Uncovering New Hampshire's Hidden Treasures
By Jen Buckley, Assistant Editor at Parent & Family Magazine

In the second edition of “Exploring New Hampshire,” I will be showcasing some of the lesser known hidden treasures. There are so many opportunities to be outside this time of year in the warm sunshine and I will give you some places to visit to take advantage of this opportunity. Of course, there are some rainy days during the summer, or times when we want a break from the heat so we have a nice mix of indoor and outdoor attractions as well.

Conway Scenic Railroad
I mentioned the Conway Scenic Railroad in the last article when talking about their relationship with the Mount Washington Valley Museum where they team up to bring you “A Day Out With Thomas,” in July. This event includes a train ride, Thomas & Friends, bounce houses, face painting, food, live music, storytelling, MWV Museum’s Imagination Station & more.

The Conway Scenic Railroad has a couple different trains: the Notch Train and the Valley Train.The Notch Train is a 5-5.5 hour train ride and is about 50- 60 miles roundtrip and runs between June and October. From April to December, The Valley Train runs on weekends with two departure times. This is a great one for families. Children under four ride for free and this train allows visitors to choose from two different excursions: one is 55 minutes and 11 miles, while the other is 21 miles and one hour and 45 minutes. On Sundays, CSR has an autism-friendly departure. The CSR also does a Murder Mystery Dinner ride catered by The Attitash Mountain Resort. Don’t forget to stop in at the Brass Whistle Gift Shop while you’re visiting.
The Cog Railway
Another great railway system is The Mount Washington Valley Cog Railway, or “The Cog,” located in Mount Washington, NH in Bretton Woods. They are open seven days a week, from 7am-4pm. Enjoy scenic train rides to the Summit of Mount Washington, which happens to be the highest peak in the North East. It is also the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway train. The Cog offers 3 hour round trip rides on steam or biodiesel trains from April to November. You can visit the gift shop, as well and the New Cog Railway Museum for free! If your interested in saving some money, step aboard the last train of the day for a $15.00 savings!

On your Cog visit, you can also check out the Mt. Washington State Park found on the Summit of Mount Washington. There you will find the Sherman Adams Visitor Center, where the Mount Washington Valley Observatory resides. It is accessible by car in certain seasons by way of the Mt. Washington Auto Road or you can also get there through several hiking trails.

The Cog also has some special events. In August, there is the 3rd Annual Steampunk Festival. This is a FREE event that includes educational opportunities and performances. You can also check out the 3rd Annual Handcrafted in New Hampshire Festival. The Cog offers All Aboard with Santa during the holiday season.
Cathedral Ledge Trail, White Horse Ledge and Echo Lake
If you are looking for some family friendly hikes Cathedral Ledge and White Horse Ledge located in Bartlett, NH are some great options. These two rock ledges have a lot to offer visitors. Cathedral Ledge is a 2 mile heavily trafficked trail. One mile of it circles around Echo Lake, which is a great place to fish, swim or cool off after your hike. You can get to Echo Lake by way of a mile long auto road at the top of Cathedral Ledge if you aren’t into hiking. The lake is part of the Saco River Watershed and lies at the foot of White Horse Ledge. You will find yellow perch and smallmouth bass if you are looking to do a little fishing. There are beautiful views of the Saco River Valley,White Mountains and Kearsarge North. Dogs are allowed on a leash and non-motor boating is permitted.

Diana’s Baths
Close to Echo Lake State Park, Cathedral Ledge and White Horse Ledge is Diana’s Baths, which is a series of waterfalls. It’s a beautiful place to relax with the family, and is dog friendly! It’s also located in Bartlett. It lies along Lucy Brook and is fed from Big Attitash Mountain. You can explore rocks, ledges and pools, while enjoying the cascading falls.

The falls are 75 feet in height. The hike to the falls is a flat and wide gravel path and is about 6/10 mile. It is considered to be an easy hike and is part of the US National Forest System. There is a large parking lot at the entrance of the hiking path. There is also a self- service pay station in which you purchase a day pass and display on your windshield. The cost is $3.00 and can be used at other National Forest Sites.
For more information visit this website.
The Remick Museum
If you need a break from the sun or rain, check out Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth Village, NH. This is the only country doctor museum in New England. There are only a total of three in the United States. Visiting the Remick Museum gives visitors an opportunity to learn about rural New England history, year round. The museum provides tours, workshops, farm-to-table meals, educational programming and seasonal events.

Dr Edwin Remick and his son, Dr. Edwin “Doc” Crafts Remick were Tamworth’s country doctors and administered medical care to local patients.They managed many aspects of their patients’ healthcare from prenatal and childbirth to colds, vaccinations and minor surgery. The Remick Museum also has gardens with herbs, medicinal and wild plants. Visitors can buy the museum’s veggies, herbs and fresh cut flowers at the farmstand. The cost is $5.00 per person and children ages 4 and under are FREE.
For more information visit this website.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is located in Concord. It pays respect to Sharon Christa McAuliffe, who was the first teacher in space and one of seven on the Space Shuttle Challenger mission and Alan Bartlett Shepard, who was the first American to travel to space. It is open during summer and other school vacations and open only on the weekends during the rest of the year. They do school field trips and allow you to rent the facility, as well as being open to the public. Parking is available and free.

The facility has two floors of exhibits pertaining to astronomy, aviation, earth and space sciences, engineering and general sciences. You can also get some lessons on space history. They have two or more special exhibits each year, as well. They also have a planetarium that is complete with a full-dome and digital Sky-Skan Definiti Theater. A live show called Tonight’s Sky that showcases what is visible in the night sky is presented during each season. Of course, they have new and old planetarium shows, as well.

Check out special events like Aerospace Fest and STEM Summer Camp, too. There is a Science Store and Cafe you can visit, as well. Parking is available and free.
Visit this website for current information and prices.
Breathe New Hampshire Fun Pass
If you are all about getting more bang for your buck, then check out the Breathe NH Fun Pass! It’s a great way to experience different attractions at discounted rates, while making memories. There are many New Hampshire attractions included and some from Maine and Massachusetts, as well. You will find discounts to amusement parks, museums, zoos, whale watches, water parks and more in this book.The cost of the Fun Pass is $35.00. Discounts vary, but with just one use, the pass could pay for itself. There are about 118 coupons that can be used at New England attractions for a total savings of up to $2,000.00.
Click the link to head over to their page for a list of attractions and purchase your pass this summer!
I hope you have found these two articles interesting and informative and I hope it inspires you to visit our beautiful neighboring state of New Hampshire. There really is so much more to explore.
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