Summer sticks around until September 23, but we know that the allure of fall-inspired coffee flavors has some of you feeling that fall is already here. That doesn’t mean the fun has to end! This seasonal transitional period is a great time to come and explore the White Mountains without the crowds. Grab your pumpkin spice latte and check out the attracitons that are still open mid-week through October.
Alpine Adventures-Open Year-Round
Zip through the foliage, take in the views from Barron Mountain on an off-road adventure tour, and get your thrills at the Thrillsville Aerial Adventure Park. No matter the weather, you’ll find some serious adventure here.
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway-Daily through October 20
As the leaves change from green to shades or red, yellow, and orange, you can enjoy aerial fall views of Franconia Notch and beyond on the Cannon Aerial Tramway. This 7-minute ride brings you to the 4,081’ summit of Cannon Mountain and from there you can explore the summit building, or take a quick 10 minute walk along the rim trail to the observation deck for even more incredible views.
Conway Scenic Railroad-Daily through November 2
Whether you opt for a shorter ride through the beautiful fields and rivers of Conway and Bartlett, or you choose to take the scenic train ride through Crawford Notch, you are will be in for a treat. Relax and soak in the fall scenery through Mount Washington Valley or through the Notch. For an incredible and unique dining experience, opt for lunch or dinner on one of their dining cars.
Flume Gorge-Daily through October 20
With fewer people to share the boardwalk and views of Avalanche Falls with, it is a wonderful time of year to explore the Flume Gorge. Walk the 2-mile loop through the woods, past glacial boulders and Avalanche Falls, by historic covered bridges and of course, the iconic Gorge itself.
Hobo Railroad-Daily Sept. 14-October 14
After taking a brief mid-week hiatus the first part of September, the Hobo will return to their daily schedule to bring you their Harvest Time Express train rides, which takes you along the Pemigewasset River for a 1.5 hour foliage excursion. Check out the “Superhero” themed Cornstalk Critters on display at the Hobo Station, pick your pumpkins at the Hobo Farm Stand, and play family-friendly fall-inspired lawn games.
Loon Mountain Resort-Daily through October 14
While the Adventrure and Bike Center are only open holidays and weekends, there is still a lot going on at Loon Mountain. Take a ride on the Gondola Skyride, NH’s longest gondola ride to the summit and marvel at the stunning mountain views that surround you. At the top, try a round of Loon Peak Disc Golf, head to the 360° observation tower, have lunch at the Summit Café, and explore the glacial caves.
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves-Daily through October 20
Find Lost River Gorge and experience the glacial caves and beautiful views from Kinsman Notch. Descend into the gorge via the boardwalk and take your time exploring 11 natural, glacial caves, the Bird’s Nest, and the Mountain View Lookout.
Mt. Washington Auto Road-Daily through October 20
Now is the perfect time to drive yourself or take a guided Stage Coach to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Ascend over 6 miles, and reach above tree-line views at 4,200 feet. Experience ever-changing weather, incredible views, and a once-in-a-lifetime ride to the top of Mount Washington.
Mt. Washington Cog Railway-Daily through November 30
Celebrating its 150 th birthday, the Cog Railway is a fun and historic adventure to the summit of Mount Washington. This 3-hour round trip includes an hour at the summit to take pictures and explore the summit building museum. October 21 marks the end of the summit season and will take passengers 1/3 of the way up to Waumbek where riders will still experience incredible views and the thrill of riding a train up Mount Washington.
Polar Caves Park-Daily through October 20
Explore glacial caves, feed the deer and ducks at the Animal Park, and try rock climbing on the Glacial Wall. There are 9 caves that twist and turn you around the park, and stunning views from the top point of the boardwalk.
Whale’s Tale Waterpark-AKUA Flow Club-Daily through October 8
While the waterpark may be closed for the season, you can still check out the intensely fun Akua Flow Club surf simulator. Rent it out for a private session and try your hand (or body), at surfing or flowboarding.