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Tips for a Relaxing and Fun Family Summer Getaway

Want to kick back this summer and give your kids a trip they’ll reminisce about for decades to come? You can have the best of both worlds in New Hampshire! The White Mountains and Lake Regions of New Hampshire are perfect for achieving a balance of summer fun and relaxation without having to drive too far. So gather round, soak up some ideas and book that trip!

Feed The Fam

Stairway Cafe, North Conway, NH, Photo by: @xxxclingxx

Every great family adventure is built on a solid foundation of eggs, toast and pancakes. If you’re starting your day in the White Mountains, our Facebook fans suggest The Stairway Cafe or Longhorn Palace Pancake House. Waking in the Lakes Region? Well, the Kitchen Cravings was among New Hampshire Magazine’s “Best Breakfast in New Hampshire” last year.

Start Strong

Gilford, NH

If everyone’s up for adventure right out of the gate, might as well roll with it. Head to Monkey Trunks Adventure Park or go ziplining at one of the resorts in the White Mountains. Prefer to get your great views from the ground? Lace up and head south to New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region. There’s no more satisfying feeling than reaching the summit of Pack Monadnock, Pitcher Mountain or rocky Mount Monadnock together, and sharing a snack amidst spectacular views.

Cool Down

Diana’s Baths, Bartlett, NH, Photo by: @globetrottingduo

Activities like hiking and swinging through the trees are sure to work up a sweat and an appetite. So when you’ve wrapped up with your morning adventures, our Facebook fans recommend grabbing lunch at The Muddy Moose or May Kelly’s. Wait a half hour—or don’t!—then seek out one of the spectacular swimming holes in the White Mountains, such as Diana’s Baths, Franconia Falls or Emerald Pool. Just take your pick and take a dip! If anyone’s up for a late-day road trip, we recommend you follow the ice cream.


North Conway Grand Hotel

When it’s time to turn down at the end of your fun-filled day, our Facebook fans say Red Jacket, Nordic Village and North Conway Grand Hotel in the White Mountains are wonderful family-friendly options.


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