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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.

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Outdoor Adventures in New Hampshire
Sunset Hang Gliding - Morningside Flight Park - Charlestown, NH
Morningside Flight Park

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 zip-lining and canopy tours, laser tag, fishing, swimming and kayaking. At a cozy campground surrounded by old-growth forest you can pitch your own tent or move into a set-up platform tent with full- or queen-size beds. The campground has many 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.
Spring Altar 500x250 - America's Stonehenge - Salem, NH
America's Stonehenge

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.
Bike Race - Mount Washington Auto Road - Gorham, NH
Mt. Washington Auto Road

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

Drive yourself, take a tour, hike or ski: Everything is an adventure along the auto road

Outdoor adventures along the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road take a number of forms, from self-guided auto tours (you can download an audio tour on the app) to guided tours. Pull-offs along the way to the summit, the highest in the Northeast, offer magnificent vistas and mini-hikes. And speaking of hikes, you can hike to the summit, resting at Appalachian Mountain Club huts en route, or ride up on a tour and hike down. In the winter, a comfy and warm SnowCoach takes you to the tree line, and you have the option of going back on the coach or skiing or snowshoeing down! Traveling from the base to the summit, you’ll go through four distinct ecological zones. At the top, there’s a weather observatory museum and cafeteria.
Sunset Fishing - New Hampshire's Lakes Region
Lakes Region Tourism Association

61 Laconia Road Tilton, NH, 03276 Phone: 603-286-8008 Toll-Free: 800-605-2537

Outdoor activities for all interests, all levels of experience, are everywhere in this vibrant region

Exciting outdoor activities are everywhere in the vibrant Lakes Region of New Hampshire. All sorts of lake cruises await visitors: sunset, dinner, Sunday brunch, nature, historical. They’re matched by activities on land, from hiking up mountains for thrilling views to petting the animals and family farms. Play golf, zoom around a speedway track in a go-kart or over the trees on a zip line, bike through a covered bridge or scamper through Ice Age caves and by waterfalls. In the winter, there’s downhill and cross-country skiing, tubing, sledding, skating, snowshoeing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Go camping or glamping. Check the website for outdoor festivals, concerts and other activities all four seasons of the year in the friendly towns and villages of the Lakes Region.
Polar Caves - Rumney, NH
Polar Caves

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

Put on your explorer gear and prepare to duck and shimmy through Ice Age caves

Time to be an explorer! Head to the Polar Caves and prepare to make all kinds of discoveries. Formed during the last Ice Age, the nine granite caves consist of granite boulders that formed passageways – and it’s those passageways, with the modern addition of boardwalks and stairs, that you’ll duck, squeeze and shimmy through. Can you get yourself through the slim crevasse of the Lemon Squeeze, or walk the narrow Devil’s Turnpike path? Can you touch the last of winter’s ice in the middle of the summer at the Ice Cave? When you’re done exploring, visit the animal park, with several fallow deer and ducks, all of which love kids bearing corn you can buy at the park. For hungry humans, there’s a picnic area.
Summer Fields & Moose - Town of Bethlehem, NH
Town of Bethlehem

White Mountains town makes a great headquarters for a variety of outdoor adventures

It’s hard to think of a place where the great outdoors is as great as it is in Bethlehem, N.H., making it the perfect headquarters for your adventures. Ski or snowboard down the slopes at one of six nearby mountains or hit the trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or fat biking on endless area trails in Bethlehem and its charming neighboring towns. There’s also a network of snowmobile trails that take you right into town for lunch! In the warmer weather, enjoy hiking and biking on our extensive trail network or scenic roads, tennis, basketball – and swimming in the town pool and our pristine rivers. Bethlehem also boasts two exceptional 18-hole golf courses, designed by the legendary Donald Ross. Outdoor activities in the area include the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the Flume Gorge, Santa’s Village and Story Land.
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

See the powerful forces of nature at work when you tour a lost river and glacial caves

Marvel at the forces of Mother Nature when you tour the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Kinsman Notch, a land of spectacular beauty. Walk a mile of boardwalk through the gorge as it winds its way along the Lost River, showing you jagged rock walls, gigantic boulders, cascading waterfalls and 11 glacial boulder caves whose formation began about 300 million years ago. Discover the Forest Adventure Trail, treehouse and suspension bridge or get a bird’s-eye view of the forest from the Giant Bird Nest. Pan for gemstones, shark’s teeth and fossils at the Lost River Mining Company. Or take an evening guided lantern tour when the caves are lit by lanterns and the boardwalks by headlamps. The tour ends with s’mores around a campfire.
Family Activities Spring-Summer-Fall - Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods Chamber - New Hampshire
Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 194 Twin Mountain, NH, 03595 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-245-8946

So many ways to celebrate the great outdoors in this White Mountains region

No region of New England celebrates the outdoors like the Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods, NH area. Jaw-dropping views are everywhere: from the scenic gondola that takes you up a mountain in the summer to skiing down that mountain in the winter. You can go zip-lining, horseback-riding, kayaking, canoeing or fishing. Even the views on the golf courses are breathtaking. Maybe you want to take a romantic sleigh ride or go on a sunset boat cruise. Perhaps your idea of fun is exploring polar caves or relaxing on the beach. Maybe you want to frolic in a water park, catch an outdoor concert or ball game. Scenic drives and train rides, moose and bird watching, hiking and biking – you can do it all here in the White Mountains.
Summer Mountain Coaster - Cranmore Mountain Resort - North Conway, NH
Cranmore Mountain Resort

1 Skimobile Road North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-786-6754

Summer at this ski resort means great hiking, chairlift rides, mountain biking

What can you do in the summer at a ski resort? Lots! At Cranmore Mountain Resort, take a seven-minute four-passenger chairlift ride to the top of the mountain. Then gaze out in awe at stunning views of Mt. Washington and its valley from 2,000 feet up. Grab lunch, snacks, a hot dog, ice cream or Bavarian pretzel at the historic Meister Hut. Then board the Skimobile Express Quad for a scenic chairlift ride back to the base area. Or, hike a half-mile loop around the summit with amazing views. (Want something longer? Take the 2-mile Black Cap Connector Trail.) The resort also has a family-friendly, lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park, with terrain for all ability levels, group lessons and rental bikes and gear.
Ride Through the Woods - Scenic RailRiders - Concord, NH
Scenic RailRiders

188 Sewalls Falls Road Concord, NH, 03301 Phone: 603-931-1700

Here’s a unique way to admire the Merrimack River scenery: pedaling a Rail-Bike

There are lots of ways to enjoy the scenery along the Merrimack River, but only one way gives you the opportunity to do something you’ve probably never done before: travel train tracks without a train. At Scenic Railriders, you’ll pass through woods and farms, along the river and over bridges while pedaling a custom-built Rail-Bike. The comfortable two- and four-seat “bikes” require leisurely pedaling along the 6.2-mile route, which takes about an hour and 45 minutes to complete with two rest stops. Guides in the lead and end car will fill you in on the history of the picturesque area. Riders of all ages are welcome: Kids’ car or booster seats can be strapped right onto the Rail-Bikes, which have seat belts. Advanced booking is required.
Winter Zip Line - Alpine Adventures - Lincoln, NH
Alpine Adventures

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

You’ll experience the thrill of it all in so many ways at this outdoor adventure center

There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors at Alpine Adventures! Experience 300 private acres on Barron Mountain via off-road vehicles with guided Side X Side tours. Or zoom through – or over! – the trees with two heart-pumping zip line tours. Stay in the canopy on the tree-to-tree Tree Top tour or soar above it on the Sky Rider tour with higher, longer, faster lines, extreme tree platforms and sky bridges. Over at Thrillsville, take a self-guided adventure course that includes bridges, cargo nets, rope ladders, zip lines and a tree house. And, finally, there’s the Off-Road tour, where you scale to the top of Barron Mountain in a six-wheel-drive vehicle that acts like a low-speed roller coaster.
ATV Climbing - Bear Rock Adventures - Pittsburg, NH
Bear Rock Adventures

2638 North Main Street Pittsburg, NH, 03592 Phone: Toll-Free: 866-663-9777

Embrace your inner trailblazer by going on an ATV or snowmobile excursion

Every season promises a new exciting experience at Bear Rock Adventures. Rent a Polaris™ ATV three seasons of the year, or a snowmobile in the fabulous winter season, and hit the trails. This locally owned rustic resort nestled in the North Country rents state-of-the-art Polaris™ vehicles, new each season. And this beautiful area is known for its fabulous trail systems, taking you to lakes, waterfalls – even to a giant wind farm. You’ll see local wildlife and can stop at plenty of places along the way to eat and shop. Stay in one of Bear Rock’s three- or four-bedroom apartments or really embrace nature in a mountaintop safari-style glamping tent, complete with beds, private loos, wood stoves, Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and fire pits.
Snowbaording - Mt. Washington Valley Chamber - North Conway, NH - Photo Credit Dan Houde & Wiseguy Creative
Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Something exciting is waiting for all outdoor-lovers in this vibrant valley region

Plan your next adventure in Mt. Washington Valley, where excitement can be found around every corner. Hike among the 770,000 acres of the White Mountains National Forest or through a wildlife sanctuary. Bike on paved paths or up mountains. In the winter, go skiing, tubing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or snowmobiling then come back to your resort’s s’mores by the fire. In the summer, cool off in a mountain stream or waterfall, kayak or canoe down a river or go water-skiing in a lake. Play golf or tennis, take a ride on a scenic railway, or take the kids to enchanting Story Land or Santa’s Village. From zip lining and rock climbing to outdoor concerts and festivals, this region welcomes all who love the great outdoors. Click above to visit our website or call our friendly concierge at 800-337-3563 for more info on first class lodging and exciting events to plan your next adventure!
Ice Castles Aurora Lincoln NH
Ice Castles

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

Dazzling displays mean you’ll crown these artful ice castles top winter attractions

Add some sparkle to your winter with a visit to the breathtaking Ice Castles, a magical masterpiece of ice thrones, sculptures, tunnels, slides and fountains. Walk along the enchanted forest path, admiring the hand-carved sculptures that seem to glow from within with their embedded LED lights. Or, better yet, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride (for groups up to 12 people) through the award-winning attraction. Set to open in early January, the winter wonderland features the work of ice artisans who grow and harvest up to 10,000 icicles a day. All in all, about 20 million pounds of ice go into creating the magical ambiance, aided by music and multicolored lights (and special fire shows on Friday and Saturday nights).
Fatbiking in the Snow - Great Glen Trails - Gorham, NH
Great Glen Trails

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

A slate of exciting adventures, from kayaking to skiing, are waiting for you at outdoor center

Pick from an exciting menu of outdoor adventures at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Kayak fans can book a tour, full- or half-day wildlife tour or a whitewater kayak clinic. A sunset kayaking tour is also offered, along a pristine stretch of the Androscoggin River. Miles of rolling, smooth and well-drained terrain, as well as miles of single-track, means great hiking and biking, surrounded by the beauty of the White Mountains. In winter, go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing (including an evening snowshoe tour) and snow tubing down the walk-up Tubing Hill. All the best in outdoor gear, as well as rental equipment, is available at the Outfitters Shop. The base lodge has showers, lockers and a cozy fireplace.
Summer Hiking View - Cannon Mountain - Franconia, NH
Cannon Mountain

Franconia Notch State Park Franconia, NH, 03580 Phone: 603-823-8800

Tramway rides, hiking, biking, fishing: There’s lots to do on and around this mountain resort

Hop aboard the aerial tramway – the nation’s first – at Cannon Mountain and in under 10 minutes you’ll be marveling at the view from the 4,080-foot summit. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states – and Canada. There’s a 360-degree observation deck, scenic walking paths and cafe. Around the mountain are a variety of fun activities for outdoor enthusiasts, including the famous Flume Gorge with cascading waterfalls and covered bridges, rock-climbing at Cannon Cliffs, hiking and biking along the 8.8-mile Recreation Path and fishing in Echo Lake and Profile Lake, both stocked with trout. Camp on one of 97 wooded tent sites at Lafayette Place Campground or bring the RV to Cannon Mountain RV Park on the north shore of Echo Lake.
Canoes at the Ready - Androscoggin Valley Chamber - Berlin, NH
Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

961 Main Street Berlin, NH, 03570 Phone: 603-228-0836

If you’re ready for an adventure, the vibrant Androscoggin Valley is ready for you

Ready for an adventure? Head to the Androscoggin Valley, NH, and you’ll have your pick: from skiing down slopes or through meadows in the winter, to hiking to waterfalls or golfing in the spring, to checking out that swimming hole or learning to fly fish in the summer, to biking along rolling carriage roads against a backdrop bursting with color in the fall. The area also boasts great cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing trails, rivers for kayaking and paddling, scenic gondola rides and places to zip-line. Take a moose tour, go whitewater rafting, go horseback riding or dog sledding. Enjoy snow-tubing, take a sleigh ride, go ice-skating. Visitors have their choice of comfortable accommodations, from bed-and-breakfast inns to resorts with pools and spas, and restaurants from pizza parlors to fine dining.