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On vacation with kids to: New Hampshire, USA.
New Hampshire is one of the smallest states in the nation and has the shortest ocean coastline of any U.S. state, with a length of 18 miles (29 km).
The state is small enough to crisscross in a day. Vacationers can drive from ocean to mountains in less than three hours.
New Hampshire capital is Concord with an estimated population of 42,221 (2005) and largest city is Manchester with an estimated population of 107,007. The state is internationally famous for the New Hampshire primary,
the first primary in the quadrennial American presidential election cycle. New Hampshire’s famous tax-free shopping makes the state a bargain-hunter’s haven.
New Hampshire's recreational attractions include skiing and other winter sports, observing the spectacular fall foliage, summer cottages along many lakes, motor sport, NASCAR events and many summer beach events.
From the sea coast to the highest mountains in the northeast, New Hampshire is a family vacation destination that offers many opportunities for both sport and play and for both parents and children. There’s enough history for several vacations, tons of outdoor adventure and recreation, and a wealth of mountains.
Skiing in New Hampshire is very popular too and draws vacationers from all over during the winter season. Many of the ski areas double as overall resort areas, so there are plenty of things to do if you want to come in from the cold. Popular ski resorts are Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort, Loon Mountain, and Attitash Bear Peak. In New Hampshire you'll also find lots of family skiing opportunities, for example at the family-friendly King Pine Ski Area where half of the 16 trails cater to beginner skiers. More popular areas are the Waterville Valley Ski Area, where you also find a half pipe for snowboarders and 40 miles of cross-country trails and Bretton Woods Mountain Resort. Alpine or cross-country, you may well end up skiing on your vacation with the kids in New Hampshire.
The Great North Woods region is an outdoor lover’s pleasure and offers recreational opportunities as boating, fishing, hunting, wildlife observing, camping, and in the wintertime, snowmobiling. You might even see a moose here, there are plenty!
The White Mountains range in New Hampshire spans the north-central portion of the state, with Mount Washington being the tallest in the northeastern United States. The White Mountains region is a natural year-round adventure area for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice skating, and other winter sports but also for hiking, mountain biking rock climbing, golfing, and horseback riding in the summertime.
This region is also a heavy resort area, with a multitude of amenities such as spas and aromatherapy and offers many opportunities for your vacation with the kids.
In the Lakes Region, options range from New Hampshire’s largest Lake Winnipesaukee, to 1299 other smaller lakes and ponds. The largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, covers 72 square miles (186 km²) and has 280 miles of shoreline and 250 islands. You can take a boat cruise on Lake Winnipesauke, dotted by 240 islands and surrounded by three mountain ranges. Of course, fishing is abundant in this region on hundreds of lakes and ponds, but also boating and beach activities such as swimming and picnicking are widespread.
The Seacoast area contains a wealth of beach areas and is a popular summer destination for spending the vacation with the kids. Hampton Beach is a popular local summer destination on the lovely Atlantic seashore. About 10 miles (16 km) offshore are the Isles of Shoals, nine small islands (4 belonging to New Hampshire). The area is perfect for swimming, fishing, and picnicking, but you'll also find many attractions to entertain the whole family here, like a weekly fireworks shows, free summer concerts, restaurants, shops, a sand sculpting competition, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival and other amusements.
The Merrimack Valley offers a great combination of cities and quiet countryside. Here you'll find great shopping and cultural attractions.
The Monadnock Region lies in southwest New Hampshire. Here you'll find Mt. Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in the world.
This area is noted for its quaint villages, historical sites, covered bridges and natural beauty.
The Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee area has history and scenery for all. Sunapee State Park, with Mount Sunapee, is a year-round recreation site with a beach.
New Hampshire also offers cities such as Portsmouth which offer fun activities for the whole family, including the Children's Museum of Portsmouth, which lets kids explore dinosaurs, outer space, and music all in one place. The city of Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, and the surrounding region offer many tourism activities. Manchester is a vacation destination with a variety of historic attractions and is known for the historic Amoskeag Millyard.
New Hampshire is as rich in natural beauty as it is American history. Picturesque New England oceanfront, the seacoast region has long, sandy beaches, working ports, offshore islands, and popular resort towns and villages that date back nearly four hundred years!
Choose New Hampshire as your next family vacation destination and you can experience all of New Hampshire’s varied geography and attractions. From the snowy White Mountains region to the gorgeous Lakes Region to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Seacoast area, all are options for a great vacation with the kids in New Hampshire.
Popular cities and towns in New Hampshire:
Some of the major and most popular cities and towns in New Hampshire are: Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Dover, Franklin, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Rochester and Somersworth.
There is a variety of hotels, ski-resorts, lodges, cabins, beach resorts, lake side condo's, historic inns, grand hotels and family-owned bed and breakfasts all available for your vacation with the kids in New Hampshire.
However finding the right resort, hotel, B&B or inn for your vacation with the kids can be a real challenge. Take a look at the accommodations section to find out what to look for in a accommodation suited for your children. All depends on the season and vacation plans you have with the kids. If you plan on skiing, most ski resorts put the welcome mat out for families, with excellent kids programs and ski and boarding schools.
Child-care centers, even for babies, and cool programs for teens are found more and more. All great news for your vacation in New Hampshire with the kids. New Hampshire also offers a variety of lake, forest, city and beach accommodations. No matter which part of New Hampshire stands out to you as being the most suited for your vacation with the kids, there are accommodations in that area that can make your trip more exciting than you ever imagined.
Why not check out one of the campgrounds New Hampshire has to offer. Or why not choose a vacation rental, from cosy mountain cabins to beach houses and lake view condos, there are lots of family friendly New Hampshire vacation rentals that will meet all your needs.
Besides swimming, biking, hiking, skiing, camping and other outdoor adventures New Hampshire has to offer, there are dozens of other activities the kids will enjoy too.
Amusement and Theme Parks:
Canobie Lake Park
Six Gun City
Water parks and water fun:
Fort Splash Waterpark
New Hampshire zoos:
Other New Hampshire sites and tours to see:
Mount Washington Cog Railway
Conway Scenic Railroad
Whale's Tale Water Park
Polar Caves Park
Sugar Hill Historical Museum
Covered bridges in Dartmouth/Sunapee
John Wingate Weeks Historic Site
Littleton Historic Sites Walking Tour
Bath - Haverill Bridge in Woodsville Village
American Independence Museum in Exeter
Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site
Wyman Tavern Museum in Keene
Saint - Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish
More vacation destinations....
More usefull websites:
New Hampshire Official State Information Website
New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development