Family summer vacations should have something to entertain everyone in the family, and this summer you'll be hard pressed to find a spot with more exciting options than the Mt. Washington Valley of New Hampshire. New mountain top zip lines, a new dinosaur themed roller coaster and an encounter with the world's worst weather are just some of the unique attractions awaiting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this summer. Here's a look at six new attractions that are sure to become family favorites:
Longest Single-Plane Zip Line in USA Opening at Attitash Mountain
All you thrill seekers who love to fly down the trails at Attitash ski resort all winter long, will want to be among the first to experience The Flying Bear. The Flying Bear aerial zip line tour will whisk riders from the summit of Bear Peak to the base of Attitash. Traveling nearly 5,000 feet, the zip line will reach heights of more than 400 feet as it spans across two mountains. The Attitash Aerial Zip, a second run, is just under 3000 feet long. This new attraction joins Attitash's alpine slide, mountain coaster and New Hampshire's first free-fall Airbag Jump.
Story Land Gets New Dinosaur Themed Roller Coaster
The "Roar-O-Saurus" is set to debut at the Valley's favorite family theme park, Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire. Rory, "a little dino with a big roar", is a 40 foot high wooden roller coaster that promises park goers a gravity-defying thrill ride. In celebration of Story Land's 60th season, the new dinosaur-themed area features animatronic dinosaurs surrounding the new roller coaster ride.
Mt. Washington Observatory Opens All-New Extreme Mount Washington Experience
We've all seen the pictures of hurricane force winds whipping the ice coated Observatory while it stands watch from the peak of Mt. Washington. Now you can experience what a winter day is like at this windblown outpost. Even on warm summer days, climbing the Mt. Washington Auto Road can bring you to another world of chilly temperatures and gusting winds. Indeed, this is the location of the highest recorded wind gusts in the world. But don't worry, you'll be protected and fascinated inside the Mt. Washington Observatory as high-tech exhibits reveal story of this unique scientific research facility. This year the "World's Worst Weather" museum has been entirely rebuilt and re-imagined to emerge as "Extreme Mount Washington". The museum reveals a Mount Washington winter in all its extremes, with interactive exhibits and high-tech demonstrations - a visit that is sure to fascinate every member of your family.
Ride To The Sky on Black Mountain's Overnight Adventure
Not just a camping trip, but a full-out cowboy/cowgirl getaway awaits at Black Mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire. Groups of up to 8 people saddle up for an evening trail ride to the peak of Black Mountain for breathtaking sunset views of Mt. Washington and beyond. Go for a scenic hike to stretch your legs or settle down to watch your guides prepare a delicious BBQ meal followed by s'mores around the campfire. As your horses graze, bed down in one of the rustic mountain-top cabins (complete with electricity and running water), or go native and camp under the stars. The next morning savor breakfast and the views before riding back down to the stables. This is a night in New England you won't soon forget.
So pack up the kids, it's time for a road trip north to New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley.