Weekends This Fall at Canobie Lake Park – Where Fear Meets Fun

Weekends This Fall at Canobie Lake Park, It’s
Family Fun by Day and Where Fear Meets Fun by Night.

SALEM, NH –You can’t complain about having nothing to do on a fall weekend, especially if you visit Canobie Lake Park. Canobie is open each weekend during September and October with a range of fall events that is unrivaled in New England.

You can enjoy your favorite Canobie thrill rides – including the park’s wild roller coaster, Untamed – as well as a variety of family and kids’ rides, games and attractions each day and evening during the park’s weekend operating hours. Beginning September 13, you’ll want to check out the “Magic Seed” area that features a petting zoo open every Saturday and Sunday from 1PM to 5PM through November 1. Youngsters and their families can interact with a variety of gentle animals and enjoy a hay sculpture garden and activities geared especially for kids.

Then on September 27, SCREEEMFEST adds a healthy dose of fear to all the fun after dark, haunting Canobie Lake Park each weekend through November 1. You’ll have plenty to “screeem” about with five terrifying haunted houses, rides, roaming “monsters” and a monster parade, Halloween-themed games and much more.

Canobie Lake Park is also known for delivering quality live entertainment at no additional charge, and fall is no exception. Get ready to rock with the debut of Canobie’s new ROCKtoberfest event that will feature a different rock tribute band each weekend from September 27 through November 1 on Canobie’s Midway Stage. On tap are professional touring bands performing tributes to the music of Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Police, Van Halen and Journey.

As if that wasn’t enough, the live and freaky “Side Show Variety Show,” also on the Park’s Midway Stage, will make audience members gasp at strange feats of physical daring that are truly not for the faint of heart.

One low admission price for the Park’s fall events includes all haunted houses, operating rides, ROCKtoberfest and the Petting Zoo, live entertainment and more. For Park hours, show schedules, directions, and more information, visit canobie.com.

Visit Bucs Lagoon -Family Fun with a Must Try Sundae-The Shiprwreck

During your visit to the Seafood Festival this weekend, bring your the kids, or your friends, down to Buc’s Lagoon for the largest variety of soft serve ice cream, incredible variety of sundaes and the famous Ship Wreck Sundae with 19 scoops of ice cream in One bowl!

Located on the South end of Ocean Boulevard, at 59 Ocean Boulevard, Buc’s Lagoon is a delightful seaside miniature golf course offering challenging holes to even the best of mini golf experts. Fun for the family and friends – So take a stroll down to 59 Ocean Boulevard during your visit to the Seafood Festival – Buc’s will be open.

Click on photos for enlarged views-especially the picture of the Shipwreck Sundae!


Hampton Beach 25th Annual Seafood Festival This Weekend

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5th – 8th, 2014

  • Friday 4PM – 9PM
  • Saturday 10AM – 9PM
  • Sunday 10AM – 6PM

With over 150,000 attendees annually, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has become the largest event held in the great State of New Hampshire and has been acclaimed as “One of the Top 100 Events in North America” for the last 13 years by the American Bus association.

Festivities include: Over 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serving an abundance of mouthwatering seafood delicacies; 80 Arts & Crafts vendors promoting locally made products; hundreds of Ocean Boulevard merchants offering end-of-the-season sidewalk sales; a Kiddie Land with ongoing entertainment and games presented by Radio Disney; continuous culinary chef demonstrations produced by Pat Whitley; and two stages of continuous entertainment featuring top regional bands.  There are three “don’t miss” main events planned throughout the weekend the must-see  Lobster Roll Eating Competition and spectacular fireworks display on Saturday and on Sunday spectators will view an amazing Sky Diving extravaganza by Sky Dive New England.

Fun for all ages each day. Participate in Sunday’s Hula Hoop contest for All ages at 3PM; Sunday at 5PM Skydiving Extravaganza; Saturday watch the Spectacular Firework shoot at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2PM Lobster Roll Eating Contest; Live Entertainment all weekend. Visit http://www.hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com for all of your admission, parking and activity information.

Whale Watching in the Atlantic Ocean – through Mid October

Whale watching in New Hampshire – a wonderful experience. Blue Ocean Society answers three of the most asked questions about Whale Watching

Is there a best time to go whale watching?

The whale watching season in New Hampshire begins in May and ends in the middle of October. While the very beginning and very end of the season sightings can be lighter, there is no single time that is best for whale watching. Because we are watching wild animals in their natural habitat it is difficult to predict where the whales will be any given day. From our perspective that makes whale watching more exciting because you never know what you might see. That being said, we tend to see the same animals year after year, and can usually count on seeing some–if not all–of the regulars during a season. In a typical season we see fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, and occasionally Atlantic white sided dolphins. Toward the end of the season we can also start to see different species like sei whales, pilot whales, and in seasons past there have been some rare visitors like sperm whales. It truly is remarkable how different each season and even how each trip is.

How has been Whale Watching this summer?

Whale watching this season has been very exciting. Earlier in the season we started seeing some of our regular whales (fin whales, humpback whales, and minke whales) and averaging around 2-3 animals per trip. During July there was a large boom in the whales in our area and we had a few trips with over 15 whales. After our 2013 season we weren’t sure what to expect, but have been pleasantly surprised by the number of sightings we have already had this season.

Whale sightings have been closer to shore that we have seen in years past as well. For a period of around 2-3 weeks we had whales so close to shore that you could see people and cars along the beaches. This was very unusual, and gave passengers more time to spend with the whales.

Any specific points I can use to prompt people to take a trip?

Going on a whale watch in New Hampshire is a great way to enjoy time out on the water and spend time with some of the largest animals on the planet. Most people think you have to travel far to see whales, and don’t realize we have whales just in their backyards. Whale watching is a great family activity for those on vacation, and can also provide a mini vacation for those who live here in New Hampshire as well. I’m always surprised when we have passengers from New Hampshire who have never been on a whale watch before. On board the Atlantic Queen there are also Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation staff, interns, and volunteers. For families, taking a trip on the Atlantic Queen provides the kids with an opportunity to see what it takes to be a marine mammal researcher. Blue Ocean Society also provides education throughout the trip and provides activities for the kids on board.  For more information about Blue Ocean Society please visit www.blueoceansociety.org.​

For Whale Watch Tours visit

www.atlanticwhalewatch.com  – Atlantic Whale Watch &

www.granitestatewhalewatch.com Granite State Whale Watch

Both are located at Rye Harbor, Rye, NH.

Labor Day Weekend at Hampton Beach Seashell

Free family entertainment continues at the Hampton Beach Seashell through Labor Day Weekend with a special Firework Shoot on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Seashell Entertainment schedule:

Thursday August 28th Jilly Martin Featuring Ryan Brooks Kelly

Friday August 29th Granite Planet

Saturday August 30th Help-The cure for Beatlemania

Sunday August 31st The Continentals and Fireworks!

All shows are from 7PM – 9:30 PM

Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!


13th Annual PIg Roast, Sat. Aug. 30 – 2014 = Good Family Fun

On Saturday, August 30, from noon until 2:30pm, the Historical Society will hold their 13th Annual Pig Roast. Please join us for the silent auction, live musical entertainment, activities for kids, as well as the very popular 50/50 raffle. This is our single largest fundraiser, which provides the majority of income to operate the Tuck Museum and to conduct school and community programs throughout the year, so its success is vital to our financial stability.

The pork is cooked overnight on site by our experienced crew, and many of the same generous volunteers come each year to serve the variety of salads donated by local restaurants. The menu includes our popular homemade baked beans, applesauce, beverages, and a wide range of dessert selections.

provident Tickets are $20 for adults. Students (for those ages 9-16) are $10. Children 8 years old and under are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Purchase of ten tickets reserves you a table. Tickets may be purchased in the following ways:

  • from an HHS Board of Trustees member
  • at Marelli’s Market
  • at Hampton Parks and Recreation office in Town Hall
  • at the Provident Bank in Hampton
  • at Lally’s Lighthouse Market
  • at the Tuck Museum
  • below on this page via PayPal.
  • filling out and mailing the form on page 3 of the July, 2014 newsletter

Once again, we are pleased that the Provident Bank is our prime sponsor.

For more information, or how to donate items for the auctions, please call Linda Metcalf 926-5861 or the Tuck Museum 929-0781.

Visit the website to purchase tickets on line through pay pal. http://www.hamptonhistoricalsociety.org/pigroast.htm

Sundaes are hotter than ever at The Beach Plum

Summertime is a time to indulge. Treat yourself to a little something extra. At the Beach Plum, North Hampton & Portsmouth, treat yourself to a lot of something extra with a Beach Plum Experience.

Its no secret the Beach Plum offers the Best Lobster rolls in the area – and no visit goes without indulging in one of the 78 flavors of Ice Cream – but how about those Sundaes!

Offering a wide selection of unique, tasty and enormous sundaes – one sundae at the Beach Plum is an event in, and of itself. Overflowing in size and oozing with extreme flavors – try their famous Reese’s Sundae, Specialty Brownie Sundae or Earth Worm Sundae. All crowd pleasing and boasting with sweetness – you may, or may not, want to share.

Visit The Beach Plum in North Hampton & Portsmouth, NH; www.lobsterrolls.com.


Make your Beach Vacation memorable by visiting The Beach Plum.


Hampton Beach Talent Competition this weekend Augu. 22nd – 24th, 2014

Last Summer’s Hampton Talent Competition brought one of the largest crowds ever to the Seashell stage. Don’t miss out on this summer’s exciting competition! Contestants in two categories: Junior (under 18) & Senior (18 and over). Prizes in both categories;

Junior Semi Final – Friday August 22

Senior Semifinal Saturday, August 23

Finals – Both divisions Sunday August 24

All shows start at 7:00 PM.

For more information please visit hamptonbeach.org. Entry deadline closed August 1st.

Seashell Entertainment Week August 19th – August 21, 2014

Summer is still alive at Hampton Beach Seashell. Enjoy this Free nightly entertainment under the stars – while summer lasts.

Monday August 18th; The Reminisants Perform – Boston’s Best Oldies Band

Tuesday August 19th; Mike and Me – The Vic Paul ShowAn enormous repertoire

Wednesday August 20th; The Continentals & Fireworks at Dusk

Thursday August 21st; The Goat Ropers


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