Vacation Ideas in New Hampshire

Vacation Ideas in New Hampshire #1: Polar Caves Park, in the beautiful woods of the Baker River Valley near Plymouth, is an interesting series of caves for exploring.

They were created some fifty thousand years ago by the movement of a continental glacier that muscled great blocks of granite loose and dropped them off Hawk's Cliff. With the caves are a maple sugar museum, animal exhibits and a gift shop.

Vacation Ideas in New Hampshire #2: Surf Coaster, in Weirs Beach, is a family water park. Here are some of the fun rides you will find; A 125 ft near vertical high speed body slide, MONSTER and BEAST - 400 ft winding slides, wave pool, "Crazy River" inner tube ride, teams of six shooting it out in water tag. And there is plenty of action for the little kids, too.
Vacation in New Hampshire #3: Six Gun City is a western frontier village in Jefferson. There are miniature horses, cowboy skits featuring a traditional bank robbery and shootout with the sheriff. The sleigh and carriage museum features over 100 horse-drawn vehicles and antiques galore. Also, water rides, miniature golf, and laser tag.

Vacation in New Hampshire #4: The Flume Gorge and Visitor Center at Franconia Notch State Park is a narrow riverbed gorge and waterfall.

You enter through the Visitor Center and descend a wooden staircase down into the 800 foot deep, granite crevice right alongside the rushing water.

Every half hour at the information center you can see a 15 minute movie introducing park. Afterward you can enjoy a leisurely walk or other activities in the park.

Vacation Ideas in New Hampshire #5: Have some good old fashioned family fun with a ride on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.

Take a nice slow train ride along the shore of Lake Winnepesaukee from Meredith Bay to Weirs Beach. Relax as you enjoy the sensational view of the lake, its islands, the boats and lavish summer residences.

Vacation in New Hampshire #6: The Fort at No. 4 is a log fort reconstructed as it was during the French and Indian War. This fortified village reflects 18th century pioneer living and gives you a real feeling of what it was like to live during that time. It is designed as a "hands on" museum with the staff available for commentary and stories.

Canterbury Shaker Village
Vacation in New Hampshire #7: Canterbury Shaker Village, in Concord, is a museum and historic site with 25 original Shaker buildings.

Guided tours, programs and exhibits are designed to show the visitor what the Canterbury Shakers way of life is about. It's a living museum of shaker crafts, architecture and inventions.

Christmas is a special time here with the snow and decorations lighting up the place. Be sure to bring your camera.

Vacation Ideas in New Hampshire #8: Auto racing fans looking for a racing theme vacation may want to head for the New Hampshire International Speedway. You can attend one of the racing events such as the Sylvania 300, the first race in the "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup" or the the LENOX Industrial Tools 300, the first race in the "Race to the Chase". Get behind the wheel or ride-along in a NASCAR style stock car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Vacation in New Hampshire #9: Do you love weddings? Ever dreamed of being a wedding coordinator? Then a Wedding Coordinator VocationVacations® holiday may be just right for you. Don and Joanna Harte are owners of the 100-year old Brass Heart Inn in beautiful Chocorua, New Hampshire. They offer a 3-day mentorship in your dream job - wedding planner. You will have fun learning all the inside details from Rehearsal Day and Wedding Day to contracts and budgets. This Wedding Coordinator learning vacation is offered through Vacation Vacations.
Vacation Ideas in New Hampshire #10: Spend a few days of your next New Hampshire vacation learning outdoor survival skills from Outdoor Escapes New Hampshire. This adventure outfitter offers custom guided private outdoor adventures. Their North Woods Survival Course will teach you to have a fun outdoor vacation without becoming statistic.

You will learn the essential skills of outdoor survival. Their wilderness experts will teach you important things such as how to use maps and compasses, build a fire and shelter, camp cooking, leadership and observation skills along with many other skills you will need to take advantage of the great outdoors.

Vacation in New Hampshire #11: At Santa’s Village in Jefferson New Hampshire it’s Christmas time all through summer, fall & winter. Visit Santa’s summer home. The whole family will enjoy the more than 30 rides and attractions. Ride the Jingle Bell Express Train around the village.

Take sleigh flying lessons at Loopin’ Louie’s Flying School. Discover and feed Santa’s reindeer. Make your own North Pole arts and crafts. Get your picture taken with Santa and his elf helpers. Even when it’s summer time, Christmas is the most magical time of the year.

Vacation in New Hampshire #12: Storyland is a wonderful fantasy vacation spot just for kids. It’s located six miles north of North Conway, New Hampshire. Storyland is chock full of fantasy rides, shows and activities that the kids will just love.

This place will let the children’s imagination run wild. Meet your favorite storybook characters like Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose or the Three Little Pigs. Ride the kid- friendly rides like Flying Fish, Bamboo Chutes and Clockenspiel. Thrill to the Royal Hanneford Circus performing in the big top tent. See fun musical shows at the Hilltop Theater and the Loopy Lab.

Vacation in New Hampshire #13: The best vacation that my wife and I took was a trip to rural New Hampshire a few years back. We decided that for once we were going to go see the New England fall rather than sit at home and talk about it.

We flew in Manchester, which we used as a base for the first few days. We still don’t think that the pictures we took on our days out did the trees justice!

The scenery in that part of the states is incredible, with cute little seaside towns like Portsmouth breaking up the wooded hills and surprise lakes, that just seem to glide by the window without warning.

We are keen hikers, so for the second part of the trip we went up to Conway, and based ourselves in a small motel up there. We climbed several mountains up there, which were always well signposted and absolutely empty of other walkers! Absolute heaven. - By Mr. Wolfson from Denver

Vacation Ideas in New Hampshire #14: My favorite vacation was the time spent in the White Mountain area of New Hampshire. My family and I stayed in a lodge in the mountains. It was called Carlson’s Lodge which is actually on Twin Mountain.

But the main thing we loved was the fact that it was really quiet and peaceful in the middle of the forest. It gave us all a chance to forget about our daily lives and enjoy the company of family. Our time was just spent with each other.

Plus it was great being able to get out into the mountains and trees and enjoy the outdoors. We hiked and biked, and in between we ate and enjoyed each other's company. While we've had vacations where we've gone on cruises and to beaches, nothing brings you closer to nature than a vacation in the mountains.

As I reflect on it years later, I remember it as the best vacation I've ever had, and I will be sure to bring my friends or children there in years to come. - By John from NYC

Vacation Ideas in New Hampshire #15: For a great outdoor vacation, head to Franconia Notch in New Hampshire. There are activities all year round, with winter skiing, skating, tubing, and snowshoeing. Spring is the start of hiking and sightseeing, which continues through summer and into fall, when leaf peeping brings tourists to the area.

Families can find a lot to do in Franconia Notch. Echo Lake State Park has a great beach for summer swimming and boating, and our kids enjoyed playing on the beach while we relaxed. There is fishing in both Echo Lake, Profile Lake, and the many streams. My husband brought his poles and spent some great time alone trying to catch one.

During the summer, the tramway at Cannon Mountain takes visitors to the top of the mountain for great sightseeing and hiking. We enjoy riding up and watching the ant-sized cars on the road below before disembarking and taking a short hike.

If you are feeling energetic, you can hike up or down and take the tramway one way. Just watch out for the black bears that are sometimes roaming the grassy ski slopes. There are a number of hiking trails in the Notch, including some easier hikes for families. A few hikes are easy enough for children and they have a great sense of accomplishment when they reach the top and look down at the roads and building lots far below. We also like to pack a picnic and climb up Artist's Bluff. There is a ski museum to visit, as well as some gift shops and ice cream and other treats. The town of Franconia offers a number of hotels and inns.

For a fabulous breakfast or lunch, drive a short distance up Sugar Hill to visit Polly's Pancake Parlor. Here you can have the most delicious pancakes or waffles, served with a variety of pure maple syrup, maple butter, and maple sugar. The view is wonderful, and the coffee is always hot. For a week, or a weekend getaway, Franconia Notch is a great destination for a couple or family. We look forward to visiting every year. - By Missy from N.H.

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