CONWAY — Looking to add some zip to your life?

Visitors to the White Mountains region will enjoy exploring the many local natural and man-made attractions, many of which are listed below. From zip tours and canopy rides, to Aline Slides, climbing walls, giant swings, summer tubing, lift-serviced mountain biking, scenic railroads and more, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained this summer and fall. Call to confirm all rates and schedules — and have fun!

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• Attitash Route 302, Bartlett (374-2368 or www.attitash.com): Enjoy the thrill and excitement of the 4,300-foot Nor'Easter mountain coaster; North America's longest Alpine Slide; cross-country and lift-accessed mountain biking, guided horseback rides, scenic chair rides, the only outdoor waterpark in the Mount Washington Valley, slack lines, a 60-by-60-foot airbag jump, and a Saturday summer music series July 5 through Aug. 31 from 3 to 6 p.m.  (note: Aug. 30 additional date at Wildcat Mountain); a Blueberry Fest Aug. 2, and the 17th annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 11 and 12.


Limited attractions including mountain coaster, alpine slides, mountain biking, and more open weekends only May 24 to June 8 and Sept. 6 to Oct. 13. All summer attractions open daily from June 14 to Sept 1. (weather permitting).
This year, visit Attitash Mountain Resort and ride, splash and slide at New Hampshire's original summer fun ski area. Enjoy the thrill and excitement of the 4,300-foot Nor'Easter mountain coaster, a 4,300-foot rollercoaster set to the mountainside. Don't miss North America's longest Alpine Slide, a family tradition since 1976. Attitash also offers cross-country and lift-accessed mountain biking, guided horseback rides, scenic chair rides to Attitash's 2,550-foot summit, the only outdoor waterpark in the Mount Washington Valley, slack lines and more. Attitash also features a 60-by-60-foot airbag jump for thrilling free fall jumps and slacklines to test your balance on, as well as a summer music series and other outdoor events. New this year, Attitash is adding a ZipTour from Bear Peak to Attitash — the longest single span in the contiguous United States! Highlights include: musical concerts Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m., July 5 through Aug. 31 (note: Aug. 30 additional date at Wildcat Mountain); the annual BlueberryFest Aug. 2; and the 17th annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 11 and 12. Attitash also hosts the six-week Pin The Trail mountain bike series Wednesdays, July 9 to Aug. 13, and the POC Eastern States Cup July 12 and 13, Aug. 16 and 17, and Sept. 20 and 21.
Rates: Full day early/late season: $25 (48 inches and taller), $15 (under 48 inches). Full day midseason: $45 (48 inches and taller), $20 (under 48 inches).

• Black Mountain


Route 16-B, Jackson
383-4490 or blackmt.com

Enjoy horseback trail riding, pony rides, children's pony riding lessons and more at Black Mountain Ski Area in Jackson. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Black Mountain will be open for the summer and fall seasons with horseback trail rides. The rides are offered daily (weather permitting) and are open to all ability levels from beginner to experienced riders. Contact Black to reserve your trail ride or contact one of our lodging partners to plan your summer outing. If that sounds appealing but you are seeking higher adventure then consider an overnight horseback to Black's cabin. Guests depart on horseback in the early evening and take a trail ride up the mountain where the horses are then corralled for the evening. Riders enjoy a barbecue dinner prepared by Black Mountain staff and then relax by a campfire before settling down for the evening in one of Back's comfortable mountain cabins. Sunset and sunrise rides are also available. Horse Camps are offered for ages 8 through 12 the weeks of July 7-11, July 14-18, and July 21-25. Black also offers pony parties. Horseback rides are offered daily at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Pony rides are offered daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Trail lessons are also offered in an enclosed area for children too small for a trail ride but looking for more than a pony ride.

• Conway Scenic Railroad


38 Norcross Circle, Route 16 and 302, North Conway
356-5251 or www.conwayscenic.com

Rates: Adults from $16.50; ages 4-12 from $11.50; under 4 ride FREE in Coach on Valley Trains

Join the Conway Scenic for its 41st anniversary season! 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 that the whole family will enjoy! On the Valley Train, choose Coach, First Class, or experience dining on the rails aboard the Dining Car Chocorua. On the “Notch Train” choose from Coach, First-Class, or Dome seating. With the First Class package, enjoy lunch in the elegant Dining Car Hattie Evans. “A Day Out With Thomas™” returns July 17-19 and July 24-26, and Arts in Motion presents dinner murder mystery theater, “Here She Comes… Miss Murder,” Oct 23 & 24, Oct. 30 & 31  — for reservations, call 800-232-5251.

• Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park


Skimobile Road, North Conway
www.cranmore.com or 1-800-SUN-N-SKI

Play is good! Visit North Conway’s Playground this summer and experience adventures at the Cranmore Mountain Adventure and Aerial Adventure Parks. Zoom down thousands of feet of twisting, turning fun flying through the woods on the Mountain Coaster, zip on the Soaring Eagle while accelerating 700 feet down the mountainside on a suspended cable, arc high into the sky on the Giant Swing, or race down the summer tubing hill, and more! Take to the trees in the Aerial Adventure Park for fun challenges like ziplines, air bridges, cargo nets, and other obstacles. Enjoy the surrounding views of North Conway and Mount Washington, on a four-person chairlift ride to the summit where hiking trails may be enjoyed. New this summer is a climbing wall, gem mining, and lunches from the grill at the summit on the deck of the Meister Hut. Cranmore hosts the Arts Jubilee concert series every Thursday evening,  July  17 through Aug. 14. Cranmore is also home to Cranmore Fitness, the Valley's largest fitness facility.

• Farm by the River Riding Stables
356-2694, 356-6640 or 1- 888-414-8353
2555 West Side Road, North Conway
www.farmbytheriver.com

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the award-winning Horseback Riding Stables in North Conway at the Farm by the River Bed  and Breakfast are open to the general public year round for scenic horseback rides. This owner-operated stable offers scenic trail rides on 70 scenic acres with panoramic mountain views. A perfect place for couples and families, this country inn and riding complex is located on a family estate dating back to 1771. The trail network winds through meadows and mixed maple and evergreen forest, and along the Saco River — perfect for swimming and fly fishing. Rider camps are also offered. Children's pony rides are also available.

• Hartmann Model Railroad
Route 16-302/Town Hall Road
Intervale
356-9922/ www.hartmannrr.com

Operated by Roger and Nelly Hartmann, this museum and shop is for railroad fans of all ages. See detailed operating layouts with trains winding through tunnels, over bridges and by miniature train stations and buildings... even Thomas the Tank that operates by a light sensor system. The Hartmanns truly offer an enjoyable year-around attraction. Located just four miles north of North Conway.

• King Pine/Purity Spring Resort
Route 153, East Madison
(800) 373-3754 or www.purityspring.com

With a pristine private lake, full recreation program, family-friendly dining and lodging, plus stunning natural surroundings, Purity Spring Resort is the ideal destination for affordable family vacations, weddings and reunions. Celebrating over 100 years of hospitality in 2011, Purity Spring Resort has been owned and operated by the Hoyt family for five generations, and has become a classic family tradition for many. In summer, lakeside breakfast cookouts are held Mondays (paddle over Purity Lake for a hearty meal). Lobster bakes and steak cookouts are held every Thursday evening, also weather permitting. Both programs are open to the public, as is Traditions Restaurant, offering New England favorites. Purity Spring also operates Danforth Bay Camping Resort and the newly-expanded The Bluffs Adult RV and Camp Tohkomeupog.

 

• Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure
1853 Chocorua Route 16
Chocorua 03886 
www.monkeytrunks.com • 367-4427

Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure parks have been busy over the winter building brand new children's courses at all three locations in Chocorua and Weirs Beach, N.H., and in Saco, Maine.  All children’s courses include six to eight challenges each, and end with an 80-foot zipline. Each course is different, so it’s fun to try all three! The Weirs Beach location added lights so guests can climb, swing, and zip at night. In May, the adventure parks are open weekends and, starting June 21, open daily through Sept. 1 and weekends after that through Oct. 26. Reservations are encouraged by going to www.monkeytrunks.com where you can easily pick a day and time for your adventure.

• Mount Washington Auto Road/Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
Route 16, Pinkham Notch
466-3988 or www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com
Open daily from May through October (weather permitting).

Opened in 1861, the Mount Washington Auto Road is America's oldest manmade tourist attraction and a driving experience your family will always remember. From the first horse-drawn wagons to today's modern vehicles, vacationers have experienced the wonders of Mount Washington's weather, scenery and history for more than 150 years. Drive your own vehicle or take a guided stage tour to the summit of the Northeast's highest peak and travel through time to a world above treeline. It's an experience your family will never forget with the most breathtaking views you can imagine. See it to believe it! Its sister establishment is Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center (466-2333), which offers mountain biking and trail running trails and kayak adventures. Highlights include 2014 Subaru Mount Washington Hillclimb Automobile Race June 29; MWV Car Club Cruise Night July 11 and Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.; Muster in the Mountains, Sept. 5-7; and Adventure Photography Tours by Ernie Mills every Friday. New this season is the newly-redesigned summit-top “EXTREME Mount Washington” Mount Washington Observatory interactive museum.
Rates: $28 car/driver; motorcycle and operator $16; add'l. adult $8; ages 5-12 $6. Guided Tour: Adults $35; ages 5-12 $15; seniors (62+)/military $30. Age 4 and under free.

• Mount Washington Cog Railway
6 miles off Route 302, Base Road, Bretton Woods
278-5404 or www.thecog.com
Ride to the top of Mount Washington on the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, built in 1869. Choose to step aboard new eco-friendly biodiesel or historic coal-fired steam locomotives for a thrilling ride to New England’s highest peak. This three-hour round-trip adventure now includes more time at the summit and free admission to the “EXTREME Mount Washington” Observatory Museum. On-board Audio Tour provides an entertaining narrative. Truly a unique vacation experience and must-do when in the White Mountains. Marshfield Base Station features great views, a museum, restaurant and gift shop.
Rates: Adults $66 (steam $68); ages 4-12 $39; Seniors (65+) $61. Ages 3 and under free on adult's lap.

Omni Mount Washington Hotel/Bretton Woods Canopy Tour
Route 302, Bretton Woods
www.brettonwoods.com
or 278-1000 (hotel) or 278-3320 (ski area)
As grand as the history behind it, the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, located in Bretton Woods is gracious in ambiance and generous in amenities. Its array of resort activities include:
• Golf: Take your game to a higher level at the Mount Washington's 18-hole and nine-hole championship golf courses.
• Bretton Woods Canopy Tour: Descending over 1000 feet of elevation, the tour takes nature-lovers and thrill-seekers across a series of tree-top zip lines, and is the longest zip line canopy tour in New England and one of the longest canopy tours in the continental United States. High-flying suspension bridges and hiking trails connect the zip lines, and the tour concludes with the Williwaw Racing Zip, a dual, side-by-side zip line leading right into the Bretton Woods base area!
• Spa: Inspired by the plethora of White Mountain flora and fauna, guests can unwind and relax at the resort's 25,000 square foot spa.

Remick Country Doctor and Farm Museum
58 Cleveland Hill Rd  Tamwort 03886
323-7591 • www.remickmuseum.org

Come to the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, where the agricultural way of life in New Hampshire, from 1790 to the present, is preserved. You can see a working farm with sheep, goats, cows, steers, oxen, chickens, and turkeys. In spring and summer, see lambs and pigs. Walk into the 1830s garden and view the historic crops and vegetables. Take a leisurely 6/10 mile hike on the Trail, a low impact experience offering spectacular views of Remick Farm, Mount Chocorua, and the Ossipee Mountain Range. Remick Farm has a cattle barn, milk house, maple sugar house, stable, and a historic English Barn. Many of these buildings are open in spring, summer, and during special events. Take a tour of these facilities with a Remick Museum Tour Guide, who provides you with exclusive access and information on historic farm tools and equipment. Come inside the Museum Farm House, where you can tour the living quarters of Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick and his wife, Marion Ella Miles Remick. Rates: $5 per person, children ages 4 and under are free. Open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

• Saco Valley Sports Center

95 Pine Street - Route 302

Fryeburg, Maine

(207) 935-3777 or www. sacovalleysportscenter.com

 

Enjoy 16 lanes of candlepin bowling, computerized scoring, and three indoor golf simulators at Saco Valley Sports Center, which offers great family fun for everyone. Rent out the center for birthday parties and special events. Arcade, pool tables, and food counter in air-conditioned setting, just a short drive from North Conway on U.S. Route 302 in Fryeburg, Maine.

• Silver Lake Railroad

Route 113, Silver Lake

The Silver Lake Railroad is a very special place. Located in scenic Madison, the railroad offers 55-minute, six-mile round trips through the gorgeous backwoods of Madison. You won't spot a house the entire ride. It's you, nature, and the train! Rail locomotives on display. across from Silver Lake and next to the Silver Lake Post Office.


Songo River Queen II
The Causeway, Route 302, Naples, Maine
(207) 693-6861 or www.songoriverqueen.net
The Songo River Queen II is a privately built replica of the famed Mississippi River Paddle Wheelers. She measures 93 feet long, 23 feet wide, and tips the scales at 100 tons, enabling it to offer an exceptionally smooth ride for even the most timid of passengers. Built in 1982, the Queen is meticulously cleaned and maintained to the highest of standards. She is rated for up to 350 passengers and is handicapped accessible. The Queen has two decks including an open upper deck with an attractive red striped canopy for protection from the sun and rain, as well as a fully enclosed and heated lower deck, and there are restrooms on board.
A food court is available on board for your convenience. A cocktail bar serving beer, wine, and liquor also operates on board; therefore, no alcoholic beverages may be carried aboard, per state law. The legal drinking age in Maine is 21 and a photo ID will be required to purchase alcohol. Rates range from $15 to $25 for adults and $8 to $13 for children, ages 4-12. Under 4, free.

• Story Land


Route 16, Glen 
383-4186 or www.storylandnh.com

Story Land is the children's theme park where fairy tales come to life. Enjoy 22 wonderfully themed rides including its newest attraction: Roar-O-Saurus a one-of- a-kind wooden roller coaster that offers children of all ages the experience and memory of riding their first “big” coaster! Making more memories than ever! Story Land; a family favorite for 60 years!
Rates: $30.99; ages 1 and 2 are free. Includes unlimited rides and shows.

• ÜberBlast Family Entertainment Center

1672 White Mountain Highway, Route 16
North Conway 356-5655 or www.berblast.com

 

Kids have fun and get exercise at this family entertainment center. ÜberBlast is the place for over-the-top fun in a clean, safe and healthy environment. Enjoy exciting games, cool prizes, fun playground, movies, über-delicious food. Video arcade games, basketball, pinballs, air hockey, linked NASCAR racing and more. Inflatable Play Area includes a 20' double slide, 30' Obstacle course and a Bouncy house.  Join us for everyday fun or for special occasions such as birthdays, playgroups or fund-raisers.

 

• Weather Discovery Center
 2779 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
356-2137 • www.mountwashington.org/education/center

The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is an interactive science museum that brings the wonder of the atmosphere right to your fingertips! Explore the science of climate and weather through fun, interactive exhibits such as an air cannon, flow tank and wind room. Plus, meet and interact with the hardy observers living and working in our summit weather station through a twice daily live video link. The mission of the Weather Discovery Center is to enhance awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the atmosphere, its complexity, its impact on the human experience, and the many ways in which atmospheric phenomena are observed and interpreted. Visit the observatory's all-new and interactive “EXTREME Mount Washington” summit museum.

• Wildcat Mountain


Route 16, Pinkham Notch
466-3326 or www.skiwildcat.com
Open daily from June 14 to Sept. 1 (weather permitting) and weekends only through Oct. 13.

Experience New Hampshire's ZipRider and soar 1/2-mile over trees, trails and the Peabody River at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Then have a leisurely ride on the Wildcat Express Gondola Skyride to the 4,000-plus foot summit of Wildcat Mountain. Views of Mount Washington, Tuckerman Ravine, and Presidential Range from Wildcat Mountain offer memories, a unique picnic spot, and great photo opportunities. Explore and learn about natural surroundings of Wildcat Mountain and White Mountain National Forest with guided Tin Mountain and AMC naturalist tours. Cafe, nine-hole lift-serviced disc golf, hiking and fishing also available. Wildcat scenic gondola is dog-friendly (on leash, not allowed in base lodge). Rated “No. 1 Scenery in the East” according to readers of SKI Magazine.
Rates: adults, $15; junior (ages 6-12), $10; children 5 & under free. Ziprider: all ages: $20.

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UPDATED BY TE 6-20-14

 

 

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