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Summer Attractions for the Whole Family
There is no shortage of family fun in the Western White Mountains. There are trains, waterparks, and even a bear show to keep you entertained all summer long. Bring the whole family and create memories that will last a lifetime in the Western White Mountains.
Whales Tale Waterpark
Cool off this summer at New England’s favorite waterpark located in the heart of Lincoln. Whale’s Tale Waterpark is a family-friendly waterpark where the whole family from baby to grandma can enjoy the cool, clean water.
Adventurous kids will love surfing the big waves at Akua Beach and the dual Plunge slides where you can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! For the little ones, Whale Harbor offers shallow waters and lots of fun things to climb on and splash around. Everyone will love spending an afternoon leisurely floating around the ¼ mile lazy river in their bright yellow inner tube. Make sure you bring tons of sunscreen!
Clark’s Trading Post
Clark’s Trading Post has been a Western White Mountain staple for over 90 years. Florence and Ed Clark opened their roadside attraction in 1928, and the family-owned and operated business has grown over the decades to include the famous Black Bear Show, the Anaconda Escape, and Merlin’s Mystical Mansion among many other attractions.
Board the whole family on the White Mountain Central Railroad and take a 25-minute train ride along the scenic Pemigewasset River in search of the infamous and elusive Wolfman. His antics will undoubtedly keep you entertained! Along Main Street, you’ll find several museums that will take you back to yesteryear. You’ll find plenty of treasures from our early electrical and mechanical marvels. If you get hungry during your visit, stop by the Whistle Stop Snack Bar for burgers and fries or ice cream and hand-squeezed lemonade.
Have you ever wanted to fly? Now’s your chance at Alpine Adventures! Home to New England’s first treetop canopy tour, you can test your fear of heights on one of three zipline courses or the Thrillsville Aerial Park. Located at Alpine Adventure’s headquarters on Main Street in Lincoln, the Thrillsville Aerial Park is a ropes course like no other. With bridges, cargo nets, a climbing tower, and the Colossus Stunt Ramp, you’ll certainly get your adrenaline pumping!
If you’d like to see the White Mountains from a birdseye’s view, take a spin on one of the ziplines on Alpine Adventure’s private 300-acre Barron Mountain. If you’re new to ziplining, try the six zipline Tree Top Canopy Tour that will have you flying 80 feet above the forest floor. For the thrill seekers, try the largest, highest, and most extreme tour – the Super Skyrider Zipline. On the “Super White Knuckle” zipline you can reach a speed of over 60 miles per hour!
Train fans will love the opportunity to ride the Hobo Railroad. Ideal for families of all ages, you can take the historic Hobo Railroad along the twisting Pemigewasset River through the woods of the western White Mountains. The journey will leave you in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty. Love trains? Lincoln is the place for you.
Loon Mountain is a popular place during the winter months, but did you know it’s open during the summer months as well? The Loon Mountain Adventure Center is home to a collection of incredible family-friendly outdoor activities. Climb through the alpine forests on the Aerial Forest Adventure Park ropes course. Or soar 750-feet across the Pemigewasset River on the zipline. There’s a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, and LogJam Maze at the Adventure Center. Beginning in May, Loon is breaking ground on a multi-phase network of 15 miles of downhill mountain biking trails. Combined with its current 10 miles of cross-country trails, Loon will offer over 25 miles of biking trails!
The Western White Mountains are the ultimate summer destination for family fun. With tons of fun outdoor attractions, you definitely won’t get bored.