Family Attractions in NH
Things to do and places to visit in
New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a state that’s just bursting with things to do.  Whether your interests fall into the categories of relaxation or excitement, you’ll find plenty of interesting activities to partake of in the Granite State.

Family Attractions in New Hampshire:

Albacore Park – Portsmouth, NH
Step back in time and take a hands-on tour of the USS Albacore, the most technically advanced submarine built before the age of nuclear subs.  Serving our country proudly for 19 years, the Albacore acted as a test platform for new submarine technologies before being gently cradled within a cofferdam and transformed into a maritime museum.

Alpine Adventures Outdoor Recreation - Lincoln, NH
Take an exciting canopy tour via zip-line, experience seven other zip-line excursions, Burma rope bridges, the Treewalk Village or an off-road tour in an 11-passenger military vehicle.  The professional staff at Alpine Adventures will make sure you’re safe while enjoying the exhilarating tours, climbs and rappel.

America’s Stonehenge – Salem, NH
Formerly known as “Mystery Hill”, this unusual site contains a maze of chambers, walls, inscriptions and precisely placed stones.  Just who built it is unknown, but at over 4000 years old, it is likely the oldest structure in the United States.  Similar to England’s Stonehenge, America’s Stonehenge was and still is used to denote certain lunar and solar events throughout the year.

Applecrest Farms Orchards – Hampton Falls, NH
The largest and oldest apple orchard in the New Hampshire seacoast region, Applecrest Farms is more than just apples.  In addition to five varieties of apples, you can pick your own strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, corn and pumpkins.  There are hayrides and tours available throughout the season, as well as harvest festivals in the fall.  Applecrest Farms also offers fresh-baked pies, doughnuts, pastries and other treats.  A tasty, entertaining and educational visit for all ages.

Attitash – Bartlett, NH
A two-peak, twelve lift, seventy-trail skiing and riding haven in the wintertime, Attitash has much to offer families in the off-season.  In addition to hiking and mountain biking trails, Attitash is home to North America’s longest Alpine Slides as well as a EuroBungy Trampoline, a climbing wall, horseback riding, multiple water slides and a scenic Sky Ride.  Just over an hour from the seacoast, Attitash has something for everyone.

The Ballooning Center of New Hampshire – Derry, NH
If you’ve never gone on a hot air balloon ride, here’s your chance.  View the spectacular Granite State scenery from a thousand feet up in a professionally piloted hot air balloon.  Taking flight year round, the crews are experienced, the equipment is safe and the trip is one you’ll cherish always.  Single passengers, families, even corporate events are handled with grace and style by the professionals at The Ballooning Center of New Hampshire.

Barnstormers Theatre – Tamworth, NH
Barnstormers is New England’s oldest professional summer stock theater, performing to audiences throughout the year.  The Barnstormers’ mission statement is "to keep vital the value, spirit, and tradition of fine summer theatre in Tamworth and to provide a venue for and to promote varied cultural activities within the region."  Bring the kids for a taste of highbrow entertainment they’ll never forget.

Beech Hill Farm & Ice Cream Barn – Hopkinton, NH
Come visit the Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn for an afternoon of fun, creamy treats and maybe even a little learning.  In addition to mouth-watering ice cream, Beech Hill offers visitors a corn maze, nature trails, treasure hunt map courses and, of course, farm animals.  Come meet the calves and cows, the goats, pigs, horses and mules.  Just make sure your ice cream is already gone – or it will be, very quickly.

Bonnie Brae Farms – Plymouth, NH
Bonnie Brae Farms is a Red Deer farm that breeds Red Deer for their meat (venison) and their velvet antlers (used as a nutritional supplement).  Bonnie Brae Farms offers tours and educational materials on the breeding and use of deer for consumer products.  These stunningly majestic animals make for great picture taking.

Brookdale Fruit Farm – Hollis, NH
Get ready to pick your own fruit at the Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis.  Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples and pumpkins are all available at different times of the year, so call ahead or visit their website.  Brookdale also boasts a wonderful greenhouse brimming with a variety of flowering and non-flowering plants.  Professional, courteous staff members are always ready to answer any questions, so don’t be shy.

Canobie Lake Park – Salem, NH
If you live in New England, you know about Canobie Lake Park, the region’s largest family fun amusement park.  With exhilarating attractions such as roller coasters, log rides and more spinning rides than you can shake a stick at, children of all ages will be in heaven.  Midway games, video arcades, boat rides, a new water park area, food stands and restaurants, live entertainment – Canobie has it all at very reasonable prices.  Plan for a whole day at Canobie - call for hours or visit their website.

Castle in the Clouds/Castle Springs – Moutlonborough, NH
This historic mountaintop estate covers 5500 acres of pristine forests, lending to incredible views from the over 45 miles of hiking trails and nature walks.  See the flora and fauna of the Granite State as it’s meant to be seen – up close and personal.  Guided hikes through the mountainous forests of central New Hampshire are available, as are guided tours of Lucknow Mansion, the castle that truly sits atop the clouds.  Bring your camera and expect to catch picture after picture of the unadulterated beauty of New Hampshire.

Cathedral of the Pines – Rindge, NH
Experience the serenity of introspective contemplation in the natural beauty that is the Cathedral of the Pines.  This beautiful area is used as not only for outdoor multidenominational services, but as a memorial for our fallen heroes.  With stunning views of Mt. Monadnock as well as its own stunning natural formations, Cathedral of the Pines is a great place to relax and unwind.

Charmingfare Farm – Candia, NH
Conveniently located in Candia, New Hampshire, Charmingfare Farm boasts over 200 animals of over 40 different species.  Barn animals include chickens, goats, horses, alpacas, pigs, rabbits and ducks.  Of the farm’s wild animals, there are porcupines, a black bear, cougars, a lynx, owls, fisher cats, raccoons, a red fox and more.  Open seven days a week from 10:00 to 4:00, you’ll find the farm fun and educational for all ages.

Christa McAuliffe Planetarium – Concord, NH
The planetarium was named after a New Hampshire teacher who was intended to be the first “ordinary citizen” to go into space.  This dream was tragically ended in the 1986 Challenger disaster.  In her memory was created the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, a place where young and old alike could learn about rockets, comets, asteroids, our own Solar system and beyond.  The planetarium has shows for groups as well as individuals and the staff is always eager to speak with you about the wonders of our universe.

Clark’s Trading Post – Lincoln, NH
In business for almost 80 years, Clark’s Trading Post is the home of Clark’s Trained Bears as well as the White Mountain Central Railroad.  The main attraction, the trained, native black bears, draws crowds from everywhere while other attractions simply mystify or entertain.  Tuttle’s Rustic House, for example, will have you scratching your head in wonder as you watch pool balls roll uphill and water appear from nowhere in this very unusual home.  Merlin’s Mystery Mansion is another unusual home built right atop a “unique gravity point”, lending to strange and magical occurrences.  Clark’s also offers a gift shop, train rides, the Seyranyan Family Circus, five museums and more.

Conway Scenic Railroad – North Conway, NH
Pick your train and be ready for an afternoon of breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas.  The Valley Train takes you on a ride through the Mt. Washington Valley countryside and the surrounding mountains on a roundtrip to Conway or Bartlett, NH.  The Notch Train follows the rails through some of the most beautiful scenery the Granite State has to offer on its way through Crawford Notch to Crawford Depot or Fabyan Station.  These incredible excursions are seasonal, so call or visit their website before you go.

Coppal House Farm and Corn Maze – Lee, NH
Come visit a working farm and see just how much hard work goes into its operation.  In the fall, Coppal House Farm creates the area’s largest corn maze, usually in the shape of something that can only be recognized from the sky.  Moonlight maze runs, tractor and wagon rides, animals and more can be found at the farm.  Starting in October 2007, the Haunted Overload, a four-day frightfest, comes to Coppal House Farm.  Tickets must be pre-ordered for this event, so call or visit their website for more details.

Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride Area – Bennington, NH
In southern New Hampshire you don’t have to drive far for the excitement of winter skiing and riding – it’s all here at Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride.  Five lifts serve over 75 acres of skiing and riding trails.  While not the highest at only 875 feet of elevation, the exhilarating slopes give you plenty of bang for your buck – add in the availability of night skiing over 100% of the mountain and you’ve got yourself a bargain at half the price.  The mountain events are seasonal, so call ahead.

D Acres of NH, Organic Farm & Educational Homestead - Rumney, NH
D Acres stands for “Development Aimed at Creating Rural Ecological Society”.  D Acres is a charitable organization operating an organic farm and educational center which also produces woodcrafted products, farm products and baked goods.  D Acres strives to educate the public and teach sustainable living skills and small-scale organic farming.  Events and workshops are held year-round, so call ahead or check their website for details.

Daytona Fun Park – Laconia, NH
Looking for a day of fun?  Look no further than Daytona Fun Park in Laconia.  Racing simulators, two climbing walls, a full 36 holes of miniature golf, arcade games, batting cages, go-karts – the list goes on and on.  Wanna win a prize?  Try the challenging skee-ball, slot machines, candy crane, shuffle shack poker, pinball bowler and more.  There are also linked basketball games, automatic scoring bowling games, air hockey and even a virtual reality roller coaster.  Bring the family and spend the day, or plan a party and bring all your friends, just be ready for a fun-filled day of thrilling excitement.

Enfield Shaker Museum – Enfield, NH
See how the Shakers lived in the mid-nineteenth century through a tour of an original Shaker Village, right here in Enfield, NH.  See the museum’s exhibits and special programs, take guided tours and watch fascinating craft demonstrations.  Enjoy a hike to The Shaker Feast Ground and witness the incredible view of the village, nestled between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake.  Finally, shop at the museum store, filled with Shaker-inspired reproductions, books, crafts and farm products.  An educational, yet humbling experience for all.

Friendly Farm – Dublin, NH
Come and feed the animals at Friendly Farm in Dublin, New Hampshire.  Opened to the public in 1965, Friendly Farm has been entertaining and educating children and adults alike for over forty years.  “Clean, Green & Friendly”, the farm is home to many barnyard animals that are all available for petting and feeding.  Bring a picnic lunch, but don’t be surprised when you’re suddenly surrounded by “hungry” friends.  Group discounts are available, check the website for more information.

Fuller Gardens – North Hampton, NH
Fuller Gardens is a turn-of-the-century estate garden located in North Hampton, NH, and is open to the public.  These incredibly beautiful gardens feature over 1700 rose bushes of literally hundreds of varieties.  The garden boasts formal English perennial borders, a Japanese garden, a living koi pond, annual displays as well as a tropical and desert conservatory.  A magnificent location for wedding services, the garden’s “feel” changes throughout the year, so visit often and don’t forget your camera.

Fun Towne Family Fun Center – Twin Mountain, NH
For a fun family fiesta, visit Fun Towne Family Fun Center in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire.  Fun Towne features an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 300-yard golf driving range, arcade games, skill games (to win prizes) and much more.  Admission is free and now Fun Towne is a Wi-Fi hotspot with its own high-speed, public access computer, so you can check your e-mail while the kids are playing.  Call today to reserve a spot for your next birthday celebration.

Funspot – Weirs Beach, NH
If you’re looking for good, clean fun for the whole family, look no further than Funspot at Weirs Beach, New Hampshire.  From the “Famous Landmarks of NH” mini-golf course, to the 30 lanes of bowling, to the over 500 arcade games available, there’s bound to be something that excites everyone in your party.  There’s an entire room of the three-story Funspot complex that’s devoted to the littlest ones among us.  Bingo, bumper cars, racing simulators, the D.A Long Tavern and the Braggin’ Dragon Restaurant – it’s all here for your entertainment pleasure.  Visit their website for more information on rates and hours.

Gorham Moose Tours – Gorham, NH
With a 96% success rate of spotting moose during the tours, Gorham Moose tours can almost guarantee a sighting your first time out.  “Moosin’ in the mornin’” tours bring you into the wilderness these moose call home, witnessing moose and other wildlife in their natural habitats overlooking the Androscoggin River.  “Moosin’ in the evenin’” tours the North Woods at dusk, a particularly active time for moose in the area.  Call ahead for times and rates and don’t forget the camera.

Great American Downtown – Nashua, NH
Visit the city that was twice named “Best City to Live In” in the country and experience just why this city is loved by so many New Hampshire residents.  In the Great Downtown, visit the farmer’s market, eat at specialty restaurants and street bistros, attend baseball games and art shows, visit museums, galleries and studios, enjoy live music, walk along the river, eat an ice cream cone and watch the fireworks light up the night sky.  There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Great American Downtown.

Great Bay Discovery Center – Greenland, NH
The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is part of a national network of protected areas across the United States, designed for research, education and stewardship.  The program protects over a million acres of estuarine land and water, essential habitats for local wildlife.  Educational programs are offered throughout the year, including school outings and kayaking expeditions.  Call ahead for times and dates.

The Gundalow Company – Portsmouth, NH
A gundalow is a wooden ship that was used to transport goods up and down rivers from the 1600’s through to the 1900’s.  Now obsolete, the Gundalow Company lovingly maintain a reproduction of an 1800’s era Gundalow, the Captain Edward H. Adams.  Visitors to the Gundalow Company can learn about the history behind these important vessels as well as take part in the maintenance and occasional moving of this historic means of transportation.  The gundalow is moved in the same fashion as it was so many years ago and makes stops at other historically significant locations up and down the Piscataqua River.

The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton, NH
The seacoast’s leading entertainment venue for nearly 100 years, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom boasts such diverse acts as The Everly Brothers, George Thouroughgood and the Delaware Destroyers, LeeAnn Rhimes, George Carlin, The Indigo Girls, Extreme, Lewis Black and Megadeath.  Located in the heart of New England’s hottest seacoast scene, Hampton Beach, the Casino Ballroon always has something new and exciting happening.  Call ahead or visit their website for schedules, times and dates.

Hampton Inn and Suites w/ Indoor Waterpark – North Conway, NH
Usually, you stay at an inn when you are visiting or vacationing away from home.  The Hampton Inn in North Conway, New Hampshire puts a spin on that concept by creating an indoor waterpark and, in doing so, making the inn a destination itself.  With all the typical amenities found at any four star inn or hotel, Hampton Inn does it one better by offering large pools, water slides and more for you and your family’s entertainment.  Call ahead to schedule your reservation.

Hartmann Model Railroad, Ltd. – Intervale, NH
What started out for Roger Hartmann as a boyhood hobby has turned into the Hartmann Model Railroad and Toy Museum.  From Lionel trains to steam powered G-scale models to a working Thomas the Tank Engine, if you enjoy full size or scale model trains, a visit to Hartmann Model Railroad and Toy Museum will bring out the kid in you.  Open year round.

Heritage Farm – Sanbornton, NH
Head on up to Sanbornton, New Hampshire and visit the Heritage farm.  This working farm once supplied milk to surrounding communities but now shares its hundreds of acres with visitors to the Lakes Region.  Experience the petting farm, the Creamery, take a hay/sleigh ride or an ATV tour, visit the Pancake House and Bakery and, seasonally, enjoy the Scarecrow Festival and Fright Night.  Call ahead for times and dates.

High 5 Ballooning – Derry, NH
“Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon”.  Take to the skies for a memorable flight in one of High 5’s premier hot air balloons with an experienced hot air balloon pilot.  Skim the treetops so close you can actually grab a leaf.  Enjoy the incredible New Hampshire scenery from a perspective most people never get the chance to see.  Seeing the fall foliage from hundreds of feet in the air leaves you breathless and wanting to return year after year.  When you come back to earth, we’ll set up our picnic tables and prepare you a delicious complimentary meal.  We fly year round and our winter tours over snow-covered lakes are very popular, but dress warm!

High Hopes Orchard Farm Adventures Entertainment Park – Westmoreland, NH
There’s nothing to compare to picking your own fruit straight from the bush, tree or, in the case of pumpkins, the ground.  High Hopes Orchard offers you the ability to pick your own seasonal raspberries, blueberries, apples and more.  If you prefer not to pick, we have a retail shop where the work has been done for you.  We also have a Farm Adventure Entertainment Park featuring rides, animals, a haunted barn, a haunted train ride and a corn maze.  Please call ahead for seasonal conditions.

Hilltop Fun Center – Somersworth, NH
Acres of entertainment await you at the Hilltop Fun Center.  At Hilltop, we offer miniature golf, batting cages, our ever-popular go-karts, a driving range, a 5000 square foot arcade with all the latest video games and a ticket redemption center plus, new for 2007, Jungle Quest Laser Tag, a multi-level indoor laser tag arena designed to recreate a jungle environment.  Up to 24 people can play at once!  Call ahead to plan your next birthday outing at the Hilltop Fun Center, where there’s plenty of fun for everyone.

The Hobo Railroad – Lincoln, NH
All aboard for a day of family fun!  The Hobo Railroad is located in the heart of the White Mountains, near ski areas and the White Mountain National Forest and boasts scenic 26-mile rides along Lake Winnipesaukee’s west shore with a train station set right on the boardwalk at Weirs Beach.  We offer a Lakeside Dinner Train for evening entertainment and “Murder Mystery” enactments are available for passengers to play sleuths and attempt to figure out “Who Dunnit”.  Fall foliage tours are also available – call ahead for seasonal schedules.

The Hollis Flea Market – Hollis, NH
Open on Sundays from April through October, the Hollis Flea Market is the area’s largest collection of vendors in one spot – over 400!  Spend an hour or spend the day strolling through over 20 acres of vendors, each with their own wares and items.  Full concession stands with food of all sorts as well as wine and beer are available.  Our event is always so large we’re required to hire police to direct traffic!  Once you visit us, you’ll be back – it takes more than one day to see everything!  Come see what all the flea market fuss is about in Hollis.

Island Cruises, Inc. – Rye, NH
Island Cruises, Inc. provides entertaining Isles of Shoals Tours, fast and friendly Star Island Ferry Service, relaxing Star Island Walkabouts with lunch and dinner available at the Victorian era Oceanic Hotel and informative Educational Lobster Trips out of scenic Rye Harbor, NH.  Private charters are also available for entertaining guests while cruising around the islands or along New Hampshire’s beautiful seacoast.   The casual atmosphere on the good ship “Uncle Oscar” is perfect for family or company outings.  Call ahead for schedules and rates

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company – Portsmouth, NH
All aboard the 90-foot triple-deck M/V Thomas Laighton for an ocean cruise you’ll not soon forget.  From sunset cruises to sightseeing tours, the Thomas Laighton does it all, holding up to 250 passengers comfortably.  Perfect for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and graduations, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is determined to make your trip a memorable one.  View historic Portsmouth from the Piscataqua River, travel inland to the Great Bay Wilderness Area or steam around the Isles of Shoals themselves – whatever you choose, don’t forget your camera.  Call or visit our website for our current schedule.

Jewell Towne Vineyards & Winery – South Hampton, NH
Come and taste some award-winning, New Hampshire-made red, white and rosé wines, all created from grapes grown locally in southern NH.  Capturing over 90 medals since leaping onto the scene in 1994, Jewell Towne Vinyards & Winery offers you a complimentary tour of our facility, our vineyards and some taste testing in our rustic post-and-beam tasting room.  Bring your friends and family and enjoy our second floor art gallery where you can purchase fine work and fine wine at the same time.  Visit our website for hours.

Kaleidoscope Children's Museum – Concord, NH
Entertain the children for the day at Concord, NH’s Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum.  Kids will be thrilled with a visit to “Main Street”, where they can “bake” a cake, “Fix” a tire, “cook” a pizza or “tend” a sick pet.  Kids can slide down the fireman’s pole, serve up ice cream or give their mom a “make-over” at the beauty shop.  The Jammin’ Jungle Treehouse holds many unique instruments for their musical entertainment, while the Castle-Themed Stage provides puppet theater and costumes galore for the children to dress up in and put on performances. They can climb aboard the pirate ship in search of sunken treasure or attend art class and paint, draw, cut and enjoy their creative abilities.  Tons of fun awaits!

Lake Sunapee Cruises – Sunapee, NH
Climb aboard the MV Mt. Sunapee II and enjoy a scenic tour of Lake Sunapee.  Have a blast just cruising the lake on the MV Mt. Sunapee II, or indulge in dinner aboard the MV Kearsarge.  Sit back in your deck chair as the captain narrates the tour of local history, lore and points of interest around this pristine New Hampshire mountain lake.  Private charters are available for groups and gathering, but cruises are seasonal, so call ahead or visit our website for the schedule.  And don’t forget your camera!

Leddy Center for the Performing Arts – Epping, NH
Performing for packed houses time and time again, the Leddy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates over 33 years of stage performances.  With such hits as “Oliver Twist”, “Hello Dolly”, and “Charlotte’s Web, The Musical”, the Leddy Center for the Performing Arts rarely disappoints.  Located in the historic Leddy Building in downtown Epping, NH, the Leddy Center performers are eager to show you their talents.  Check our website for upcoming show schedules.

Liliana Flower Farm – Louden, NH
Liliana Flower farm is a sprawling Dayliliy farm specializing in over 150 varieties of Daylilies. We also sell annuals and vegetables, grown in our green house from seed, as well as a beautiful selection of Proven Winners.  Come visit us in the natural beauty that Louden, NH has in abundance.  Call for hours.

Littleton Grist Mill – Littleton, NH
Visit the Littleton Grist Mill and see how "we bring new meaning to the daily grind!"  Tour our 1798 working grist mill with fully functional waterwheel and gearing.  See how we make our flours and grains then taste them in delicious recipes for yourself.  The restoration has been accomplished by private funds from people who are proud of their northern New Hampshire heritage and proud of their product. We'd like to share some with you.  Step back into history at the Littleton Grist Mill.

Loon Mountain – Lincoln, NH
Whether it’s summer or winter, there’s always plenty to do at Loon Mountain.  In the winter months, skiing and snowboarding abound with over 45 trails totaling nearly twenty miles and ten lifts to get you to the top fast.  In the summer months, mountain biking, hiking and guided tours take over with Gondola Skyrides available and scheduled events such as the NH Highland Games and an Ice Cream festival.  Rock climbing in the summer, heated lodge in the winter, Loon Mountain will keep your whole family entertained throughout the year.

The Loon Preservation Committee – Moultonborough, NH
Located in the heart of New Hampshire, the Loon Preservation Committee has worked for over 25 years to research, manage and educate the public on the loon population here in the Granite State.  We attempt to monitor the breeding and mortality of loon populations as well as build nesting rafts and protect nesting sites.  We also recover deceased loons and unviable eggs to determine levels of contaminants as well as causes for fatalities.  Visit our Wildlife Sanctuary and Educational Facility to learn more about these beautiful and majestic animals.  Call ahead for hours or visit our website for more details.

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves – North Woodstock, NH
Come and see what millions of years of glacial erosion can co to shear rock.  The gorges and caves made so many millennia ago can be explored and enjoyed today just by visiting Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves.  Bring the entire family out for a day of breathtaking hikes, picturesque photo ops and deep cave exploration.  Take a journey through time as you walk through the gorge seeing plants and flowers that only grow in this high-humidity environment.  With stunning views everywhere you turn, plan on spending the day at this wonder of nature’s power, The Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves.

Margret & H.A. Rey Center – Waterville Valley, NH
The Margret and H.A Rey Center honors the legacy of Margret and Hans Rey, authors of Curious George, Whiteblack the Penguin, The Stars: A New Way to See Them, among other books.  Bring the family in to show them our plans for a future observatory as well as many planned activities in the mountainous Waterville Valley region.  Please visit our website often for schedules of upcoming events the entire family will enjoy.

Mt. Washington Cog Railway – Mt. Washington, NH
Enjoy an unforgettable trip up to the peak of Mt. Washington, the east coast’s highest point of elevation.  Regardless of the season, the views are spectacular and the scenery is breathtaking.  From the peak, on a clear day you can see all of New Hampshire, of course, but also Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, the Atlantic Ocean and even as far north as Quebec.  On other days you literally climb above the clouds on your way to the top.  Climbing some of the steepest railway tracks in existence, the three-hour, rain or shine tour is something not to be missed.  Call ahead of visit our website for times and rates.

Mt. Washington Cruises – Weirs Beach, NH
Experience New England from a perspective you’ve never dreamed of: out on Lake Winnipesaukee with a mountainous backdrop that belongs on a postcard – and often is.  From day and evening cruises to special functions and charters, Mt. Washington Cruises covers the bases with dinner, dancing and more.  Visit our updated website for rates and schedules then come up to the largest lake in the Granite State and make a day of it.

Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum – North Conway, NH
Tucked in the North Country’s Mt. Washington Valley, the Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum provides fun and learning rain or shine to children eight and under.  Encouraging learning through shared discovery of exhibits and museum-run programs, the staff at Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum loves to watch the spark of learning in the eyes of visiting children.  While here, children can create a puppet show, build their own “village”, drive a skidder, explore the North Woods and much, much more.  Call ahead for times and rates and don’t forget to bring your smiles!

Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa – Whitefield, NH
New Hampshire’s premier destination resort, the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa is reason enough to head to the mountains.  Set on 1300+ acres of meticulously landscaped property, the resort caters to visitors and residents of the state alike.  From the available horseback riding and golfing in the summer to the area’s best downhill skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa is your home away from home.  Visit our website for details and ongoing activities.

Mt. Washington Auto Road – Gorham, NH
Buckle your seat belts and prepare for a, incredible journey to the top of the east coast’s highest peak, Mt. Washington. Be ready for anything, as the mountain has a reputation for dramatic weather swings – beautiful calm blue skies and scenic vistas one minute, then forty mile-per-hour winds and snow the next.  Bring your camera and plenty of film – the views are some of the most spectacular in New England.  Drive yourself or take a guided tour up the mountain and enjoy the scenery all the more.  Call ahead for times and prices.

Museum of Family Camping – Allenstown, NH
Roy B. Heise had a dream: to open a museum in order to display his fine collection of camping memorabilia and other treasured items depicting the history of family camping in New Hampshire.  Roy realized this dream and created the Museum of Family Camping in Allenstown, New Hampshire.  Here you can view an 1895 sleeping bag (which was about 10 times heavier than today’s), a 1938 travel trailer, a 1930’s-era Norwegian Bergen rucksack, an Native American-made Adirondack pack basket, a pair of 100 year old folding "binoculars" that also serve as magnifying glass and compass and much. Much more.  Visit our website for times and schedules.

New Hampshire All Natural – Henniker, NH
Visit a place where everything is made right here in the Granite State, New Hampshire.  Available products include, but are not limited to, pet care, furniture, health and beauty products, cutting boards, glass works, baby items, spices and flavors, art work, soy candles, coffee quilts, winelight lamps, household cleaners and so much more.  New Hampshire All Natural has many great gift ideas, so don’t be afraid to ask someone for suggestions – we’re here to help.  Visit our website or call ahead for hours.

New Hampshire International Speedway – Loudon, NH
Come and see the home of the NASCAR Nextel Cup, where your favorite NASCAR drivers race for the checkered flag twice per racing season.   The New Hampshire International Speedway also hosts Busch Series Racing as well as the Craftsman Truck Series.  NHIS is the home of America’s oldest motorcycle race meet, the Loudon Classic, held every summer during the area’s “Bike Week”.  Come up for yourself and find out why the thousands of seats are packed for every race held here – it’s New Hampshire through and through.

Northern Forest Heritage Park – Berlin, NH
The Northern Forest Heritage Park is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the history of the working forest and the rich cultural diversity of the region.  Northern Forest Heritage Park boasts a museum that allows you to step back in time to an era of unmatched growth and prosperity in the region.  Lumbering operations and sawmills sprung up along the Androscoggin River, rapidly producing lumber for an ever-growing country.  Enjoy fireworks, lumberjack competitions, festivals and artisan displays throughout the summer season.  Visit out site or call ahead for hours and prices.

Outdoor ESCAPES New Hampshire, LLC – Lakeport, NH
So, what do you want to do in the Granite State today?  One visit to Outdoor Escapes in Lakeport, NH will present you with a myriad of options to choose from.  Want to see a moose?  Take a guided moose tour through the North Country.  Enjoy hiking?  We’ll take you where you want to go and lead you to places most people never see.  Enjoy half-day or multi-day adventures on land, water or snow.  We can take you skiing in the back country, snowshoeing in the great New Hampshire wilderness, we can teach you survival skills, take you kayaking, boating or hiking – just about anything you might want to do.  Our rates are reasonable and we’re open year-round.  Call today and plan your next great adventure with us!

Pats Peak – Henniker, NH
Pat’s Peak is one of the area’s premier ski resorts, but also offers summer activities as well as a banquet hall with an unmatched backdrop, perfect for weddings, graduations, retirement parties and more.  At Pat’s Peak, we have hiking and mountain biking trails as well as a Mountain Bike Festival in July, a Chili Festival and Barbeque in August and Octoberfest in November (!).  During the winter months, Pat’s Peak boasts 22 trails, 6 glades areas and ten lifts to reduce lift lines and get you quickly to the top so you can enjoy the most skiing you possibly can all day long.  Check our website for times and prices.

Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf – Winnisquam, NH & Merideth, NH
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is the original Adventure Golf and offers unparalleled fun for the entire family.  Putt your way around obstacles, through caves, under towering waterfalls, over footbridges and into the hole to score big!  Our fun-filled atmosphere will keep the whole family happy all day long.  Beautifully landscaped grounds surrounded by the natural beauty of Winnisquam or Merideth, NH makes for a mini golf experience that will be remembered for years to come.  Call ahead or view our website for hours and rates.

Polar Caves Park – Plymouth, NH
Head on up to Plymouth, New Hampshire and visit the Polar Caves Park for an exciting day of exploration and discovery.  The kids will enjoy feeding the deer and the large flocks of friendly ducks as well as climbing about in the natural formations called the Polar Caves.  We recommend wearing flat-soled walking shoes and please note that baby strollers will not fit through the caves but may be used elsewhere in the park.  Bring your camera and plenty of film top make this a memorable experience that you can share with your friends.  Visit our website for hours and rates.

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises – Portsmouth, NH
All aboard for a tour of New Hampshire’s seacoast and waterways!  Climb aboard the MV Heritage for a cruise around the Isle of Shoals or a tour of historic Portsmouth Harbor.  Take an inland river cruise or, during the fall months, enjoy a colorful Fall Foliage Tour of the New Hampshire coastline.  Evening and sunset cruises are very popular and charters are available.  Please visit our website or call ahead for times and rates.

Ruggles Mine – Grafton, NH
Spelunking at its finest, the world-famous Ruggles Mine offers up the opportunity for the entire family to become miners for the day.  “The Mine In The Sky” is famous for deposits of beryl, mica, smoky quartz, amethyst and even topaz crystals.  Borrow our picks and head into the caves to find fun, beauty and, who knows, even riches!  Ruggles Mine has been open to the public for over 44 years and with periodic blasting, we unearth new treasures all the time.  Come join the fun of discovery at Ruggles Mine.

Rye Airfield Skate Park & BMX Track – Rye, NH
Test your skating and biking abilities at the 50,000 square foot Rye Airfield Skate Park and BMX Track.  New England’s premier indoor skate park, this place has it all: ramps, halfpipes, rollers, doubles, spines and more.  Our 1300-foot BMX track will test your mettle and your courage as you attempt to master every obstacle.  Bring your skates, your bikes, your armor and your guts – you’ll need them!  Call ahead or visit our website for hours and rates.

Santa’s Village – Jefferson, NH
Ho, ho, ho!  Come to the place where it’s Christmas 365 days per year – Santa’s Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire.   See Santa’s reindeer, say “Hello” to the elves and Mrs. Claus, ride the rides and play the games – it’s all here at Santa’s Village.  It’s all the excitement of Christmas morning all year long.  Shows run throughout the day and food and drink are always available if you get the Christmas munchies!  Visit our North Pole website for schedules and rates.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center - Holderness, NH
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a non-profit organization with the mission to “advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire's natural world”.  We offer up close animal presentations, moose tours, seasonal events and more.  Host your next birthday party here and let your child learn a little something about our New Hampshire habitat while they have fun.  Tours are seasonal, so please call ahead or visit our website for hours.

Six Gun City & Fort Splash Water Park - Jefferson, NH
Howdy, pard’ner.  Harken back to the old west at Six Gun City & Fort Splash Water Park in Jefferson, New Hampshire.  See the daily shows, pet and ride the horses, race in the go-karts or ride the rides!  And when you get hot in the noonday sun, jump on into Fort Splash’s clear, clean water rides and slides.  Once you’re cooled off, you can visit the carriage museum or play an exciting game of laser tag.  Six Gun City will keep the cowboys and cowgirls entertained and cool all day long – visit our website for details and we’ll see you soon!  Yeehaw!

Someday Farm Alpacas - Canterbury, NH
Visit a working farm where we raise alpacas, Nigerian dwarf goats and guinea hens.  Our on-site farm store offers many New Hampshire-made items created right here on the farm.  We offer tours of Someday Farm and hands-on experiences with our animals.  We’re open on every weekend from May to Christmas, so come on by and see what raising alpacas, dwarf goats and guinea hens is all about!  Visit our website for more information.

Stables at the Farm By the River Bed & Breakfast - North Conway, NH
For a honeymoon, romantic getaway or just a weekend in the stunning New Hampshire woodlands, visit the Stables at the Farm by the River Bed & Breakfast.  We offer year round horseback riding and tours on 70 private, scenic acres along the Saco River in North Conway.  Surprise your spouse with a weekend of relaxation in the White Mountain National Forest!  Awaken to breakfast on the patio or, in the winter months, a cozy breakfast beside a roaring fire.  Call ahead for availability.

Stonewall Farm - Keene, NH
Come to Keene, New Hampshire’s Stonewall Farm, a fully functional, working farm that strives to educate the public on the ways of modern agriculture and land preservation.  Special events are held throughout the year, so visit our website for the latest schedule.  Stonewall Farms offers group activities for young and old alike and retains the goal of teaching everyone the inner-workings and continued value of today’s farms.  We offer summer camp and vacation camp programs for children – call now to reserve your child’s spot for next summer!

Stoneyfield Yogurt – Londonderry, NH
Come visit the Stoneyfield Yogurt Company in Londonderry, NH.  Take a tour of our modern facility to see just where yogurt comes from and exactly how it’s made.  Learn the history of yogurt, it’s origins and it’s uses today as well as the early days of yogurt manufacturing on Stoneyfield Farm.  Bring in the whole family for a day of learning new things and trying new flavors.  After the tour, check out our visitor’s center and gift shop and grab yourself a little reminder of the day.  Check out our website for more information.

Storyland – Glen, NH
Bring the entire family out to Storyland where all your childhood fairytales and nursery rhymes come to life right before your eyes!  Multiple shows are scheduled throughout the day, and you never know just who you’ll bump into as you make your way around – you could meet Humpty Dumpty, the Old Woman Who Lives In A Shoe, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood or even Mother Goose herself!  Take a ride on any of our 21 rides including antique cars, a pumpkin coach and a pirate ship.  The memories your child will take away from Storyland will last them a lifetime.  Visit our website for more information on show schedules and admission prices

Surf Coaster USA - Weirs Beach, NH
When the summer heat becomes too much to take, come cool off with us at Surf Coaster USA in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire.  For wet thrills and soggy excitement, try our 125 foot tall Thunder and Lightning Vertical High Speed Body Slides, our super-fast Hurricane and Tornado Hyperslides, the 400-foot long twisting, turning Monster and Beast slides or cascade down the rapids on the Crazy River waterslide.  For a more relaxed, yet still quite wet experience, visit our huge wave pool and hang out in the shallow end or take on the pounding waves.  Surf Coaster USA is a seasonal attraction, so call or visit our website for hours of operation.

Tarbin Gardens – Franklin, NH
Come experience true natural beauty at Tarbin Farms in Franklin, New Hampshire.  Tarbin Gardens has beautiful perennials, flowering trees and shrubs in fine English style gardens.  Birds and butterflies are common sights in the garden, so don’t forget to bring your camera to capture these wonderful creature in a natural setting.  The garden is seasonal, so call ahead or check our website for details.

Tee Off At Mel’s – Litchfield, NH
Visit Tee Off At Mel’s Family Entertainment Center where there’s fun for everyone.  Cowboy up in our batting cages, races your friends on our go-karts, test your putting skills on our miniature golf course, smash a bucket of balls at our outdoor driving range, put your video gaming prowess on the line in our state-of-the-art video arcade and finish it up at the Greenfields restaurant, just outside the driving range.  There’s always plenty to do at Tee Off At Mel’s.  Please visit our website for more information.

The Discovery Spot – Londonderry, NH
Looking for something to keep the kids occupied for a few hours, yet not spend a small fortune in the process?  Look no further than The Discovery Spot Indoor Playground and Discovery Center in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  Here, kids will spend hours checking out our huge indoor playground or the many other fun and educational attractions.  Kids will learn without even realizing it when they play on the construction digger or the balance beam challenge and their imaginations will soar at the art stop, the reading stop, the transportation stop and more.  And it’s all very affordable.  Bring the kids in and let them spread their wings of discovery.

Tug Alley Too – Portsmouth, NH
Interested in learning more about Portsmouth Harbor, its history and the Portsmouth waterfront?  Want to take a ride up the Piscataqua River and renew your wedding vows?  Then you should be looking to Tugboat Alley Too tugboat cruises, where you can celebrate a birthday, enjoy the scenery, get married or just learn a little something about Portsmouth’s history.  Call or visit our website for schedules and rates.

Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, NH
There’s always something happening at the Verizon Wireless Arena in beautiful downtown Manchester, New Hampshire.  Concerts, Manchester Monarchs Hockey, other sporting events, trade shows, professional wrestling, monster truck competitions – it’s all here at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  Visit our website for details on upcoming events then come visit the Arena and start making some memories.
Vertical Dreams Indoor Climbing Center – Manchester, NH
Come and visit the Vertical Dreams Indoor Climbing Center in the Queen City of Manchester, New Hampshire.  Learn how to properly climb rock walls and get a workout at the same time.  We host birthday parties, group and corporate outings, we offer Boy Scout Climbing Merit Badge classes, we hold indoor climbing instruction and classes as well as outdoor guidance and instruction.  Build your confidence and get a sense of self-satisfaction that you can only attain from reaching a goal that you set for yourself.  The power is within you.  Visit our website or call us for more information.

Water Country – Portsmouth, NH
“When the sun is blazing and the summer gets hot, Water Country’s a very cool spot!”  Water Country, located in historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the state’s largest water park and offers visitors a wide array of options to cool down in the summer heat.  From the huge wavepool to the Double Dive Boggin, from Adventure River to the Black Hole and Warp Eight tube rides, there’s something for everyone at Water Country.  For the little ones, there’s Ollie Octopus, The Pirate’s Lagoon and the Tahiti Treehouse.  Season passes are available at steeply discounted rates – call us for details or visit our website where you can purchase tickets or season passes online.

Weirs Beach Drive-In Theater – Weirs Beach, NH
Remember when there were drive-in theaters all across our country?  Well, that time is long gone, but you can recapture some of the warm memories of your childhood and start some memories for your own children at the award-winning Weirs Beach Drive-In Theater at Weirs Beach, New Hampshire.  One of the last drive-ins in the country, we have two screens and play two movies on each, back to back.  If you get here early, you can play video games in the snack bar until the movie starts.  Bring back the simpler days of yesteryear with a trip to the Weirs Beach Drive-In Theater.

Whale’s Tale Water Park – Lincoln, NH
Tucked into the heart of the White Mountains lies the Whale’s Tale Water Park, the region’s coolest water park.  Attractions include the Castaway Cove, Eye Of The Storm, Bonzai Pipeline, Harpoon Express, Downpour and Willie’s Wild Waves.  For the wee ones, Whale’s Tale offers Whale Harbor and the height-restriction-free Beluga Boggin.  Some of our pools are heated and maintained at a lovely 88 degrees.  We also offer hot tubs and our snack bars will satisfy your hunger in a snap.  Whale’s Tale Water Park is a seasonal attraction so call or visit our website for times.

What’s Up Ballooning – Henniker, NH
“Up, up, and away in my beautiful balloon.”  Join us for a ride in one of our hot air balloons at What’s Up Ballooning in Henniker, New Hampshire.  We fly higher than most ballooning companies can due to the fact that we’re not near any airports.  We often fly over a mile up, offering you the rider a spectacular view of the Granite State, Vermont, Maine and even as far away as Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York state.  Upon reaching the ground, we’ll celebrate your trip with champagne.  Bring your camera and the whole family for an experience you won’t soon forget.

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