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“Great Summertime Fun”
Review of Water Country

Water Country
Ranked #28 of 48 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: No one packs more fun into a water park than Water Country! We’ve got over 26 acres of your kind of fun for the whole family. Then again, we are New England's Largest, Cleanest, Safest, and Friendliest Waterpark! With cabanas and picnic areas, Water Country is the perfect place for your next birthday, party, family reunion, or group outing. Attractions like the all new Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel Of Terror, Adventure River, and the Tahiti Tree House for children, ensure everyone has a good time at Water Country!
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This place is nice for anyone who loves the water. They have rides for all ages. The prices are like any other amusement park. Parking is $5. Rent a cabana and bring your own food if you have a large group or you'll spend way more than you would like. They don't go above and beyond but I would go again.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank TaniaLyn
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Water Country was neither great nor was it horrible- it was really middle of the road. We visited on the day of the Solar Eclipse and there was no trash in the water, the lifeguards were attentive and telling children to get off of slides they were too big for which were some of the complaints that made me nervous about going here.

1) Ticket Price- without a discount- the full price cost of the ticket does not justify the value of the park. So to decrease frustration with the park- purchase a ticket that is discounted.

2) Guest Relations- the line is a new definition for slow- our print at home tickets never printed so we had to go here to get tickets- and stood in a line behind 2 families for almost 30 min. GRRRR.

3) Paint- many of the buildings have patches of peeling or missing paint- so there is no doubt that a good repainting is needed.

4) Tube Rentals- you can rent a tube for 7$ a day- personally we passed on that option as it would have added another 56$ to the day. There really is no need to rent a tube- there are only a few places to use it and they should be completely banned for safety reasons from the wave pool.

5) they do have places to hold shoes at all the rides so you don't have to scorch your bare feet on hot pavement- which is rocky in some places.

6) the real benefit is your ability to bring in a cooler. They have a good number of picnic tables. They have less lounge chairs which is frustrating for those who would prefer to sun rather than swim, especially when people hoarde chairs and never use them.

7) there are a number of great spots for young children to safely play and explore.

8) Beware the weight limits- some rides have a weigh limit so step on the platform at the entrance to make sure your group is a go.

9) There are basically 2 rides that are thrills in a raft and the rest are for body slders.

10) Seagulls are everywhere. They were not aggressive when we visited but they do go up on picnic tables and peck at covered dishes when you are not around- so to be safe- put everything in the cooler or in some kind of "peck" proof container.

Despite all this- there is lots of fun to be had at the park. It is a nice way for a families of all types to pass the day and the ability to picnic is a huge benefit and cost saver. So while it is not extensive- it is not dismal either. I would however recommend NOT going on hot days where the crowds would be overwhelming as the park does not have enough attractions or wave pool space to handle large crowds.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Kimberly M
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Everyone loves the water fun but good grief they need to spend some of the outrageous parking fee policing the nitwits who feed the gulls. Also install lines to keep them away from the waterfalls.
Often too crowded and the rules are strict in strange ways...how is dangling your feet in the pool a hazard?
The lifeguards are too many and too weird. Insurance must be half the admission charge.
Would be a blessing to level this nice property and build needed housing (with pools).

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank PhiMil671
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

I was so excited to come here on my family vacation, and it was my recommendation we come after hearing great things from friends. However, it was extremely underwhelming. We went on a Thursday and it was a little crowded. They feature rides of the park in the back had 45 minute lines and were very underwhelming. The red and yellow striped one was better than the purple and black striped one. Most of the rides were boring and kind of a let down. The lazy river was my favorite but make sure to do it when it's not crowded. The food was not surprisingly expensive as it was a water park, but the cooks/ cashiers were absolutely awful. They sucked at multitasking and had horrible customer service. We waited in line to order for 10 minutes, and when we got to the window the cashier was sitting there talking to someone behind her, completely ignoring us! The mac and cheese was disgustingly soupy but the chicken tenders were average. On the way out of the park we stopped for dip n dots. The customer service was just as terrible. The whole experience was a money trap and I wouldn't do it again. We chose water country because we didn't want to go to funtown/splashtown again, but we all decided that would have been better.

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank Nomad727850
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

This place is so gross. I was mortified. There were seagulls all over the place pooping in the water and there was a very strong odor of feces near the picnic area. We went on a weekday and it was very crowded had to wait a half hour for a slide. The employees seemed very annoyed to be there and there was one slide that was short on help there was one employee working with two slides. People were literally going down the slide by themselves without an employee telling them when to go which is very dangerous. The prices were ridiculously expensive and not worth it in my opinion do not go!

Date of experience: August 2017
4  Thank travelbugc2016
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