How to Have It All on Your Family Vacation

Want to provide an unforgettable summer vacation for the whole family, complete with well-deserved parental down time too? Here’s a little guidance on how you can go about chilling—and thrilling—it up in New Hampshire. 

Home Sweet Home Base

The Cottages, Wolfeboro, NH

First, let’s find your family’s ideal summer home away from home at one of New Hampshire’s many comfortable cottages, resorts and hotels. If you’re an outdoorsy crew, you could rent a cabin or campsite at one of New Hampshire’s picturesque state parks.

Scenic Start

The Mount Washington Cog Railway

Enjoy a relaxing late morning aboard a scenic cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee or Squam Lake cruise. If you prefer dry ground, take in the views from Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, or head up to The Mount Washington Cog Railway or Hobo Railroad.

Lovely Lunch

Bailey’s Bubble, Wolfeboro, NH, Photo by: @christianhardy

Follow those breathtaking views with a nice lunch at Local Eatery in Laconia or family-owned Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant and Gift Shop in Meredith—voted favorites by our Facebook fans. For a sweet ice cream treat, they recommend trying Bailey’s Bubble in Wolfeboro.

Fun in the Sun

Storyland, Bartlett, 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 after a leisurely morning, you won’t have to ask your kids twice to head over to one of these awesome attractions. They’ll also love visiting places like the Polar CavesAmerica’s Stonehenge, Lost River Gorge, Canobie Lake Park!

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