HE’S A GOLFER, SHE’S NOT AND THE KIDS WANT TO COME TOO
Mt. Washington Valley, NH - It’s the age-old dilemma - one parent is addicted to golf and the rest of the family is not. Mt. Washington Valley is the ideal vacation destination for those with families split on whether golf is the end-all to a vacation. With a plethora of family attractions and outdoor recreation, Mt. Washington Valley offers the family that’s split on whether to spend their vacation on the greens or the go-carts!
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Certainly, the golfers in the family will have plenty of options. With nine golf courses in the region, there is plenty to choose from, with each course offering it’s own scenic beauty and challenges. For those looking for something besides golf, there are a host of wonderful family attractions in Mt. Washington Valley. Here’s where you’ll find something for those from the earliest through the teenage years, and even plenty of attractions that adults enjoy too.
Attitash - There’s a mountain of activities and fields of fun at Attitash. Ride the Alpine Slide on a cart you steer yourself, take a scenic chair lift ride to view the world below from the top of the mountain, or cool off on one of the 4 water slides, including the Sidewinder. Mountain bikers and hikers are welcomed on the slopes, and kids will love Buddy Bear’s Play pool. At the Fields of Attitash, enjoy horseback riding and a scenic golf driving range. A full range of events are scheduled throughout the summer too. For rates and schedules call 603-374-2368 or visit them on the Internet at www.attitash.com.
Bretton Woods Canopy Tour - Descending over 1000 feet of elevation, the tour takes nature-lovers and thrill-seekers across a series of treetop zip lines, and is 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! Designed and constructed by Bonsai Design Inc., this unique canopy tour features a dual-cable construction (you slide below two separate cables, instead of just one), coated cables (to make for a quiet, more natural flight through the trees) and platforms and bridges milled from locally harvested wood sources, in keeping with our commitment to environmentally sustainable programs. Once on the tour, our Adventure Guides describe the local flora and fauna, in addition to discussing the surrounding area, its natural history and White Mountain lore. For more information, http://www.mountwashingtonresort.com/activities/canopy_tour/overview.
Conway Scenic Railroad - 2 Great Trains, 3 Great Rides - You can choose between the Valley Train with departures to Conway and Bartlett or The Notch Train, which travels through spectacular Crawford Notch. Enjoy dinner and fine dining by traveling First Class, and train buffs will enjoy visiting the gift shop at the historic North Conway station, where all train arrive and depart. There are rail-fan events that are fun for the whole family scheduled throughout the year. Reservations are requested for all rides. For schedules and reservations, call 603-356-5251 or visit them on the web at www.conwayscenic.com.
Cranmore Fun Zone & Tubing Park: The Cranmore Tubing Park is serviced by a Magic Carpet style lift. Visitors pick up their tube at the base and carry it as they effortlessly ride the surface lift to the top of the tubing park. From there, the tube is placed at the top of the matting and the person sits down on the tube and pushes off down the slope. The tubing surface is dry, non-mechanized and is gravity driven. Because there is no water involved, no swim suits or special clothing or gear is necessary. Anyone can tube regardless of age, ability or skill. Fun Zone activities bring back the popular concept launched last winter at Cranmore, with a 20x20 foot bouncy house, giant inflated slide, plus pick up games of soccer, volley ball, tether ball, whiffle ball, sandbox and other activities. A 9-hole disc golf course is also set up, winding in and around Cranmore's slopes and glades. Open July 1-Labor Day and fall weekends. Visitors pay just $12 for a two-hour tubing ticket. Fun Zone admission costs just $5 for two hours. Disc Golf is available for an additional $8 per person, or may be purchased in combination with tubing and Fun Zone for $19. Prices are for all ages. Children 42" and over may ride in their own tube; those 42" and under may ride with a paying adult. Info: http://www.cranmore.com/.
Great Glen Trails - Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Mt. Washington, and the Presidential Mountain Range, Great Glen Trails offers outdoor adventure in the summer for hikers, mountain bikers, and those who wish to try their hand at kayaking, canoeing or fly fishing. In the winter, it’s a x-c ski, snowshoe haven, also offering Snow Coach Tours to above tree line on Mt. Washington. It will offer rentals, a retail shop and deli. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of clinics and demonstrations at this mountain side outdoor retreat. Prices and activities vary in price, so call 603-466-2333 or visit them on the web at www.greatglentrails.com.
Ham Ice Arena - Ice skating year round - Enjoy figure skating, free skating and hockey year-round in this new state-of-the-art indoor ice arena. Skating is open to the public including residents and visitors. What a great way to cool off and try something different with the kids this summer! In the winter, skating offers a great après ski activity for kids with endless energy. There is a deli & pizza snack bar, ice skating rentals, game room and much more. Call for schedule 603-447-5886, or visit them on the internet at www.hamareana.com.
Hartmann Model Railroad, Ltd - For the Love of Trains - Roger and Nelly Hartmann share a love of trains, and through the museum and gift shop, offer train buffs an unusual look into the world of model railroads. For over twenty years they have traveled the world collecting old and new railroad items for your viewing. All ages will delight in seeing the numerous displays featuring many operating layouts. A well-stocked retail store, featuring everything any train lover could ever want, is located right next door. In the spring and summer, children will enjoy the train ride that takes them throughout the property. The museum is open throughout the year. A modest entry fee is required for adults, children under 5 are free. Call 603-356-9922 or visit them on the web at www.hartmannrr.com.
Majestic Theater - When you step into the 400-seat theater on Main Street in Conway, NH, you feel as though you’re stepping back in time. The appeal of the 1936 Art Deco design, combined with the original velvet curtain draping the stage capture the richness of a day gone by. Contrast that with state-of-the-art theater technology, offering the area’s largest screen, the world’s best Schneider lens, and the only 8 channel equipped SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound System, and you’re in for a truly great experience. Top features are always running. Open all year. Call for show times and rates (603)447-5030 or on the web, www.hometowntheatre.com.
Monkey Trunks - Monkey Trunks is New England's only high rope adventure course open to the general public. Choose from four exhilerating courses. On the Discovery Course, dare yourself or challenge your friends to do the 27 exciting elements set on 3 different levels up to 65' with 500' dual zip lines and giant swing. Try the tension traverse or crazy ladder, jumping platforms, swinging beams and even skateboarding on a tightrope. The Jungle Course is for real adrenaline junkies - 15 of the toughest challenges traversing through the forest of the White Mountains. You will begin with a 90 foot zip line into the forest and end with a giant swing into one of the world's largest spider webs. You'll be crossing rolling logs, walking on hanging tires and even jumping the leopard's leap all at 65' above the forest floor. There's also the Mini Monkey Course for younger chimps, and the The Watch Tower - an imposing 65' wooden tower giving 1600 sq. ft of climbing walls connected to the most difficult level of the Discovery course by an "Indiana Jones" sky bridge for those participants with the energy and courage to do both. For more information, go to http://www.monkeytrunks.com/.
Mt. Washington Auto Road - Take a ride to the top of the Northeast’s highest peak, and the first man-made attraction in the country - You’ll be captivated with the views from the top of Mt. Washington. On a clear day you can see into 4 states and Canada, and all the way to the Atlantic Ocean! Whether you choose to enjoy the 1.5 hour guided tour in an air conditioned van, or drive yourself (and listen to the audio tour on your CD or cassette player), your experience up the Mt. Washington Auto Road will be the high point of your vacation. Visit the museum or gift shop at the top of Mt. Washington, or shop at the base in the lovely visitor center. The Mt. Washington Auto Road features many thrilling events where human endurance are taken to new heights on the Auto Road, including the Climb to the Clouds Auto Race, along with cycling and foot races up this strenuous road. Call 603-466-3988 for a full schedule and rates or visit them on the Internet at www.mtwashington.com
Saco Bound on the Saco River - Enjoy a canoe ride on the cool, crystal waters gently flowing over a white sand bottom, with miles of beaches along the way. Saco Bound offers canoe rental programs, touring kayaks and accessories, private access, no-fee parking and private take-outs, along with transportation return at the end of your trip back to their Center Conway Saco River base. What could be nicer than a canoe ride down the Saco, a picnic lunch, and all your transportation needs taken care of. . Call 603-447-2177 or 3801 or visit them on the web at www.sacobound.com.
Mt. Washington Cog Railway - Climb aboard the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway and take a trip to the summit of Mt. Washington. Rain or shine, the 3-hour round trip journey on this National Historic engineering landmark is a unique vacation experience. The Cog Railway was always operated by steam engine, burning a full ton of coal on each round trip, but is now converting all their former coal-fired trains to steam for a cleaner ride. You’ll still enjoy the views and the steam from the trains, but without the black soot! The season runs from late April through mid October. Reservations are required, call 1-800-922-8825 or visit them on the web at www.thecog.com.
Santa’s Village - Located in Jefferson, NH, a short, scenic drive from Mt. Washington Valley, Santa’s Village offers a wonderful day stuffed with the magic of Christmas. Families will have a personal visit with Santa, feed the reindeer and talk with Rudolf, ride all of Santa’s rides over and over again, and enjoy fun-filled live entertainment in the Polar Theater. Added in 2005 was Santa's Reindeer Rendezvous, a reindeer barn featuring Santa's reindeer plus all the fun and myths that surround them. Here's where you'll be able to feed, pet and learn all about these animals. New Production at the Polar Theater: We'll continue to bring you a great song and dance production with an added magical twist! Santa has a bit "up his sleeve" this season...The SS Peppermint Twist along with Hot Shot's Fire Brigade will delight the entire family with twists and turns, spills and twirls. These newer rides are a blast! Open weekends in the spring, fall and at Christmas time, and daily from late June through Labor Day. Children 3 and under are free. If you arrive less than 3 hours before closing, the next day is free. Call for information at (603)586-4445 or visit them on the web at www.santasvillage.com.
Story Land - In this child size world, storybook characters come to life in a land of wonder and fun. Located on 30 beautifully landscaped acres, Story Land offers your family 20 wonderfully themed rides, visits with storybook characters, live shows, activities, and reasonably priced food and snacks! You’ll find a smile and adventure around every corner at Story Land, where family fun has been a tradition for over 50 years. Look for the the Farm Follies theater and show as well as new restaurant facilities in the center of the park. 2005. Story Land is open daily from late June 9am to 5pm and continues daily operations through Labor Day. From Memorial Day until late June then from Labor Day to mid-October, the park is open weekends only. Then Ages 1, 2, and 3 are always free. Call 603-383-4293 for information or visit them on the Internet at www.storylandnh.com.
Wildcat Mountain Gondola and Zip Rider Ride - Located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat Mountain offers a 15 minute Skyride in its new four passenger Wildcat Express Gondola. Once on the highest ski peak of Mt. Washington Valley, you can see a spectacular view into Tuckerman Ravine, and well into the rolling hills of Maine. Take a hike, enjoy a family picnic, or even walk a segment of the Appalachian Trail from atop Wildcat Mountain. Don’t forget to bring the camera, photo opportunities are plentiful! New last year, the thrilling Zip Rider takes you from the top to the bottom on a unique zip rider, traveling up to 40 mph around thrilling curves and downhill runs. Call 1-800-255-6439 or 603-466-3326 or visit their web site at www.skiwildcat.com.
Horseback Riding - For many, a vacation without a chance for trail riding just isn’t a vacation. No need to fear missing the favorite element of your vacation, there is an option for trail rides. The Stables at The Farm by the River offer not only trail rides, but hay rides and pony rides for the kids. Also, Nestlenook Farm Recreation Area offers trail rides, and horse-drawn sleigh rides and trollies, and Darby Field Inn offers summer horse drawn carriage rides. Black Mountain has also recently added horseback riding to their repitoire of offerings. Call Nestlenook (603)383-9341 and the Stables at Farm by the River (603)356-4855, Darby Field Inn at (603)447-2181 or Black Mountain (603)383-4490 For more information on Mt. Washington Valley, NH, visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org or call 1-800-367-3364 toll free from anywhere in North America for a free guide to the region.