New Hampshire – The air is starting to feel cool and kids have already returned to another fun-filled year of school. While we are wondering where summer went, the approach of the fall foliage season still provides a reason to step outside and experience New Hampshire’s changing seasons. The Granite State offers many ways to experience a rockin’ fall whether through a hike, by boat, train, or even indoors. New Hampshire bursts with the colors of nature and enough adventurous activities to keep the entire family busy.
Here are a few tips for enjoying New Hampshire this fall.
TAKE A CRUISE FOR A COLORFUL VIEW
One special place to enjoy the foliage show is on Lake Winnipesaukee. Leaf peeping can be difficult to do when driving, so why not take a cruise on the M/S Mount Washington and let the captains do the driving. Enjoy the variety of fall’s colors and see the sun set behind the lake during one of the most popular seasons in New Hampshire.
The Sunday Fall Foliage Dinner cruises begin Sunday, September 11 and run through October 16. Departing from Weirs Beach, cruising time is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in September and 4:30 to 7 p.m. in October. For more information, visit www.cruisenh.com or call 1-888-843-6686.
ROCK OUT AT THE CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART’S ROCK & ROLL EXHIBITION
Rock & Roll will play center stage at The Currier Museum of Art when Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography opens on October 7. Drawn from the largest private collection of photographs of rock musicians in the United States, the exhibition provides a portal into the musical and cultural history of Rock & Roll, from its development in the 1950s to its influence on the sounds and styles of future generations. More than 175 Rock & Roll photos – many rarely seen by the public – will be on display through January 15, 2012. For more information visit www.currier.org or call (603) 669-6144 x108.
BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO SEE NEW ENGLAND’S FALL FOLLIAGE ON THE CLIMB UP MOUNT WASHINGTON
If you haven’t experienced the Mount Washington Cog Railway yet, it’s time. Climb aboard the world’s only train entirely built on a trestle in Bretton Woods, NH. The Cog offers families an exhilarating experience like no other and, since the climb takes you to the highest point in New England, Cog riders can experience some of the first fall foliage colors.
Now in its second year, the Cog’s Ride and Observatory Tour provide an opportunity to learn about the summit’s legendary weather. Offered just once a month, with upcoming trips scheduled for the 2:30 p.m. train on September 13 and October 11, passengers ride to the 6,288-foot summit while learning about the history of the Mount Washington with audio tour narrated by New Hampshire storyteller Fritz Wetherbee. Once at the summit, a rare tour of the Observatory’s weather station is given with one of the on-duty meteorologists talking about the extreme weather recorder at the summit. For more information visit www.thecog.com or call 1-800-922-8825.
NOT THE AIR YOU’RE THINKING OF
Swing from tree to tree at Cranmore Mountain’s new Aerial Adventure Park. What better way to see the foliage? The Aerial Adventure Park includes a ropes course, zip lines and air-bridges with four different ability levels that will challenge you to new heights. This Adventure course is 3 hours of fun no matter what level you choose. And, let’s not forget the popular Mountain Coaster. Parents and children 3 and up can take in stunning views of the White Mountain National Forest while whizzing down the Coaster, or for those who like to take things a little slower, there’s always the scenic Summit Chairlift Ride. For more information, visit www.cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.
In the Valley:
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE FALL COLORS IN WATERVILLE VALLEY
Waterville Valley is a full-featured resort area, which just happens to be surrounded by some of the most spectacular landscapes in northern New England. The adjacent White Mountain National Forest, celebrating its 100th anniversary, features America’s oldest network of hiking trails leading to spectacular views in all directions.
To compliment the brilliant fall foliage of New England, Waterville Valley has scheduled their annual Chili Challenge and a weekend-long Fall Foliage Celebration. Waterville Valley area restaurants will compete for the title of the best chili around while everyone tastes and votes for their favorite chili. The Chili Challenge will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 in Town Square and the Fall Foliage Celebration will run from Saturday, October 8 through Monday, October 10. During this weekend, visitors of all ages can enjoy free outdoor concerts, tent sales, a ski swap, 5K road race and a 1.6K fun run. Also available during the weekend are kids’ games, pumpkin painting and the famous pie-eating contest. For more information, visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com or call 1-800-GO-VALLEY.