Visit and experience these 17 popular and legendary attractions of the White Mountains. Each one is fun for all ages and a great vacation value! You can spend the day at one, or visit several—you might even want to plan your trip to include them all! The drive between the attractions is short, the scenery is spectacular, and a White Mountains vacation that is a great value.
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Ride to the top of Mount Washington on the World’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, built in 1869. This season, the Cog celebrates 150 years of climbing to the highest peak in the Northeast, and will be hosting special events and rates all season long. Choose eco-friendly biodiesel or vintage steam for the 3-hour round trip to the summit. An on-board guided tour provides entertaining narrative on your exciting journey. At the base, enjoy the Cog Railway Museum, gift shop and restaurant. A unique must-do experience when visiting the White Mountains.
The legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road—America’s original man-made attraction! The timeless and dramatic beauty of the Presidential Range and the highest peak in the Northeast is yours to enjoy when you drive yourself or take a comfortable 2-hour guided tour to the summit of Mt. Washington. Adventure can be found along the 7.6 mile Auto Road with four different ecological zones to explore. At the 6,288-foot summit enjoy panoramic views spanning distant mountains & valleys or experience the world-famous weather extremes that Mt. Washington is known for!
Explore one of New Hampshire’s premier outdoor experiences, offering 9 granite caves, 7 family-friendly attractions, 5 guided rock-climbing routes, our Animal Park with unique species, and 1 Via Ferrata (also known as our Polar Ascent)—an iron climbing feature spanning over 170 feet. Welcoming and fun for kids, adventurous for adults! Conquer climbing routes, squeeze through caves, try your hand at mining for gems at the Baker River Mining Sluice. Bring a picnic and make a day of it! Be sure to wear proper gear: hiking shoes and clothes meant for playing outside!
Soar high above our trails and tree canopy from the summit of Bear Peak to the base of Attitash Mountain on the rider-controlled ZipTour, including one of the longest single zip spans in the East! Enjoy the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster or experience North America’s longest Alpine Slide. Attitash is also home to cross-country and lift-serviced downhill mountain biking, Slacklines, a free-fall Airbag Jump and the only outdoor water park in the Mt. Washington Valley.
The 80-passenger aerial tramway whisks you above timberline to the 4,100-foot summit for outstanding views of the White Mountains and into Maine, Vermont and even Canada. Take as little as an hour or as long as a day to enjoy summit walking paths, an observation deck, cafeterias, swimming at Echo Lake, boat rentals, a free eight-mile recreation path, “Old Man of the Mountain” Museum, and the New England Ski Museum.
Discover why Lost River Gorge is one of New Hampshire’s greatest natural wonders. Explore nature’s blissful beauty as your journey takes you on a self-guided adventure along a 1-mile wooden boardwalk trail among jagged rock walls, glacial boulder caves, and cascading waterfalls. Observe the “gorge-ousness” of Lost River and Kinsman Notch from the viewing platform of the Giant Bird’s Nest and the upper gorge Suspension Bridge. Complete your experience by panning for gemstones.
Enjoy the Trained Bear Show, ride on the White Mountain Central Railroad through Wolfman’s Territory, and be amazed by our Circus Act. Ride the exhilarating Water Raft Ride, the Anaconda Escape! Don’t miss Wolfie’s Segway Park, Water Blaster Boats, the Climbing Tower, Museums, Kilburn’s Photo Parlor and River City Mining. Visit unique specialty shops and much more at Clark’s Trading Post. We can BEARLY wait to see you!
Story Land is the children’s theme park where fairy tales come to life. Enjoy over 30 wonderfully themed rides and attractions including our newest attraction: Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific musical stage show and meet and greet! Take a ride on Roar-O-Saurus, our one of-a-kind wooden roller coaster! Making more memories than ever! Story Land; a family favorite for over 60 years!!
EnJOY exciting rides & entertaining shows, gingerbread cookies & ‘elfabet’ elves, Santa and his reindeer. Get refreshed in our Ho Ho H2O water park. One of the ‘Top 25 U.S. Amusement Parks’ for five years in a row—#1 in New England—TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards. One low admission includes all features for the entire day, plus parking, strollers, and more. A tradition from our family to yours for over 65 years. Pure Joy. Family Style.
Located 1 mile from downtown North Conway Village, Cranmore’s Mountain Adventure and Aerial Adventure Parks offer something for the whole family. Zoom down the Mountain Coaster, fly on the Soaring Eagle Zip Line ride, arc high into the sky on the Giant Swing, or take on your friends with a game of Knockerball. Take to the trees in the Aerial Adventure ropes course, with 8 different courses based on different ability levels, and have lunch at the Summit’s Meister Hut Restaurant, also featuring a Tuckerman Brewing Tasting Room, ice cream and scenic views.
With an industry leading blend of slides and attractions, Whale’s Tale is sure to be a thrill! Recently, Whale’s Tale was voted TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Waterparks in the United States. Join us in June, for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, and in July for our surf competition! Spend a great day together as you slide, swim, and splash through our world class waterpark—and don’t forget to catch the wave on Akua Beach, our simulated wave! Beachside Bash is every weekend at the Waveside Stage with family fun and games so be sure to bring your loved ones this summer!
Enjoy a 2-mile self-guided nature walk through the Flume Gorge, a spectacular natural chasm. Along the walk you will discover covered bridges, amazing waterfalls, a scenic pool, and incredible mountain views. Kids can crawl through and explore caves along the way. The Visitor's Center offers a free 20-minute movie on Franconia Notch State Park, information, gift shop, cafeteria, and interpretive exhibits.
Join us aboard our restored vintage coaches for a 15-mile, 80-minute excursion along the banks of the Pemigewasset River. Hobo Picnic Lunches & ice cream are available onboard. Open Memorial Day weekend through late October, and late November through mid-December for Santa Express Trains. Busses, recreation centers & school groups are all welcome.
Experience New Hampshire’s ZipRider—soar 1/2-mile over trees, trails and the Peabody River at up to 45 mph! Then ride the Wildcat Express Gondola Skyride to the 4,000'+ summit of Wildcat Mountain. Views of Mt. Washington, Tuckerman Ravine, and Presidential Range offer memories, a unique picnic, and great photo opportunities. Explore and learn about natural surroundings of Wildcat Mountain located 100% on US National Forest land. Café, 9-hole lift-serviced disc golf, and special events available all summer.
Join us for an old-fashioned railroading experience Whether you choose one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion, this is a journey back in time the whole family will enjoy! On the Valley Train, choose Coach, First Class, or experience dining on the rails aboard the dining car Chocorua. The Notch Train offers Coach, First-Class, or Dome seating. With the First Class package, enjoy lunch on one of our beautiful dining cars.
Explore the White Mountains while you soar 200' above the forest floor at speeds up to 60mph at the largest and most award-winning adventure destination in New England. With three Zipline courses to choose from, incredible guide staff and legendary views, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. Off-road tours feature unique 6-wheel drive Pinzgauers on 300 private acres of trails with beautiful views of the White Mountains. Challenge yourself in the ever expanding and evolving Thrillsville Aerial Park and the always thrilling Big Air Bag Launchzone! Tours run year round.
Soar to Loon Peak on New Hampshire’s longest scenic Gondola Skyride to explore glacial caves, climb the observation tower, slide in the playground, and enjoy family dining with spectacular views. Play a round on the new Loon Peak Disc Golf Course, or unleash your inner Tarzan in the Aerial Forest Adventure Park on one of 5 courses for all adrenaline levels. Zipline across the Pemigewasset River, get lost in the LogJam Maze, scale the outdoor climbing wall, rent an e-bike, and more.