You may be in a funk with summer winding down but snap out of it! Not only are all 17 major attractions still open weekends through at least Columbus Day, most of them are still open daily until October (or November…woo hoo!) So if you find yourself with a random day off during the week, or feeling a “fever” or “sore throat” coming on, hop in the car, avoid the crowds, and enjoy the remainder of summer fun to be had in the White Mountains.
As always, this fun and adventurous spot is open year-round, so no matter the weather, you can zip through the trees or drive up the side of Barron Mountain on an off-road safari. Need a challenge? Try out the bridges, cargo nets, zipline, and climbing tower at the Thrillsville Aerial Adventure Park.
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
As the green trees turn some lovely shades or red, yellow, and orange, it’s nice to get an aerial view as the White Mountains starts to turn. The aerial tramway is only a 7-minute ride to the 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.
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 scenery and as the season turns to fall, enjoy the changing of the leaves.
With fewer people to share the boardwalk and views of Avalanche Falls, it is a wonderful time of year to explore the Flume Gorge. Walk the 2-mile loop through the woods, pass glacial boulders, a couple covered bridges, and of course, the iconic Gorge itself.
Hobo Railroad-Daily Sept. 15-October 14
After taking a quick 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 take you along the Pemi River and the changing foliage. Check out the Cornstalk Critters on display at the Hobo Station, as well as the Hobo Farm Stand.
Loon Mountain Gondola
Take a ride on NH’s longest scenic gondola skyride and marvel at the stunning mountain views before you. Once at the summit, explore the 360° observation tower, the summit café, and the glacial caves. There’s even a mountaintop playground for the kids.
Lost River Gorge
Find Lost River Gorge and experience the glacial caves and the beautiful views from Kinsman Notch. Take your time and fully immerse yourself in all that the gorge has to offer including Paradise Falls, a stunning 35’ waterfall in the middle of the Lost River Gorge.
Mt. Washington Auto Road
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
Celebrating 150 years in 2019, 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.
Explore glacial caves, a petting zoo, a natural rock wall, and yummy maple products all in one fun location. 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
While the waterpark may be closed for the season, you can still check out AKUA Beach, which is their awesome, new surf simulator. Rent it out for a private session and try your hand (or body), at surfing or flowboarding.