NORTH WOODSTOCK, NH – The White Mountains are officially open for ziplining, train rides, cave exploring, treetop adventures, gondola rides, drives over the Kancamagus Highway, and all else that goes along with summer bursting out in this part of New England.
“Vacation season has certainly arrived in the White Mountains,” said Jayne O’Connor, President of the White Mountains Attractions Association in North Woodstock which works with the legacy attractions in the region like The Flume Gorge, Mount Washington Cog Railway, and Story Land, and also with the newer adventure attractions like Alpine Adventures and Cranmore Mountain which offer zip lines and treetop tours.
“Most of our seasonal attractions are open now, and we know families have been waiting to get out and start their summer adventures.”
And summer adventures have certainly begun, as hosts of families kicked off their vacations during the long Memorial Day Weekend. “We have heard from our Attractions and other businesses in the White Mountains that it was all around a successful holiday weekend.” O’Connor said.
Lauren Hawkins, Marketing Director of Storyland, said that their 2018 numbers were up from last year. “Overall, we had a great weekend with a strong Monday. Our guests were excited to visit the park and we hope to have a strong summer!”
Whale’s Tale Waterpark opened for Memorial Day Weekend, a first for the attraction, to showcase their newest feature: AKUA Beach Surf Simulator. “It was great to see the visitor response to Whale’s Tale being open this early in the season”. Jeb Boyd, CEO of NH-Fun Family of Parks. The majority of people who came this weekend, purchased passes for the water park for this coming summer.”
Susan Logan, Marketing Director at the Conway Scenic Railroad said that business was great over the long weekend. “Saturday and Sunday were especially strong days for us, up 64% and 65% respectively. We had a lot of families joining us along with an increase in international visitors.”
Lodging properties saw an increase in visitors to the area from last Memorial Day Weekend and see this as a trend continuing into the summer.
Renee Blood, General Manager of Riverwalk Resort at Loon Mountain said that rentals have increased since last year. “We had a fantastic holiday weekend including a significant number of short term reservations. We more than doubled our business from last year.”
According to Matt Hesser, President of the Waterville Valley Resort Association, all signs point to a busy summer season. “Our lodging occupancy was up over 20% from last year and we hosted 2 large weddings. With more weddings, conferences, special events, and new resort amenities to come this summer, we’re all really excited for a busy season.”
Alpine Adventures, the Conway Scenic Railroad, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, the Flume Gorge, Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, Polar Caves Park, The Mt. Washington Auto Road and Mt. Washington Cog Railway are currently open daily.
Cranmore Mountain is open weekends, and will be open daily on June 11th. Storyland is open weekends until their daily operations resume on June 15th. Attitash Mountain, Clark’s Trading Post, Loon Mountain, and Santa’s Village will be open weekends until daily operations resume on June 16th. The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln is open weekends beginning May 25 and opens daily on June 22. Whale’s Tale Waterpark opens on June 30th, but the AKUA Flow Club surf simulator is currently open daily. Wildcat Mountain opens for the season on July 1.
Visitors to New Hampshire's White Mountains can save over 70% on admissions to these 17 popular attractions by purchasing a 2018 White Mountains Value Pass (valued over $1200). The Value Pass admits two people to 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 $379 online at http://whitemts.us/valuepass or by calling 800-346-3687.