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Adventures and Activities in the White Mountains

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Ziplines, trains, helicoptor rides, oh my! There's adventure around every corner in the White Mountains, for every age and ability! Where else can you zipline through the trees, drive to the top of a 6,288 foot mountain, cruise New Hampshire's largest lake and fit in a winery or brewery tour, all in one day? Take some time to find YOUR adventure.

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Franconia ArtWalk

The Franconia ArtWalk is an easy art walking tour along Franconia NH's Main Street on which you will see sculptures and other art related attractions. Continue in a loop past Dow Field with its beautiful mountain views and enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Gale River.

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel

Experience the White Mountains of NH like never before! We offer year-round, hands-on, dog sledding adventures. Participants ages 2+ are welcome, no experience necessary. Come meet and greet the sled dogs (many of which are rescue and second chance), hear their stories and embark on a scenic dog sled ride!

Living Shores Aquarium

New England’s newest hands-on experience, Living Shores Aquarium at Story Land, a year round indoor walk through adventure that will captivate you! Over 32,000 sq. ft. of interactive tide pools, exhibits and activities. See otters, touch sting rays, interact with tropical birds and so much more.

Hermit Woods Winery

One of America's top 500 wineries and the maker of "NH's Best Craft Beverage"-Food & Wine Magazine. Serving locally sourced wine, beer, and food. Wine tastings and tours available.

Balanced Rock Bodyworks

Restoring balance to clients’ lives through comfort and trust. Services include Relaxation, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy and Craniosacral Therapy, and Standup Paddle Board Yoga.

Extreme Mount Washington

The non-profit, Mount Washington Observatory's newest mountain top museum offers an educational winter experience, through interactive exhibits and hands-on displays that are both fun and informative for the whole family. Open whenever Mt. Washington State Park is open (mid-May through mid-October).

Barnstormers Theatre

Located in the scenic village of Tamworth, the Barnstormers is one of the longest-running professional summer theaters in the country. Today, it is one of three Equity theatres in New Hampshire and provides the region with brilliant summer theatre.

Indian Head Resort Observation Tower

Explore Indian Head Resort’s iconic and historic 100-foot Observation Tower and enjoy 360° views including Franconia Notch and Mount Pemigewasset, also known as the Indian Head Profile. Open to the public, admission is $1.00 per person. Come for the views and stay to peruse our extensive gift shop filled with apparel, White Mountains souvenirs, toys, and stuffed animals.

Waterville Valley Recreation Department

Guided hikes, Summer Day Camp for ages 5-12, Teen Adventure Sessions, Pedal Boat, Kayak and SUP Rentals, special events, Indoor Rock Climbing, Field Rentals, and a full gymnasium. Waterville Valley Rec Department has what you're looking for. Open to the public with membership options.

White Mountains Pride

A local non-profit dedicated to celebrating the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their allies in the White Mountains region.

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Gunstock Mountain Resort is a premier summer and winter destination, only 90 minutes from Boston. This summer, stay in our award-winning campground featuring tent and platform sites and full RV hook-ups, stock up at our camp store, and enjoy miles of dog-friendly hiking and biking trails. Attend one of our events and experience everything Gunstock has to offer in our Adventure Park! Get your adrenaline pumping and reach speeds of up to 65 mph on one of the longest Zipline Tours in the country! Swing through the trees and explore New England’s largest aerial ropes and zip line course that features 91 challenges and covers 9 acres. Discover Gunstock’s hidden gems on the first authorized Off-Road Segway tour in New England, or explore Gunstock’s trails while enjoying some light exercise on our guided E-Bike Tour. Get your thrills on the Mountain Coaster, then take a Scenic Lift Ride and take in world class views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding mountain ranges from the summit of Gunstock Mountain. Be sure to stop by The Patio for casual, upscale outdoor dining, and cool off with a refreshing beverage. No matter what adventure you choose, Gunstock is your destination for summer fun!

Enfield Shaker Museum

Visit Enfield Shaker Museum, home of the largest Shaker dwelling house ever built: The Great Stone Dwelling. Also featuring nine building in various stages of restoration, the Feast Ground on Mt. Assurance, gardens, cemeteries, and miles of hiking trails.

Northeast Polaris Adventures

ATV/UTV Rentals Ride the Wilds, the nation's best interconnected summertime ATV trail system. Complete with the best views, marked trails, and the most friendly locals.

Scenic RailRiders

Concord NH's newest outdoor adventure! Pedal on the railroad tracks on our custom made Rail-Bikes! Enjoy a 6.4 mile scenic adventure on a 2 or 4 person rail bike. Please see our website for details.

Littleton Entertainment And Development (LEAD)

LEAD is on a mission to connect our community through events and entertainment. We also believe in the positive effect of small businesses and aim to support their growth.

Action Tour Guide

Discover the beauty of the Kancamagus Highway with ultimate flexibility. This self-guided, narrated driving tour acts as a personalized tour guide, historian, and GPS all in one! Simply download the app and explore at your own pace. You’ll get crystal clear directions and none of the hassle of a tour group. It all works offline too! And once you’ve downloaded the tour, you can access it forever. With this self-guided tour, explore the breathtaking White Mountains and get to know the tribes who called this place home. Hear their legends, such as the tale of the great celestial bear who litters the sky with stars, and learn about tribal leaders like Chief Kancamagus. Plus, get the truth behind rumors of the Saco River Curse. You won’t just be admiring the sights—you’ll actually get to know the rich story of the mountains! Everything you need to uncover the secrets of the Kancamagus and White Mountains fits right on your phone. The tour plays automatically, based on your location. As you drive, different stories about what you’re seeing will pop up and start playing. The tour will let you know when to pause, when to go, and when you can choose to stop for a hike, vista, or waterfall. Just start at the White Mountains Visitor Center in Lincoln and follow the given route. All you have to do next is enjoy the ride! The tour is perfect for couples, families, and groups. It’s easy to use and works just like a personal tour guide in your passenger seat. Start exploring!

Experience Squam Boating Excursions

Come experience pristine Squam Lake in a way that is personalized to your liking. Relax aboard a 23' Sea Ray Bow-Rider. Bask in the sun or stay shaded under the boat's canopy. Zoom fast around the lake or putter along. Anchor in quiet coves or off sandy beaches, swim or jump off the boat. Be daring and jump off infamous "Jumping Rock". View wildlife, tour historic Church Island and On Golden Pond movie sites. Stroll along a boarded swamp-walk or pick native blueberries in season. Cruise at sunset, or star gaze under a full moon. This is the perfect excursion for those who'd like to rent a boat for a day or a couple of hours, but are leery of navigating Squam's shallow and rocky waterways, and don't want to have to get a boater's license. Bathroom facilities are accessible on several public islands. Our boat operators are commercially licensed and insured and have 25 years of boating experience on Squam.

Effortless Adventure

We are a rental camping, backpacking, and adventure tourism outfitter based in the White Mountains. From renting the equipment to booking campsites and even setting up self-guided itineraries, Effortless Adventure is the perfect starting point for your adventure.

Great Vermont Corn Maze

The Largest Maze in New England. Great Summer Attraction. Located 40 minutes north of Franconia Notch, NH. Advance online reservations required. See website for current updates and changes. Open August 1 thru September, sometimes to mid-October. Voted one of the Top 5 Mazes in America. 26 acres of Fun. Two mazes, 100' of bridges, panoramic views, and new surprises every year. Popular haunted event: DEAD NORTH-Farmland of Terror sells out every year.

M & D Playhouse

Located at the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse, M & D produces exciting live theater in North Conway year-round including comedies, dramas, musicals and more. They have been recognized with over 30 NH Theatre Awards over the past 20 years!

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

Located in the 100-Acre Wood, just 4 miles north of North Conway Village on Route 16, BIBLF offers a 10K trail system that includes a Storybook Trail featuring a different story each week along with view of mountains and surrounding rivers. The Theater in the Wood is a 300-seat theater offering productions year-round along with a Maple Sugaring Operation located on the property. BIBLF hosts many educational and fundraising events with proceeds going towards their outreach literacy programs and scholarship opportunities.

Appalachian Mountain Club

Discover hundreds of miles of trails and outdoor adventures at the AMC's high mountain huts and lodges. Single/multi-day guided outdoor adventures, summer and winter skills clinics, family adventure camps, and more. A wide range of accommodations, recreation, and access to meeting facilities and special programs make AMC the ideal destination for family vacations, weekend getaways, group outings, and corporate retreats.

Vertical Ventures Aviation

Helicopter Tours, Aerial filming and photography, events and more...Climb onboard our luxurious helicopter equipped with BOSE headsets, leather seats and bubble windows to enjoy our scenic aerial tours. Experience a bird’s eye view of the highest peaks of the White Mountains. From Cannon Mountain, Mt Lafayette all the way eastbound to the impervious Mt. Washington. All of Vertical Ventures helicopter tours will give you an amazing and unique perspective of the Presidential Range and other famous landmarks like the Majestic Mt. Washington Hotel and the Cog Railway.

Time Quest NH

Time Quest NH is a live action escape room game. Teams have one hour to solve clues and puzzles. Communication and teamwork are essential to escape! Unlock secrets to solve the mystery in time?

Loon Center & Markus Wildlife Sanctuary

The Loon Center features loon displays, mounts, interactive exhibits and award-winning videos on loons. The non-profit Loon's Feather Gift Shop sells "all things loon and more!" The 200-acre Markus Wildlife Sanctuary on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee has two miles of walking trails that overlook a nesting pair of loons. Free Admission.

North Country Climbing Center

The only full-service indoor climbing gym serving the White Mountains of New Hampshire with over 6000 square feet of varied terrain for all ages and abilities. Open 7 days a week, we offer year-round indoor climbing, outdoor guiding, camps and more!

The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center

Experience a big show in an intimate venue! GRAMMY winners, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, world renowned comedians, extraordinary cinema and more. Enjoy a night out with the option of dinner and a show!

The Red Baron Adventure

Experience an adventure like no other while soaring over the stunning scenery of the White Mountains in a vintage open cockpit Red Biplane!

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

A rural history museum and working farm, with outbuildings, gardens and walking trails. Blend the past with the present to explore over 200 years of rural living, including the rich history of two country doctors and their home. Open year-round with seasonal learning, family-friendly hands-on activities, farm animals and special events. $5 admission, 4 & under, FREE.

DirtVentures and SledVentures

A great ATV or Snowmobile adventure based on your level of riding ability. Sure to be an exciting adventure on wheels or tracks with friendly service, all necessary gear and professional guides.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

At the base of Mount Washington enjoy a guided kayak trip along scenic lakes and rivers of northern NH with brilliant mountain views and opportunities for wildlife viewing. Bring your own bike or rent one, walk or hike along on our scenic trail system with amazing views of the Presidential Mountain Range.

The Rocks

A historic landmark, home of the Forest Society’s North Country Education Center and sustainable Christmas tree farm this 1,400-acre property features beautiful views and an extensive trail system. Please call ahead or check our website for information on events and Covid protocols.

Team O'Neil Rally School

Team O'Neil Rally School courses are the most advanced, exhilarating and fun driving courses in North America. Students learn car control skills on dirt and snow covered roads. Off-Road trail drives offered on select dates.

Ice Castles-New Hampshire

Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon that brings fairy tales to life. Escape into a world of ice caves, frozen waterfalls, and glaciers formed into archways, caverns, slides, and tunnels.

Northern Extremes Snowmobiling

Offering self-guided snowmobile rentals on the Family Friendly Bear Notch snowmobile trail system. This 50 mile closed loop trail system offers spectacular views of Mount Washington & Mount Chocorua. Along the way riders can stop at a scenic vista, picnic along Swift River or look for moose. Trails are patrolled & groomed daily by the State of New Hampshire and White Mountain Trail Club.

Bretton Woods Canopy Tour & Adventure Center

The year round Canopy Tour is a high-flying adventure with 9 zip lines and spectacular views, and is one of Yankee Magazine's Editors' Picks for Unforgettable Guided Adventures. In the warmer months, enjoy the great outdoors on the guided West Wall Climb or ATV Ride, plus downhill mountain biking, disc golf and scenic gondola rides! Or test your skills on the indoor Slopeside Climbing Wall.

Woodstock Inn Brewery Tours

Inside our beers, you'll discover a bit of what makes NH so special! Our beer is available at stores and pubs across New England and in our gift shop. Grab a rack, 12-pack, growler, or sample them at one of our four pubs! Daily Brewery Tours, and an award-winning restaurant. Seasonal outdoor patio, live entertainment, 170-seat function suite and 40 uniquely styled rooms with special rates and pack¬ages available! Come to play, plan to stay!

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center & Lake Cruises

Since 1966, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has brought visitors Nearer to Nature! The outdoor live animal exhibit trail features native NH animals including coyote, bobcat, red fox, fisher, river otter, black bear, and more. New Raptor Exhibit features hawks, owls, and eagles. Squam Lake Cruises show the beauty and history of pristine Squam Lake. Kirkwood Gardens shows a variety of flowering plants and shrubs that naturally attract birds and butterflies. Natural science education programs enlighten students and adults alike. Plan to spend the day with a 2-3 hour self-guided tour of the live animal exhibit trail, a picnic lunch, followed by a 90 minute guided cruise on Squam Lake. The Science Center is the only institution in northern New England accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Open daily May 1 – November 1. Tickets available at nhnature.org.

Mystery NH

Mystery NH is a fun and exciting, immersive, real-life escape room experience, located in the heart of beautiful Mount Washington Valley.

Mount Washington Cruises

A New Hampshire visit just isn’t complete without a cruise on the historic M/S Mount Washington. Since 1872, this majestic ship has cruised the sparkling waters of Lake Winnipesaukee, surrounded by the most spectacular scenery in New England. Daytime Scenic Cruises 2.5 hour narrated cruises are offered daily from Weirs Beach, with departures from Wolfeboro, Meredith, Center Harbor and Alton Bay on alternating days. Evening Dinner Cruises Enjoy a buffet dinner, cocktails and live entertainment as you tour beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Signature cruises include Lobsterfest, Family Night, and Swing to the Oldies. Dates and departure times may vary, please see schedule for details. Sunday Brunch Cruises Enjoy a bountiful brunch buffet on a leisurely tour of Southern Winnipesaukee. Departs Sundays at 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM from Weirs Beach, and 11:15 AM from Alton Bay. U.S. Mailboat Cruises The M/V Sophie C., visits 5 island per cruise to deliver the mail and sell ice cream and treats to the island residents. Two departures daily June to September. Island Cruises See a more intimate view of lake life in a shorter, one hour cruise. The M/V Doris E. explores the shallower inlets and channels where the M/S Mount Washington isn’t able to travel. Multiple departures daily June to September, including our popular sunset cruise. Operating from May to October. 211 Lakeside Ave, Weirs Beach, Laconia 03246. 603-366-5531 • CruiseNH.com

Castle in the Clouds

Castle in the Clouds provides anywhere from one hour to a full day of enriching activities for all ages. It is home to Lucknow, an Arts and Crafts-style 16-room mansion built in the Ossipee Mountains in 1914. The 135-acre estate provides one of the most stunning views of New Hampshire’s largest lake, surrounding mountains, and over 5,500 acres of conserved land. Enjoy self-guided tours of the mansion and guided tours of its basement, learning about the mansion’s unique construction, ultra-modern appliances and technology for its era, ownership, and more about its century-long history. The on-site Carriage House offers dining in its highly-acclaimed restaurant, serving both classic comfort foods and unique twists on traditional fare in vintage horse stalls and amidst panoramic lakeside views on the terrace. You can also spend time walking or hiking along 28 miles of trail managed by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, taking in the beauty and activity of the New Hampshire ecosystem while weaving along brooks and streams, exploring seven different waterfalls, and taking breaks at epic vistas. Or, attend one of the many programs, events, and activities available for all interests, including live music, guided hikes, stargazing nights, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. While in New Hampshire, visit Castle in the Clouds to connect with history, nature, and the beauty of the Granite State! (Autumn drone photo credit: Russ Schundler)

Funspot

The Largest Arcade in the World! Established in 1952. Over 600 games for all ages. Prize games, videos, pinballs, kiddie bumper cars & kiddie rides. 18 Hole Indoor Mini-Golf. Ten Pin & Candlepin Bowling. American Classic Arcade Museum. D.A. Long Tavern. 400 seat Bingo Hall. Restaurant. Group/corporate outings. Free party rooms. Monkey Trunks High Ropes & Zipline Course. Homemade Ice Cream. No general admission charge. OPEN ALL YEAR.

Seven Birches Winery

Seven Birches Winery, located within the grand new Riverwalk Resort at Loon Mountain is hand-crafting classic European grape varietals and locally sourced fruits into wines of distinction. Open daily to the public for wine tasting, and "Meet the Winemakers" winery tours by reservation. The Atrium Wine Bar and gift shop is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon and try some locally-made and regionally-adored wines. The fruit may be from around the world, but the wine in our bottles is pure New Hampshire.

Live a Little Fitness

Be inspired, feel good and PLAY! Live a Little Fitness is a funky movement boutique. We offer a state of the art play system for kids. Offering Yoga, Pilates, and Barre. Come visit and PLAY!