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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, offer resort amenities, and include rustic surroundings in cabins and cottages.

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

Outdoor adventure for summer and winter 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!

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

Embrace your inner trailblazer with family-friendly ATV rides with Bear Rock Adventures s

Discover the Great North Woods’ jaw-dropping vistas, diverse landscapes and wildlife from the back of a Polaris ATV or side-by-side with Bear Rock Adventures. Pick your own adventure with customized itineraries, perfect for families and thrill-seekers alike, and explore over 1,000 miles of Ride the Wilds interconnected trails on half, full, or multi-day excursions. 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 riding gear, maps, picnic lunches and selfie sticks to capture the ultimate memory. Bear Rock Adventures is open May 26 through September 30, 2017. Book online today and receive 15% off with code Visit17 - just click our link or photo above.

983 Upton Road Errol, NH, 03579 Phone: 603-215-0002

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.

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

Everything is great about the outdoors at this NH resort

When the folks at Waterville Valley talk about the great outdoors, they are not exaggerating. Mountains – to hike up or ski down – are everywhere. Take the chairlift up Snow’s Mountain and bike down, “chimney” down a short rock face at Mount Osceola or opt for something a little more sedate with a walk through the national forest that surrounds the resort. Swim in Corcoran’s Pond or one of the many pools at the resort’s lodging properties – or drive for a few minutes to a swimming hole. Play tennis or golf; rent a paddle boat, canoe or kayak; take advantage of the skateboard and inline skate park and outdoor dirt BMX track; join a pickup basketball game – or just enjoy the starry night sky. Many of these activities are included in the price of your room with the Waterville Valley Freedom Pass.

1853 Chocorua Mountain Highway Chocorua, NH, 03817 Phone: 603-367-4427

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Mysteries abound at this incredible seacoast site

The forests near Salem, NH are home to this remarkable maze of rocks, stone chambers, and megaliths that may have been left by ancient visitors. But who were they? The question has stymied scholars for generations. The megalith filled pine woods eerily appear to be similar to those built throughout Great Britain by Druid priests. Adding to the mystery is the fact that you'll find megaliths of the same type scattered around New England. This site is one of the largest collections not on private property and not off limits to visitors. Visit the museum and enjoy the orientation film and gift shop that offers books with more information. In winter months the one-hundred-plus acres are also great for snowshoeing.