We recently went to Canobie Lake for the first time. When we got there, the parking lot was jammed with a tons of school buses lines up too, so I thought great we'll be waiting in line all day and get on only a few rides. I couldn't have been more wrong. The lines move pretty quick and there are enough of them to distribute the guests so you can hit quite a few rides within a short period of time. We went on the Log Flume, Timber Splash, Mine ride, Boston Harbor Patrol, Over the Rainbow, Antique Cars and too many more to name. The park is very clean and the staff was young but very professional. From what I gathered, it seems every cluster of rides has an area supervisor who is never too far from the area they are assigned which leads to a tight running ship. Now for the hang-up. Try to go on a day where thunderstorms are not forecast. We were there during a thunderstorm that passed and it took some time before they were back up. They seem to do all these safety checks which is fair and fine, but running empty Boston Tea Party boats and Untamed coaster cars 25 to 30 times seemed a little excessive, especially when the sky is now sunny. All the operators seem to be waiting for a call to re-open that takes forever to come. In addition, they are pretty stringent on a lot of the height guidelines. My son who will turn 6 next months was turned away from the Dodge Em' bumper cars because he was an inch short of the 48 required. He's done bumper cars at carnivals and Santa Village many times without issue and also went on Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain down in Disney World, so the stress on safety can feel a little over the top. The food is pricey, bit nothing out of the ordinary for amusement park prices. We ordered a pizza and had a few beers in Portifino's at a booth overlooking the lake. Bottom line, great park close to Boston to spend a day without having to stay overnight. Clean, great staff, but it does have a few quirks which are manageable. We would definitely go again
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