New Hampshire outdoor adventures offer zip lines, rafting, snow sports for all ages
With its towering, majestic mountains and dramatic lakes, New Hampshire is a natural draw for people who like to challenge their bodies and minds out in nature. Fortunately, the people who live there and love outdoor adventure have developed some great places to play rough outdoors. Much of the outdoor adventure escapades in New Hampshire are made to accommodate people of all ages, kids, and the less-athletic among us. Start by considering the ways to get off the ground: zip lines, ropes courses, canopy tours, parasailing: wow! If you don’t favor a vacation on the ground or in the air, there is canoeing and kayaking, river rafting (some in white water), fishing. In winter, the environment glides easily into snow-based adventure: mountain bike trails become Nordic ski trails and snowmobiles stitch tracks through the woods. Accommodations welcome families
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545 Beach Road
Pittsburg, NH, 03592
Find an ATV or float plane adventure in remote northern woods
The wilds of the Great North Woods offers the finest in off-highway recreational vehicle fun and excitement. Enjoy the quiet surroundings and abundant wildlife in unspoiled and remote settings. Bear Rock features more than 1,000 miles of the Northeast's largest interconnected ATV trail system with terrain adaptable for all abilities. Also enjoy snowmobiling, horseback riding, fishing, soaring on a high ropes course. Hop in a float plane and transfer over to white water rafts. Explore waterways by canoe or pontoon boat. Hike on beautiful maintained trails and bike on some of the best dirt roads and multi-use trails you’ll ever find. Camp on your own or stay in cabins and lodges, hotels and motels, B&Bs, and even private homes.
1853 Chocorua Mountain Highway
Chocorua, NH, 03817
Zip It to the Max in New Hampshire
The southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee hasspectacular outdoor adventure. Zipline tours and zip trekking will test your mettle. Start with ground school and safe harnessing by belays. Then take a journey up and move at your own pace through three zip lines and 48 challenges, including swinging beams, tightropes, rolling logs, hanging tires, and cargo nets. Ride with a partner side by side on dual 360-foot lines and hit the 35-foot-high giant swing rock climbing wall. Self navigate through the ZipTrek course with a variety of lines and rope-course challenges. Kids have their own specially designed course no more than 6 inches off the ground with an 80-foot zip line at the finish.
357 Morningside Lane
Charlestown, NH, 03603
Adventure park pleasures from fishing to paragliding
Soar above the earth in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley at an outdoor activity park that offers a huge range of activities and services. Discover the thrill of a lifetime in hang gliding and paragliding, guided by folks with 30 years of experience in flight instruction. Lessons are offered to people of all skill levels and ages. Enjoy ziplining and canopy tours, laser tag, fishing, swimming, and kayaking. There’s a cozy campground surrounded by old-growth forest where you can pitch your own tent or simply move into a set-up platform tent with full- or queen-size beds. The campground has a large range of play and housekeeping features: fire pits, playing fields, picnic areas, a community kitchen, restrooms, and bathhouse. You’re within easy reach of Boston, Hartford, Montreal, and New York. Great for families, corporate groups, and couples.
Route 16 at Pinkham Notch
Gorham, NH, 03581
Outdoor adventure for winter and summer explorers
Four-season adventure awaits your family at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch. In warmer months, head out on scenic trails for a hike, a run, or bike ride through the majestic White Mountains. Join a guided bird watching tour or paddling trip on the Androscoggin River. In winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are the way to get around on a trail system of easy and rolling terrain. Skiers of all abilities can find their own level of activity, challenge, and fun. Trails are groomed with both double tracks and a skating lane and run through the forests at the base of Mount Washington. Or you can jump onto the SnowCoach and tour the mountain in winter from a comfortable seat. Outdoor fun for all tastes!
983 Upton Road
Errol, NH, 03579
See views of mountains as you zip along high ropes courses
Explore the Great North Woods through wilderness adventures made for families, school groups, summer campers, and folks of all ages. Shoot down rivers and fly up to the treetops. Ride rapids in rafts and kayaks. A dozen aerial adventures, including two zip lines, will take you high above the ground to fly continuously from start to finish on ropes, wires, platforms, and bridges suspended 12 to 40 feet off the ground. You’ll be secure in a SnapSmart belay system that lets you control the course while you catch glimpses of Mount Washington and the White Mountains. Enjoy the high ropes course alone or combined with other tour programs. Spend a wilderness night in a yurt. Hear the loons. Maybe glimpse a moose.
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH, 03251
Zips, giant climbing web, log jam maze fill a day with action
New Hampshire’s longest scenic gondola skyride to the mountain top is just the start of the action at Loon Mountain. Ride a snow tube down for the excitement that awaits at the base. Trvel a zipline across the Pemigewasset River and into the Aerial Forest Adventure Park. Scale a rock wall, rent a bike, navigate the LogJam Maze, or climb a 30-foot-tall spider web. Young kids will love the bounce house and fun inflatable games at Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard. While you’re at the summit, visit glacial caves and walk a scenic nature trail. Grab lunch or a snack at the Summit Café, which serves up great food and some of the best views of the White Mountains in all of New England.