While it might seem like we do a lot of hiking in our family, we also like to do other things as well. Here are 19 different outdoorsy adventures your family can do in 2019. Listed seasonally from winter to fall. 1. Visit the Ice Castles! The Ice Castles generally open in January and stay open until Mid February. In previous years they were located in Lincoln NH at the Hobo Railroad Station but in 2019 they are moving down the road to North Woodstock! For details visit www.icecastles.com/lincoln 2. Go Sledding or Tubing– There are many sledding hills across the state. My favorite one is at The Kanc Ski Area in Lincoln NH (BYO sled), or head to Loon Mountain for tubing for the entire family. Loon Mountain offers a Tot Tubing Park for children under 8, which is hard to find! 3. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center– If the weather isn’t cooperating for outdoor adventures, try leaving the world! At the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center kids can learn about space exploration and view a show in the planetarium! For details visit https://www.starhop.com/ 4. NH Farm and Forest Expo– In February the Raddison in Manchester NH hosts the NH Farm and Forest Expo. The expo features vendors and exhibits from farmers and foresters from across the state. Learn about beekeeping, chat with a NH State Park Ranger, taste different local foods and see some friendly animals. For details visit http://www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org 5. Visit a NH Fish Hatchery– Take a visit to a fish hatchery and see how the NH Fish and Game department raises its fish it uses to stock our lakes and streams to manage the population. There are multiple location across the state. For more info visit https://wildlife.state.nh.us/about/visit.html 6. Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves– Climb over 1,000 stairs and spelunk through 11 caves, sit in a giant birds nest and pretend you’re a billy goat as you “trip, trap” across the large suspension bridge. For details visit http://www.lostrivergorge.com 7. Squam Lake Natural Science Center– Get up close and personal with native New Hampshire animals, learn through interactive exhibits and act like a squirrel in the natural playscape playground. There are also boat tours to learn about the ecology of our local lakes. For details visit http://www.nhnature.org
8. NH Ice Cream Trail- Think you have what it takes to visit all the Ice Cream stands in NH? If you do you can earn yourself a free sweatshirt. For details and a map click here (note this is the 2018 map, keep an eye out for the 2019 map once locations begin to open) 9. Mount Washington Auto Road– Climb to the top of the Northeast in the comfort of your car! However. this drive is not for the faint of heart. This mountainous road has hairpin turns, narrow lanes and steep drop-offs (and no guardrails!). At the top, you might find yourself battling some of the worlds worst weather. For details visit https://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/ 10. Drive Down the Kancamagus Highway– Take a drive down scenic Route 112 between Lincoln and North Conway. Along the way, there are many spots to stop and explore and take in the scenery. Download the WMNF app for an interactive tour guide for your drive. 11. Go Camping– With a wide variety of campgrounds from across the state from Rustic state parks to well-equipped resorts with water parks and wifi, there is something for everyone. To find your perfect campground visit www.ucampnh.com 12. Stay at an AMC Hut– With 8 backcountry huts across the White Mountain National Forest families can get a backpacking hike experience without all the necessary gear. Staying at a hut provides a bunk bed, linens and two meals. Certain huts often run Kids Stay Free deals during summer months. For Details Visit https://www.outdoors.org/lodging-camping/huts 13. Head to the Drive-Ins- Check out a drive-in movie theater for some nighttime fun in the summer. The Milford Drive-In usually has a PG offering for the first show on one of their two screens. Check them out here 14. Go Ziplining– Check out Alpine Adventures for some serious fun. Get transported to the treetop zip lines in a 6-wheeled 12-person SUV and spend the day zipping through the trees. They also offer a ropes course and for those not meeting the weight requirements you can go for an off-road adventure in their flashy SUVs. For details visit http://www.alpinezipline.com 15. Head to the County Fair– Check out one of the county fairs across the state. From delicious fair foods, rides, animals and even Monster Trucks, kids of all ages will enjoy a day at the fair. To find a local fair visit https://www.nhfairs.com/nh_fairs_association_fairs.php 1 6. The Jaffrey Fireworks- Every August, Atlas Fireworks hosts an extra special fireworks display in their hometown of Jaffrey. Its a full day of festivities that end in a display choreographed to music. For Details visit http://www.jaffreyfireworks.com 17. Go For a Train Ride– Check out one of the states tourist trains for a scenic view of the land. Themed rides are also popular, 4th of July Parties, Thomas the Train, and Foliage Tours that show passengers the best colors of the state. 18. Visit NH’s First REI- Opening in Sept ’19 REI Co-op is opening its first location in New Hampshire, bringing quality outdoor gear, expertise and experiences for the region’s most popular activities in North Conway and the surrounding region. In addition to being the first store in-state, the nearly 25,000 square-foot space at Settlers Crossing will also be the co-op’s first-ever outdoor experience center, offering expansive gear rentals, high-end equipment demos and guided outdoor experiences for the millions of visitors that adventure in the region every year. For the full press release click here 19. Visit a Pumpkin Fest– Keene, Milford, and Loudon all have impressive Pumpkin Fests to celebrate the harvest and Halloween season. Be sure to check them out!
So there you have it, 19 different adventures to take your family on in 2019.