25 Things to Do in the Mount Washington Valley, NH with Kids – A Summer Family Getaway

Things to Do in the Mount Washington Valley, NH with Kids family summer

Mount Washington Valley is the perfect place to take the kids for an adventure, complete with locomotives, zip lines, mile-long slides, natural wonders, and theme park rides that give little ones just the right amount of thrill. A four-hour drive from Boston, you could escape for the weekend or make a week of it – there’s plenty to do, see, and savor. Read on for some of our favorite ways to spend family fun time in the Valley.

  1. Rent bikes and explore the forest on the smooth carriage roads at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch. Bring a picnic lunch or make your way to the Glen View Café for breakfast or lunch with a side of spectacular views.
  2. On Friday mornings in July and August, take your little ones to Theater in the Wood in Intervale for the Children’s Summer Theater Series.
  3. Visit Storyland during the last three hours of the park’s day (after 3:00 in July and August, after 2:00 during other operating months) to take in a show and scout out the rides. Return at park opening the next morning for free and enjoy lots of rides designed for adults and kids to go on together – before the lines get long.
  4. Take a Sunday drive on the White Mountain Trail, a scenic byway that goes through mountain passes, villages and forests, with some great stops along the way.
  5. Ride to the summit of Mount Washington aboard a new eco-friendly biodiesel or historic coal-fired steam locomotive on the Mount Washington Cog Railway. It’s three hours round-trip and includes admission to the Observatory Museum.
  6. Give your little ones a water experience meant just for them at Buddy Bear's Playpool in the Attitash Mountain Resort, Bartlett.
  7. Take your teen’s appreciation of nature to new heights, across a series of treetop zip lines and through a network of platforms, on the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour at the Mount Washington Resort.
  8. Marvel at the biggest pothole you’ll ever see, The Basin, (A.K.A. “The Old Man’s Foot”) in Franconia Notch State Park.
  9. Pair up with your junior thrill-seeker for a one-mile ride along the Alpine Slide at Attitash Mountain Resort.  
  10. Try your hand at letterboxing while embarking on an educational adventure in North Conway.
  11. Climb a tree – even on a rainy day – at the MWV Children’s Museum in North Conway.
  12. Find some bargains and outfit your family for vacation in the tax-free shopping of Settlers Green Outlet Village and White Mountain Outlet Stores in North Conway.
  13. Monkey around through the trees on ziplines and rise to the challenge of tightropes, swinging beams, rolling logs, hanging tires, and cargo nets at Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure in Chocorua.
  14. Get in touch with Mother Earth and spend your vacation camping at the White Lake State Park and Campground in Tamworth. If roughing it isn’t your style, spend the day swimming in the glacial lake.
  15. Stay at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway and play at Kahuna Laguna, the resort’s giant indoor water park (parents do not recommend this park for tiny tots).
  16. Stop by for cupcakes, homemade sausages or locally crafted gifts at J-Town Deli in Jackson Village. Cupcakes are 2-for-1 on Wednesdays!
  17. Lumber along Elephant’s Head Trail in Crawford Notch State Park with your little ones. This short hike takes you to the flat top of the rock formation (which looks like an elephant’s head) where you can picnic and enjoy the views of Saco Lake and Willard Mountain.
  18. Venture through the covered bridge in Jackson to find whimsical, odd and rare handmade treasures in the storybook-style Ravenwood Curio Shoppe. Be sure to check out the garden art.
  19. Delight in New England’s largest gluten-free menu at Rafferty’s Pub in North Conway.
  20. Sing along during the Outdoor Festival Concerts at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore Mountain Resort on Thursday evenings in July and August.
  21. Hike into one of the area’s cool, captivating, cascading waterfalls.  Some offer places to picnic, wade, or swim.
  22. Spend a day out with Thomas the Train or experience the White Mountains the old-fashioned way on the Conway Scenic Railroad.
  23. Feel like you’re stepping back in time at the penny candy counter in Zeb’s General Store.
  24. Drive to the summit of Mount Washington on the Mt. Washington Auto Road and give your kid the chance to become an official Auto Road Ranger.
  25. Make new friends and some s’mores at a traditional New England lobster bake with other Thursday night resort guests at Purity Spring Resort in East Madison.