Whale's Tale plus Alpine Adventures equals zip and dipBy BARBARA LEECH
Special to the Union Leader June 21. 2014 7:42PM
LINCOLN - There is a lot of new adventure happening this summer at Whale's Tale Waterpark in Lincoln. Jeb Boyd, general manager at the park, said that Alpine Adventures, which offers thrilling ziplines, outdoor recreation and off-road vehicle tours, has merged with the Whales Tale to offer packages that provide several days' worth of wet and wild activities for the entire family.
"We created what we call, the Zip and Dip package, which gives special pricing for a family to zipline half the day and enjoy the water park the rest of the day," Boyd said. "We bought Alpine Adventures in the fall of last year, with the idea of combining all these fun activities and making the Lincoln-Woodstock area the premier destination for family fun and adventure."
Both companies have a history of continually adding new and more adventurous attractions. Last June, Whale's Tale opened its newest ride, Poseidon's Voyage, a waterslide ride that begins in a launch capsule where the floor drops away, plunging the rider into a near vertical tube ride.
Alpine Adventures recently opened its new Thrillsville Aerial Fun Park with a new BigAirBag Stunt Jump and an adventure course that offers a variety of challenges for people of all ages. The 2014 season welcomes a tree-top family tour, which accommodates children that are a minimum of 50 pounds, versus the previous tour that was a minimum of 70 pound for admission.
According to Boyd, the new Tree-top Family Tour opens the experience up for families with younger children.
It is still a ride up the mountain in the six-wheel military vehicle and ziplining with a tour guide, but it starts from the ground level rather than from a launch pad perched high in the trees, which is less intimidating. The ziplines are shorter, and the experience is just a milder way to introduce the activity to children, Boyd said.
"This is simply a great first-timer experience and much more family-friendly," he said. "Parents go with their kids, and younger kids get to experience a zipline, many for the first time."
At Whales Tale Waterpark, the state-of-the-art water thrill ride Poseidon's Voyage brought many new guests to the park in its debut season last year. Boyd said 2013 was a very successful season and the new slide is one of the reasons.
"I have been on it and it is an amazing ride - cutting-edge technology - and it takes courage to do it," Boyd said.
Basically, riders climb up to a tower to enter the water slide, which runs parallel to the water park's speed slides already in place.
Once on the platform and ready to slide, the bottom drops out from underneath the rider to begin a thrilling descent that overall drops 46 feet, loops once and travels almost 250 feet in length to the bottom. The slide drops off riders into a somewhat shallow, "run-off the ride" water area. Minimum height requirement for the new slide is 48 inches.
The park is open daily June 4 to Sept. 1. An admission ticket gives guests of the park unlimited access to all the slides and activities as well as free use of water tubes.
For thrill seekers, the Eye of the Storm water ride takes guests head down a dark, enclosed tube at a 50-degree angle to be thrust into the light as they enter the "eye of the storm" at speeds of up to 35 mph into the pool below.
Some family-favorite slides include Harpoon Express, a 400-foot-long and 7-foot-wide attraction that sends from one to three riders down a bobsled- style course. Beluga Boggin is a 360-foot tube ride with no height restriction; it lets little children get in on the action on its gentle figure-eight course.
One of the most popular attractions, the giant wave pool brings the ocean to you, Boyd said. He called Shipwreck Island a state-of-the-art water complex that allows for climbing, sliding and splashing fun as well as dumping a few hundred gallons on those onboard when they least expect it.
For small children, Whale Harbor offers a special activity pool that gets no deeper than 16 inches, has four waterslides and three fountains.
With the new merger, Boyd said thrill seekers will be exceptionally pleased with their time at Whale's Tale Water Park and Alpine Adventures.
"We have something for everyone, and merging with Alpine Adventures allows us to offer even more fun and savings for families, which in turn makes the area a destination for summer vacations," Boyd said.
For more information and ticket prices, visit www.whalestalewaterslides.net or call 745-8810.