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The Mount Washington Valley is home to forests, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls, which makes the valley a complete paradise for visiting with kids—regardless of the season. Let’s take a look at the best family activities available, such as hiking, going on picnics, discovering new breathtaking landscapes, and visiting one of the best amusement parks on the East Coast!

Family Fun And Entertainment

1. Discover Story Land

A visit to Story Land is a must if you really want to have fun with your kids in the Mount Washington Valley! Even though the recommended ages are 2 to 12, Story Land offers activities for the whole family.  There are over 30 attractions for endless fun and it’s really easy to find Story Land, no matter where you are coming from: It’s located in Glen, New Hampshire, a small, beautiful town in the Mount Washington Valley. You can get the directions here.

Roller coaster

We recommend booking your tickets before your trip (one less hassle, right?). You can choose a Dated Ticket if you have a specific date in mind, an Any Day Ticket if you don’t, or a Season Pass if you are planning on going more than once! There are a lot of offers if you get your tickets online. Don’t miss out on a day of pure fun, laughs, games, and food!

2. Play At UberBlast

Are you looking for a place with mini-golf, a bouncy castle, and arcades all in one place? That’s UberBlast! Located at 2129 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH, UberBlast is one of the go-to places when traveling with kids. Prepare yourself and head to UberBlast for family fun.

3. Have A Blast At Ryan’s Family Amusements

For a relaxed family vibe, you should check out Ryan’s Family Amusements.  The arcade is located in North Conway (more specifically, in Settlers Green Outlet Village), and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., except from Fridays to Sundays when they extend the fun until 10 p.m. You can play unlimited games for two hours for just $19.95!

4. Play Miniature Golf At Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

Mini-golf, me mateys? You and your kids will love this pirate-themed mini-golf course, which is located in North Conway as well!  Embrace your inner pirate and enjoy the scenery with your kids from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at 2001 White Mountain Highway. Tickets are between $10 and $16 per course.

Playing mini golf

 

5. Experience Mt. Washington Via Snow Coach

Driven by tracks rather than wheels, a snow coach takes you from the base of the Auto Road and makes its way to Mt. Washington’s tree line! This is a truly unforgettable experience that you and your children won’t want to miss and the views are just breathtaking. Prices range from $20 to $90, depending on the date and time of year.

6. Hike At Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Learning the importance of nature at a young age is essential. Carriage roads offer easy scenic walking and biking opportunities, many perfect for kids. Trail maps are available with varying difficulty levels to suit your family’s needs and preferences. Additionally, there’s a super-fun scavenger hunt trail!

7. Discover Jackson Falls

If hiking is not your thing, you’re in luck: Jackson Falls is right around the corner and offers great scenery to spend a day relaxing and having a picnic with your family. It’s the perfect place for recreation and taking pictures.

8. Ride On The Mount Washington Cog Railway

Discover one of the world’s greatest rail adventures with the Cog Railway! Not only will you see some of the best scenery in the world during the train ride, but you will learn a lot about the history of the rail. It’s the perfect place for educational railroad fun. The steam train leaves from Marshfield Base Station and there are many ticket options with prices ranging from $50 to $100.

Snow covered mountain

9. Kayak The Saco River

You cannot leave the valley without kayaking the Saco River! This beautiful river is surrounded by sandy beaches and mountain views, making it an ideal destination for families to enjoy water sports.

Rent kayaks from Saco Bound and Saco Canoe Rental Center for convenient shuttles and timed outings.

Kayaking

10. Visit The Living Shores Aquarium

During your trip to the Mount Washington Valley, we recommend discovering more about the ocean and its marine life. Living Shores Aquarium is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer and Friday - Monday Fall, Winter and Spring, and tickets start at $19.99 online. Finding the aquarium is super easy! The aquarium is conveniently located in Glen, right next to Story Land! You can even spend the day at Story Land and then visit the aquarium in the afternoon during the summer months.

Living Shores Aquarium

 

11. Learn At AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

Kids love being outdoors! You can make the outdoors experience educational by visiting the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. to help you with information on trails, weather, activities, and much more for your whole family!

Tips For A Great Family Vacation In Mount Washington Valley

 

Family enjoying outdoors

 

Make An Itinerary

It’s important to sit down and make an itinerary when you visit Mount Washington Valley because there is so much to experience! Having a plan will help you enjoy everything you want to experience with fewer headaches.

Safety Considerations For Kids

The valley is extremely safe and a perfect place to take kids on vacation, even in winter. That being said, it’s important to keep an eye on them in case they get swept away by the magnificent landscapes and fun!

Packing Essentials

Be sure to pack a lot of comfy clothes! Bring jackets and layers for higher-elevation adventures and nighttime fun. Pack hiking clothes and accessories, and don’t forget to bring water bottles and sunscreen every day. Don’t let the heat (or cold) ruin your fun!

Best Times Of The Year To Visit Mount Washington With Kids

You can visit the mountains year-round, but we recommend visiting during spring or fall. Summer can get hot and very busy, but there is nothing like sunshine to have a relaxing and fun day. If you visit during summer, make sure to bring water and sunscreen with you. The scenery during winter is beautiful, but keeping an eye on the weather is important.

Conclusion

You will have so much fun visiting the Mount Washington Valley area with your family! Unforgettable memories and landscapes await you at Story Land. Remember to plan accordingly, so you can relax and enjoy once you arrive. Also, don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance! We wish you a happy, fun trip!