Things To Do in North Conway that are Family Friendly
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 67 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!
Family Friendly Waterfalls
Waterfalls! They're all great!
You can enjoy some fun filled family days playing in the water at Diana's Baths, Lower Falls, Arethusa Falls, actually, any waterfall that exists is fair game!
Kid Friendly Hikes
If you do a little groundwork, even a child that would rather sit in front a TV will love spending an afternoon hiking!
First, make sure the hike is kid friendly. By that I mean, it's not longer than their ability or attention span can handle. 3 good places to start are Diana's Baths, Jockey Cap and Echo Lake State Park.
All three are very kid friendly hikes and you can make them last as long as you want or cut them short if the day isn't going that great.
Second, pack some fun and interesting things to sustain and entertain them along the way. You're short list might include a snack and drink, magnifying glass, camera, binoculars and pencil and paper.
Kid Friendly North Conway Restaurants
Is there anything worse than hungry, tired and whiny kids? YES, restaurants that are not kid-friendly!
According to TripAdvisor, there are 78 restaurants from north to south in North Conway. Obviously, lots of them are chain restaurants but please, support locally owned and delicious North Conway restaurants!
I'm a local and have personal favorites including; Muddy Moose, Horsefeathers, Taste of Tai, Delaney's Hole in the Wall, Shannon Door, Joseph's Spaghetti Shed, Almost There, Red Fox Restaurant and Grill, Ledgewood Grill at North Conway Country Club, and Chef's Market.
I recommend heading out to eat a times that are a bit off from the normal 8 AM, Noon and 5 PM and PLEASE don't go anywhere 15 minutes after Story Land closes!
I have also written "7 Non-Chain Restaurants with Insanely Good Food" and "Family Friendly North Conway Restaurants." Please check them out for lots more information about eating out with kids at a North Conway restaurant!
Kid Friendly North Conway Movies
OK, so it's raining. You've swam in our indoor pool for 2 days and want to do something different!
The Mountain Valley Mall Cinema 7 is a great thing to do in North Conway plus there's movie night at Settlers Green and Bridgton Twin Drive-In Theater.
Check out our blog of things to do in North Conway for more detailed information.