July Vacation in New Hampshire’s White Mountains
Though the White Mountains are best known for great skiing and other winter activities, we’re always excited for the summer season. Long days and warm nights are perfect for exploring all the region has to offer, and we’re right in the middle of all the fun. Whether you’re thinking of bringing your family for outdoor adventures or a group of friends for some indoor relaxation, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
Best of all, we have availability during 3 weekends in July! July 10th and 11th, July 17th and 18th and July 24th and 25th.
So much to do, so little time! Good thing that we’re so close to great hiking, biking and paddling at Great Glen Trails, located just 15 minutes to our north in the heart of the White Mountains. Great Glen has 25 miles of trails to explore on foot or by bike (rentals available!), and they also offer guided canoeing and whitewater kayaking adventures. Animal lovers should check out the stables at Black Mountain, where kids can enjoy pony rides and the whole family can hit the trail on horseback.
If your kids aren’t quite ready to rock a whitewater rafting trip, they’re sure to enjoy a day at Story Land, a theme park dedicated to popular fairy tale characters. Character dinners and an exciting wooden roller coaster are top features of this New England favorite. The Children’s Summer Theater Series in Intervale presents a different fairy tale on stage every Friday night, and families can also enjoy rainy-day fun at the Jackson Art Studio and Gallery, which offers art classes for all ages.
If you love to shop, tax-free New Hampshire is the place to be. Next to Jackson’s landmark covered bridge is Flossie’s General Store, a gift shop with a variety of traditional souvenirs. For galleries featuring local artists, be sure to visit the White Mountain Photo Gallery and the Cassidy Gallery at Jackson Village. Nearby North Conway is the place for bargain hunters: it’s the shopping capital of New Hampshire, with factory stores and outlets galore at Settler’s Green Outlet Village and other retailers that make up the White Mountain Outlet Stores.
The White Mountains are dotted with museums to suit every interest. Winter sports lovers should head to the New England Ski Museum in Franconia for a look at vintage equipment and video footage. Collectors and history buffs will enjoy the Hartmann Model Railroad Museum in Intervale, and families should make a stop at the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum in North Conway for a day of indoor fun.