New Hampshire attractions range from historic forts to Santa visits

attractionsNH New Hampshire attractions offer fun and educational things to do for all kinds of visitors. In winter, the White Mountains explode with fun in the snow, and, for the indoor people in your party, plenty of shopping, museums, and dining. The warm season also are filled with outdoor fun, at golf courses, boulder caves, zip line parks, and much more.
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen shows its works at stunning retail galleries throughout the state. Living history museums include Canterbury Village, and Strawbery Bank in Portsmouth. Both are fun visits for families. For an interested day indoors, visit the New Hampshire Telephone Museum – fascinating! If all that weren’t enough, you can get your photo taken with a Budweiser Clydesdale, too.

Two Great Locations Chichester and Hooksett, NH Phone: 603-798-3555

Everything is at play at Chuckster’s two New Hampshire locations

The only thing small about the mini golf courses at Chuckster’s two New Hampshire locations is the name. The courses themselves are huge, with water in play, some with multiple levels (at the Hooksett Chuckster’s you tee off from a fire tower) – and, of course, each location has the world’s longest mini golf hole. Over at Chuckster’s Family Fun Park in Chichester, you can also zip from tree to tree on an Aerial Adventure (or climb them in harness on TimberClimb), jump and flip up to 18 feet on the Jumpster, scale a 27-foot climbing wall, spin around a go-kart track (or pedal it on a handlebar-free chuckcycle) or prepare to get doused playing Shoot-N-Shower or Balloon Blast. Also: batting cages and trampoline volleyball/basketball. Little ones will love the kid’s bumper boats.

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

Pure Joy. Family Style. Every Summer.

Enjoy the excitement of the holidays and the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year, all summer at Santa’s Village – New England’s only park listed by 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards as one of the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the USA. Featuring reindeer and elves, cookies and ice cream, a roller coaster, log flume, monorail, and plenty of other rides and activities, it’s a memorable visit to Santa’s summer home. One low admission price covers an entire day of memory-making fun for families with young children. Over 60 years and three generations, from our family to yours – Santa’s Village is pure joy, family style. Seasons: Open Memorial Day weekend to Christmas.

3 Crossing at Riverplace North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-3500

Take a scenic rail adventure with great food and service

The White Mountains offer majestic scenery, family attractions, outdoor recreation, great food and shopping year round. It also has a special dinner train that can urn any event into a timeless and memorable experience. The Café Lafayette Dinner Train runs a 2hour 20 minute scenic and culinary journey in beautifully restored railcars along the western slopes of the mountains and the Pemigewasset river and back. Along the way you and your guests can celebrate your kinship or special event with local and seasonal foods, fine wines, exciting cocktails and gracious service. The train’s unique seating arrangement and layout offers intimate interactions for groups of any size, from a table of four, full railcar, the entire train, or anywhere in between.

200 Grafton Drive Portsmouth, NH, 03810 Phone: 603-433-1331

Seacoast attraction offers golf year-round

Play 27 holes of the finest golf in northern New England. Play though leafy woodlands, streams, and manicured greens, uniquely enjoyable and suitable for every skill level. April through November, take advantage of the great playing conditions at Pease with three 9-hole courses that allow you to mix and match the nines that you want to play with your own degree of difficulty. 4 sets of tees provide 4,700 to 6,400 yards of great golf. Keep your head in the game and your swing in a groove year-round with PGA Tour simulators. Visit the clubhouse restaurant “Grill 28” for breakfast, lunch or dinner, great food and drinks, live entertainment and fun events with something for everyone. Meeting and function space available.

Route 16, Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

Drive, Tour and Explore the Highest Peak in the Northeast

Experience America’s original man-made attraction! The timeless and dramatic beauty of the Presidential Range and the highest peak in the Northeast is yours to enjoy when you drive your own car or take a comfortable, 2 or 3-hour guided tour on the Auto Road. Adventure can be found all the way up to the 6,288-foot peak where, on a clear day, visitors can discover panoramic views spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and even north into Canada and east to the Atlantic Ocean! Rain or shine, and included with your Auto Road ticket, the entire family will love the new interactive museum “Extreme Mount Washington” located on the summit, brought to you by the Mount Washington Observatory.

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-6281 Toll-Free: 800-229-5666

Fun for Everyone in Any Season!

Rated New England’s most-accessible mountain resort destination, Loon Mountain offers activities year round. In summer and fall, ride New Hampshire’s longest gondola skyride to the 2,733-foot summit for breathtaking views, glacial caves, a scenic nature trail and the Summit Café. At the mountain’s base, ride a zipline across the Pemigewasset River, explore the Aerial Forest Adventure Park, scale a rock wall, rent a bike, navigate the LogJam Maze, or climb a 30-foot-tall spider web. Kids will enjoy Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard with a bounce house. During the winter, you’ll ski and ride 2,100 feet of vertical with three peaks of terrain for all abilities – including an award-winning progression of terrain parks and New Hampshire’s only Superpipe, plus snow tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing.

38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: 603-356-5251 Toll-Free: 800-232-5251

Climb aboard Conway Scenic Railroad for a journey through time

At Conway Scenic Railroad, you’ll enjoy an authentic railroading experience as you journey on historic rail routes, with all trains departing from our 1874 station in the middle of North Conway Village. The Valley Trains travel past the Moat Mountain Range through farmlands, “over the river and through the woods” to Conway or Bartlett. The Notch Train travels to Bartlett and then through Crawford Notch, offering some of the most dramatic scenery in the Northeast. Coach, First Class, and First Class dining options are available on all trains. Valley Trains run from April 15th through December 31st. The Notch Train operates from June 13th to October 28rd. Children under 4 ride free in Coach on the Valley Trains, and well-behaved dogs are always welcomed on any of our trains.

64 Railroad Street Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: Toll-Free: 888-407-4054

A kingdom of ice gives visitors to this castle the royal treatment

Imagine castles made of ice, with some tower points reaching 25 feet or more into the air. Inside fountains have frozen over, tunnels and caves are ready for exploring, icy thrones await royalty and slides stand ready for kids and adults to zoom down. That’s what it’s like at the Ice Castles, where everything, including paths, is made of ice (10,000 icicles a day!) and snow, the walls 10 feet thick. At night, the castles are even more amazing, as colored LED lights frozen inside the ice turn it into the shades of the rainbow while music plays. Perfect for families, romantic dates – and unbelievable photos – the castle sits on an acre of land. Hot cocoa and apple cider are sold outside. Tickets are guaranteed to sell out each weekend - be sure to buy yours in advance on our website!

One Depot Street Warner, NH, 03278 Phone: 603-456-2234

History of the Telephone Brings Tech Talk to Life

The telephone has never been ordinary and its development has rarely stagnated. Come and learn about the evolution of the telephone from a simple wire transmission mechanism to that computer in your pocket. The New Hampshire Telephone Museum in Warner is packed with stories about how small phone companies stepped into the breach after Alexander Graham Bell’s first patent expired, to spread phone service to far-flung towns and farms. The most remote farms even jury-rigged a technology to wire the phone system into barbed wire fences to extend transmission. Sunday afternoon calls on the party line were a true party! The museum offers guided or self-guided tours among hundreds of artifacts like phones, tools, and manuals. Learn about computer communications, too. Tech history was never so human.

6 Washington Street Dover, NH, 03820 Phone: 603-742-2002

A learning place to enjoy education and hold a special event

Visit this amazing educational venue and discover multiple ways to enjoy science, math, world cultures, the arts and New Hampshire history and ecology. Great for kids and families as well as parties and special events, the Museum offers self-guided and educator led group visits during the school year and summer months. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and children on the autism spectrum and their families can visit during an exclusive time on the first Sunday of the month during the school year. There are also child size noise-canceling headphones and social stories for children who might need a quiet spot. The museum Shop has a wide selection of high quality games, toys and books in a variety of price ranges.

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-8300

Explore the mysteries of New Hampshire's ancient past

The forests near Salem, NH are wondrous, but there's more to see here than just the trees. At America's Stonehenge off Rte. 111, you could be following in the steps of an ancient tribe of mystery men. In the woods you'll find a maze of rocks, stone chambers, and megaliths they may have left behind. Who were they? Native Americans? Or Old World voyagers who crossed the Atlantic well ahead of Columbus, people with knowledge of astronomy and stone construction? The questions have stymied scholars for generations. Our museum includes an orientation film, and our gift shop includes books with more information. In winter months our one-hundred-plus acres are also great for snowshoeing. And sharing the property is a small herd of gentle alpacas who love greeting visitors.

85 North Policy Street Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-3560

An historic amusement park that keeps it going 100 years later

One of New England’s premier family attractions for more than a hundred years has lots to offer kids of every age just 30 miles north of Boston. Start with your day’s special needs. There’s an ATM, lockers, available services for expectant mothers, and accommodations for all physical abilities. Bring your own or rent a wheelchair, electric scooter stroller or double seat stroller then get rolling. There are breathtaking thrills, amusements, prize games in three arcades, more than 50 rides, a dedicated kiddleland with kiddie rides, a water park and entertainment on two stages and the renown Dance Hall Theater. You’ll love the special events, lots of great food choices, nearby lodging packages, tax free shopping and free parking every day.

Route 3 - 259 Endicott Street N Weirs Beach, NH, 03247 Phone: 603-366-4466 Toll-Free: 888-667-4287

A century of delicious handmade treats in the Lakes Region

This wonderful establishment features quality confections, old world service and authentic charm. Still going strong, Kellerhaus is the oldest homemade ice cream and candy maker in New Hampshire feeding and entertaining generations of families and vacationers for more than 110 years. Make your own sundae at our Sundae Smorgasbord with wonderful toppings and whipped cream and enjoy the Belgian waffle breakfast buffet and waffle bar and friendly wait staff. You’ll discover premium handmade chocolates, caramels, candies, jams and jellies, maple products and nuts. The multi-room gift shop offers unique specialty items from New England and around the world including candles, cards, toys and stuffed animals. Don’t miss this place in New Hampshire’s history. Operating in good taste since 1906.

850 New Hampshire Route 16 Glen, NH, 03838 Phone: 603-383-4186

Happily ever after for everyone at enchanting Story Land

What tales you will tell when you get back from Story Land, where rides and live entertainment have been thrilling families for over 60 years. There’s the time you and the kids conquered the Roar-o-Saurus wooden roller coaster or twirled around in Alice’s Tea Cup or got splashed going down the Bamboo Chute or tooled around farmland in a mini-tractor. From touring the 35-acre park in the Huff Puff & Whistle Railroad to panning for gemstones in Los Bravos Mining Co., there is something for everyone in the “Land Where Fairy Tales Come to Life.” In addition to 23 uniquely themed rides, you can play family-themed games, join Daniel Tiger for his Grr-ific Stage Show, sing along with campers at Camp Fairy Tale or dine with Cinderella.

545 Beach Road Pittsburg, NH, 03592 Phone: Toll-Free: 866-663-9777

Nature and great recreation meet in a spectacular setting

The natural attractions at Bear Rock Adventures are as numerous as the off highway recreational activities from jaw dropping vistas, unspoiled and remote settings, to the diverse landscapes and wildlife of the Great North Woods. Head out for a day or more on the 1000+ miles of the Northeast's largest interconnected ATV trail system. Hop in a float plane and transfer over to white water rafts. Explore waterways by canoe or pontoon boat. Hike on beautifully maintained trails and bike on some of the best dirt roads and multi-use trails you’ll find. Eat & stay along the way. There’s great camping plus cabins and lodges, hotels and motels, B&B’s and private homes. Bear Rock Adventures is open May through September. Book online to get 15% off with code Visit17 - just click our link or photo above.

Off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03589 Phone: 603-278-5404 Toll-Free: 800-922-8825

Ride the Cog Railway on your White Mountains vacation

You haven't really seen New Hampshire's White Mountains until you've trekked to Mount Washington's summit aboard the historic Cog Railway. The 6,288-foot ascent to the summit is the trip of a lifetime. You'll pass through several climate zones as you move along the steepest railroad tracks in North America. And the mountain summit is the highest in the Northeast. Some days you can look down and see clouds. Other days, the view stretches all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Send your friends a card postmarked from Mount Washington. Photograph each other at the summit marker. Lean all about this 19th-century engineering marvel at our Base Station, and enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Trains climb the mountain from late April through November. Enjoy the trip!

110 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-8913

A day full of fantastic fun awaits at Clarks Trading Post

It’s hard to beat Clarks Trading Post for fun, shopping and non-stop entertainment. The largest and most well stocked gift and souvenir shop in the White Mountains has gifts, souvenirs and much more. On the Victorian Main Street you’ll find Kilburn's Photo Parlor, Main Street Candle Shop, the Maple Cabin, and the River City Mining Company. The White Mountain Central Railroad takes you into Wolfman's Territory. The Anaconda Escape water raft ride speeds you through 300 feet of twists and turns, drops and plunges, in total darkness. Cool off on the water "Blaster Boats", climb the tower at the old Man of the Mountain but leave time for the feature attraction, the Bear show starring trained North American Black Bears.

357 Morningside Lane Charlestown, NH, 03603 Phone: 603-542-4416

New Hampshire’s own flight park has the action

As New Hampshire attractions go, this one is certainly unique. Set in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley and up along gradual sloping hills, Morningside Flight Park offers unforgettable aerial thrills, including hang gliding, paragliding and zip-lining. Not a fan of heights? Morningside offers landlubber activities like outdoor laser tag, kayaking, swimming, fishing and picnicking as well. Camping options, including platform tents and a hilltop cabin, along with a kitchen and bathhouse make it cozy and comfortable for those staying overnight. Morningside is within easy reach of Boston, Hartford, Portland, Montreal and New York and has been New England’s go-to aerial adventure venue since 1974.

545 West Hill Road Troy, NH, 03456 Phone: 603-242-6417

So much to see and enjoy in a space filled with sweetness

Set on 62 acres in Troy, NH with a spectacular view of Mount Monadnock, one of New England's most inspiring natural landmarks, this bountiful fruit farm offers flavorful health food and a wonderful day out in the fresh air. You can pick blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, black raspberries, gooseberries, red currants, and black currants, the makings of great New England desserts. The scenic property is also a relaxing and comfortable place for friends and families to gather, hold a celebration or wedding, and spend some quality time together. You’ll find picnic tables and the kids will love the sandboxes and getting up close to the farm’s goats and miniature donkeys. Do what many folks do and come back again.

1712 Lost River Road -- Route 112W North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8031

Explore a river that plays hide and seek

Some 300 million years ago glaciers moving across New Hampshire formed the wilderness wonderland known as Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves. Today you can explore this unusual site during your White Mountains vacation. A three-quarter-mile boardwalk leads you into the gorge, where you'll find spectacular waterfalls, granite cliffs, a river that plays hide and seek, and the mysterious boulder caves. Step off the boardwalk and explore Thor's Workshop, the Devil's Kitchen, the Lemon Squeezer, Shadow Cave, the Dungeon, and the Judgment Hall of Pluto. You'll also find over 300 varieties of flowers, ferns, and shrubs. Pan for gold and fossils in the mining sluice. Come at night for an adults-only lantern tour. Open early May to mid-October. Sturdy footwear recommended.

A full menu of activities to sample in the Grand North

When you visit New Hampshire’s Grand North region, you are opening the door to countless recreation and entertainment possibilities. Visit the Jolly Old Elf at Santa’s Village, ski at Bretton Woods in the winter or paddle the Northern Forest Canoe trail in the summer, take a train up Mount Washington, explore a maple-sugaring house or a brewery or go on a moose tour. The woods abound with trails for hiking or ATV-ing, lakes and streams for fishing and hunting. Cut your own tree at a Christmas tree farm, fly through the forest on a zip line or be an agritourist and visit a local farm. Check out the outdoor centers at the Appalachian Mountain Club or Great Glen Trails.

Route 171 - 455 Old Mountain Road Moultonborough, NH, 03254 Phone: 603-476-5900

A New Hampshire Visit That Will Live in Your Memories

A visit to the Castle in the Clouds, an elegant small mansion tucked high up in the Ossipee Mountains, is a chance to see some of the Granite State’s most beautiful features, including waterfalls and vast vistas. The house was built in 1914 by a wealth shoe manufacturer and his wife in the Arts and Crafts style of curving lines, forms from nature, and hand craftsmanship. Also in the property are hiking trails, horseback riding opportunities, and a restaurant and art gallery in the former Carriage House. You can tour the house independently or with a guide and see original furnishings and even the mistress’s early 20th-century wardrobe. Children and welcome and the staff offers some fun activities for the younger set. Open weekends through May and daily from June to October.

North Branch River Shorebank Angling Access

Take Route 9 onto Loveren Mill Road Antrim, NH Phone:

Parking: five cars, 24 hours, no fee. Stocked river section; kayak access. Restroom: none. Information: New Hampshire Fish & Game Department at 603-271-3511.

McAuliffe–Shepard Discovery Center

3 Institute Drive Concord, NH, 03301 Phone: 603-271-7827

Fly among the stars with two American heroes

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a stunning achievement and a living memorial to lives of two true pioneers: New Hampshire native son and America’s first astronaut, Alan B. Shepard, and Sharon Christa McAuliffe, America’s first private citizen sent to space. The Center’s mission is to inspire every generation to reach for the stars, through engaging, artful and entertaining activities that explore astronomy, aviation, earth and space science. Opened in 1990 the planetarium combines her dream of traveling through space with her dedication to teaching. Visitors take an unforgettable space expedition while seated inside the domed theatre and the Center has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits in a wholly entertaining learning environment from the planetarium theater to the high-tech observatory to workshops for Little Explorers and educators alike.

Contoocook River (Concord)

River Road to Island Road Concord, NH Phone:

Parking: trailer, 6 a.m.- 8 p.m., no fee. Caution: varying current, keep craft under control. Restroom: none. Information: New Hampshire Fish & Game Department at 603-271-3511.

Monadnock Travel Council

P.O. Box 358 Keene, NH, 03431 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-HEART-NH

New England has a warm heart -- the Monadnock Region! Nestled withing the peaceful valleys of south-western New Hampshire, the "heart" of New England, lies the Monadnock Region. Discover breathtaking scenery, picturesque lakes, Mount Monadnock and quaint New England villages. Enjoy tax-free shopping, wonderful dining, cozy bed & breakfasts, covered bridges, hiking, fishing, swimming... and more. We are a short drive from Boston, MA and Hartford, CT (2 hours) and only about 4 hours from New York City. Discover friendly, helpful people just waiting to welcome you to the Monadnock Region!

151 Main Street Nashua, NH, 03060 Phone: 603-881-8333

Enjoy your visit to the Greater Nashua Area, which was cited in 1997 as the best place to live and most recently, recognized as one of the safest cities to live in the USA by Money magazine. The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce is your first stop when you are visiting the region. Out-of-town visitors can turn to the Chamber for maps, directions, referrals to member services or find the answer to a difficult question. The chamber publishes “Pathways Community Calendar,” a free activity guide for visitors as well as the official “Chamber Map” that offers a complete and detailed road map to the region.