It is hard to beat the beauty of New Hampshire’s White Mountains any time of the year. But fall here is spectacular! Lincoln is a bustling little town full of mom and pop storefronts and restaurants with many activities for families or adults. It is not new and sparkly, but carries a charm that reminds me of my childhood. It is a place my family returns a couple of times a year to create memories. Read on about a couple of ways we have spent weekends in this lovely mountain town- 48 hours in Lincoln New Hampshire.
Fall at Loon
Loon Mountain is just as much fun outside of the ski season. Its peak offers great views and here are some ways to enjoy it.
- Loon’s gondola ride is the longest one in New Hampshire and the views it affords are fantastic!
- Glacier Caves at the top of the mountain provide hours of gross motor fun for kids or adults. Huge boulders create natural mazes that you have to shimmy your way through.
- In the fall, the view from the lookout tower is among the best in the state!
- Loon’s base area activities including zip-lining and bungee jumping.
- Take in church on the top of the mountain overlooking all of God’s majestic creations.
Flying through the trees is not only exhilarating, but also provides fabulous views. Here are a couple of places to get your fly on.
- Loon Adventure Activities
- Alpine Adventures– This company has a small zip-lining area for younger kids right off the main road or they can truck you into the woods to get really high in the forest!
Pimi Valley Moose Tours– Not only will you get to safely look for these gigantic creatures, you get a 3 1/2 bus ride through these gorgeous mountains.
The Old Fashion Charm of Trains
- Take a foliage tour along the Pemigewasset River on the Hobo Express. Even if you don’t go on the train ride, stop for pictures with the pretty red engine among the foliage.
- Ride the world’s first mountain-climbing Cog Railway up New England’s tallest peak, Mount Washington. It is a bit outside of Lincoln, but can easily be part of a long weekend.
There are two stops we always visit when we are in town-
The Common Man Restaurant– Kids and adults alike are happy at this quirky American restaurant. Although the wait is always long, the free-flowing cheese and crackers, old comic books for sale and cabin-like bar make it palatable.
Chutters Candy Counter– My kids love the super long penny candy counter with every kind of candy you can imagine! The longest candy counter in the world (112 feet) is at their Littleton, NH location.
Nothing personifies the charm of New England fall as a covered bridge surrounded by leaves ablaze. Here are two in Lincoln-
Which brings us to-
Although nearby Santa’s Village and Storyland played a big part in my kid’s early childhood, they have now outgrown them. But they still love the Wolfman’s antics and the bear show at Clark’s Trading Post! This small amusement park can be done in half a day and is good for kids, from big to small.
There are ample trails to explore this area close to Lincoln. Here are a couple of my favorites for easy to moderate hikes that are appropriate for older kids.
Check out 5 Scenic, Family New Hampshire Hikes Around Lincoln, New Hampshire for details on the first two hikes as well as a few others.
- Georgiana Falls- A short hike to a small waterfall is appropriate for most abilities. If you are up for a more strenuous, but short hike the upper falls is a real star!
- Lonesome Lake- A stop on the Appalachian Trail this half day moderate loop hike provides an idyllic lake and gorgeous marshlands.
- Greely Pond
- Zealand Falls, Crawford
- Mount Willard
As you can see there is so much to do in Lincoln you could stay for a week, but it is the perfect place to spend a New England fall weekend with your family. I hope it becomes as special to you as it is to my family. Be sure to check out 19 of New England’s Best Fall Activities for more ideas of excellent things to do this autumn!
Do you have a place that your family returns to year after year? I would love to hear about it in the comments.