The second leg of our Road Trip took across the wilderness of Vermont and New Hampshire to Maine, where Funtown Splashtown U.S.A. awaited us.
|We're here! Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.|
Funtown Splashtown is located in Saco, Maine, adjacent to Route 1 and not very far from the beach. I don't associate Maine with the beach, although I know darn well that it has quite a stretch of them, but when you arrive at the park you can almost smell that the water is near.
The park has its origins back in 1967 when two individual operators of typical roadside amusements joined forces and created Funtown U.S.A. As the years went by more rides were added, and bigger ones at that. Eventually the two operators split once again, with one buying the other out, only to have the former owner open a similar park with water slides right next door.
|This view of Excalibur greets guests in the parking lot.|
And no doubt a big part of why we visited was for Excalibur, the park's large wooden roller coaster.
|Not the first drop, the second, actually.|
|Floating hair and hands up, that's how to ride!|
|Up and over, guests head to the rides.|
|Taking a voyage on the Sea Dragon.|
|I have a soft spot for Log Flumes, too.|
Thankfully the visitors at the geysers left us alone when we floated by!
|The park's family oriented roller coaster.|
The ride was actually moved to Funtown from Jolly Roger Amusement Park in Maryland, where it opened in 2009. It replaced Funtown's Galaxy coaster, which had operated there since 1978.
|Great name for bumper cars!|
The park's Antique Car Ride lets kids drive their way through a big part of the park, under bridges and past some larger rides, past even more well maintained landscaping.
|2012 is the year of the dragon. Really! It is.|
|New for 2012 - six new "thrill slides."|
But on the hot Summer day we visited it seemed that many folks made the choice for the Splashtown side of things, judging from the lines snaking down the towers. The park has some older slides that date back quite a while, but also some modern ones like a gigantic Tornado funnel slide, and a Mammoth family slide.
This year saw the addition of a new slide tower named Mt. Olympus. Hey, isn't there an entire water park named that?
|My. Olympus standing tall over Splashtown.|
We didn't spend as much time as a family could while at the park, considering all that is offered to guests. I'm quite pleased that we stopped by to check the place out - it was out of the way but worth the effort.
Stay tuned for our next stop!