Mud season is the aptly named time of year when the ski resorts have shut down winter operations and summer activities have not quite begun (and many of the trails are covered in mud!) However, the mountains are still calling and there is still plenty to do during this in-between season. Here are 12 ways to have fun (even when it’s muddy!)
The Conway Scenic Railroad is currently running Conway Valley and Bartlett Excursion rides, weekends through April and Mid-May. The Cog Railway will be chugging up to Waumbek Station (3,900’) until April 23 when they will begin heading up to Skyline (5,300’). Summit service will resume on May 1.
Zipline tours, Off-road excursions, the Thrillsville Aerial Obstacle Course, and Guided Treks, there’s a lot of adventuring to do at Alpine Adventures. Currently open Thursday-Monday.
Get the adrenaline pumping and test your driving skills at one of Team O’Neil’s upcoming spring rally courses. Choose from 1–5-day classes. Gain confidence behind the wheel, no matter the road conditions.
NCCC’s indoor rock-climbing wall has courses for kids to adults, beginner to advanced climbers. They also lead outdoor guided climbs for those who want a more adventurous experience.
Buckle up and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime when booking an open cockpit biplane flight with Red Baron Adventure . Choose between a 20-minute, 30-minute, or one-hour flight and enjoy captivating views of the Mount Washington Valley. Explore the White Mountains with a birds-eye view from a helicopter tour with Vertical Ventures Aviation . Many tour options to choose from with stunning views of Franconia Notch or the Presidential Range.
Open daily, the Largest Arcade in the World has a vintage arcade game room, bowling alley, indoor mini golf course, bumper cars, kiddie rides, and more games than you can play in a day. Great for kids and adults alike.
As you make your way through the White Mountains, include a stop at some of our local breweries. Schilling Beer Co , Rek Lis Brewing Co. , and Woodstock Inn Brewery (reopens May 5), each brews distinctive craft beers that will please any palate and offers tastings in unique settings.
Not a beer fan? There’s a wine for that! Hermit Woods Winery in the Lakes Region offers wine tastings, wine events, and has a café on-site. Seven Birches Winery’s tasting room has views of the mountains, and in addition to their reds, whites, and fruit wines, now offers a line of ciders too. (Rhythm Ciders).
The North Conway branch of the New England Ski Museum is currently open Friday-Monday with exhibits showcasing New Hampshire’s place in ski history. Enjoy ski memorabilia, photos, videos, and more.
There are 29 historic and beautiful covered bridges in the White Mountains and driving around to view them is a fun way to spend a day. These bridges are built over some of our scenic rivers and in some of our quaint small towns. Stop and explore those towns while you’re checking out the bridges.
The White Mountains Trail is a 100-mile scenic loop which brings you over the Kancamagus Highway, meanders through Crawford Notch, and includes stunning mountain views, scenic vistas, and cultural and historical sites. Take your time to explore the unique wonder of the White Mountains along this scenic route.