It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation. The White Mountains of New Hampshire are a wonderful family-friendly vacation spot year-round. It just depends what you like. If you’re not much of a skier or you want to see what all the fuss is about during the summer months, then it’s time to start planning your next big adventure when you can wear shorts and a t-shirt.
Springtime in the White Mountains is a wonderful time of year. Sure, you may have a little mud on the trails early in the season, but those puddles give way to blooming wildflowers and warm sunny days. Most of the area’s big attractions are still closed, but it’s a great time of year to enjoy some quiet time by yourself or with your friends and family. Go wine tasting at Seven Birches Winery or hit the nature walks to see the amazing waterfalls at Flume Gorge. With the snow melt, the waterfalls will be gushing!
When school’s out and the temperatures start to rise, the crowds start picking up. All the major attractions, like Story Land and Santa’s Village, open for the season. In Lincoln, Alpine Adventures is a great place to get over your fear of heights with their Tree Top Canopy Tour or maybe you prefer a slow speed rollercoaster ride up Barron Mountain on their Off-Road Adventure Tours. Clark’s Trading Post has a variety of family-friendly activities, like train rides, a bear show, and the Anaconda Escape. Cool off in New England’s favorite water park, Whale’s Tale Waterpark. Of course, you can always hike the hundreds of miles of picturesque hiking trails throughout the White Mountains.
As the leaves start to change and you start breaking out your sweaters, the crowds start to thin at all the popular attractions making it a great time to go if you prefer to not wait in long lines. Many theme parks stay open through October. Fall is one of the best times to hike in the White Mountains. The temperatures are cool, the bugs aren’t as bad, and the trees are lit up with color. Lonesome Lake Trail and Mount Pemigeswasset Trail are some of the local favorites offering incredible views of the mountains. The RiverWalk Trail along the Pemigewasset River is a relaxing hike just outside our back doors. View the foliage from above with the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway or the Loon Mountain Gondola.