Planning a vacation with your kids or grand kids in the North Conway area this summer? While almost everyone knows about Storyland, many people don’t know that there are lots of other family-friendly summer activities that this area has to offer. Here are Top 7 Summer Activities for your vacation in North Conway:
1) Conway Scenic Railroad
Enjoy an old fashioned train ride in vintage passenger cars. Start at the train station in the heart of North Conway village, and take a Valley train (this route is slightly shorter) or a Notch train into the Crawford Notch to Crawford and Fabyan stations.
Fans of Thomas the Train ? During 2 weekends in July, the Conway Scenic transforms into Thomas, and kids can come and see him in person. We recommend buying tickets in advance for this; Thomas is VERY popular!
2) Visit Diana’s Baths
It’s a short hike in (0.6 mi), but well worth the effort to see these beautiful waterfalls cascading into wide granite pools. Shallow enough for kids to play in and pleasantly cooling in the summer, wear your bathing suit, pack a picnic and get there early to find your own shady oasis before the crowds arrive. A perfect summer activity.
There is a fee for parking, so bring cash.
3) Canoe, Kayak or Tube Down the Saco River
Enjoy the lazy days of summer by drifting down the Saco in a canoe, kayak or tube. There are many companies (Northern Extremes, Saco Canoe Rentals or Saco Valley Canoe to name a few) that will rent your floating device, drop you off and then pick you up when you’re done. Along the way, stop at one of many sand bars and swim or picnic. And keep your eyes out for rope swings! They are everywhere on the Saco, and they are so much fun!
4) Take a Hike!
Though there’s certainly some challenging terrain here in the White Mountains, there’s plenty of easier hiking that’s perfect for younger or less experienced hikers as well. A moderate hike that offers a maximum view is Black Cap. And it’s right in North Conway!
Drive up Hurricane Mountain Road (the last 1.7 miles of which is so steep and winding that it’s actually closed in the winter to the Black Cap parking lot. From there, it’s 1.4 miles to the open granite “cap” from which you get views of Mt Washington all the way down the Valley to Conway Lake.
5) Go to the Top of the Northeast’s Highest Peak: Mt Washington
The Northeast’s highest peak and the home of the world’s highest recorded wind speed, Mt Washington has been a summer destination for visitors to this area since the 1800s. In those days, getting to the top was a lot more arduous. Today, you can take the Cog Railway from Crawford Notch or you can drive your car up the Mt Washington Auto Road. From the top, enjoy views to Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec and the Atlantic Ocean. On the summit, don’t miss the Observatory where you can learn about the weather.
*In bad weather conditions, the Mount Washington Observatory operates the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway village, which is very fun for younger kids.
6) Have a Cranmore Mountain Adventure
North Conway’s classic ski mountain is not just for winter. Visit Cranmore in the summer and enjoy attractions such as a mountain coaster, summer tubing, giant swing, boucy house, ropes courses for kids of all ages and Knockerball-where you play soccer inside a giant inflatable ball (also available indoors for rainy days).
Want a mellower experience? Take the chairlift to the top and see North Conway from above.
There are also outdoor concerts and other evening events, so make sure to check the calendar!
A rite of passage for children growing up in New England, Storyland continues to be New Hampshire’s greatest summer attraction. With rides and events that are always changing, Storyland is a perennial favorite and a MUST-DO on your North Conway vacation.
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