Things to do in North Conway this Summer

Come and spend the perfect summer with us in North Conway! Your family will never be bored with all of the amazing things to do in our amazing village. Hiking, biking, train rides, amusement parks, and more will all make your trip unforgettable. Keep reading to learn more about 6 of our favorite summer adventures.


Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes in North Conway. The only trouble you will have is deciding which trail you want to take. There are trails that lead to waterfalls and swimming holes, or lead you to a mountain summit with incredible views. Some are perfect for beginners, and others will test even expert hikers. Children will love hiking to Diana’s Baths, while experienced hikers will want to tackle the Moats. You can even hike to the summit of Mt. Washington!  Plenty of stores in downtown North Conway will outfit you for your hike. Some stores, like REI, offer guided hiking excursions. Click here for a guide to some of the best local trails.


There are few places better for mountain biking than North Conway. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, North Conway has trails for all ages and ability levels. Start small in Whitaker Woods right in the heart of North Conway, perfect for families with smaller riders. Up for a bigger challenge? Visit the Moat Mountain Trail system for a more challenging and exciting day of riding. Several ski mountains like Attitash or Cranmore (anticipated June 2020 opening) will let you bring your bike up the chairlift in the summer months, so you can shred your way down. Click here for more information about biking trails in the area.

Lazy River Days

Does anything sound more relaxing than spending a summer’s day floating down a gentle river? We didn’t think so either. Plenty of stores in the valley offer inner tubes and floats for sale, if you want to purchase your own. If you don’t feel like getting wet, try canoeing or kayaking your way down the Saco. There are several companies that will make your trip easy. Park in their lot and they will shuttle you and your float to the river, and when you land at their pick-up spot at the end of the day, will shuttle you back to your car. Finish your lazy day with takeout in your cozy vacation rental cabin. Click here to learn more about spending a day on the Saco River.

Pinkham Vacations Conway Scenic RailroadConway Scenic Railroad

The Conway Scenic Railroad departs from the beautiful Victorian train station, located behind Schouler Park in downtown North Conway. Beloved by both children and adults, the vintage train cars are the perfect place to spend a day chugging around the valley. With several different routes to choose from, the entire family will love spending a relaxing few hours taking in the views from the train. Both the Valley and Mountaineer trains contain dining cars, so you can have lunch in style aboard the train. Click here for schedules and more!

Pinkham Vacation Rentals Summer ActivitiesVisit the Top of Mt. Washington

Visit the home of the world’s worst weather this summer, by conquering the Mt. Washington Auto Road. If you’re feeling brave, drive the auto road to the summit yourself while taking in the spectacular panoramic views. Want to reach the summit without the stress? Try a Guided Tour where a tour guide will drive you to the summit, while teaching you about the history and nature of Mt. Washington. However you get to the top, be prepared for shifting weather and some of the best views you’ve ever seen. Click here for more information about the Auto Road.

Cranmore Adventure Park

Head to the Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park this summer if you’re looking for a thrill! Try the Mountain Coaster, Aerial Swing, Zipline, or Bungee Trampoline for a kid-friendly adventure! If you’re looking for something more sedate, try the scenic chairlift rides up the mountain and have lunch at the Meister Hut. Once at the top, venture down the 1-mile hiking trail to Black Cap Mountain, and then catch the lift back down. Click here to see all that Cranmore has to offer you this summer.


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