There’s Nothing Like the Start of a New Season: Opening Days for the White Mountains Attractions

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From the top of Mount Washington to the underground worlds of Polar Caves Park and Lost River Gorge, many of New Hampshire’s White Mountains Attractions are set to open their doors for the summer this Memorial Day

From the top of Mount Washington to the underground worlds of Polar Caves Park and Lost River Gorge, many of New Hampshire’s White Mountains Attractions are set to open their doors for the summer.

This popular New England region has been a vacation destination for generations of visitors, where trips to Story Land, Clark’s Trading Post and Santa’s Village are family traditions.

Others look for adventures by heading up Mount Washington via the Cog Railway or the Auto Road, while Attitash, Wildcat, Cranmore, Loon and Cannon Mountains offer panoramic views from their summits via aerial lifts, ziplines and ropes courses. The Conway Scenic Railroad and the Hobo Railroad take excursions through beautiful mountain scenery.

“The good weather has finally arrived and we look forward to it carrying through the summer,” said Jayne O’Connor, president of White Mountains Attractions Association in North Woodstock. “It will be tough to beat last year’s record numbers at some of the attractions,” she said, “since we had near-perfect weather all summer. But with the early interest we have had so far this spring, it feels like we’ll have another outstanding season.”

Visitors can look forward to a couple of exciting new adventures this summer, with the Polar Ascent and Rappel at Polar Caves Park in Rumney and many property improvements at the other attractions including new platforms and/or boardwalks at Alpine Adventures, the Flume Gorge and Lost River Gorge, a new Wolfman at Clark’s Trading Post, and expanded hiking trails at the summit of Cranmore Mountain.

O’Connor noted that for visitors looking to plan an earlier getaway, several of our popular attractions are running now and they’ll find the remaining attractions will open Memorial Day Weekend and forthcoming weekends until the summer season gets into full swing Father’s Day weekend.

Alpine Adventures, the Conway Scenic Railroad, the Flume Gorge, Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, and Polar Caves Park are currently operating daily. The Mt. Washington Auto Road and Mt. Washington Cog Railway are open for drive yourself and train tours to tree-line and the summit (weather permitting) of Mt. Washington weekends until Memorial Day weekend when excursions begin daily. The scenic Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram will whisk visitors 4000 feet above Franconia Notch beginning May 20.

The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln is open weekends beginning May 28 to June 12 and opens daily on June 24. Santa’s Village in Jefferson, along with Story Land in Glen and Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln are open weekends beginning May 28 and begin daily operations in mid-June.

Also open weekends only until mid-June are Loon Mountain in Lincoln and Cranmore Mountain in North Conway.

The opening schedule of other attractions in the White Mountains include Attitash Mountain (daily starting June 18); Wildcat Mountain (daily July 2) and Whale’s Tale Water Park (daily beginning June 8).

Visitors to New Hampshire’s White Mountains can save over 70% on admissions to these 17 legendary attractions by purchasing a 2016 White Mountains Value Pass (valued over $1100). The Value Pass admits two people to visit each of these attractions, and is valid through the summer and fall seasons with no “black out” dates. The value pass may be purchased for $359 on online at or by calling 800-346-3687.

For more information about the attractions, stop by the White Mountains Visitors’ Center in North Woodstock, where the latest edition of the White Mountain Travel Guide is available, or call 800-346-3687 or on the web at

The White Mountains Attractions Association, founded in 1958, is the official Regional Information Organization for the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The Association counts among its membership the area’s attractions, including Alpine Adventures, Attitash Mountain Resort, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, Clark’s Trading Post, Conway Scenic Railroad, Cranmore Mountain Resort, The Flume Gorge, Hobo Railroad, Loon Mountain, Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, Mt. Washington Auto Road, The Mount Washington Cog Railway, Polar Caves Park, Santa’s Village, Story Land, Whale’s Tale Water Park and Wildcat Mountain.

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