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Family fun in New Hampshire covers mountains, farms, museums, more

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NHfamactive A range and variety of fun stuff for families and children to do in New Hampshire -- year-round, indoors and outdoors -- is mind boggling. Examples are amusement parks featuring Santa and classic nursery rhymes, zip lines, rock climbing and cave tours, working farms with animals visits and hay rides, ski mountains with year-round activities, living history villages, and more. Bring the kids, enjoy, and maybe even learn some history. Lodgings that welcome kids and families can be found all around you.

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

Family fun, services and accommodations make this a grand day out

The whole family is well cared for at this historic fun park just 30 miles north of Boston. Start with 85 rides, indoor-outdoor games and an arcade, plus live entertainment on two stages and the Dance Hall Theater, special events and a dedicated Kiddieland area, and everyone will get involved and smile. A wide variety of delicious food is yours and available around the park in 20 great spots, while plenty of tax free shopping at numerous gift shops lets you fill up on souvenirs, keepsakes and more. There’s an ATM, lockers, available services for expectant mothers, and accommodations for all ages and physical abilities. Bring your own or rent a wheelchair, electric scooter stroller or double seat stroller.

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

Outdoor Fun That's Just Right for The Entire Family

At the Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, we offer adventures in all shapes and sizes - Your adventure is up to you. During the spring and summer you can set out on a hike, run, or bike ride on any of our scenic trails through New Hampshire's White Mountains. Or join us for a guided bird watching tour or a paddling trip on the Androscoggin River. In winter, the cross country skiing and snowshoeing is absolutely glorious. Our trail system of easy and rolling terrain allows skiers of all abilities to find the right level of activity, challenge, and fun. The trails are groomed with both double tracks and a skating lane and run through the forests at the base of Mt. Washington. And the SnowCoach makes everything accessible to all, with or without skis. It's the natural vacation plan for you and your family.

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

Exciting and accessible destination for family fun and learning

This wonderful museum offers programs, activities and exhibits for the young and their families in hands-on discovery. The museum is wheelchair accessible and there are multiple sensory accommodations. Children on the autism spectrum and their families can visit during “Exploring Our Way,” an exclusive time on the first Sunday of the month during the school year. The museum also employs child size noise-canceling headphones and social stories for children who might need a quiet spot. Curriculum connections abound through dynamic explorations in science, math, world cultures, the arts and New Hampshire history and ecology. The bountiful museum Shop offers a great selection of games, toys and books in a variety of price ranges. Proceeds from every purchase support program s and operations.

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

Outdoor fun, recreation and inspiration in the White Mountains

Pick a season and bring the family to New England’s most-accessible mountain resort destination. In summer and fall, ride New Hampshire’s longest gondola skyride to the 2,733-foot summit for breathtaking views of the White Mountains and great food at the Summit Café. Explore glacial caves and walk a scenic nature trail. At the mountain’s base, ride a zipline across the Pemigewasset River, scale a rock wall, navigate the LogJam Maze, or climb a 30-foot-tall spider web. Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard offers young kids a bounce house and inflatable games. In winter, big mountain skiing and snowboarding features 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. There’s also snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and more.

200 Daniel Webster Highway Nashua, NH, 03060 Phone: 603-888-1940

Be a Family That Plays Together

Arcades have been an entertainment choice for kids and families for generations and no wonder. Fun World has the formula covered. There's lots of physical activity for younger kids in a huge, multi-level playground with big slides and a ball pit, along with 30 tot rides. For older kids and teens, the blur of choices of arcade games is daunting, from Wave Motion Theater and six-player Galaxian Theater to sports games, dance games to classic air hockey and pinball. Tickets can be redeemed for prizes hundreds of prizes. Parents will appreciate the reasonable price for a full day for family fun. Naturally, Fun World sells pizza and other classic kid foods, so your gang can hunker here ’til everyone is too tired to move.

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

Every day is an unforgettable adventure!

Write your own tale of adventure with a day at Story Land! Every moment is an exciting chapter in your book of fun family memories. You’ll find your favorite Nursery Rhymes come to life along the pathways of Story Land. Experience an eye-popping kid friendly magic show at Loopy Lab and dance at Duke the Dragon’s Dance Party. Make a splash on the Bamboo Chutes. Meet real-life storybook characters. Scream aboard our thrilling roller coaster, Roar-O-Saurus. Have dinner with Humpty Dumpty and friends or sit with Cinderella at Tea Time. Uncover prehistoric fossils and enjoy an exciting array of games, shows and rides! There’s even a free kennel for your pooch. Then snuggle up together in one of the great family lodgings nestled among the scenic White Mountains.

33 Village Road Waterville Valley, NH, 03215 Phone: 603-468-2553 Toll-Free: 800-468-2553

Family Fun in a scenic White Mountain Village

Set In the middle of breathtaking White Mountain National Forest Waterville Valley has everything you want for an unforgettable family vacation experience. Whatever lodging choice you make, you’re within walking distance of Town Square in the self-contained village for great food, shopping and non-stop activity. The Adventure Center is base camp for mountain biking, hiking, and skateboarding. Stream fed Corcoran's Pond has kayaks, pedal boats and canoes and a sandy beach for relaxing. There’s golf, nationally ranked tennis courts, a skateboard park, an ice arena and the White Mountain athletic club. The open air trolley gets you where you want to go and summer lodging packages offer the Freedom Pass to much of the fun for one low price. Call 800-GO-VALLEY or click our link above for additional information or to reserve your stay.

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

Let your kids explore the mysteries of America's history

Kids love mysteries, and that's what makes a visit to America's Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire, a great trip for your family. A half-mile trail through the pine woods leads to megaliths, stone chambers, a rock altar, and other strange artifacts. Were they built by colonial farmers or Native Americans? Or constructed by ancient people -- Druid priests, perhaps -- who left similar monuments all over great Britain. Adding to the mystery is the fact that you'll find megaliths of the same type scattered around New England. Our site, however, is one of the largest collections. What's more, many other sites are on private property, and off limits to visitors. So come visit our woods, and find out why they've left scholars confused for decades.

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

Outdoor recreational activity on adaptable terrain for the whole family

Limitless excitement awaits you and your family at Bear Rock Adventures. Slow down and enjoy the best in off highway activities like ATVing, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, fishing, aerial adventures, rafting and more. Choose your starting and stopping points from more than a dozen options along a system of corridors connecting individual riding areas. Nothing beats camping out in the Great North Woods but you can also find cabins and lodges, hotels and motels, B&B’s and even private homes. Head out for the day or more and stop along the way to refuel and take in the jaw dropping views. You’ll be guided through 1000+ miles of the Northeast's largest interconnected ATV trail system with terrain adaptable for all abilities.

Visitor’s Center at Exit 32 Off I-93 North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8720 Toll-Free: 800-346-3687

Wonderful scenery; terrific lodging and dining

This vacation, make the White Mountains part of your trip. There's an exciting variety of things to see and do - for the individual and for the family, including the highly diversified man-made and natural attractions that make up this scenic and exciting part of New Hampshire. You can spend the entire day at one of the terrific family attractions; ride a slide, journey back in time or to a mountaintop, discover geological wonders, splash down a waterslide, visit the world of a child's imagination, or see the Old West and the North Pole. The distances between the attractions are short, the roads are scenic, and your vacation will be long on value and fun. To find out more, click on our website, or call us today at 1-800-346-3687.

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

Ride into the past aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad

Enjoy an old-fashioned family experience that begins with a visit to our 1874 station in the middle of North Conway Village. Children of all ages will be transported back to a simpler time in history, when railroads fueled the economic growth of this country. Ride in vintage coaches, some of which date back to the 1920s, or First Class cars, including an 1898 Pullman Parlor Observation Car. A 3-course luncheon is available on the Valley Trains or as part of the Notch Train’s First Class Package. Have your tickets hand-punched by a real conductor. Children under four ride FREE in Coach on the Valley Trains, and well-behaved dogs are always welcome.

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

Flight fun for every age and skill level

This is family fun on a grand scale with activities and excitement to create memories that last a lifetime. This amazing flight park in the Connecticut River Valley in New Hampshire is your launching point to enjoy scenery you can see from the ground or high up on hang gliders, paragliders and zip lines. Bring the gang and stay in a variety of camping options from small cabins and platform tents to your own plot of ground with restrooms and shower facilities available to all campers. Get into a game of laser tag, kayak together, go fishing or swimming, light up a barbecue and have a picnic. Great for day long adventures or weekend getaways, birthday parties and family events.

32 Valley Road Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-545-4533

Meet and greet the dog sled team – then hold on!

Take the whole family on a dog sledding adventure they won’t forget and feel good about it too. Enjoy year-round dog sledding adventures on traditional and rolling dog sleds, with proceeds helping to support the sled dogs that call Muddy Paw home. Tours are educational and hands on as you meet the sled dogs, help the musher harness and hitch the team, enjoy the dog sled ride, and share treats with the sled dogs after your ride. Shorter adventures are available for families with a full day’s agenda while holiday sled rides get you into the howl-iday spirit and are the perfect way for those ages 2+ to enjoy the first snowflakes of winter. Check out the Mid-Week Mini Mush.

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

Pure Joy. Family Style. Every Summer.

Santa’s Village is Santa’s summer home in the White Mountains, and the only New England park listed by 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards as one of the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the USA. With reindeer and elves, cookies and ice cream, a roller coaster, a log flume, a monorail, and plenty of other rides and activities, it’s everything you’d imagine Santa’s summer home to be. One low admission price covers an entire day of memory-making for families with young children. For 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.

153 Main Street Jackson, NH, 03846 Phone: 603-383-9355

The perfect fit for the XC skiing and snowshoeing family

Jackson, New Hampshire offers every delight for moms and dads and children of every age and ability. Stay in this enchanting village. Ski from destination to destination on the finest cross country ski trails in the eastern United States. Discover beautiful old growth forest, skate-ski on an international race course, and enjoy the warming cabin and Cocoa Café. Check out the snow shoe touring center Voted #1 by Snowshoe Magazine with 25 miles (40km) of trails and guided snowshoe tours. Sign up for lessons, rent top of the line equipment and enjoy great food, lodgings and lots more on and nearby the trails. Trail passes are good all day, late in the day, multi-day and all season long.

61 Laconia Road Tilton, NH, 03276 Phone: 603-286-8008 Toll-Free: 800-605-2537

Wear out your kids with lakeside and mountain fun on the best vacation ever

Families with kids from two-year-old to college-bound teens will find enough fun activity and enough variety to fill a decades of vacations to the Lakes region of New Hampshire. The star of the vacation drama clearly is Winnipesaukee, Squam and Newfound lakes in summer, the nearby ski areas in winter, and the delightful towns, museums, and shopping venues all year. To assure a crop of tired kids on vacation nights, take your brood to explore boulder caves, ride the treetops on a canopy tour, watch bear shows and circus acts at Clark’s Trading Post, take a steep mountain ride on a cog-driven railroad, or play the games at arcade palaces. Ski resorts give you all the snow sports you can handle in winter, and also summer fun on mountainside coasters and other rides. There’s plenty of family friendly lodging and spas for the adults.

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

Homemade candies, ice cream & specialty gifts

Folks have been coming here for more than 110 years to taste, buy and send gift baskets home to family and friends. A tinkling player piano greets you as you arrive and takes you back to the handmade confections, service and charm of another age. The oldest homemade ice cream and candy maker in New Hampshire, Kellerhaus offers its make-your-own Sundae Smorgasbord, premium handmade chocolates, candies, caramels, jams and jellies, maple products and nuts. Enjoy a Belgian waffle buffet breakfast with eggs, meat ,hash browns and toast. The multi-room gift shop offers unique gifts from around the world and specialty New England items like candles, cards, steins, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, collectibles, toys and stuffed animals. Open all year round.

928 White Oaks Road Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-366-5695

Bring the family and get closer to nature

Families will love this unique and nature blessed Environmental Education Center focused on a healthier future for all on a personal, local and global scale. Celebrated here are the interconnections between the community and the natural environmental systems. The Center offers families a wonderful variety of meaningful environmental education programs and experiences throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The farm is designated as an official New Hampshire Wildlife Viewing Area and offers hiking on more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails. Families can also explore the three-story historic barn, beautiful heritage flower and vegetable gardens, Natural Playscape, and during the month of March, an old-fashioned maple sugar operation. The Center is open daily from 9am-4pm and the trails and Natural Playscape are open daily from dawn to dusk at no cost.

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

A family that knows families and family fun

Five generations of Clarks have been providing the best in family entertainment for 85 years. Five museums on the Victorian Main Street and four Specialty Shops include the most well stocked gift and souvenir shop in the White Mountains. The Bear show gets you up close to North American Black Bears. The Anaconda Escape water raft ride speeds you through 300 feet of twists and turns in total darkness. The White Mountain Central Railroad takes you on an excursion into Wolfman's Territory. Visit the mysterious Tuttle House, 1884 Fire Station, Merlin's Mystical Mansion, the "old Man of the Mountain" climbing tower and exciting Segway tours. Be amazed by the feats of Yandong's Chinese Acrobats, dress up for an antique photo.

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

The kids will love driving through the clouds to the summit of Mount Washington!

For over 150 years, families and friends have enjoyed visiting the legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road. A trip on the Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes and panoramic views as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast.
Choose to drive your own car or take a comfortable, 2 or 3-hour guided tour led by one of our accomplished and dedicated guides. 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 north into Canada! 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.

2300 Lafayette Road Portsmouth, NH, 03801 Phone: 603-427-1111

Something for everyone in the family

Here are 26 acres of affordable, family-friendly attractions and rides, great dining, places to host a party or event, or just hang out. Going on 30 years offering the cleanest, safest, friendliest and largest water park in New England, this landmark has what it takes for all day, summer long fun. Youngsters can conquer their first water slide, teens can take on more adventure, and the whole family can enjoy rides and slides, rivers and pools and exciting events. There’s lots of wet action on tubes and mats as you plunge through curves and tunnels and racing rapids or roll slowly on a raft. Parents and groups will enjoy the private picnic and cabana areas just made for family activities.

A unique New Hampshire destination for your next family adventure

Experience New Hampshire’s Grand North with the whole family! Featuring winter activities such as zip-lining, dog sledding, snow tubing, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. In the summer months, try hiking, fishing, canoeing, biking, moose viewing, camping and more! For an additional rush there’s white water rafting, and miles of ATV trails. New Hampshire’s Grand North offers a variety of lodging choices including historic grand hotels, cozy inns and family friendly lodgings for every preference. There’s tax-free shopping, great food and attractions and quaint towns to stroll. The kids will love the top-rated amusement parks and New England’s highest peak. Mt. Washington, offers several ways to reach the summit including driving up in your own car or hopping aboard the historic steam locomotive powered cog railway.

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

Trek through a White Mountain wonderland at Lost River Gorge

Take your family on a journey beneath the earth at Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves in New Hampshire's White Mountains. You'll find yourself exploring a spectacular wilderness wonderland formed millions of years ago by glaciers, water, and wild weather. Located on a preserve owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Lost River Gorge is home to granite cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, rugged caves, and a river that plays hide-and-seek amid the rocks. Hike along a three-quarter mile boardwalk, or step off and explore the boulder caves, including the Sun Altar, Thor's Workshop, the Devil's Kitchen, the Lemon Squeezer, and the Judgment Hall of Pluto. Sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing are recommended. Open early May to mid-October.

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

Travel aboard the world's most fascinating mountain-climbing railway

Children who climb Mount Washington aboard the historic Cog Railway never forget the experience. Our train climbs 6,288 feet to the highest summit on the East Coast. Spend some time exploring when you reach the top. On a clear day you'll see New Hampshire's White Mountains spread out around you, and all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Other days you'll be walking above the clouds. Visit the Weather Observatory, where scientists study extreme conditions in winter months. The three-hour round trip features an onboard audio tour. Learn about the construction of this 19th-century engineering marvel at our Base Station museum. You'll also find a restaurant where you and your family can enjoy breakfast or lunch. Trains run late April through November.

Two Great Locations Weirs Beach & Chocorua, NH Phone: 603-367-4427

Monkey around in the trees in two New Hampshire settings

Discover high excitement right in the heart of New Hampshire! Enjoy zip line tours, aerial adventures, zip trekking and more with the whole family in Chocorua in the White Mountains, or at Weirs Beach near Lake Winnipesaukee. Ground schools offer instructions and guidance to ensure that you’ll have a safe and exciting time above the ground. Guided and solo tours allow you to progress at your own pace through different courses, each more challenging than the previous. You’ll find swinging beams, tightropes, rolling logs, hanging tires, and cargo nets to keep you busy. There’s a dual 360 feet zipline and a a 35-foot-high giant swing rock climbing wall. Height and weight restrictions apply.