The summer is heating up here in the White Mountains, and we know some sure fire ways to keep you cool while you stay and play.
Spend the day at a water park!
Whale’s Tale Waterpark has the “cool” factor and all the elements you need to beat the heat. Spend the day riding down 11 water slides, 3 water thrill rides, 2 tube rides, wave pool, ¼ mile tranquil river, 4 toddler slides, and the newest attraction, the AKUA Beach Surf Simulator.
Cool off in a cave!
A great way to take the edge off the heat is to explore some cool, dark caves. Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in North Woodstock, takes you on a short walk on a boardwalk that leads you through the shaded woods to a 35 foot waterfall and 12 caves. The granite caves stay cool all summer long and a couple have water running through them, dropping the temperature even more. Polar Caves Park in Rumney offers 9 unique granite caves, one that even has ice in it through August! There are shady Nature Trails to explore when you’re done adventuring in the caves.
There are many swimming holes in the White Mountains, and they're a great place to spend some time on a hot summer day. These are a few popular spots but we’re sure you can find many more without looking too hard!
Otter Rocks-Route 112 (Kancamagus Highway) in Lincoln. This popular spot offers facilities including a rest room and picnic tables.
Sawyer Rock-Crawford Notch. This family-friendly spot, is a little hard to find from the road, but after passing Sawyer Rock on your left as you head West on Route 302, you will see a small pull-off on the right, and will probably see cars parked there. Take a walk down a small, dirt path and you will come to a beach, sunning boulders to jump from, and large pools of water to swim in.
Jackson Falls-Jackson. This swimming hole is located right off the road, and offers picnic tables and many flat, smooth rocks to relax on. There are cascades, slides, and a waterfall with a natural rock seat behind it.
Lower Falls-Albany. This popular swimming spot is located on the Kancamagus Highway with many cascades and pools to splash around in. While you’re there, take advantage of the rest rooms and the covered picnic area with a charcoal grill.
Cascade Park-North Woodstock. Located behind Truant’s Tavern, you can go for a drip, or have a picnic lunch!
Take a Lazy Trip Down The River!
The White Mountains is home to many beautiful rivers, including the Pemigewasset, the Saco, and the Androscoggin and a great way to stay cool and pass a lazy day, is to canoe, kayak, or raft down the river. Great Glen Trails in Gorham will bring you on a Guided Wildlife Kayak Tour or a Whitewater Kayak Trip on the Androscoggin River. ELC Outdoors in Errol offers Whitewater rafting, canoe and kayak rentals and tours, and wildlife boat excursions. Raft NH in Gorham has a Whitewater rafting adventure for every experience level, ages 6+. Rent a tube with Saco River Tubing Center in Conway and enjoy a lazy, relaxing float down the Saco. There are small, sandy beaches and rope swings along the way so you can make a day of it. Saco Valley Canoe in Conway lets you relax and cool off in the Saco River with their canoe, kayak, and tube rentals. Ski Fanatics in Campton are not only your winter activity outfitter, but they also offer canoe, kayak, and tube rentals for a ride down the Pemi. Shuttle service available too!
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
We can’t think of a better (or more delicious way to cool off than to eat a scoop (or two) of ice cream. Here are a few options to whet your whistle. Udderly Delicious located on Main Street in Lincoln, offers fresh, New England made ice cream, and a build your own ice cream sandwich bar. Moose Scoops Ice Cream in Warren offers hard and soft ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, and was voted one of the Top Ice Cream Shops in the state by the WMUR Viewer’s Poll. After you order from one of 50 homemade ice cream choices from Coneheads Ice Cream in North Woodstock, walk down to Cascade Park and enjoy the Pemigeswasset River while you eat your cone.