Don't Cry... There are LOTS of Things to DO in North Conway, NH!
Kid Friendly Rainy Day FUN at Four Seasons Lodge in North Conway, NH
Vacationing in North Conway, NH is fun, picturesque, and usually outdoorsy. If you've traveled to town expecting to hike, bike, or tube and Mother Nature throws a few inches of rain into the mix - fear not! There are plenty of kid friendly, indoor and outdoor things to do on a rainy day in North Conway, NH.
Our favorite rainy day activities include; Diana's Baths, Mt Washington Valley Children's Museum, Uberblast, M&D Productions, Saco Valley Sports Center, Remick Country Doctor Museum, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and Ham Arena.
Things To Do in North Conway, NH that are Family Friendly
My head spins when I think about how many family friendly things to do in North Conway, NH there are. Most of them are budget friendly too!
All kinds of folks vacation in North Conway, NH; ones that would freak out if a bug landed on them, some that would get sweaty just thinking about spending a whole day indoors, man that save all year to enjoy the outdoor activities in winter, and just as many that are freeze pops and like to be outside in summer. All those plus some days, Mother Nature doesn't cooperate and you'll need some suggestions of things to do in North Conway, NH on a rainy day.
When folks think of North Conway, visions of ski slopes and outlet malls dance in their heads. North Conway and the surrounding towns have much more than that to offer and most of it is family friendly and affordable!
I have so many wonderful memories of time spent in the White Mountains and more specifically, North Conway, NH! As soon as I could, I migrated to North Conway to live and have never looked back!
My folks loved the mountains of the Presidential Range. Every time we drove north we were subjected to the trip down memory lane of their wedding and subsequent honeymoon in North Conway. If I do the math correctly, my family's passion for the area started 70 years ago!
My memory of North Conway goes back more than 50 years... ouch! It's funny though, the things I remember most are the things I love to do with my family!
For years my young (and now all grown up) family enjoyed splashing around in waterfalls, hiking lots of the local mountains, spending a leisurely day floating in a canoe, gazing at the stars from the top of Cathedral Ledge, exploring all the local covered bridges, squishing our toes in the sand at local beaches and winding drives along the "Kanc" to peek at foliage.
If your kids are not nature nuts, there are kid friendly activities that will delight even hard to please kids! These days, there is a laundry list of attractions in North Conway that are more high tech and commercial... and fun, don't forget the FUN!
North Conway Lodge, North Conway Restaurants, Conway Scenic Railroad and Outdoor Exploring!
North Conway has come a long way baby!
Come on for the ride and explore with me all the Things to Do in North Conway, NH!
North Conway started expanding in the 19th century due to its' popularity with artists that flocked to the area to paint the rugged terrain. Their paintings were collectively known as "White Mountain Art" became popular in other areas and ultimately, attracted tourists to the area.
It wasn't until the 1930's and the advent of the snow train that skiing became the major draw of the area. North Conway is often referred to as the birthplace of American skiing.
Since those days, passenger trains have ceased, the airport closed and became the site of Settler's Green Outlet Village and Conway Scenic Railroad was established.
Along with these major changes there were more subtle ones happening; local homes were transformed into antique shops, vacation rentals and restaurants, White Mountain Highway was widened and a parallel byway called North South Road was constructed.
Today, North Conway is a bustling tourist town with activities and entertainment for all ages surrounded by the beauty of the Presidential Range, Cranmore Mountain and the Moat Mountain Range.
If rain is predicted for your vacation dates, check out our suggestions for "10 Kid Friendly Secrets for a Rainy Day in North Conway" and for great weather, "Where to Hike with Tykes" or "Doesn't Everyone Feel Happy Playing in a Waterfall?"
Saco River Tubing, History & More
The Saco River is a very important part of the White Mountains. It provides a rite of passage sport for newbie vacationers to the area - Saco River tubing. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that it's one of the most popular outdoor fun things to do in North Conway, NH! I know I probably just upset a few die-hard hikers but come on, who doesn't like kicking back on a sunny day, enjoying an adult beverage or two, having Mother Nature's power propel you down a waterway, knowing the kids are having fun too?
What most folks don't realize is that the Saco River has a rich and interesting history and is a kind of life-blood for NH and Maine residents too. Read on for some interesting factoids you can tuck away to impress someone at your next dinner party!
Covered Bridges in North Conway, NH that are Awesome
So, you think you know about covered bridges? Well, you don't! But New Hampshire sure does... well, maybe you build bridges and I shouldn't jump to conclusions but then, you must be interested in North Conway's historic covered bridges!
The White Mountains covered bridge history is wildly interesting. My favorite is the Jackson Kissing Covered Bridge. If you're looking for things to do in North Conway and photo ops, head to the Saco River Covered Bridge in summer, Albany Covered Birdge in winter, and the Swift River Bridge in a snowstorm!
If you want to enjoy all the covered bridges that the White Mountains have to offer, you can easily create your very own White Mountains Covered Bridge Tour!
North Conway, New Hampshire is perfect for group and corporate retreats! We have an abundance of indoor activities here in North Conway as well as outdoor things to do in North Conway, NH! There are several awesome North Conway Restaurants, White Mountain attractions that are perfect for groups and Four Seasons Lodge should be your next destination for your corporate retreat!
Summer Fun Things to do in North Conway, NH!
Most vacationers that come to North Conway have a rough idea of what they want to do on vacation - after all, you picked a vacation in the White Mountains and not the beach!
If you're like me, you spent lots of time in northern NH as a kid. My folks were not athletic but they loved going for rides through the mountains and pick a place to stay along the way! I guess that's when I got my desire to live and work in North Conway!
I am a hiker, biker, horseback rider (call me anytime to talk about horses!), kayaker, canoer, explorer, love waterfalls, shop when I need to, LOVE to eat out, am very social so we frequently can be seen enjoying a drink with friends, raised children here and now get to enjoy all the "kid stuff" with the grand babies, and lover of any activity the gets me outdoors summer, fall, winter or spring!
Follow along my journey around North Conway and the White Mountains and benefit from the fact that I've wasted time and money on activities and you don't need to make the same mistakes as me. I've included the best of the best in value and fun, things to do in North Conway. I hope you agree!
If you play your cards right, you can arrive early and stay late to enjoy 8 perfect summer days with plenty of things to do in North Conway, NH!
Summertime Fun for Everyone in North Conway NH
Thinking of heading to North Conway, NH and need a summer fun list of things to do? There are lots of indoor and outdoor things to do in North Conway, NH that will make everyone smile (even cousin Richard). Get your pencil and start taking notes. My top picks include; Saco River Tubing for all ages, hikes for tykes in North Conway, Diana's Baths in summer, relaxing on the Conway Scenic Railroad, enjoying the White Mountain National Forest, and Story Land for folks on a budget.
Remember folks, North Conway, NH is a tourist town so you can bet that there will be things to do that will slap a smile on everyone's face!
I took a chance naming my lodge "Four Seasons Lodge" because 28 years ago, we were essentially a one horse town. Skiing was what we were known for and Settlers Green and North Conway outlets were Johnny Come Lately's!
Over the years, folks have become way more outdoorsy, (even though gaming seems to be the #1 sport among teens) and hiking, ice climbing, dog sled races, snowmobiling and more have become a thing.
Combine those sports with all the new and super fun White Mountain Attractions, and you'll need two pages for your list!
So, let's start.
Planning a Gay Family Vacation in North Conway, NH?
Planning a gay family vacation in North Conway, NH? You've picked a perfect spot for it. North Conway, NH is an inclusive, welcoming, and family friendly town with many things to do. We have many gay family vacation tips for out LGBTQ friends. I've lived in North Conway, NH for a long time and like most vacation destinations, it's very gay friendly. Some of the events and highlights for you to consider are; Gay Pride Week in North Conway, NH, all the summer fun you can have in North Conway, NH, delicious North Conway restaurants, and last but not least, the Be Kind Festival at Schouler Park.
Saco River Tubing, Sun, and FUN!
Have you started planning your summer vacation? I have many suggestions of fun things to do in North Conway, NH but Saco River tubing tops this list!
Many things that folks like to do in North Conway require you to be physically fit. Not everyone is buff enough to climb a mountain or jog a few miles. I dare to say that even the couchiest of couch potatoes can climb into a canoe or kayak and float down a lazy, perfectly clear, refreshing river and go Saco River Tubing!
North Conway, NH - Not Just a Ski Town
Family vacations in North Conway, NH are a huge portion of tourists during every season. There are several great North Conway restaurants when you’re on a budget. Some folks are looking for tips for Saco River tubing and Conway Scenic Railroad for families. Are you worried about surviving North Conway weather? Most visitors don’t know that Mt Washington Auto Road is family friendly and you can enjoy Story Land on a budget too!
North Conway, NH is a very family friendly spot to host your family reunion or friend getaway. Four Seasons Lodge is a wonderful North Conway lodge and perfect for a large group gathering.
Looking for fantastic North Conway Restaurants?
I have 7 favorite restaurants in North Conway, NH and they are a mix of family friendly, foodie, moderately priced, and local North Conway restaurants.
In no particular order, my tip picks for restaurants in North Conway are; Stonehurst Tavern, Almost There, Red Fox Bar and Grill, Taste of Thai, Jalisco, North Conway Country Club, and Horsefeather’s and are all within minutes of Four Seasons Lodge - the best North Conway lodge.
Food is not that important to me plus I'm not a foodie and I'm cheap so so those characteristics are absolutely going to influence my top 7 picks.
In no particular order, here are my top 7 North Conway restaurants.
Saco River Tubing is Fun for Kids of All Ages!
Saco River tubing with kids in summer is an amazing experience for everyone! There are lots of places but we know the best places to tube on the Saco River. Saco River put-in and take-out can be tricky to check out our articles for Saco River tubing tips. My best tip is not to put-in at First Bridge in North Conway. It's very crowded and the water quality is iffy due to all the pee pee (if you get my drift).
You'll want to pick a really hot summer day to partake in one of my favorite things to do in North Conway, NH - Saco River Tubing. The Saco River is the hottest location for tourists and locals alike during the summer--and by hottest, I mean coolest!
Planning a family reunion can be stressful, annoying, and awful...but they typically lead to some great laughs and wonderful memories! Once the planning part of a family reunion is out of the way it's on to enjoying time with loved ones that you, typically, don't get to see very often.
In this day and age we all lead extremely busy lives and our family members move all over the place. That means you see much less of each other as time goes by and family reunions rarely get planned--and no one wants that! Or maybe you do, I don't know you so who am I to say? But you have to see them at some point and with a family reunion you can get it all out of the way at once!
Our Favorite Things To Do in North Conway, NH in Winter
3 Perfect Days Vacationing in North Conway!
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