This Labor Day weekend, New Hampshire offers a chance for families to reconnect and enjoy the last days of summer before autumn arrives and the school season is in full swing.
There are plenty of choices, from enjoying an outdoor celebration and rubber duck race at Waterville Valley to taking in the sights of Lake Winnipesaukee on the M/S Mount Washington’s family cruise. For a little more action, there is the Cog Railway and White Mountain Attractions, with outdoor scenic options and family fun theme parks. For a break from the sun, peruse the impressive collection at the Currier Museum of Art. For more ideas see http://thetipsheet.typepad.com/karno_trip_picks/ .
Waterville Valley Resort is holding their annual End of Summer Dash & Bash for families on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6th in Town Square. The fun starts on Saturday with a bounce house and live music. Then Sunday is full of family activities, more free concerts, and the annual charity Just Ducky rubber duck race on Corcoran Pond. The owners of the fastest three ducks win a cash prize. On Sunday, there will be a meet and greet with Bruce the Moose and the Valley Snow Dogz, a frozen t-shirt contest, barbeque and fireworks at 8:30 p.m. On Monday, September 7, there will be a free animal show at 10 a.m. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.
The M/S Mount Washington is hosting a Labor Day weekend full of cruising activities. Saturday, September 5 from 6-9 p.m. is the Labor Day Lobsterfest departing from Weirs Beach. Guests can enjoy fresh Maine lobster and live music accompanied by sunset views of the lake. On Sunday, September 6, families are invited to enjoy the Labor Day Family Party cruise, which departs from Weirs Beach at 5 p.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $48, youth tickets are $38 (ages 13-16) and children 12 and under are free (limit two per family; children 4 and under are always free). Tickets include a two-hour cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee, a Sunday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings, and live entertainment. Janet & the Redheads will entertain guests on the Main Deck, while Kyle Nickerson will play in the Flagship Lounge. For more information and tickets, visit www.cruisenh.com.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway climbs New England’s highest peak and gives guests an unforgettable adventure. Purchase early tickets to ride the morning steam train at 9:15 a.m., or catch a ride on the biodiesel train, which runs throughout the weekend from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
White Mountain Attractions offers one-stop planning for one more long-weekend of activities for the family. Choose from a variety of attractions including theme parks like Story Land and Santa’s Village, outdoor exhilaration at Alpine Adventures, historic attractions like the Hobo Railroad and Clark’s Trading Post, to nature excursions like the Lost River Gorge and Polar Caves. For more information, a full list of attractions and access to the online itinerary building tool, visit www.visitwhitemountains.com or call 800-FIND-MTS.
Take a break from the sun at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, where visitors can view an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and O'Keeffe. Visitors can also peruse in the Museum Shop and enjoy lunch in the Winter Garden Café. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Tickets must be purchased in advance as many tours sell out. For more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144, x108.