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13 Things To Do With Kids in New Hampshire

The Granite State has much to offer, and features plenty of kid-friendly activities throughout New Hampshire to the many attractions of the White Mountains.

Here are 13 items to help narrow down your itinerary:


1. Grab a seat on the historic Mt. Washington Cog Railway – a daring way to test for a fear of heights as you ascend Mount Washington.

Concord Kids Museum

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

2. Build a sandcastle on Ware's Grove or North Shore – two public beaches found at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.

3. Check out the many interactive exhibits of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.

4. Discover sites like Echo Lake Beach, the Flume Gorge & Visitor Center, and the well-known Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway at Franconia Notch State Park in Franconia.

5. Don’t miss Santa's Village theme park this holiday season in Jefferson.

6. Check for family-friendly performances at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College in Keene.

7. Hit the waterslides at Whale's Tale Waterpark during your summer trip to Lincoln.

New England Water Park

Water Country

8. Stick around Lincoln for souvenirs at Clark's Trading Post, or come back in winter for a family ski trip to Loon Mountain Ski Resort.

9. Trek through the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves or try their spooky Lantern Tour in Woodstock.

10. Enjoy children’s classics like Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

11. Try even more rides and slides at Water Country – New England's largest waterpark also set in Portsmouth.

12. Don’t miss Prescott Arts Festival in Prescott Park – yet another attraction of Portsmouth.

13. Sign the kids up for the Winter Youth Program at Granite Gorge in Roxbury, or Waterville Valley Academy at the Waterville Valley Resort in yep, Waterville Valley.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Concord Inn & Suites

97 Hall Street, Concord NH 03301-3421
Phone: (603) 228-4300  |  Fax: (603) 228-4301  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western White Mountain Inn

87 Wallace Hill Road, Franconia NH 03580
Phone: (603) 823-7422  |  Fax: (603) 823-5638  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Plus The Inn at Hampton

815 Lafayette Road, Hampton NH 03842-1257
Phone: (603) 926-6771  |  Fax: (603) 929-2160  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Keene Hotel

401 Winchester Street, Keene NH 03431-3999
Phone: (603) 357-3038  |  Fax: (603) 357-4776  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center

13500 S Willow Street, Manchester NH 03103-2387
Phone: (603) 627-2525  |  Fax: (603) 665-7090  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Plus Portsmouth Hotel and Suites

580 US Highway 1 Bypass, Portsmouth NH 03801
Phone: (603) 436-7600  |  Fax: (603) 431-3903  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Silver Fox Inn

70 Packard's Road, Waterville Valley NH 03215
Phone: (603) 236-3699  |  Fax: (603) 236-4128  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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