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Trip Tips for Family Bonding at Its Best

Some family summer traditions are filled with fun rides and fried dough. Others involve unplugging and exploring. Whether you’re here for a week, a weekend, or a day, it’s all possible in New Hampshire. Here’s what an incredible, memory-making adventure together could look like. 

Grab a Bite

Glen Junction Family Restaurant, Glen, NH

First thing’s first—get your family fueled up for the day! Stop into one of these satisfying North Conway restaurants and smiles are sure to ensue. Our Facebook fans swear by Glen Family Junction and Peaches for breakfast.

Explore a State Park

Crawford Notch State Park, Photo by: @nhstateparks

Once everyone’s well-fed, let the memory-making begin! Pick up a few (tax-free!) picnic provisions at one of the local shops filled with hearty or homemade goodies to keep you going throughout the day, and head to a picturesque New Hampshire State Park where you and your littles can hike to your heart’s desire. Adventure through forests, come across cascading waterfalls and cool off in the clear waters at Franconia Notch, Echo Lake, Crawford Notch, White Lake, Moose Brook or Jericho Mountain State Parks. Need a little proof of all the breathtaking beauty you’ll find there? Look no further than this National Geographic article featuring some stunning images of parks and surrounding areas.

Take Them to New Heights

Pitcher Mountain

Want to adventure to slightly higher altitudes? Lace up and head south to New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region. There’s nothing more satisfying than reaching the summit of Pack Monadnock, Pitcher Mountain or rocky Mount Monadnock as family.

Hit a Classic Attraction

Santa’s Village, Jefferson, NH

You know what you loved about summer vacation as a kid—those classic family theme parks complete with characters, games, rides and water slides. And even after a fresh air-filled morning, you won’t have to ask them twice to check out a nearby attraction like Clark’s Trading Post, Storyland or Santa’s Village.

When everyone’s had their fill of excitement, food and family bonding, head back to your hotel or B&B and rest up for another day of laying down new family traditions.

The above recommendations are from the VisitNH Social Media Communities that provided their favorite New Hampshire hot spots.