Family fun in New Hampshire covers mountains, farms, museums, more
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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
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.
64 Railroad Street
Lincoln, NH, 03251
A spectacular frozen fantasy for the young – and young at heart
What kid would not want to play in an ice castle? And the Ice Castles in Lincoln have everything a child – or a child at heart – could fantasize about: ice slides, ice thrones, tunnels to crawl through, frozen fountains and towers. Sometimes there is even an enchanted frozen princess to greet castle guests. And there’s always a spectacular light show at night, turning the ice fortresses blue, red and green. Families are advised to buy tickets ahead to get arrival times (you can spend as much time as you like once you’re inside), to dress warmly with boots and to consider a small sled instead of a stroller for really little ones. There’s a concession stand with hot chocolate and cider. Tickets are guaranteed to sell out each weekend - be sure to buy yours in advance on our website!
Route 16 at Pinkham Notch
Gorham, NH, 03581
Outdoor Fun That's Just Right for The Entire Family
At the Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch, N.H., we offer adventures in all shapes and sizes. 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
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.
153 Main Street
Jackson, NH, 03846
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.
38 Norcross Circle
North Conway, NH, 03860
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.
110 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3)
Lincoln, NH, 03251
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.
105 Haverhill Road
Salem, NH, 03079
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
Family-friendly ATV rides with Bear Rock Adventures
Pick your own adventure with customized ATV and side-by-side ride itineraries from Bear Rock Adventures, perfect for families and thrill-seekers alike, to experience Northern New Hampshire’s Great North Woods from a new perspective. Explore over 1,000 miles of Ride the Wilds interconnected trails on half, full, or multi-day excursions for prime family photo stops and wildlife spotting. Bear Rock Adventures provides a safe, turnkey way to ATV with the latest gear including safety helmets and goggles, cutting-edge GPS and Bluetooth technology as well as storage compartments for your gear, maps, picnic lunches and selfie sticks to capture the ultimate memory. Bear Rock Adventures is open May through September. Book online and receive 15% off with code Visit17 - just click our link or photo above.
200 Daniel Webster Highway
Nashua, NH, 03060
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.
32 Valley Road
Jefferson, NH, 03583
A family sojourn never to be forgotten
There’s adventure ahead on land and water and the whole family is invited. Enjoy warm weather rolling dog sledding that’s educational and hands on. 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. Get out on the water with Raft NH, a family-friendly, rafting outfitter offering whitewater trips for ages 6 and up. You’re in for unforgettable mild to wild rafting! Check out the “Paws & Paddles” package and enjoy a daytime whitewater raft trip and an evening rolling dog sled trek for a full day of outdoor fun.
Route 16, Pinkham Notch
Gorham, NH, 03581
The kids will love driving through the clouds to the summit of Mount Washington!
For over 150 years, families have enjoyed visiting the legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road, 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.
Off Route 302
Bretton Woods, NH, 03589
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.
528 Presidential Highway
Jefferson, NH, 03583
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.
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH, 03251
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 has a bounce house. 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.
61 Laconia Road
Tilton, NH, 03276
Family fun the focus of attractions in the lakes region
Families will find so much to do in central New Hampshire in the winter that they will need an itinerary. The Lakes Region Tourism Association can help, offering suggestions on all sorts of family activities, from skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing down one of the region’s many slopes to ice skating, sleigh-riding across a snow-filled field, a museum, doing a little boutique or outlet shopping (tax-free!), taking in a craft show or scarfing down breakfast at a down-home pancake house round out fun winter outings. The holidays bring special treats, from Santa Express trains to festivals celebrating the lights of the season.
1712 Lost River Road -- Route 112W
North Woodstock, NH, 03262
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.
2300 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, NH, 03801
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.
Family fun outdoors (and in) at wide variety of N.H. campgrounds
Whether your family likes to fish, frolic in the surf, climb mountains, visit museums, shop on friendly Main Streets or just roast marshmallows around the fire, New Hampshire has the perfect campground for you. Explore the state’s great outdoors from your tent, RV, cabin – or rental unit – with a fall foliage hike, rock climbing, beach retreat or, in the winter, a snowmobile ride or ski run. Visit our website for a guide to a huge variety of campgrounds, from the forested north (where you can see bald eagles) to the villages and countryside of the state’s center to its 18 miles of Atlantic coastline. Many campgrounds feature areas for family play, from horseshoes and bocce to tennis, golf and hiking.
33 Village Road
Waterville Valley, NH, 03215
It’s natural for families to bond, relax at this resort
Relaxation comes naturally to families at Waterville Valley. Maybe it’s the fresh air, the clear night sky. Maybe it’s spacious lodging possibilities, including fully equipped condos for up to eight people and dining options just steps away. Or maybe it’s all the things families can do together, from 100 miles of hiking trails to indoor and outdoor pools, a splash pad, miles of bike trails, jacuzzis and gyms, tennis courts with junior and adult clinics, skateboard and inline skating parks. You can golf on a traditional course or down a mountain on a nine-hole disc course; take a chairlift up a mountain; go rock-climbing or try your luck at croquet in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.
Come one, come all to the attractions that await in the Grand North
What would strike your family’s fancy? Taking a snowcoach tour to the top of Mount Washington? Snowmobiling or hiking scenic forest trails? Visiting a sugar-house and tasting maple snacks? Cross country skiing or zip-lining between trees? You can experience that and much, much more in New Hampshire’s gorgeous Grand North country, where every day is an adventure. Spend a day at Santa’s Village, snowmobiling or snowboarding at Bretton Woods. Go on a sled dog ride or learn how to ice fish! Or maybe you and the kids just want to chill out in the pool at a lodge, resort or cabin with a fabulous mountain view.
3 Great Locations in New Hampshire and Maine
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.
357 Morningside Lane
Charlestown, NH, 03603
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.
Route 3 - 259 Endicott Street N
Weirs Beach, NH, 03247
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.
850 New Hampshire Route 16
Glen, NH, 03838
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.
Visitor’s Center at Exit 32 Off I-93
North Woodstock, NH, 03262
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.
58 Cleveland Hill Road
Tamworth Village, NH, 03886
Farm Life of the Old Days Captivates the Imagination
Few kids or adults can resist a chance to pet a baby goat, watch a sugarmaker boil sap, or see a holiday feast cooked over a hearth. Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth is an unplugged lesson in 19th-century farm life. This year-round working farm – tucked into the vacation-rich regions of the New Hampshire Lakes and the White Mountains -- was the home of a father and son who doctored their neighbors from 1894 to 1993. Today, the property’s barns, stable, sugar house, woodshed, ice house, and farmhouse re-create the daily lives and skills of old times. Families visit anytime and also enjoy annual events like the fall Harvest Festival, winter ice hauling, maple sugaring and a historic Christmas celebration, along with authentic hearthside dinners.