Don't Cry... There are LOTS of Rainy Day Things to DO in North Conway, NH!
Kid-Friendly Rainy Day Fun in North Conway, NH
Looking for rainy day, kid-friendly things to do while vacationing in North Conway, NH?
North Conway, NH is typically fun, picturesque, and very 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.
I created that list just in case a private, heated INDOOR pool, toasty sauna, foosball, Karaoke, Wii and more are not enough to keep you busy at Four Seasons Lodge on a rainy vacation in North Conway, I've compiled a list of low cost/high enjoyment family and kid-friendly things to do in North Conway, NH!
Our favorite rainy day activities include; Conway Scenic Railroad, Story Land, 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.
North Conway started out as a winter ski destination and in the last 25 years has morphed into a four season resort town with just about every type of activity (including fun things for kids) you can imagine!
So, grab your raincoat and head out for some good old fashioned kid-friendly fun on this rainy day!
Conway Scenic Railroad- The Best Kid-Friendly Thing To Do in North Conway, NH
If you know me personally, you know that I have huge opinions about tourist traps.
You heard it here - Conway Scenic Railroad is worth every penny in any weather!
I've ridden the Notch Train in all kinds of weather; sun, rain, freezing cold, and prime foliage. I'm calling out the Notch Train because I think that it's the best route they have.
Can you picture yourself on a train, going over something called Frankenstein Trestle? Have you ever been to Saco Lake? Yep, it's where the Saco River begins. Have you ever seen the Mount Washington Hotel from a train?
You'll get to experience all those things and more from the Notch Train. The views are spectacular, you can bring a lunch or buy it on the train, the audio that is played all the way out is very informative, the train workers are very helpful, and the best part is the kids usually sleep all the way on the return trip!
Top Secret Story Land Rainy Day Bargain
Are you ready for some top secret, kid-friendly, rainy day fun at Story Land? I've got the best insider info you'll get anywhere!
The kids are screaming because it's raining and you don't want to waste your money by going to Story Land on a rainy day. Mom, Dad, you promised!
Here's the best deal in the White Mountains. Grab rain gear for everyone, pack some water and snacks, and head on over to Story Land even thought it's raining! Get there at 3 PM and you'll have the park to yourself until closing time AND get a free pass for the next day.
Skeptical? Don't want to go in the rain? Don't be. You'll just about have Story Land to yourselves and you can either ride the water rides in the rain (heck, you're going to get wet anyway!) or do all the inside rides today and hopefully, tomorrow will be sunny and you can do the outside rides!
The kids will be happy and so won't you because you've got 3 extra hours of entertainment for free! You're welcome!
Kid-Friendly Diana's Baths on a Rainy Day
Diana's Baths - What the heck! You're going to get wet anyway and you will have the falls ALL to yourselves!
This is a series of beautiful waterfalls with several spots to splash around. Grab your waterproof camera, water shoes, lunch, some dry clothes, and towels, because you are in for a TREAT!
My favorite thing to do is create a series of rock cairns. They make wonderful backdrops for your family photos. Put your water shoes on so you can search around for the perfect flat stone to make your Instagram worthy rock creations!
The falls are about a 1/2 mile hike on a flat wide gravel path. The path has recently been upgraded and now the access to Diana's Baths is ADA handicap accessible.
There's plenty of parking early in the morning, late in the afternoon AND all day if it's raining! Don't forget to get a ticket and pay for your parking spot. A $3 fee will save you a $20 ticket if you're parked in the lot and a $100 fine if you park on the street!
Mt Washington Valley Children's Museum
Mount Washington Valley Children's Museum - I wish this kid-friendly museum existed when my son was younger! It's a mecca of activities for the younger set (up to age 8).
Exploration, creativity and imagination are the common theme throughout. The rooms are themed and ready for your child's imagination.
If you are at the Mt Washington Valley Children's Museum, I'm sure you have some kids with you. Take it from me, the kids are not the only ones that will have a great time. I challenge you not to try any of the puzzles, not to play with any toys, and certainly not to pretend you are the check out clerk at the grocery store. Don't accept the challenge because you'll fail!
Every time I've been there, I've had as much fun as the kids!
Another grrrreat plus is that it's never over crowded. You'll meet others there but the kids won't need to fight or wait for something that catches their eye!
Plan on about 2 hours for a visit.
Ham Arena - Stik and Puck
Ham Arena - The Ham Arena is close by and is a great spot to enjoy an afternoon of ice skating.
They offer both public skating and Stik and Puck times when anyone can join in on the fun.
Don't worry about non-skaters, there are crates to help you along on the ice plus seating in a heated viewing area for those want to just relax.
There are rest rooms, equipment rentals, a snack counter, seats in a heated viewing area for the grandparents, and TV's for those that don't want to miss the game.
For those adults that want to skip the skating thing altogether, head to Almost There right down the street for a beer and a burger!
Tin Mountain Conservation Center
Tin Mountain Conservation Center - Their mission statement says it all, "...to promote an appreciation of the natural environment and to demonstrate responsible stewardship."
The inside of the building is beautiful and it has a great library for browsing.
Their many environmental and nature programs are excellent and either low or no cost. I homeschooled my son so I can vouch for the great programs Tin Mountain offers! We attended dozens of them and they were always a hit with the adults and kids.
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Remick Country Doctor Museum
Remick Country Doctor Museum - The Museum is a 100+ acre working farm, homestead and museum. It's the only country doctor museum in New England and one of three in the entire US! You can wander the grounds and barns, take an educational program or tour the museum.
The museum is interactive so feel free to wander around.
My son was a docent at Remich when he was 14 years old. Needless to say, we spent many hours and days there volunteering and taking classes. THIS is a great take!
Admission is $5 and programs are free or low cost. A great rainy day is guaranteed for ALL!
Saco Valley Sports Center
Saco Valley Sports Center - Candlepin bowling for the young (bumper bowling) and young at heart! Be sure to try out their golf simulators, air hockey and pool table too!
Bowling isn't a passion for me but it's small town fun and we've had great laughs as a family there!
Great family fun for everyone!
Likety Splitz - In the heart of North Conway is a make your own sundae bar.
I have heard it's a touch pricey but think of the photos of the giant smiles you can get of the kids before they dig in!
Great playground outside for good weather and interesting and funky memorabilia inside.
We Promise Some Sun SOON!
Mt Washingtin Weather Discovery Center on a Rainy Day
Weather Discovery Center - Sun you say? You want to see some SUN? :)
Well, paddle on over to the Weather Discovery Center and take your turn at forecasting the weather! Throw in a dose of learning and folks, we've got a winner!
Explore the science of weather through fun and interactive exhibits including:
My personal favorite is the spot where you can pretend to be a meteorologist. I chuckle when I watch the videos of me trying to point at NH on the invisible map. Did you know that the folks in front of the camera don't have a map showing? It's a blank screen!
$2 for adults and $1 for kids (thanks to the generous donation of a local) and REALLY Fun!
Uberblast - This is a shameless plug. The owners of this fine establishment are friends of mine. They do a wonderful job of providing a safe, entertaining and really fun environment to entertain you and the kids too!
The array of entertainment includes; video arcade games, basketball, pinball, air hockey, inflatable play area, miniature golf and much more.
It's fun for all ages!
M&D Productions - They are a theater company whose goal is to raise awareness of local and social issues through theater while collaborating with others to help make a difference in our community.
You might want to contact me to arrange for someone to watch the kids though, their shows are riveting and emotional and not meant for the younger set.
I have personally seen or volunteered at 10's of shows put on by M&D and they've all been top quality! This theater groups has won several prestigious award for excellence.
Great shows at a great price!
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