Summer Activities In the White Mountains

Escape to the White Mountains this summer for fresh mountain air, blue skies, and incredible outdoor activities. Hike, camp, swim, bike, fish. You can’t beat summer in New Hampshire!



Getting tired of the dense summer heat and humidity in the concrete jungle? The fresh cool mountain breeze will be enough to cool you off this summer. Take a dip in the refreshing crystal-clear waterfalls, swimming holes, and lakes of the White Mountains. Go on a family hiking trip on the hundreds of miles of trails or just enjoy Lincoln's quaint downtown. Live music, waterparks, ziplining, cave exploration, and mountain biking are just a few of the best things to do in the White Mountains this summer.

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Long holiday weekends are the perfect excuse to head out of town for an outdoor adventure! Celebrate Memorial Day with a family BBQ after hiking the local trails. Spend 4th of July splashing at the waterpark with the kids. Search for the Big Dipper under the starry skies around the campfire. Zoom past all the black flies on the mountain bike trails all summer long. Don’t forget to close out the end of summer with the Franconia Ridge Loop Trail over Labor Day Weekend. You may even spot the early signs of fall – colorful leaves! Helpful tip: Book your trip in advance before the local resorts sell out.

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When the mercury starts to climb, so should you! The higher elevations are often cooler offering you a short relieve from the summer heat. The White Mountains are home to hundreds of hiking trails of varying lengths, elevations, and difficulty. Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned hiker, lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails this summer. Remember your swimsuit as many trails offer swimming holes along the way for a cool dip to wash the sweat away. Along the Pemi River, you can find endless opportunities to bask in the sun on a sandy riverside beach. Just ask the locals about their favorite spots to enjoy the sunshine.

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Family Friendly Summer Activities

School is out for the summer! Sing it with us. After the last few months, you’ll want to get outside and explore the White Mountains. There’s plenty to do inside and out in Lincoln-Woodstock. Catch a kid-friendly play at Jean's Playhouse, see the latest Hollywood Blockbuster at the local cinema, or paint some pottery at Fired on the Mountain. Experience some high-flying fun at Alpine Adventures or splash around at Whale's Tale Waterpark. And don’t forget about the famous black bear show at Clark’s Trading Post!

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Kid Free Summer Activities

Don’t worry parents, we didn’t forget about you too! You’ve had a rough spring and it’s time for a little special R&R while the kids are away at summer camp for the week. A whole summer with the kids is surely a blast, but it's also nice to plan a weekend (or week) for two. Without the kids, you can explore the many local wineries and breweries in town! Take a wine tasting tour, enjoy a romantic dinner and a show at Jean's Playhouse, or ride the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train for a unique dining experience you won't want to miss. Step outside of your comfort zone and try a new adventure from ATV tours and ziplining to strenuous hiking trails and kayaking trips!

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The Lincoln-Woodstock is conveniently located between Loon Mountain and Franconia Notch. It’s the ideal base camp as you’re close to the mountains, Lincoln’s charming downtown with high-quality cuisine, family friendly amusement parks, and local entertainment. Take in the vibrant green mountains with towering granite peaks, bustling trailheads, and exciting amusement and water parks for the whole family. In the summer, you can walk along the mountaintops, or zipline from above! Anything is possible on your vacation to the White Mountains.

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