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New Hampshire attractions range from historic forts to Santa visits

New Hampshire attractions offer fun and educational things to do for all kinds of visitors. In winter, the White Mountains explode with fun in the snow, and, for the indoor people in your party, plenty of shopping, museums, and dining. The warm season also are filled with outdoor fun, at golf courses, boulder caves, zip line parks, and much more.
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen shows its works at stunning retail galleries throughout the state. Living history museums include Canterbury Village, and Strawbery Bank in Portsmouth. Both are fun visits for families. For an interested day indoors, visit the New Hampshire Telephone Museum – fascinating! If all that weren’t enough, you can get your photo taken with a Budweiser Clydesdale, too.

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Aerial View - Pease Golf Course - Portsmouth, NH
Pease Golf Course/Grill 28

200 Grafton Drive Portsmouth, NH, 03810 Phone: 603-433-1331

Seacoast attraction offers golf year-round

Play 27 holes of the finest golf in northern New England. Play though leafy woodlands, streams, and manicured greens, uniquely enjoyable and suitable for every skill level. April through November, take advantage of the great playing conditions at Pease with three 9-hole courses that allow you to mix and match the nines that you want to play with your own degree of difficulty. 4 sets of tees provide 4,700 to 6,400 yards of great golf. Keep your head in the game and your swing in a groove year-round with PGA Tour simulators. Visit the clubhouse restaurant “Grill 28” for breakfast, lunch or dinner, great food and drinks, live entertainment and fun events with something for everyone. Meeting and function space available.
At the Summit Station 500x250 - Mount Washington Cog Railway - Bretton Woods, NH
Mount Washington Cog Railway

Off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03589 Phone: 603-278-5404 Toll-Free: 800-922-8825

Cog railroad journey brings visitors up Mt. Washington to ‘second greatest show on Earth’

P.T. Barnum, a man who knew a great attraction when he saw one, called the view from the Mt. Washington summit “the second greatest show on Earth.” The Cog Railways has been delivering passengers to that show for 152 years, chugging up the mountain and thrilling people with views of forests, ravines – even the occasional moose or bear. The journey begins at the base station and Cog Railway Museum, where you can learn how the engineering feat was accomplished, and culminates at the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. At the visitor center, you can explore an interactive weather exhibit, the rooftop observation deck and the summit post office. Next door is the historic Tip Top House, an original summit hotel dating back to 1853. Trains climb the mountain from late April through November. Enjoy the trip!
Elevated Views - Mount Washington Auto Road - Gorham, NH
Mt. Washington Auto Road

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

Drive, Tour and Explore the Highest Peak in the Northeast

Experience America’s original man-made attraction! The timeless and dramatic beauty of the Presidential Range and the highest peak in the Northeast is yours to enjoy when you drive your own car or take a comfortable, 2 or 3-hour guided tour on the Auto Road. 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 even north into Canada and east to the Atlantic Ocean! 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.
Ice Castles Aurora Lincoln NH
Ice Castles

24 Clark Farm Road North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: Toll-Free: 888-407-4054

A kingdom of ice gives visitors to this castle the royal treatment

Imagine castles made of ice, with towers reaching 35 feet or higher. Inside fountains have frozen over, tunnels and caves are ready for exploring, icy thrones await royalty and slides stand ready for kids and adults to race down. That’s what it’s like at Ice Castles, where everything is made of ice and snow, including the paths and walls. At night, the castles are even more amazing, as color-changing LED lights frozen inside the ice illuminate with all the shades of the rainbow while whimsical music plays. Perfect for families, romantic dates – and unbelievable photos – the castle sprawls more than an acre. Grab a hot cocoa or an apple cider from the on-site concession, then take a sleigh ride around the castles and through an enchanted forest. Tickets are guaranteed to sell out each weekend - be sure to buy yours in advance at IceCastles.com!
Santa's Village Attractions Jefferson NH
Santa's Village

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

Pure Joy, Family Style.

Enjoy the excitement of the holidays and the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year, all summer at Santa’s Village – named by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards as one of the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the USA, and number one in New England for seven straight years. Featuring reindeer and elves, cookies and ice cream, a roller coaster, log flume, monorail, and plenty of other rides and activities, it’s a memorable visit to Santa’s summer home. Admission covers an entire day of memory-making fun for families with young children. For nearly 70 years and three generations, from our family to yours – Santa’s Village is pure joy, family style.
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Chuckster's Family Fun Park

Two Great Locations Chichester and Hooksett, NH Phone: 603-798-3555

Everything is at play at Chuckster’s two New Hampshire locations

The only thing small about the mini golf courses at Chuckster’s two New Hampshire locations is the name. The courses themselves are huge, with water in play, some with multiple levels (at the Hooksett Chuckster’s you tee off from a fire tower) – and, of course, each location has the world’s longest mini golf hole. Over at Chuckster’s Family Fun Park in Chichester, you can also zip from tree to tree in our TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park, jump and flip up to 18 feet on the Jumpster, scale a 27-foot climbing wall, spin around a go-kart track or prepare to get doused playing Shoot-N-Shower or Balloon Blast. Also: batting cages and trampoline volleyball/basketball. And coming soon at Chichester is our new 3500 sqft. bumper boat attraction too!
Panoramic View 500x250 - Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train - North Woodstock, NH
Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train

3 Crossing at Riverplace North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-3500

Take a scenic rail adventure with great food and service

The White Mountains offer majestic scenery, family attractions, outdoor recreation, great food and shopping year round. It also has a special dinner train that can urn any event into a timeless and memorable experience. The Café Lafayette Dinner Train runs a 2hour 20 minute scenic and culinary journey in beautifully restored railcars along the western slopes of the mountains and the Pemigewasset river and back. Along the way you and your guests can celebrate your kinship or special event with local and seasonal foods, fine wines, exciting cocktails and gracious service. The train’s unique seating arrangement and layout offers intimate interactions for groups of any size, from a table of four, full railcar, the entire train, or anywhere in between.
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Conway Scenic Railroad

38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: 603-356-5251

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 Mountaineer to Crawford Notch, you'll experience the fun of rail travel in restored historic passenger cars. Premium class, First Class, and Coach seating options are available on all routes. Roundtrip excursions range 1 to 5½ hours. Schedules vary, so be sure to call 603-356-5251 for details, or visit our website by clicking above Valley trains run April through December 31. Our Mountaineer operates from June through October. Snow Trains run weekends in January and February. Take a journey back in time the whole family will enjoy!
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Taste Test - Seven Birches Winery - Lincoln, NH
Seven Birches Winery

River Walk at Loon - 22 South Mountain Drive Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-7550

Take a tour, meet a winemaker, sample some of this local winery’s wares

Spend a few relaxing hours at the Seven Birches Winery and gain a new appreciation for how fresh local fruits, as well as European grapes, can be miraculously transformed into wines of distinction. The winery, inside the new Riverwalk Resort at Loon Mountain, offers tours where you can meet and talk to winemakers as well as sample their wares. In the summer, sip on the terrace overlooking the Pemi River. At the winery’s location in the nearby Lincoln Village Shops, the Atrium Wine Bar offers flights and picnic-style food. At both locations, a friendly, helpful staff will help you choose from a wine menu. The fun, low-key winery has been given a certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor.
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves Suspension North Woodstock NH
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

1712 Lost River Road -- Route 112W North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8031

Explore a river that plays hide and seek

Some 300 million years ago glaciers moving across New Hampshire formed the wilderness wonderland known as Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves. Today you can explore this unusual site during your White Mountains vacation. A three-quarter-mile boardwalk leads you into the gorge, where you'll find spectacular waterfalls, granite cliffs, a river that plays hide and seek, and the mysterious boulder caves. Step off the boardwalk and explore Thor's Workshop, the Devil's Kitchen, the Lemon Squeezer, Shadow Cave, the Dungeon, and the Judgment Hall of Pluto. You'll also find over 300 varieties of flowers, ferns, and shrubs. Pan for gold and fossils in the mining sluice. Come at night for an adults-only lantern tour. Open early May to mid-October. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Story Land Water Ride Glen NH
Story Land

850 New Hampshire Route 16 Glen, NH, 03838 Phone: 603-383-4186

Happily ever after for everyone at enchanting Story Land

What tales you will tell when you get back from Story Land, where rides and live entertainment have been thrilling families for over 60 years. There’s the time you and the kids conquered the Roar-o-Saurus wooden roller coaster, twirled around in Alice’s Tea Cup and got splashed going down the Bamboo Chutes! You’ve tooled around farmland in a mini-tractor and road in a magical pumpkin to Cinderella’s Castle!. From touring the 35-acre park in the Huff Puff & Whistle Railroad to panning for gemstones in Los Bravos Mining Co., there is something for everyone in the “Land Where Fairy Tales Come to Life.” In addition to over 30 attractions and uniquely themed rides, you can play family-themed games, join Daniel Tiger for his Grr-ific Stage Show, sing along with campers at Camp Fairy Tale or dine with Cinderella.
The Bear 500x250 - Clark's Trading Post - Lincoln, NH
Clark's Bears

110 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-8913

Famous bear show not the only attraction at this family fun park

No lions or tigers – but bears? They're in the name at Clark’s Bears! The trained bear show has been a favorite at the park for generations, but it’s not the only attraction. There’s also the Anaconda Escape water raft ride with 300 feet of twists and turns, the White Mountain Central Railroad (watch out for Wolfman!), Yandong's Chinese Circus, Segway rides, Merlin’s Mystical Mansion, water-blaster boats, a rock-climbing tower and Tuttle's laser shooting gallery. You can also mine for gemstones and fossils, and after enjoy a treat in the Peppermint Saloon ice cream parlor or have your picture taken at Kilburn's photo parlor.
Summer Dog Sled Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel & Raft Jefferson New Hampshire
Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel & Raft NH

32 Valley Road Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-545-4533

White Mountain vacation? Love it! Dog sled rides? Bring it on!

New Hampshire is not Alaska, but we don’t mind. Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in the White Mountains is home to 80 sled dogs who are itching to get into harness and take you on a ride that you won’t forget. Dog sled rides take place year-round (in a dog cart with a full harnessed team in the warm seasons). Visitors get to greet the dogs and watch the details of the harnessing and all the prep. If you are looking for a unique thing to do on vacation, you’ve found it here. Also, in summer the business offers river rafting with a licensed Maine guide.
Parasailing - Morningside Flight Park - Charlestown, NH
Morningside Flight Park

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

New Hampshire’s own flight park has the action

As New Hampshire attractions go, this one is certainly unique. Set in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley and up along gradual sloping hills, Morningside Flight Park offers unforgettable aerial thrills, including hang gliding, paragliding and zip-lining. Not a fan of heights? Morningside offers landlubber activities like outdoor laser tag, kayaking, swimming, fishing and picnicking as well. Camping options, including platform tents and a hilltop cabin, along with a kitchen and bathhouse make it cozy and comfortable for those staying overnight. Morningside is within easy reach of Boston, Hartford, Portland, Montreal and New York and has been New England’s go-to aerial adventure venue since 1974.
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America's Stonehenge

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

Explore the mysteries of New Hampshire's ancient past

The forests near Salem, NH are wondrous, but there's more to see here than just the trees. At America's Stonehenge off Rte. 111, you could be following in the steps of an ancient tribe of mystery men. In the woods you'll find a maze of rocks, stone chambers, and megaliths they may have left behind. Who were they? Native Americans? Or Old World voyagers who crossed the Atlantic well ahead of Columbus, people with knowledge of astronomy and stone construction? The questions have stymied scholars for generations. Our museum includes an orientation film, and our gift shop includes books with more information. In winter months our one-hundred-plus acres are also great for snowshoeing. And sharing the property is a small herd of gentle alpacas who love greeting visitors.
Loon Mountain Resort Zipine 2 Lincoln NH Photo Credit Hinkley Photo
Loon Mountain Resort

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

Fun for Everyone in Any Season!

Rated New England’s most-accessible mountain resort destination, Loon Mountain offers activities year round. In summer and fall, ride New Hampshire’s longest gondola skyride to the 2,733-foot summit for breathtaking views, glacial caves, a scenic nature trail and the Summit Café. At the mountain’s base, ride a zipline across the Pemigewasset River, explore the Aerial Forest Adventure Park, scale a rock wall, rent a bike, navigate the LogJam Maze, or climb a 30-foot-tall spider web. Kids will enjoy Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard with a bounce house. During the winter, you’ll ski and ride 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, plus snow tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing. Photo Credit: Hinkley Photo
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McAuliffe–Shepard Discovery Center

3 Institute Drive Concord, NH, 03301 Phone: 603-271-7827

This space exploration center and memorial to astronaut Alan B. Shepard and teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe is designed to inspire people of all ages with the wonder of space exploration, through detailed and high-tech exhibits, including a planetarium, . See full description at our science and nature pages.
Monadnock Travel Council

P.O. Box 358 Keene, NH, 03431 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-HEART-NH

New England has a warm heart -- the Monadnock Region! Nestled withing the peaceful valleys of south-western New Hampshire, the "heart" of New England, lies the Monadnock Region. Discover breathtaking scenery, picturesque lakes, Mount Monadnock and quaint New England villages. Enjoy tax-free shopping, wonderful dining, cozy bed & breakfasts, covered bridges, hiking, fishing, swimming... and more. We are a short drive from Boston, MA and Hartford, CT (2 hours) and only about 4 hours from New York City. Discover friendly, helpful people just waiting to welcome you to the Monadnock Region!
North Branch River Shorebank Angling Access

Take Route 9 onto Loveren Mill Road Antrim, NH Phone:

Parking: five cars, 24 hours, no fee. Stocked river section; kayak access. Restroom: none. Information: New Hampshire Fish & Game Department at 603-271-3511.
Contoocook River (Concord)

River Road to Island Road Concord, NH Phone:

Parking: trailer, 6 a.m.- 8 p.m., no fee. Caution: varying current, keep craft under control. Restroom: none. Information: New Hampshire Fish & Game Department at 603-271-3511.