Find fun and interesting Great Things to Do in White Mountains
In the White Mountains some things are given like majestic scenery, year round outdoor recreation and memorable family vacations
. Check out the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, Waterville Valley’s complete resort and Santa's Village. Great attractions
include old fashioned Cog Railways like the Conway Scenic Railroad and the climb up Mount Washington. You can also drive up the mountain on the scenic auto road. There are brewery and moose viewing tours, glider flying and much more.
Visitor’s Center at Exit 32 Off I-93
North Woodstock, NH, 03262
Everything for a memorable vacation is here to enjoy!
Families, friends and the intrepid loner will love the White Mountains, a majestic and activity-filled area of northern New Hampshire. Pleasures and fun abound year-round in cozy hotels and resorts, great food, snowy mountain trails and pristine lakes. The best skiing, hiking and biking make any vacation memorable and so will amusement & water parks and nature walks. Explore the forests & caves along the mountainside and strap yourself in for zip lines and canopy tours. The vistas from aerial tramways, valley & mountain railroads and the famous Mt. Washington Auto Road will take you to the top of the world. And for shopping enthusiasts there's quaint family-run shops, traditional country & general stores, and modern discount outlets. The variety of attractions here is stunning and will call you and your family back again and again.
527 US Route 3
Lincoln, NH, 03251
Activities and adventures start at the resort and cover the mountains
In the realm of great things to do in the mountains of New England, almost nothing is left out when you stay at Woodwinds Resort & Inn in Lincoln. The immediate area brims with mountain adventures, starting with two major ski areas and at least two golf courses. Moving on, adults or families with kids can ride zip lines and walk suspension bridges at Alpine Adventures, play in the pools of the Whale’s Tale water park, and ride the old trains of the Hobo Railroad. Adults will enjoy nearby outlet shopping and live theater. There is plenty of sport on the resort property itself: two pools, Jacuzzi and sauna, tennis and racquetball, and ice skating. Fuel yourself before and after your day at the casual dining venue, The Grille.
Off Route 302
Bretton Woods, NH, 03589
Climb to the clouds on New Hampshire's Cog Railway
Step aboard the Cog Railway and get ready to climb to the Northeast's highest summit, New Hampshire's Mount Washington. The three-hour trip is always an adventure. The train travels the steepest railroad tracks in North America, passing through several climate zones before reaching the top. There, on a clear day, you'll see New England spread out before you. On other days you may be above the clouds, as if you're walking about in a fairyland. There's history on the train, too. Construction of the railway was a 19th-century engineering marvel. And you won't find engines like ours anywhere else east of the Rockies. Learn all about it at our Base Station museum, where you'll also find a restaurant and gift shop. Trains run late April through November.
153 Main Street
Jackson, NH, 03846
Discover the best cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the northeast.
Ski the finest cross country ski trails in the eastern United States in and around the charming village of Jackson, NH. Glide though old growth forest, skate ski all out on an international race course, and stop at the on-trail warming cabin and Cocoa Café. You can also walk 25 miles (40km) of self-guided snow shoe trails or take guided snowshoe tours with knowledgeable and entertaining local guides. Trail passes are available for the day, late-Day, multi-day or the season. The Jackson X-C Ski School offers beginner, private and group lessons with PSIA certified instructors. Rent top of the line equipment , stay in cozy and hospitable lodgings , and enjoy great food in establishments on and near the trails.
528 Presidential Highway
Jefferson, NH, 03583
Pure Joy. Family Style. Every Summer & Christmastime, too.
Enjoy the only New England park named one of the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the USA by TripAdvisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards: Santa’s Village in Jefferson, NH. It’s home to Santa and his reindeer, and dozens of amusement rides and shows and other attractions for families with young children. It’s the joy and excitement of Christmas morning, and every bit as memorable for the entire family. One low admission price covers an entire day of memory-making. For over 60 years and three generations, from our family to yours – oh, what fun it is! Seasons: Open Memorial Day weekend to Christmas.
32 Valley Road
Jefferson, NH, 03583
Year-round adventure on scenic trails in the White Mountains
Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel offers year-round adventure on traditional and rolling dog sleds throughout the year. Tours provide an interactive experience meeting the sled dogs, helping the musher harness and hitch the team, enjoying the dog sled ride, and rewarding the sled dogs for a job well done. Tour duration is based on trail conditions, weights of participants, etc.. You’ll make stops along the way to soak in the views and have plenty of photo opportunities. Shorter dog sled adventures are available for those looking to fit multiple activities into one day or prefer to be out in the winter elements for a shorter time. New for winter 2017 is the Mid-Week Mini Mush.
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH, 03251
Instructions for a great mountain adventure any time of year
Pack the car with season appropriate gear and clothing – hiking shoes, snow shoes, skis, tee shirts, shorts and/or sweaters and long johns. Drive two hours north from Boston and set your GPS for the White Mountains, Loon Mountain to be exact, New England’s most-accessible mountain resort destination. Ride New Hampshire’s longest gondola skyride to the 2,733-foot summit. Enjoy breathtaking views of the White Mountains and great food at the Summit Café. During the summer and fall, explore glacial caves, walk a scenic nature trail, ride a zipline at the base across a river, rent a bike, 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 the winter, ski and/or snowboard 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, and cross country skiing. Kick back, gaze at the scenery, repeat!
38 Norcross Circle
North Conway, NH, 03860
All aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire's White Mountains
At Conway Scenic Railroad, you’ll enjoy old-fashioned train rides, all departing from a beautiful 1874 Victorian Station in North Conway Village. Whether you choose a Valley route to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion, you'll experience the fun of rail travel in the comfort of open or enclosed, restored passenger cars. Coach, First Class and elegant Dining Car seating are available on all routes. Trains run rain or shine, and round-trip excursions are from 1 to 5½ hours. Schedules vary, so be sure to call 1-800-232-5251 for details, or visit our website by clicking above. Valley Trains run April 15 through December 31. The Notch Train operates June 13 through October 28. The Railroad hosts family events throughout the season, including Day Out With Thomas™ in July, Pumpkin Patch Express in October, and Santa’s Holiday Express. This is a journey back in time the whole family will enjoy!
135 Main Street
North Woodstock, NH, 03262
Join us for one of our famous Brew Tours!
Learn about the history of the Woodstock Inn Brewery while you tour this 30-barrel, state-of-the-art solar fed brewery and production facility. Learn how we craft and bottle our delicious award-winning ales—each inspired by the characteristics of the area’s stunning scenery and clear mountain streams. The Woodstock Inn Brewery is located in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Brewery Tours are offered daily, reserve online. After your tour, take a refreshing dip in adjacent Cascade Park, browse North Woodstock’s charming Main Street and our company store, or visit one of the many nearby attractions.
Route 16, Pinkham Notch
Gorham, NH, 03581
So much to explore on the Highest Peak in the Northeast
Due to its remarkable location, weather and history, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is unlike any other driving experience in the Eastern United States. A trip on Mt. Washington Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes, panoramic views and the opportunity to pass through four distinct climate zones as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast. The constantly-changing weather adds to the allure and mystique of the famous peak, often allowing visitors to experience high winds and dramatic cloud formations. No matter the weather, the entire family will love all there is to do on the legendary Auto Road.
33 Village Road
Waterville Valley, NH, 03215
Waterville Valley offers so much more than skiing
Waterville Valley is a complete year round resort and self-contained village offering golf, tennis, a skateboard park, an ice arena, hiking, biking, and the White Mountain athletic club. Lodging options run from the cozy to the spacious in hotel, inn and condominium settings with all the amenities and within walking distance of shops, restaurants and activity centers. Snow's Mountain Chairlift features scenic rides up and down the mountain while Corcoran's Pond has kayaks, pedal boats and canoes for rent and a sandy beach for sunning and swimming. The open air trolley provides quick transport between activities and a leisurely ride around the valley. Summer lodging packages abound and the Freedom Pass allows access to multiple activities for one low price. Call 800-GO-VALLEY or click our link above for additional information or to reserve your stay.
3 Crossing at Riverplace
North Woodstock, NH, 03262
A unique White Mountain culinary attraction
Plan a memorable event aboard the family owned and operated Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train. Rolling along the western slopes of the White Mountains, you’ll experience one of the region’s premier destinations majestic scenery and beautifully restored railcars, while sharing in a distinctive culinary experience. You’ll travel at a leisurely pace down and along the Pemigewasset River, through the woods, and return on the same track. Enjoy great service and plated fare highlighting quality seasonal and farm fresh ingredients from an inspired menu that offers an exceptional dining experience for you and your guests. Depart on your two-hour, 20 mile round trip in a convivial ambiance with classic cocktail offerings or one of the fine domestic or international wine selections.
Mountain View Road
Whitefield, NH, 03598
An historic resort offers endless White Mountain activities.
Offering great thing to do since 1865, this magnificent resort features elegant and relaxed lodging and an award winning Spa, state of the art Health and Wellness Center, a yoga studio, indoor pool, and a large dry sauna and hot tub. There are all day kid’s activity programs and a complimentary kids’ camp called the Mountaineering club. Dine all day at any of four restaurants with a 6300 bottle slate-lined wine cellar to peruse. Slip away for a romantic getaway or bring the whole family and enjoy four-season fun on the property including golf, tennis, indoor/outdoor heated pools, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and more. Located nearby are fishing, boating, hiking and Santa’s Village. Fall foliage tours await, too.
Come Indoors and Climb
Climb a rock outdoors in the fresh air, with buddies, or climb a rock indoors, with ropes and buddies. It’s all good? North Country Climbing Center
at the Evergreen Sports Center, 2572 US Route 302 in Lisbon
welcomes everyone, including beginners, to this indoor sport, growing fast in popularity. All the rigging and instructions you need, like Climbing 101
. Bring a group! 603-838-5300.
Eat, Drink and Stay at Moat Mountain
This beautiful combined inn, restaurant, and brewery truly has it all. Moat Mountain Smoke House and Brewery
in North Conway
has only five rooms located on the second floor of the Smoke House, offering a cozy alternative to large hotels. Although the brewery itself is a work in progress right now, the ales that come from Moat Mountain are fresh and local. The professional chefs at the restaurant make everything on site, using fresh produce from local farms. Around the area are plenty of interesting spots, including the Mount Washington Observatory, Young Maple Ridge Sugarhouse and Sherman Farm. 603-356-6381
Craggy Beauty, 90 Feet Tall
The Flume Gorge at Franconia Notch State Park
off Daniel Webster Highway near Lincoln
in the White Mountains National Forest is a natural granite gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The towering granite walls on each side of the gorge rise to a spectacular height of about 90 feet. Footpaths and bridges allow walkers to move among towering moss-covered granite walls, past cascading waterfalls, historic covered bridges, glacial boulders and much more.
Fired on the Mountain
The White Mountains of New Hampshire is a glorious place for outdoor activities, but sometimes you may want to retreat indoors for fun, or offer some options for the “indoor people” in your group. Fired on the Mountain
pottery studion at 264 Main Street in Lincoln
invites you to express your creativity in paint, on pottery. Choose your piece from a selection of hundreds of pieces; choose your colors; and paint away! Pieces are fired in a kiln and ready in 3 to 7 days. For travelers and vacationers, the company will ship your items home via UPS. 603-745-8205
Curiouser and Curiouser at the Curio Shoppe
It’s a funny old word: “Curio.” And it is a perfect fit for the Ravenwood Curio Shoppe
on Main Street in Jackson
, just a hop, skip, and a jump from the famous Jackson covered bridge. First, the shop and its sinuous garden look a bit like a fairy condominium out in the woods. The place is a hive of all sorts of odd gifts and keepsakes. Save time for a stroll in the garden, a gnome’s park of twisting paths, statues, fountains, and secret nooks.
Explore the Rocks
The Rocks Estate
at 4 Christmas Lane in Bethlehem
is famous for its Christmas trees, but this former summer home of the wealthy Glessner family also hosts lots of other seasonal outdoor activity for visitors. This site of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the 1,400-acre property offers guided and individual exploration and learning programs. Guests may hike and explore through the spring, summer, and fall. The property has short, easy strolls or longer hikes, past magnificent views of the Presidential Range. Northern wildlife abounds at the estate. Phone: 603-444-6228.
Coach Trip to the Snow Fields
Winter brings a whole new set of sights and sounds to the White Mountains: extra-crisp mountain air, crystal-blue skies, the soft crunch of new snow. A winter tour above the tree line on Mount Washington is absolutely unforgettable, and now this tour is accessible to anyone by way of the SnowCoach
, operated by Great Glen Trails on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, Gorham
. A specially constructed all-wheel drive system allows the SnowCoach to deliver you to the world above tree line on the Mount Washington Auto Road for a mountain top view that is almost out of this world. SnowCoach tours depart daily, weather permitting, December through March. Phone: 603-466-2333.
Rounding Up the Horses for Winter Sleigh Rides
When snow blankets the ground in northern New England, October’s hay rides transform into winter sleigh rides. Farms all over New Hampshire offer this delightful outdoor adventure. Among the farms offering the rides is Charmingfare Farm
in Candia, where sleigh ride socials are held Saturday evenings in January and February. The 20-passenger hay wagons and sleighs are very similar to each other in style. The runners are antique logging sleds used about 30 years ago to haul logs. Plan for a 2-hour adventure, Phone: 603-483-5623.
Up in the Mountains, AMC’s Got Your Back
You don’t need a ton of equipment or know-how to get outdoors -- deep outdoors -- in the mountains of northern New Hampshire. The reason is: because you have the Appalachian Mountain Club in your corner. At two AMC lodgings in the mountains, the club offer shelter along with equipment and easy access to outdoor sports like hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing. From Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch
you may nearby peaks or take a quiet stroll around a mountain lake. And at the Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch
you can get outfitted to hike the trails on foot or skis. In the evening, dinner and bed or bunk will get you fired up for the next day.
Wooden Furniture & Gifts Fit for Heirlooms
Beautiful, artfully designed, high-quality furniture is something you shop for, but it also something to enjoy for its artistry. On a trip in the White Mountains, people who love furniture should visit Cherry Pond Designs
on Meadows Road in Jefferson. Since 1990 Cherry Pond has been manufacturing solid wood bedroom, dining room, and occasional furniture that is designed and built to last for generations. Cherry Pond builds five distinct styles of high grade cherry furniture, each a distinctive look: traditional, Shaker design; sophisticated and contemporary; dovetail joinery and molded top edges; curved legs and end panels and a bowed top. 603-586-7795.
Good Cheese in the Mountains
We may want
cheese all year long, but we need
cheese in winter. Harman’s Cheese and Country Store
, at 1400 Route 117 in Sugar Hill
, has been arming its customers against hunger since 1955, serving a snappy, well-aged cheddar that is good for the soul. Visit the store in the sweet mountain community of Sugar Hill – near beautiful Franconia -- and browse for other delights and necessities: moose humor and mementos, crackers, jams, local crafts, totes and t-shirts. 603-823-8000.
Come See the Birth Place of Pig’s Ear Brown
Warm up your visit to the White Mountains with a pop-in visit to the Woodstock Inn Brewery
at 135 Main Street in Woodstock
. Brews with names like Red Rack, Pig's Ear, and Loon Golden Ale are produced through a traditional seven-barrel system using premium hops and English grains. The prize-winning brews are on display during a free tour of the brewery every day at noon. Woodstock Inn Brewery has won several national awards for its ales; Pig's Ear Brown that has won the National Beer Tasting Championships two years in a row. Come by and get acquainted. Phone: 800-321-3985.