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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
196 Main Street
Gorham, NH, 03581
The seasons change the fun remains
Enjoy rolling dog sleds and exciting raft trips on Class II to Class 4 rapids. Muddy Paw sled tours allow you to meet the sled dogs, help the musher harness and hitch the team, enjoy the dog sled ride, and reward the sled dogs for a job well done. You’ll soak in the views and have plenty of photo opportunities. Raft NH is a family-friendly, rafting outfitter offering whitewater trips for ages 6 and up with or without experience. Trips from mild to wild offer an unforgettable adventure for everyone. The “Paws & Paddles” package combines daytime whitewater rafting and evening rolling dog sledding for a great day outdoors.
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.
33 Village Road
Waterville Valley, NH, 03215
Full slate of activities means boredom is banned
Whether you are seeking an adventure or just a relaxing experience, the resort at Waterville Valley has the perfect activity for you. For daring guests, there’s rock-climbing, mountain biking (down actual 4,000-foot mountains), skiing and snowshoeing. For those who want something a little less adrenalin-inducing, there are 100 miles of well-maintained and hiking trails, a scenic chairlift up Snow’s Mountain, a Splash Pad for kids (while adults enjoy poolside cabana service), award-winning clay tennis courts, disc and regular golf courses, a year round indoor ice arena and a skateboard and inline skating park. Enjoy the water via a pedal boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Many of these activities are included in the price of your room with the Freedom Pass. Enjoy family time with trivia contests, bingo, live music and ice cream socials.
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH, 03251
New England’s most accessible mountain resort destination
Pick a season and bring the family to Loon Mountain Resort – just 3 miles from I-93. In summer and fall, ride New Hampshire’s longest gondola skyride to the summit for breathtaking views of the White Mountains and great food at the Summit Café. Explore glacial caves and climb the observation tower. At the Adventure Center, swing through the Aerial Forest, soar across the Pemigewasset River on the zipline, beat the clock 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.
Walk to a Waterfall
Visit a stunning waterfall
in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Many have parking near trailheads and easily accessible paths. Some allow swimming and picnicking near the falls is always a pleasure. Best in spring, when flow of water is heavy!
near Conway: There are three drops in the falls and lovely pools. Picnicking; no swimming. Handicapped accessible path to the falls. To get here: Take the Kancamagus Highway from Conway. The falls picnic area is 3.5 miles west of the intersection with Bear Notch Road. Walk to the falls is 0.3 mile.
Glen Ellis Falls
near Pinkham Notch: The deep green pool of water below is off limits to swimmers. Read signs that describe the geology. To get here: The path to the falls is off Route 16, 0.7 miles south of Pinkham Notch. Walk to the falls is an easy 0.2 mile.
near Wildcat Ski Area: This is a series of falls along Thompson Brook at Wildcat Ski Area. Views to Mount Washington are beautiful. To get here: Take Route 16 to Wildcat Ski Area. To reach the falls, take the nature trail from the ski area parking lot. At the far end of the trail loop, see the path to the falls. It's an easy 0.7-mile trek to the falls.
near Bretton Woods: This multi-tiered plunge appears to fall from the sky. Powerful in spring; more of a trickle in summer. To get here: Take Route 302 toward Bretton Woods and look for Crawford Notch State Park entrance. Turn onto a paved road just beyond the park and park below the railroad tracks. The trail starts to the left of the private road. Walk to the falls is 1.3 miles.
Flume Cascade & Silver Cascade
near Crawford Notch: Silver Cascade is a blend of plunges and cascades down Mount Jackson. Rush in May; ribbon in the summer. At Flume Cascade nearby, small falls and plunges end up in the Saco River below the highway. To get here: Off Route 302, just below Crawford Notch Depot.
near Jackson: These are one of the popular watering and swimming holes on a summer day. Easily accessible, they offer wonderful pools and small falls to cool off under. To get here: Take Carter Notch Road about 3/10 mile from Route 16A in Jackson. There are a few easy car pull-offs alongside the falls.
near Conway: Perfect for a little moonlit skinny dip in the warmer months! You need to hike about a half mile in, following a well-marked trail to find them. To get here: Trailhead is off West Side Rd. about one-half mile beyond the point where West Side Road turns toward Conway. Note: parking is allowed only in the parking area and the lot fills quickly.
Hold on to Your Helmet
Descending over 1000 feet of elevation, the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour
on Route 302 in Bretton Woods
takes nature-lovers and thrill-seekers across a series of treetop zip lines, and is one of the longest canopy tours in the continental United States. High-flying suspension bridges and hiking trails connect the zip lines, and the tour concludes with the Williwaw Racing Zip, a dual, side-by-side zip line leading right into the Bretton Woods base area. Designed and constructed by Bonsai Design Inc., this unique canopy tour features a dual-cable construction and coated cables to reduce noise. On the tour, guides describe the local flora and fauna, the natural history and White Mountain lore. Wow! Information: 603-278-4947.
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.
Train Ride in the Foliage
A fun and memorable event that just oozes autumn in New England is a trip on the fall foliage excursion trains of New Hampshire. Plan quick -- many trains operate only through October. Several opportunities exist for an old-fashioned train ride in the mountains. Some trips include dining. Kids will love it, too!
Café Lafayette Dinner Train
from North Woodstock
offers dinner in a plush restaurant with constantly changing vistas (603-745-3500).
That’s not all. See these train excursions:
The Hobo Railroad
departs Hobo Junction Station in Lincoln
on scenic foliage trains through October 26 with a view of the foliage along the Pemi River.
The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad
operates a ride along Lake Winnipesaukee & the Foliage with snacks and beverages. Coaches are heated.
A two-hour dinner train
departs Saturdays from Meredith and travels along Lake Winnipesaukee, with a turkey dinner catered by the famous Harts Turkey Farm.
Fall foliage special round trip
from Meredith to Plymouth includes views of rocky gorges and falls and a noon buffet at The Common Man Inn.
Conway Scenic Railroad
from North Conway
has two excursions. The Valley Train moves along historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars to either Conway or Bartlett and back again. The Notch Train presents passengers with some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East on its trip through Crawford Notch. Views include sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, and mountain vistas. The train crosses Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge on its trip to Crawford station.
Lost River Gorge Lantern Tours
Spend a summer night at Lost River Gorge
in North Woodstock
, exploring the natural wonder of this scenic site by the light of many lanterns and your own headlamp. For an hour and a half, your family or tour group will discover a variety of rock formations and underground landscapes within the gorge’s illuminated paths and walls. See the side of the gorge that only shows itself at night! Join up for s’mores by the fire afterward. Make reservations the Friday before visiting. Tours run from mid-June through early September. 603-745-8031
Corn Maze Offer a Farm Investigation
The corn maze at Sherman Farm
, at 2679 East Conway Road in East Conway
has a challenging maze for the older people and a mini maze for the young ones. Explore an intricate labyrinth of corn designed to confound even those with the best sense of direction. Inside the Maize, you can play Farm Scene Investigation, Barnyard Bing-oh! and Cornundrums (corny riddles to solve). There are three phases in the Maize, one for every ability. Open weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October 29 in 2017. Call or check website for hours. 603-939-2412.
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.
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
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.