7 Ways to Win Winter with Kids

When the weather turns cold and the snow starts falling, there’s nowhere quite like New Hampshire for family fun. And if you’re looking for some new ideas this season, check out these seven family-friendly winter activities.

Cosmic Snow Tubing at Granite Gorge
Tubing is always fun, but it’s even more fun in the dark! Head to Granite Gorge on Saturday nights and go tubing under the stars. With music pumping, neon trail lights and glow necklaces included, it’s a cosmic party on the slopes for adults and kids alike.

Saturdays, 6-9pm
$35 per person
Granite Gorge
341 NH Route 9, Roxbury/Keene

Winter Thrill Rides at Cranmore Mountain
Even if skiing isn’t your thing, you can still catch some family-friendly thrills on the mountain. Cranmore Mountain’s Tubing & Mountain Adventure Park boasts 10 tubing trails, a mountain coaster through the woods, a two-seater zipline, and a giant swing. Kids three and over who meet height requirements can get in on the fun, and even adults will get goosebumps flying down the mountain!

Open through early April
$49 per person for tubing and Mountain Adventure combo
Cranmore Mountain
239 Skimobile Rd. North Conway

Snowmobiling in the Great North Woods
Ever taken a snowmobile to another country? Bring the troupe up north — way up north — for well-groomed snowmobiling trails and the most striking wintery vistas. Start your journey in Pittsburg and ride all the way into Canada (just don’t forget your passport!). Snowmobiling is fun for the whole family, and even kids as young as six can ride (as a passenger). Your snowmobile must have a state registration, available at over 200 locations across the state. If you don’t own a snowmobile, you can find a list of rental shops here.

Fat Biking at Great Glen Trails
Fat biking is a unique and exciting winter activity for families. Hop on a bicycle with giant, thick tires and ride hiking and cross-country skiing trails through the woods! A trail pass is required, and bike and helmet rental are available. Get ready to work your legs, then retire fireside to relax the day away.

Trails open at 8:30 am daily, weather permitting
Trail pass and rentals $38 for adults, $30 for juniors (5-12)
Great Glen Trails
1 Mount Washington Auto Rd., Gorham

Kahuna Laguna Water Park
Sometimes you just need a break from all that snow. Voted a top 10 indoor water park by USA Today, Kahuna Laguna Water Park boasts a three-story water slide, wave pool, water basketball court, a hot tub, and an arcade. The Tiki Tide Café even offers beer, wine, and frozen cocktails so mom and dad can imagine they’re poolside in the sunshine.

Open year-round
Day passes starting from $29.99
Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park
2251 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway

Ice Skating at Strawbery Banke
Ice skating may not sound like a unique winter activity, but it is at Strawbery Banke. The outdoor history museum’s Puddle Duck Pond is smack in the middle of a restored colonial village. Take the kids for a skate and sneak in a history lesson as you tour the heritage gardens and historic buildings complete with costumed role-players, hands-on activities, and more than 30,000 artifacts. Afterwards, head to downtown Portsmouth for some of the seacoast’s best shopping and dining.

Skate times vary, check calendar
$12 for adults, $9 for children (5-17), free for children under five
Strawbery Banke
14 Hancock St., Portsmouth

SEE Science Center
Your kids can walk on the moon, generate electricity, discover their DNA and more — all in one spot. The SEE Science Center brings science to life with more than 90 exhibits, hands-on discovery and engaging demonstrations for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out their summer camps, workshops and min-courses, or host your child’s next birthday party at the center!

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
$9 per person, free for children under three
200 Bedford St., Manchester