coolers are allowed in the park, so you can bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks. If you don’t feel like packing a lunch, Whale’s Tale has a wide variety of food options:

  • Harborside Café features burgers, chicken fingers, fries, salads, sandwiches, beverages and more.
  • Porthole Pizza features pizza, subs, fried dough, dippin’ dots and draft beer.
  • Oasis Beach Bar – Mixed drinks, smoothies, bottled and draft beer. Open weather permitting.

Whale’s Tale is located at 481 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH.  Two large parking lots provide plenty of easy access parking for car’s, RV’s and even buses. Parking is always free at Whale’s Tale!

If you ask me Whale’s Tale Waterpark is the best place in the White Mountains to slide, swim and splash!

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  65 Responses to “Your Guide to Whale’s Tale Waterpark in Lincoln, NH {And a Free Printable Waterpark Scavenger Hunt}”

  1. That looks like such a great time. We love to go to the water park in the summer, and the bigger, the better. We’d love it there!

  2. My entire family would love it there. I don’t think we’d ever get the kids off Shipwreck Island. It looks like a blast.

  3. I like that they have several food options. It’s nice to know what’s going on before you go. Pretty sure your boys had no complaints about a day at Whale’s Tale. 🙂 The Eye of the Storm is my fave!

  4. I love going to water parks. I think there will be a summer that our family will take a road trip and just specifically go for water parks. I will have to add this place to our list of parts to check out.

  5. This looks like such a fun place for the whole family! WE have something similar in Colorado called Water World, I haven’t been in years and don’t really feel ready to bring 5 kids there when they aren’t all strong swimmers, but i can’t wait for them to be older and prepared for the fun!

  6. Whale’s Tale Waterpark sounds like a super fun place to visit in the heat of the summer. My kiddos would love some of those water features.

  7. This looks like so much fun! I would love to go there

  8. I usually don’t like water parks because they are not very scenic. I love the setting and I could do that lazy river all day long. I wil keep it in mind for my next roadtrip.

  9. I HAVE to get the family there! We love spending time at the water park, especially on a really hot day. This looks like a good one. My kids would love the pirate ship.

  10. That’s such a beautiful place. I love this water park. Reading and looking at inllustrated pictures makes me want to go immediately. I love it!

  11. We love water parks! This one looks awesome too! My favorite part is the lazy river, I love to just float with no cares in the world!

  12. What a cute little waterpark! I wish we had one of those here in New Orleans to escape the summer heat!

  13. I love the idea of the printable scavenger hunt sheet! Lots of ride choices! Looks like a lot of fun!

  14. That looks like such a fun place to visit! I love water parks in the summer. I absolutely love the lazy rivers that seem to be popping up at Amusement parks lately.

  15. The weather where I am right now could totally use a waterpark just like this! What a great place to have a birthday party, too!

  16. I am not a huge fan of water parks, but this one looks pretty neat. I like the lazy river it has since those are always nice and relaxing. My kids would like this water park for sure.

  17. There is absolutely nothing like a good day at a waterpark and this looks like an awesome one, I am all for floating down a lazy river.

  18. That looks like a fun water park for the entire family. I would spend a lot of time in the lazy river.

  19. I have never been to a waterpark and there isn’t any close to my home but oh god, i’d love to go to one coz it looks like so much fun

  20. That looks really fun! Nothing like spending a day at the water park to cool down during a hot day!

  21. This park sounds absolutely amazing. You’ve also done an excellent job highlighting those need to know things that some if us don’t think about until it’s too late. If I lived in the area, I’d definitely schedule a family day.

  22. What a blast! My daughter LOVES water parks so she’d be a fan. I so agree about the overcast tip. We have a water park nearby and love to go on overcast days since it’s not nearly as busy.

  23. I am so jealous! We don’t have anything like this near our home, and I know the kids would love it! We have to drive at least 3 hours to the nearest water park.

  24. How fun! There really is something for everyone at this waterpark. I think we’d have to spend some time relaxing in the heated pool!

  25. Thank you for sharing this, I haven’t visited a water park in yeeeears and recently the thought crossed my mind. It’s the best thing between going to the pool, beach and amusement park. I think i’ll make it a point to go this month.

  26. We got waterproof passes last year for the family and we used them alot. My kids had just as much fun as I did. Most of the ride they could go on and it was nice to experience waterslides and lazy rivers together.

  27. Whales Tale looks like such a wonderful place to go to with kids. I Love how it is kid friendly and seems easy enough to navigate. I also love that both adults and kids would enjoy this water park in Lincoln, NH!

  28. What a fun place to go to. I wish my town had a water park like this

  29. This looks like so much fun! We have a similar water park near our house. The kids just love it. Thanks for the great printable!

  30. There is so much to check out here. I think I would stick to the lazy river. I’ll leave the fast speeds and major drops to my daughter.

  31. When Jared and I were younger, we visited Whale’s Tale. They were in the middle of an addition which I can see panned out well. I need to revisit with my kids.

  32. We love water parks. My granddaughter would really enjoy the Whales Tail section of the park.

  33. This would be a fantastic water park to go to with the kids. It is such a great way to have fun and keep cool in the summer.

  34. This place looks like so much fun! My kids love water parks!

  35. Great looking water park. Kids would love it.

  36. The waterpark looks so fun! I love going to the waterparks with my kids, we all have a blast.

  37. What a super fun place to visit! Especially during the summer with all those awesome water rides!

  38. Oh my lands, my kids would go nuts over this place. We love any place with water.

  39. Oh my lands, my kids would go nuts over this place. We love any place with water.

  40. The Plunge is similar to a ride at a park I used to go to when I was younger. They’ve since closed it. I would love to go here.

  41. This looks like such a fun place! We aren’t that far and it would be perfect for a night away in NH! Thanks

  42. This looks like such a fun place to visit. Great tips as it’s been years since I’ve been to a water park.

  43. It’s so amazing that they are offering lots of activity choices. Nobody in the family will get bored in Whales Tale Waterpark.

  44. Water parks are just fun and there are so many things to enjoy. Usually, we lose track of time and we are yet to try everything there. Your images are awesome 🙂

  45. I really love water rides so I like the sound of the whales water park. The last time I went to to a water park was 5 years ago so I definitely have some catching up to do! x

  46. This looks super fun! I love how it doesn’t look super crowded either!

  47. Man i wish we had a place like this where I live! That lazy river looks like everything right now!

  48. A great place to travel or have holiday with family. Thanks so much for introducing and giving useful information. I love all games here. Hope I can go and have a holiday at Whale’s Tale Waterpark!

  49. This looks like a great place. Reminds me of the waterpark near our house.

  50. Looks like a lot of fun. Let those kids get their last splashes in before school starts.

  51. This waterpark looks so amazing. Love it and hopefully, we can visit something like this too!

  52. Looks like fun! Do they have an adult lazy pool area with adult beverages?! 😉 [email protected]

  53. That looks like such a fun place to visit! I bet our kids would love this!

  54. Awesome place to visit! I know I’d be spending my time at the Castaway Cove’s heated pool and hot tubs if I get to be there at Whale’s Tale Waterpark. How relaxing that would be, considering there are underwater seating areas!

  55. I love water parks! They’re easy and simple and love that it’s not scary like roller coasters.

  56. Wow this looks like such an amazing place! My family is obsessed with water parks! Downpour has to be my favourite though!

  57. I would set up base camp at the Canyon cove too, if I were there. How awesome that would be to relax in a hot tub or swim in the heated pool and have the Lazy River and Wave pool on either side of you! This place is fantastic!

  58. This looks like a super fun waterpark! Thank you for including a scavenger hunt list – I’ll be doing this with my kids!

  59. That looks like such a fun spot to spend the day. I could float for hours on the lazy river…and I might while the kids take advantage of the other features.

  60. This water park looks amazing! I’d love to visit. I’ve never been to New Hampshire before.

  61. That looks like great waterpark to have fun. And thanks for the tips on going there.

  62. I love Whales Tale and just told my husband we need to visit again. I know my three kiddos would love to float around in this park.

  63. This looks like so much fun! I am a sucker for a wave pool and a lazy river! My kids have been begging me to take them to a water park this year!

  64. Castaway Cove looks like it is a lot of fun. Although being from California I can say that I am not sure I would like the heated pool part of it here. And my daughter would absolutely love Shipwreck Island. She loves all those play kind of places.