6 Things To Do In the White Mountains, New Hampshire


Summer and fall in the White Mountain region 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 want to take the children on a memorable vacation at Santa’s Village or Story Land, a family favorite for many generations, or want to take the more scenic route by taking the Cog Railway up to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England, there is something for everyone in the White Mountain region.

Below are a few of our favorite things to do in the White Mountain region throughout the summer and fall, many of them within miles of each other. Pack your vacation full of smiles, laughs, and memories. As we explore the White Mountain region we will adding on, we hope you enjoy the region as much as we do.

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Santa’s Village:

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH 03583

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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.


  • Ages 4+ $30
  • Seniors Ages 62+ $28
  • Two Day Pass $55

Open for special events for Halloween & New Year’s Eve and for 11 weekend days for the 18th annual Christmastime celebration.

Find more information, visit www.santasvillage.com.

Read about our visit to Santa’s Village.

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Story Land

850 NH Route 16 Glen, NH 03838

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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.


  • Ages 3+ $30.99
  • Ages 1 & 2 are free.

Find more information, visit https://www.storylandnh.com/.

Read about our visit to StoryLand.

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Loon Mountain

60 Loon Mountain Rd. Lincoln, NH 03251

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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.

Loon Adventure Pass:

Zipline (round-trip), Biking (2-hr. rental), Gondola Skyride, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, Glacial Caves, Nature Trail, Observation Tower, Mountaintop Playground and more!

  • Adult (ages 13+): $43
  • Junior (ages 7-12): $33
  • Ages 6-12 w/o Zipline: $29

For more information, visit http://www.loonmtn.com.

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Mount Washington Cog Railway

3168 Base Station Road Marshfield Station, NH

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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.

May-October: Three-hour round trip with approx. one-hour stop at the summit of Mount Washington with free entry into the new Observatory Museum.

November: One-hour round trip. Travel half-way to the summit, Upper Waumbek Switch.

  • Adults (13+) $68 (steam train $73)
  • Seniors (65+) $63;
  • Children (4-12) $39
  • 3 and under free on adult lap
For more information, visit http://www.thecog.com/.

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Flume Gorge

852 Daniel Webster Hwy. Lincoln, NH 03251

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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.
  • Adults 13+: $15.
  • Children age 6-12 $12
  • Under 5 free.

Find more information at: www.flumegorge.com

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Clark’s Trading Post:

110 Daniel Webster Highway. Lincoln, NH 03251

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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 your’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.
Tickets: Admission includes all rides & shows. Segway Safari tour (extra fee)
  • Ages 4-64 $20
  • Seniors 65+ $18
  • Ages 3 & under free.
For more information and show times visit www.clarkstradingpost.com.
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  1. Holly E says:

    I have never been to New Hampshire, but it looks really nice! Lots of great things to do there.

  2. Stephanie says:

    never been there but it looks like a great family place

  3. Julie Wood says:

    I have never visited the White Mountains, but I want to! I want to visit Santa’s Village and take my son, niece and nephew! We would all have a blast!

  4. Nicole says:

    I have never been to the White Mountains, but all these places and activities looks awesome for the family to come together and explore. The rock climbing wall looks cool.

  5. shelly peterson says:

    Looks like an amazing place to visit. A great place for the family to have fun.

  6. Ellen B says:

    I actually live right there – my son worked at Santa’s Village while in high school – they are great about keeping the jobs local. Lots of fun stuff to do up here so if you are visiting be sure to pick up the local paper (only comes out on Wednesday) because we have lot of local activities (street fairs, art festivals, church suppers, etc.). It’s a great place to live.