Insider’s Guide


You might ask? “When is the best time to come to the Whale’s Tale?” Believe it or not, the perfect weather day is not always the best day at the Whale’s Tale – because you and everyone else has decided to come on that day.

Choosing to come on days with ‘iffy’ weather often means you’ll have no lines, plenty of seating, and more opportunities to truly enjoy your day.  Plus, if the weather gets really bad and we are forced to close you will get a rain check to return for the time you missed.


Most seating in the park is on a first come first serve basis. Seating areas near our food and beverage establishments are reserved for our patrons.

If you want to ensure you have a seat for your family and friends reserve a private cabana for the day. Call us at 603-745-8810 to make your reservation.

Finally, unlike many parks, the Whale’s Tale is situated on 17 beautiful acres that offer a lot of green spaces. Feel free to bring your own chair or blanket and find a peaceful spot to rest.


Take a moment to browse our Breakers Surf Shop featuring swimwear, sunglasses, apparel, toys, and more. Come in, look around, and take a piece of the Whale’s Tale home with you.
We have some of the best options for swimwear in the area, so feel free to stop by and browse the shop even when you don’t plan to enter the park.


The Whale’s Tale prides ourselves on our rigorous training to maintain the highest possible safety standards. All guards are American Red Cross certified, in addition, select maintenance staff are Certified Pool Operators and food and beverage works are have ServSafe certification.

That said, safety is your responsibility. Make sure you observe all park rules, regulations and Know B 4 U Go guidelines.

If your children are not toilet trained, swim diapers are required for the safety and comfort of all of our guests. Children 3 and under receive a swim diaper with their $5 admission.

Parental supervision is the best way to ensure your children’s safety. Be water aware – if your kids are in the pool you should be too. Infants, toddlers and weak swimmers should have an adult swimmer within an arm’s reach to provide “touch supervision”.

We recommend that all weak or non-swimmers wear a Personal Flotation Device (PDF).  PDFs are available, free of charge, in our Breakers Surf Shop at the park entrance.

Check out these Public Service Announcements for more tips on how to have the safest trip to the Whale’s Tale


Yes, we allow coolers in the park, but you’re on vacation! So plan to visit our food venues and pick up a quick snack or enjoy a whole meal.Leave the cooking to us – Whale’s Tale has a wide variety of options.

Harborside Café features burgers, chicken fingers, fries, salads, sandwiches, beverages and more.

Porthole Pizza features pizza, subs, fried dough, dippin’ dots and draft beer.

Oasis Beach Bar – Mixed drinks, smoothies, bottled and draft beer.  Open weather permitting.

Dippin Dots – the Ice Cream of the future


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How do I contact you?

Whale's Tale Water Park
PO Box 67 / 481 Daniel Webster Highway (US Rt. 3)
Lincoln, NH  03251
[email protected]

Are food services available?

The Whale’s Tale has two primary food service areas: Harborside and Porthole Pizza. Harborside features burgers, fries, salads, sandwiches and more. Porthole Pizza features pizza and fried dough. In addition, we serve Dippin’ Dots ice cream and, weather permitting, we offer bar service at the Oasis Beach bar.

Is there a place to change inside the park?

Yes, we have restrooms with changing facilities and showers.

Who's going to be watching out for me and my family?

The Whale’s Tale Waterpark lifeguard staff undergoes rigorous preseason and in-service training to maintain the highest possible standard in swimmer protection. Our guards are American Red Cross certified and we have designed a training program specifically for our waterpark environment.

Is there a place we can leave our stuff?

We offer locker rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis. For a $9 fee and a $6 key deposit, you can access your locker throughout the day. When you return your key you get $6 back.

I'm not going swimming or getting wet, do I still have to pay the admission price?

We are a participatory park and don’t have spectator areas, so everyone must pay our admission rate.  Whales Tale is located on 17 beautiful acres, so there are plenty of places to relax, read a book or take nap. Infants are free. Adults 70 and over are only $5!

Do any slides have weight restrictions?

For safety reasons established by the slide manufacturers, the following weight restrictions apply:

  • Banzai Pipeline – minimum tube load 100lbs / 45kgs and the maximum tube load is 400 lbs / 181 kgs.
  • Plunge Speed Slide – 250 lbs /  113 kgs.
  • Downpour Flume Slide – 250 lbs / 113 kgs.
  • Harpoon Express 3 person tube maximum combined load 600 lbs / 272 kgs.
  • Harpoon Express 2 person tube maximum combined load 400 lbs / 181 kgs.
  • Beluga Boggin – 150 lbs / 68 kgs
  • Eye of the Storm – 300 lbs / 136 kg
  • Poseidon’s Voyage – 300 lbs / 136 kgs
  • Shipwreck Island – Red, Blue & Yellow slides – 250 lbs / 113 kgs
  • Shipwreck Island – Purple slides – 150 lbs / 68 kgs

Do you have any special offers or deals?

As always, we try to keep our rates as low as possible for our guests. On a hot summer day, the best deal out there is to purchase your tickets online!  This may not save you money, but it saves time -- on-line tickets go directly to the turnstile so you get to bypass the ticket lines.  Also, don’t forget to contact our lodging partners for any stay and play deals that they offer.  And don’t forget to become a fan on Facebook, that’s the best way to stay up-to-date with the latest deals and specials.

Do you provide life jackets?

We recommend life jackets (Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)) for weak or non-swimmers. They are available free of charge in the Breakers Surf Shop.

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Where are you located?

Take interstate 93 to New Hampshire exit 33.  Take NH Route 3 North for a ¼ of a mile and we are on the left.  As always, parking is FREE!

Click Here for Directions

Are coolers and outside food allowed in the park?

Yes, guests are welcome to bring a cooler.  However, no glass or alcohol are permitted. Coolers are inspected at the front gate to check for glass or alcohol. All beverages must be in factory sealed containers.

What kind of swimwear is allowed in your park?

We are a family park, so we ask that all guest wear appropriate swimwear. Also, for the safety of all guests we require shorts/pants have no rivets or belt buckles.

Shoes are allowed in the pools, but for your safety, they are not allowed on any attractions. We do not recommend eyewear on any attraction, if you elect to wear something on your eyes it is at your own risk.

Can we bring our pets in with us?

Pets are not allowed in the park or in cars parked in the parking lot.  Please be kind to your pets and either leave them home or call one of our local kennels for the day.


One Dog Day 603-348-7999 or Wash and Wags 745-3772

Do you rent towels?

No, we do not rent towels.  You are welcome to bring towels with you, or you can purchase towels at Breakers Surf Shop.

I've got a big group that wants to come, do you offer any discounts?

Yes, we offer discounts for groups of 15 or more.  Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance to guarantee a discount.

Check out our group specials!

Do any slides have height restrictions?

For safety reasons established  by the slide manufacturers, riders must be a minimum of 48” or 122cm or taller to ride the following rides:

  • Plunge Speed Slide
  • Eye of the Storm
  • Banzai Pipeline
  • Poseidon’s Voyage

What happens if it starts raining?

For the safety of our guests, the park will close for thunder and lightening and reopen when it is safe to enter the water again. The Whale’s Tale does not give Refunds; however, if the park is forced to close due to weather we will issue our Weather Guarantee for the time that is lost.

How do I offer feedback about my experience?

Please send an email with your feedback to [email protected]

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