New Hampshire's White Mountains

Legendary Attractions. Mountains of FUN!

White Mountains Attractions NH Event CalendarThe White Mountains region of New Hampshire is a place of active fun and adventure all year. It’s perfect place to take families with kids to explore natural wonders in the midst of towering mountains. At the same time, more-reserved adults will enjoy the mountain vistas, dining, and shopping.

Pemi Scenic Outlook in North Woodstock - White Mountains, NH

An All-Season Outdoor Adventure

Fun in the mountains includes attractions, hiking, biking, fishing and water sports. In addition, you can jump aboard the Cog Railway for a dizzying and memorable climb up some of the steepest slopes in the East. If extreme weather fascinates you, the Mount Washington Observatory at the mountain’s summit has sky-high and high-tech exhibits about extreme weather at the roof of the Eastern Seaboard.

Happy Hikers - White Mountains, NH

On the flip side, you can explore the insides of the Earth at the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. Did we mention that this vacation is going to tire you out? Younger children in the family will love visits with Santa and mellow rides at Santa’s Village; rides and kid entertainments, including performing bears, also are at Clark’s Bears.

And lodgings — for a romantic getaway or at a luxurious mountain resort -- will bathe you in comfort during your White Mountains vacation.

Flume Gorge at Franconia Notch - White Mountains, NH
Hobo Railroad - Lincoln, NH
Hobo Railroad

64 Railroad Street Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-2135

Ride the rails, and marvel at the scenery, on these old-fashioned train excursions

Take in some of the White Mountain region’s most stunning scenery from a restored vintage coach on the Hobo Railroad. Choose an 80-minute ride along the winding Pemigewasset River on the rail system that dates back to the late 1800s, or relax on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad as you rumble along the lake’s western shore for a two-hour ride from the Meredith Station or a one-hour ride from Weirs Beach. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on board. Or, for something really different, pedal along the line in a state-of-the-art rail bike in a guided rail bike adventure, which takes you over a trestle bridge crossing Winnipesaukee River to the shore of Lake Winnisquam.
Falls Close-up - Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves - North Woodstock, NH
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

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

Millions of years in the making, the gorge and boulder caves will amaze you

History tells us that Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves is 300 million years old. It is believed the gorge was former during the Ice Age because of its sculpted & jagged rock walls, cascading waterfalls and glacial boulder caves that you can marvel at with a self-guided adventure walk. The gorge, in Kinsman Notch, winds its way along the Lost River, and you can check out its amazing features on the one-way 1-mile boardwalk trail. Explore or bypass 11 boulder caves, go over a suspension bridge and climb onto the Giant Bird’s Nest platform to view the gorge, the Kinsman Notch and the surrounding forests that seem to go on forever. You can also pan for gemstones and fossils at the Lost River Mining Company. Advanced online reservations are highly encouraged.
Notch Train 500x250 - Conway Scenic Railroad - North Conway, NH
Conway Scenic Railroad

38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: 603-356-5251 Toll-Free: 800-232-5251

Exciting scenic railroad offers spectacular views of Mt. Washington Valley in all its splendor

You’ll see the Mt. Washington Valley in all its glory when you travel aboard a Conway Scenic Railroad train. Excursion trains featuring vintage passenger cars take you from the Victorian station at North Conway Village, NH to either the Sawyer River or, in a train popular with small children because of its 55-minute route, to Conway, NH and back. Or, take the popular Mountaineer, where 1950s passenger cars re-create the experience of a post World War II transcontinental train in a spectacularly scenic journey through the valley and over rugged Crawford Notch, NH. (Ask about premier class travel in deluxe domed dining cars.) A Snow Train also travels to Attitash, NH in ski season. Lunch may be ordered ahead of time for the Mountaineer and Sawyer River trains, but all trains have a snack bar.
Reindeer Coaster - Santa's Village - Jefferson, NH
Santa's Village

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

Christmas never ends at Santa’s Village, a favorite attraction for generations of families

It’s Christmastime all the time at Santa’s Village in the White Mountains, making it one of the region’s most popular attractions. Ride a sleigh monorail, a carousel with reindeer or a Christmas Ferris wheel with views of Mt. Washington. Zip down a flume or around a track on an antique car. Or head over to the village’s water park with three-story slides, splash pads and other interactive fun. You can visit Santa, of course, and feed his reindeer in the barn, work on handmade crafts at the North Pole Workshop or go on an elf scavenger hunt. The park also rents cabanas and private suites. Dining options include everything from pizza to fresh fruit and veggie trays. (And you can make your own gingerbread man at the bakery!)
White Mountain Central Railroad - Clark's Bears - Lincoln, NH
Clark's Bears

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

Family fun and family run!

Enjoy the Trained Bear Show including our two young stars, Darla and Hildie! Ride the White Mountain Central Railroad through Wolfman’s Territory, and see our amazing Circus Act. Ride the exhilarating Water Raft Ride, the Anaconda Escape! Don’t miss Wolfie’s Segway Park, Water Blaster Boats, the Climbing Tower, Museums, River City Mining, and the largest Gift Shop in the White Mountains. Visit unique specialty shops and much more at Clark’s Bears.
At the Summit Station - 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

Travel through history, and see stunning mountain scenery, on this famous Cog Railway

Take a thrilling journey through history, technology and nature when you board the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, aptly called the “second greatest show on Earth” by P.T. Barnum. The cog railway, the first in the world to climb a mountain, made its debut 150 years ago and has been amazing visitors ever since with its dramatic, steep climb up to the summit of New England’s highest peak. At the base station, there’s an interactive museum and food court. At the summit, reached after going through three climate zones, dense forests, and between two deep chasms, there’s a rooftop observation deck, interactive weather exhibit, cafeteria and post office. Adjacent to the visitor’s center is the Tip Top House, an original summit hotel built in 1853. The views? Spectacular.
Elevated Views - Mount Washington Auto Road - Gorham, NH
Mt. Washington Auto Road

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

The legendary auto road, built in 1861, takes you up to the Northeast's Highest summit

Take a trip up America’s original manmade attraction. Drive up the legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast and prepare to have your breath taken away at the vista before you of the magnificent Presidential Range. As you drive up the 7.6. miles, you’ll pass through four distinct ecological zones, which you can explore with stops, lookouts and short hikes. You can also book a two-hour guided tour up the mountain. There’s a museum, walking and biking trails and full-service bar and restaurant at the base and, at the summit, a cafeteria and the Mt. Washington Observatory Museum.
Flume Gorge - Franconia Notch State Park - Franconia Notch, NH
Flume Gorge & Visitor Center

852 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) Franconia Notch, NH Phone: 603-745-8391

Nature walk that lets you get up close and personal with the beauty of this spectacular chasm

Explore the beauty of a natural gorge that extends 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The Conway granite walls of the Flume Gorge rise to 90 feet in places, and you can gaze at them in awe on a one-way, 2-mile self-guided nature loop. Check out the Flume Covered Bridge across the scenic Pemigewasset River, scenic pools, the spectacular 45-foot Avalanche Falls as well as an intriguing variety of flowers, ferns and mosses. The walk finishes at the Flume Building, where a visitor’s center includes a cafeteria and interpretive exhibits about this breathtaking natural chasm. The walk takes about an hour and a half. Go on the website to make a reservation so you’re set to go on arrival.
Whale's Tale Waterpark - Lincoln, NH
Whale's Tale Waterpark

481 Daniel Webster Highway - Route 3 Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-8810

Surf, splash and slide your way through a fun day at this world-class water park

It’s easy to see why the Whale’s Tale Water Park is one of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 waterparks in the U.S. There are so many ways to slide, swim and splash your way through this world-class park. You can surf on simulated waves at Akua Beach, slide down a bobsled-style course at the Harpoon Express, watch the kids get soaked at Shipwreck Island, race down dual side-by-side speed slides with your pal or shoot down a dark, enclosed tube into the Eye of the Storm. Little ones will love tubing down a lazy river or splashing in shallow water at Whale Harbor. Plenty to eat here, from a snack bar, beach bar and pizza place.
Polar Caves - Rumney, NH
Polar Caves

705 Rumney Route 25 Rumney, NH Phone: 603-536-1888

Feeling bold? Try your hand at exploring these boulder caves, mazes and trails

With nine granite boulder caves, boulder mazes and nature trails, Polar Caves Park really is an outdoor experience of glacial proportions. Formed during the last Ice Age, gigantic granite boulders were dropped at the base of Hawk’s Cliff, forming passageways. Now those passageways provide adventures for visitors, who squeeze through well-lit caves, scurry up stairs and over boardwalks as they explore this natural wonder. Stop for a rest on a bench fit for a pharaoh at King Tut’s Cave, then keep ducking, squeezing and shimmying your way through the trail. There’s also an animal park with fallow deer and ducks, the Baker River Mining Sluice where you can mine for gems, places to picnic and the Main Lodge with treats and trinkets.
Zip Line - Alpine Adventures - Lincoln, NH
Alpine Adventures

41 Main Street Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-9911

Lots of ways to experience pure exhilaration at this mountain adventure center

Explore the glorious White Mountains at Alpine Adventures, where exhilaration takes several forms. You can soar 200 feet above the forest floor on three different zipline courses, for beginners through serious adventurers. You can go on a guided trek through 300 private acres on Barron Mountain, with stunning views of the mountains. You can enter Thrillsville, a self-guided course that includes bridges, cargo nets, rope ladders and a treehouse. You can take a snow tube down a ramp and fly into a supersized air bag in the BigAirBag Stuntzone. Or you can take the wheel of your own adventure on a Side X Side off-road mountain tour, after being oriented to the off-road vehicle by a trained guide team.
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

A four-season mountain resort featuring NH’s longest scenic Gondola Skyride.

Soar to the summit of Loon Peak on New Hampshire’s longest gondola skyride where you can navigate the glacial caves, climb the observation tower, or take a scenic hike to North Peak. Take a ride on our lift-serviced downhill mountain biking trails or grab a disc and experience New Hampshire’s highest disc golf course. Your mountain adventure starts at Loon Mountain Resort—located in the White Mountain National Forest.
Happy Hikers - White Mountains Attractions - New Hampshire
White Mountains Attractions

200 Kancamagus Highway North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8720 Toll-Free: 800-346-3687

New Hampshire's White Mountains boast a colorful array of activities for visitors of all ages

Soaring through a forest, skiing down a snowy slope, riding the rails on a vintage train, conquering a corn maze, marveling at trained bears, saying hello to Santa and his reindeer: That’s just a partial list of all the activities awaiting visitors to New Hampshire’s breathtaking White Mountains. Whether you’re taking the kids to old favorites Clark’s Bears, Santa’s Village or Story Land, or arranging a friends weekend at one of several luxurious mountain resorts, you’ll have the time of your life in this fun-filled region, one of New England’s most scenic spots. Explore a glacial cave, nature center or a gallery-dotted Main Street. Go fishing, golfing or zip lining. See live theater, take a moose safari, visit a sled-dog kennel. Your adventure awaits. To find out more, follow our link above or call us today at 1-800-346-3687.