Visit NH: Top New Hampshire Kid-Friendly Attractions

Spring and summer in the New Hampshire is full of adventure and creating memories. There are a number of family friendly attractions, shows, and things to do to keep your family busy. Whether you’re wanting to take the children on a day trip or a memorable multiday vacation, there is something for everyone in the New Hampshire.

Family Attractions:

Thomas Conway Scenic RailRoad

Day Out With Thomas at Conway Scenic Railroad

38 Norcross Circle, North Conway, NH 03860

July 21-23 & 28-30

Take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine. New this year, Percy will be joining Thomas! Before or after your train ride, children will enjoy engaging in Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, live music,  unlimited motorcar rides, engine tours, mini golf, bouncy houses, face painting, coloring, temporary tattoos, as well as an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt.

Website:  http://conwayscenic.com/.

 

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Santa's Village

Santa’s Village:

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH 03583

Spend your day Santa and his reindeer, exciting rides, a light show, and trying to find all of the letters to graduate from Elf University at Santa’s Village, a family favorite for many generations. You’ll want to make sure to bring a swim suit to cool down in HoHoH2O water park and JOYride water slides. There are plenty of lockers to store your belongings and lounge chairs to sit back and recharge while the children enjoy the water features.

Website: www.santasvillage.com.

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Pumpkin Coach Ride StoryLand

Storyland

850 NH Route 16 Glen, NH 03838

Fairy tales have come to life at Story Land for over 60 years. The theme park is filled with shows, games, attractions and 22 themed rides including the newest attraction this year: Roar-O-Saurus, a wooden roller coaster. The Antique Cars & Bamboo Chutes have been a favorite for many families throughout the years. Cool down on Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride, and for the younger children stop by Dr. Geyser’s “Mini-Geysers” as they play the guessing game as to which hole with squirt water. Bring your favorite storybook characters and animals to life by visiting Mother Goose, Cinderella, The Woman in the Shoe, Baa Baa Black Sheep, the Three Little Pigs and others.

Website: https://www.storylandnh.com/.

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Loon Mountain Bike Rentals

Loon Mountain

60 Loon Mountain Rd. Lincoln, NH 03251

Explore Loon Mountain throughout the summer and fall, not just winter. Start your day off by soaring to Loon’s Summit on NH’s Longest Scenic Skyride. Once at top, climb the Observation Tower for amazing views of the mountain and explore the summit glacial caves. Back at the base, soar through the air on the Zipline, bounce and flip in the Bungee Trampoline, and see if you can reach the top of the Climbing Wall.  Put your sense of direction to test in the LogJam Maze, group up into teams and see who will conquer the challenge first. Let the kids bounce around and shoot some hoops in the Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard, and test their climbing skills in the SpiderWeb. End your day with a scenic bike ride around Loon Mountain and downtown Lincoln, with the paved bike paths.

Website: http://www.loonmtn.com.

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cog railroad

Mount Washington Cog Railway

3168 Base Station Road Marshfield Station, NH

Take a 3 hour round-trip train ride to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in New England on the eco-friendly biodiesel or historic coal-fired steam locomotives. On the way up and down you will experience an on guide tour with breathtaking views of the Mount Washington Valley. Once at the summit you’ll be able to experience panoramic views of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and even east to the Atlantic Ocean on clear days. Visit the Sherman Adams Visitors Center, Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Museum and 1853 Tip Top House, and make sure to to take a memorable photo at the summit marker. Advance booking is recommended.

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Flume Gorge

Flume Gorge

852 Daniel Webster Hwy. Lincoln, NH 03251

Enjoy a self-guided nature walk to just the Gorge, or take the 2 mile loop around, where you will discover covered bridges, amazing waterfalls, a scenic pool, and incredible mountain views. Wear study shoes as there are many stairs to climb. The children will enjoy climbing through the bear cave and crawling through the Wolf’s den. You’ll start and end at the Visitor’s Center which offers a free 20-minute movie on Franconia Notch State Park.
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Clarks Trading Post

Clark’s Trading Post:

110 Daniel Webster Highway. Lincoln, NH 03251

Stop by Clark’s Trading Post, a trusted family theme park since 1928 and watch the Bear Show and Chinese Acrobats. Take a steam train ride on The White Mountain Central and  come face to face with the Wolfman.  If you’re 48” or taller take a 3 minute ride on a Segway i2, or if you’re feeling adventurous  take the 45 minutes Segway Safari guided tour into Wolfman’s Territory on an off-road Segway X2.   Hop on board the Water Blaster Boats – just beware, you may end up SOAKED! Reach the top of the Climbing Tower, visit the Museums, and take a memorable picture in Kilburn’s Photo Parlor.
For more information and show times visit www.clarkstradingpost.com.
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cranmore mountain

Cranmore Mountain:

1 Skimobile Road, North Conway, NH 03860

Spend the day at Cranmore Mountain where the adventure awaits for the entire family. Zoom down on the Mountain Coaster, scale the climbing wall, fly through the air on the Giant Swing, zip on the Soaring Eagle, and bounce on the bouncy houses,and bungy trampolines. The fun doesn’t stop there, take a ride on the conveyer belt for summer tubing, and new for 2015 is a little kid rope course. Don’t forget to take a scenic chairlift ride to the summit where you can take a 1 mile hike.
For more information about the family activities at Cranmore Mountain, visit www.cranmore.com.
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water country

Water Country

2300 Lafayette Road Portsmouth, NH 03801
With 26-acres of kids attractions and rides, there is water fun for everyone! Relax on the 1/4 mile-long Adventure River or in the Whirlpool,  zip down the 58 foot high Double Geronimo, or take a family water rafting adventure on Thunder Falls & Wild Canyon. There’s over a dozen dozen slides to choose from, some more intense than others for the thrill seeker, and for the younger crowd there’s a special area for children under 48″.
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Charmingfare Farm:

774 High Street Candia, NH 03034
Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at Charmingfare Farm where children will enjoy the Oakhurst Dairy Discovery Barn with a  hands-on petting area, Wildlife exhibits, pony rides, tractor train rides, horse drawn rides and more.
  • Wildlife: Black Bears, Bactrian Camel, Cougar, Eagle Owl, Grey Fox, Lynx, Pocupine, Raccoon, Red-tailed Hawk, Reindeer and Skunks.
  • Farm Animals: Alpacas, Beef Cattle, Chickens, Dairy Cattle, Donkeys, Draft Horses, Ducks, Emu, Geese, Llamas, Miniature Horses, Katahdin Hair Sheep, Nigerian Miniature Goats, Old English Baby Doll Sheep, Oxen, Peacocks, Pigs, Ponies, Rabbits, Saddle Horses and Turkeys.

Website: https://www.visitthefarm.com

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Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

6 Washington Street Dover, NH 03820
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire offers two floors of art, science and cultural experiences for families, a shop, snack area, and outdoor playground. Children ages 1-12 can xplore hand on exhibits, world cultures, under-sea research, brain waves, dinosaurs, music, nature and more.
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Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park:

9 Franconia Notch ParkwayFranconia/Lincoln, NH 03580
Explore the natural beauty of New Hampshire at Franconia State Park.  Pack a lunch, hike one of the establish trails, stop for a swim or rent a canoe or kayak at Echo Lake State Beach, or ride your bike on the Franconia Notch Bike Path.
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Comments

  1. nicole dziedzic says:

    The Mount Washington Cog Railway reminds me of a place we took our kids last summer, they got to go on real trains and everything. We also do the water parks every year, we get a pass.

  2. Janet W. says:

    Wow so much to do! My grandsons would love all of these activities, especially Thomas!

  3. shelly peterson says:

    Wow so many great attractions! They all look great. My grandson would love the trains.

  4. Dandi D says:

    This looks wonderful and I see a lot of things my family would enjoy!

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