summer attractions

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. Call to confirm all rates and schedules — and have fun!

• Attitash, Route 302, Bartlett (www.attitash.com or 1-800-223-7669): Newly opened in September 2014, the new ZipTour is the longest single zip span in the contiguous United States at 4,969 feet long, reaching 250 feet above the ground in the forest canopy. Attitash also operates the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Airbag Jump, Slacklines and lift-serviced downhill mountain biking. In addition, attractions include horseback riding, Buddy Bear’s Playpool and a Mountainside Music Series Saturday on afternoons in July and August. Attitash will be hosting its BlueberryFest Aug. 1 and the 18th annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 10-11.

• Black Mountain, Route 16-B, Jackson (blackmt.com or 383-4490): Saddle up cowboy and cowgirl — enjoy horseback trail riding, pony rides, riding camps and lessons and more at sunny Black. For a fun adventure, go for an overnight at Black’s cabin.

• Conway Scenic Railroad, 38 Norcross Circle, Route 16 and 302, North Conway (www.conwayscenic.com or 356-5251): 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! Celebrating its 41st birthday Aug. 3 and annual Railfans’ Day Sept. 5. Arts in Motion presents dinner murder mystery theater trains, June 6 and 13, and Oct. 23-24 and 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): The adventure park features tubing, a giant swing, Mountain Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zipline,  Aerial Adventure ropes course, scenic chairlift rides and more. Little ones can test things out on the Kids Course, new for summer 2015. In fall, Cranmore hosts the Ghoullog on weekends.

• Farm by the River Riding Stables, 2555 West Side Road, North Conway (www.farmbytheriver.com 356-6640): 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.

• Hartmann Model Railroad, Route 16-302/Town Hall Road, Intervale (www.hartmannrr.com or 356-9922): Operated by Swiss-born model railroad enthusiasts Roger and Nelly Hartmann, this museum and shop will let your inner trains run free!

• King Pine Ski Area/Purity Spring Resort, Route 153, East Madison (www.purityspring.com or  (800) 373-3754): Family-owned and operated family resort, featuring kayaking for guests, and Traditions Restaurant, which is open to the public.

• Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure, 1853 Chocorua Route 16, Chocorua 03886 (www.monkeytrunks.com or 367-4427): Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure parks have three locations in Chocorua and Weirs Beach, N.H., and in Saco, Maine. New for 2015 is ZipTrekking. Courses for all ages and ability levels. Special course for children. Reservations recommended.

• Mount Washington Auto Road/Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, Route 16, Pinkham Notch (www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com or 466-3988): 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. Its sister establishment is Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center (466-2333), which offers mountain biking and trail running trails and kayak adventures. While at the summit, be sure to visit the Mount Washington Observatory’s “Extreme Mount Washington” summit museum, which opened in 2014.

• Mount Washington Cog Railway, six miles off Route 302 near historic Bretton Woods, Marshfield Station (www.thecog.com or 278-5404): 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 new Observatory Summit Museum, “Extreme Mount Washington.” An on-board guided 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.

• Omni Mount Washington Resort, Route 302, Bretton Woods (www.brettonwoods.com and 278-1000 for the hotel or 278-3320 for the ski area):  Whether for a horseback ride, spa treatment, round of championship golf or a thrilling treetop canopy tour, you’re in for some great fun at this grand resort.

• Remick Country Doctor and Farm Museum, 58 Cleveland Hill Rd.,  Tamworth (www.remickmuseum.org or 323-7591): Take a step back in time to see what it was like to live on a rural New England farm.

• Saco Valley Sports Center, 95 Pine St./Route 302 Fryeburg, Maine (www.sacovalleysportscenter.com or (207) 935-3777): When it’s hot or rainy, or for evening fun, head indoors and enjoy 16 lanes of candlepin bowling, computerized scoring, three indoor golf simulators, arcade games, pool tables and a food counter, all in an air-conditioned setting that’s great for parties.

• Silver Lake Railroad, Route 113, Silver Lake (www.silverlakerailroad.com): Little heard of, yet a real rural gem, you won’t spot a house on these 55-minute, six-mile round trips from just behind the Silver Lake Post Office.

• Songo River Queen II, Route 302, Naples, Maine (www.songoriverqueen.net or (207) 693-6861): You’ll feel like a riverboat gambler from days of old on this replica of the famed Mississippi River Paddle Wheelers. Bar and food court available.

• Story Land, Route 16, Glen (www.storylandnh.com or 383-4186): Story Land is the children’s theme park where fairy tales come to life. Enjoy 22 themed rides including our 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 over 60 years.

• ÜberBlast Family Entertainment Center, Route 16 North Conway (www.uberblast.com or 356-5655): Enjoy exciting children’s games, cool prizes, fun playground, movies, über-delicious food. Great for a rainy day or party. The attraction has relocated this summer to the former Banana Village on Route 16, just up the street in North Conway, and features mini-golf, laser tag, arcades and more.

• Weather Discovery Center, Route 16, North Conway (www.mountwashington.org/education/center or 356-2137): Explore the science of climate and weather through fun, interactive exhibits such as an air cannon, flow tank, wind room. Also be sure to visit the observatory’s all-new and interactive “Extreme Mount Washington” summit museum, weather permitting.

• Wildcat Mountain, Route 16, Pinkham Notch (www.skiwildcat.com or 466-3326): Disc golf, dog-friendly scenic gondola summit rides, nature tours, fishing and a ZipRider make Wildcat an exciting place to visit.

UPDATED BY TE 5-17-15

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