North Conway is packed with activities for people young and old, from skiing to shopping to skating. However, the wider New England area offers even more vacation fun and is well-worth exploring. If you’re here for an extended stay and want to get away for a day, here are some great ideas for day trips from North Conway!
Like a Christmas-themed version of Storyland, this a wonderful amusement park for younger children. It is located a little over an hour from North Conway, in Jefferson, NH. There are rides galore, including a carousel, roller coaster, monorail, and log ride. Kids can explore the village, stopping by to see the elves at work, Santa’s home, and the reindeer barn. The Village also features restaurants, souvenir shopping, and water rides. Kids can spend a full day at the park and not run out of new things to see and do.
Portland is an incredible coastal city roughly an hour and thirty minutes from North Conway. In recent years it has gained a reputation as an amazing food city. Restaurants featuring all kinds of innovative fare have cropped up. Some of the most well known are Duckfat and Central Provisions. There are consistently major musical acts touring through Portland, too. The city is especially appealing if you are a fan of the ocean. Whale-watch tours and chartered sailing trips are plentiful, and the seafood is incredibly fresh!
The Ice Castles are an amazing winter attraction outside Lincoln, NH, about an hour from North Conway. As the name suggests, they are huge castles built of ice. Wear a pair of boots and bring a sled along for the kids to ride in. If there are any Frozen fans in the family, the Ice Castles put on a special event featuring “Enchanted Frozen Princesses” that you’ll love. They also put on a show featuring fire dancers! The trip to the Ice Castles is just as remarkable as the castles themselves, as you will have a choice of driving across the Kancamagus Highway or through Franconia Notch. Each offers incredible natural views and is about the same distance from Lincoln.
Also located near Lincoln, the Lost River Gorge is a scenic and accessible nature area thatincludes caves, waterfalls, and log bridges over the river. Explore the gorge as a group, either self-guided or as part of a tour.Pan for stones at the mining sluice. There are even night-time lantern tours of the cave for an exciting adventure! Much like the IceCastles, the drive over is just as scenic as the area itself, either through Franconia Notch or across the Kancamagus.
Whale’s Tale is a great water park for families and kids of all ages. It is located just north of Lincoln, NH, about an hour and twenty minutes from North Conway. There are slides and water attractions for the adventurous, as well as smaller rides and a lazy river for younger children or adults looking to relax. The Akua Flow ride is a stationary wave where you can learn to surf! There are restaurants on site as well.
The Remick Museum is an old-fashioned New England experience. Although it is located only 25 minutes from North Conway, we included it on this list because it is absolutely worth a day of exploration. There are exhibits and demonstrations of colonial New England life across the farm. Some of the exhibits include the Country Doctor, the homestead, and the sugar house, where maple syrup is made. There are also events, such as guided tours, craft lessons, and hearthside dinners. Just north of the Remick Museum is the Tamworth Distillery for the adults in the group – a great way to finish out the day!
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