Plan a Big Family Vacation to New Hampshire

New Hampshire just might be the perfect place for your next family vacation.  This state boasts a number of truly wonderful destinations that big families will love.  Here’s just a small sampling of what the Granite State has to offer.

Cannon mountain ski area

If you visit in the winter, your family can take advantage of some of the tallest ski mountains in New England.  Cannon Mountain Ski Area has the state’s largest vertical drop, and it features trails for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers.  Cannon Mountain offers ski lessons for adults and children ages 4 and up, and it provides childcare for children six months and older.  SKI Magazine listed Cannon Mountain as one of its “Seven Great Places to Ski with Your Kids.”

White Mountains autumn 2

If you visit in the autumn, New Hampshire is a wonderful place to enjoy the fall colors.  There are a number of different ways to enjoy the changing leaves.  You might try one of the area’s scenic drives.  Or, for a special treat, take your kids on the Conway Scenic Railroad.  This train ride will take you through the White Mountains, allowing you to see the changing leaves in all their splendor.  Depending on your children’s attention spans, you can book trips ranging in length from 55 minutes to 5 hours.  If you want to time your visit around the leaves, feel free to use’s foliage report, which estimates when leaves will be changing throughout the state.

North Hampton State Beach

The summer offers wonderful opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing, camping, kayaking, and rafting.  Whether you visit New Hampshire’s beach or one of its many beautiful lakes, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to play in the great outdoors.  The summer is also a great time to catch one of New Hampshire’s many agricultural fairs, where visitors can enjoy good food, music, dunking booths, and more.

But one of the most unique and fun things to do in New Hampshire can only be done at a very specific time in the spring.  Although not everyone knows it, New Hampshire makes a lot of maple syrup: nearly 90,000 gallons of maple syrup each year.  And every year during March, many of the state’s number of sugar houses open themselves to the public for a weekend.

NH Maple Sugar Weekend 2010
During Maple weekend, visitors can learn about maple syrup collection and processing, enjoy free samples, and more.  Many sugar houses will allow you to watch the maple sap as it is boiled down into syrup, and some even allow you to help in collecting or carrying the sap.  And when it’s all over, you and your family can buy some tasty souvenirs to bring home!

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About Theresa Jorgensen

Theresa is the mother of four including twins. She is the owner of SixSuitcaseTravel, a travel site for big families of 5, 6, 7, 8. She enjoys helping other big families build life-long travel memories. Her family's travel bucket list includes DC, Yellowstone, London and anywhere in the Caribbean.