Bretton Woods, New Hampshire might be best known as a ski destination, but in recent years the list of things to do has expanded. Bretton Woods is an all-season destination with plenty of fun winter activities like skiing and dog sledding, along with warm weather options like zip line tours and hiking. Whether you're looking for new options in an old favorite destination or are visiting for the first time, keep reading for some ideas on things to do in Bretton Woods, NH.
Bretton Woods is best known for skiing, and for good reason. This part of New Hampshire is home to one of the only alpine areas in the whole of the northeast. Ski enthusiasts travel here to hit the groomed trails and (more recently) to explore new and challenging trails over more rugged terrain.
2. Dogsled tours
Of all the things to do in Bretton Woods, NH, few things will thrill both adults and kids like climbing aboard a dogsled tour. There's something incredibly festive about flying through the fresh powder on the back of a sled pulled by a pack of dogs.
3. Spa time
In a destination as adventurous as Bretton Woods, there has to be a balance with relaxation time too. After a day of skiing or snowboarding, many visitors choose to hit the spa. Book a massage at the Mount Washington Spa
and relax after an action-packed day outdoors.
4. Zip line tours
Many travelers love Bretton Woods in the winter and are surprised they can return during the summer months. Bretton Woods is home to the longest zip line canopy tour in all of New England; it descends over 1,000 feet of elevation.
The refreshing summer air is also perfect for a round of golf. At Bretton Woods golf enthusiasts can choose between local 18-hole and 9-hole golf courses, depending on your mood. These two Mount Washington courses
are surrounding by gorgeous mountain scenery, as you might expect.
Summer also restores the trails for hiking. The trail system here weaves along the beautiful Ammonoosuc River
and is appropriate for all fitness levels. If you're looking for slightly more challenging hiking, be sure to check out the trails in the nearby White Mountain National Forest
7. Fly fishing
Another one of the fun things to do in Bretton Woods, NH is fly fishing. In order to fish in New Hampshire, you need a fishing license from the state in advance. These can be secured by either ordering one online in advance (this is advised) or requesting one from local fly fishing guides upon arrival. You can bring your own equipment or rent once you arrive.
8. Horseback riding
One of the best ways to take in the local mountain scenery is on the back of a horse. In Bretton Woods you will find a variety of tour options, varying in length and experience levels. From trail rides to pony rides for kids, there are options for every aspiring equestrian at the Bretton Woods stables.
9. Mountain biking
Some visitors will be arriving at Bretton Woods looking for serious adventure. Mountain biking is one way to get the blood pumping. Mount Washington is full of downhill mountain biking trails, both for the very experienced cyclists or those just starting out.
10. Local attractions
Sometimes, you might want to venture beyond Bretton Woods to see what New Hampshire has to offer nearby. Some of the top local attractions in the area include the Mount Washington Cog Railway, Echo Lake Beach
, and the Crawford Notch State Park
Kid-friendly Rentals in Bretton Woods
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