10 Things to Do in Conway That You Shouldn't Miss

December 20, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Conway is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. It is the most populous community in the county, and the most populous in the state north of Lake Winnipesaukee. The population was 10,115 at the 2010 census, more than 1/5 of the total population of Carroll County. The town is near the southeastern edge of White Mountain National Forest. Cathedral Ledge (popular with climbers) and Echo Lake State Park are in the west. There are five villages in the town: Conway, North Conway, Center Conway, Redstone and Kearsarge. Additionally, it shares a portion of the village of Intervale with the neighboring town of Bartlett.
Restaurants in Conway

1. Kancamagus Highway

Route 112, North Conway, Conway, NH
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Kancamagus Highway

Highway 112, or the Kanc, runs from Center Conway to North Woodstock, just south of Franconia Notch. Passing through the White Mountain National Forest, it is considered one of the most scenic highways in the U.S. and offers a number of interesting stopping off points.

Reviewed By Walter R - Augusta, Maine

NOthing compares to the Kangamagus Highway. It has everything that draws the interest of the adventurer: covered bridge, waterfalls, historic sites, lots of hiking trails for beginners to experts. Its especially impressive in the winter when the snow is settled in the woods and along the trails. The Swift River is perfect for the amateur or professional photographer; especially at Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge. If you're daring you can stop along the way and get great shots of the river wit its clean water and interesting falls. Don't miss the Colbath House with its classic barn and simple cemetery. Stop for the historic markers if the history bug has bit you..

2. Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

2779 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, Conway, NH 03860-5194 +1 603-356-2317
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4.5 based on 891 reviews

Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

This private, non-profit science and educational center is a working observatory designed to measure the unique and often extreme weather conditions on Mount Washington. Through guided tours and exhibits, visitors learn more about the science of meteorology.

Reviewed By Antonio d - Johannesburg, South Africa

Took a ride up on the Cogway. The views from the top are spectacular even though the cold was finger numbing. The hot soup was a life saver. A must do if you are in the state.

3. Cathedral Ledge

Cathedral ledge, North Conway, Conway, NH +1 603-356-6335
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4.5 based on 835 reviews

Cathedral Ledge

A rock cliff that is popular with climbers.

Reviewed By hippiemoose - Plymouth, Massachusetts

Long winding steep road to the top but the views are well worth it. You may be lucky enough to see rock climbers scaling the ledge. Be sure to walk all around as there are multiple different views of different areas, Some have fencing to make it safer but there are other areas that you can get to to view other rock ledges and walls that have no fencing. A must if you are in the area.

4. Diana's Baths

Westside Rd, North Conway, Conway, NH 03860
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Diana's Baths

Reviewed By Marry S - Wakefield

Diana's Baths is very pretty when nobody is there, which is never. The Internet has hyped this attraction to the point that it is actually unpleasant to go there because of the crowds. The parking is inadequate, so they run a shuttle (not free) from town to the attraction. There is local concern that the large volumes of people there will actually damage the flora & fauna.

5. Sabbaday Falls

Conway, NH
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4.5 based on 199 reviews

Sabbaday Falls

This hiking area is perfect for beginners to enjoy marvels of nature.

Reviewed By mjc404 - Derby, United Kingdom

This senior found the short hike to the falls to be relatively easy, and well worth the effort. The falls themselves are beautiful, probably the best along the Kancamagus Highway, so we really enjoyed visiting them. Make sure that you pay the $5 parking fee because Park Rangers were checking vehicles and issuing tickets for non-payment whilst we were there.

6. Cranmore Mountain Resort

239 Skimobile Rd, North Conway, Conway, NH 03860-5364 +1 603-356-5544
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4.5 based on 678 reviews

Cranmore Mountain Resort

Cranmore Mountain, a four season resort located in the heart of North Conway Village in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, has been entertaining families with fun and festive activities for over 77 years. With skiing and riding on 57 trails and glades in the winter, as well as ten lanes of tubing, a Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zipline, there is something for everyone in the family! In the fall, visitors can face their fears at the Ghoullog, Cranmore's own haunted house, or visit the rides in the darkness at the Haunted Playground. Summertime at Cranmore provides guests of all ages with a full selection of action and play. With rides in the Mountain Adventure Park, to a treetop Aerial Adventure Park, there are so many ways to spend the day.

Reviewed By Kerri-Ann M

We spent 1.5days here. My son, age 6.5, was learning to ski for the first time. He took a 90-min private lesson and skied the magic carpet at the end of his lesson. The kids area is perfect to give them the freedom to let...MoreThank you!

7. Kahuna Laguna

2251 White Mountain Hwy, at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, North Conway, Conway, NH 03860-5161 +1 603-356-5411
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4.5 based on 361 reviews

Kahuna Laguna

The ocean has COME TO New Hampshire! Dive into a tropical adventure with the entire family at Kahuna Laguna, northern New England’s first indoor water park at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, NH. It’s 40,000 square feet of splash-tacular fun! Zoom through one of four high-speed tubes before splashing into the landing pool below. Body surf in the swirling wave pool. Square off against your friends in an exciting game of water basketball or volleyball. And watch out for the 150-gallon tipping bucket! The whole family will enjoy the activity pool, water cannons and play tower, and your smallest kahunas will have a great time in the shallow pool, an area designed with them in mind. The Tiki Tide Café is ready with a snack or lunch when you need a break. And, the family fun center is the place for the latest arcade games. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is located on 40 scenic acres in the heart of the White Mountains, with sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding area. The resort features 150 recently renovated rooms, casual family restaurants and fine dining, a full-service spa and trails for hiking or walking.Guests of the resort may enjoy Kahuna Laguna all year, and during the warmer months the new outdoor pool will also be open. In the winter, you won’t even have to step outside to enter our 82-degree tropical oasis in the middle of the mountains – and you’ll have a great view of the valley through the water park’s glass walls.

Reviewed By Paul R

I love this place and visit whenever we are in the area. The place is spotless, well managed and staff are terrific! I attend with my son who has autism and cannot ski or enjoy the other activities my other children partake in. The staff are friendly, well trained and a big part of this is due to management and Alex Johnson who is one fine human being and a credit to the establishment. Thanks and I hope you know how much this place means to us.
Paul

8. Echo Lake State Park

Off U.S 302, Conway, NH
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Echo Lake State Park

Reviewed By Mcv759 - Cheshire, Connecticut

Echo lake is a great swimming spot for families with young children. Entrance is cheap, there is lots of shade and picnic tables, there is plenty of shallow water, the toilets are clean and the water is warm (unlike the Saco River). As an adult with teenage children I would not return but I definitely would have enjoyed it when my children were small.

9. Settlers Green

Route 16, North Conway, Conway, NH 03860 +1 603-356-7031
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4 based on 353 reviews

Settlers Green

Located in tax-free North Conway, New Hampshire, a year-round New England tourist destination, Settlers Green features a solid mix of 60-plus national retailers including J. Crew Factory, New Balance Factory, American Eagle Outfitters and Brooks Brothers Factory. Save 30-60% every day! More shopping at Settlers Crossing, located 1/4-mile south of the Settlers Green. Stores include Clarks Bostonian, Eastern Mountain Sports and L. L. Bean Outlet. New Hampshire is a tax-free sales state and North Conway is within a few hours drive of all five New England states as well as the Canadian province of Quebec.

Reviewed By 4states - Halifax, Canada

This outlet mall has been around forever, however they have had a recent expansion which has moved the Polo RL from the other side of the main road, and added a few more stores including Columbia. The selection of stores is reasonable but it doesn't compare to some other outlet malls, however it does have the benefit of no sales tax. There is a lot of parking and a hotel that you could easily walk from / to. They have also opened a new restaurant which appeared to be popular, although there is already a wide variety of restaurants in the local area.

10. Conway Scenic Railroad

38 Norcross Circle, North Conway, Conway, NH 03860
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4 based on 1 reviews

Conway Scenic Railroad

Enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience with all trains departing from an 1874 station in North Conway Village. Whether you choose one of the Valley Trains to Conway or Bartlett, or take the Notch Train through spectacular Crawford Notch, this is a journey back in time the whole family will enjoy. Valley Train Season: mid-April through December. Notch Train Season: late June through mid-October. Coach, First Class, and Dining Car options are available on all routes. Chilren under 4 ride free in Coach on the Valley Trains. Well-behaved dogs are always welcome.

Reviewed By mmboddy - North Conway, New Hampshire

My husband and I took our granddaughter and her parents to the North Pole from the North Conway station in NH. Jack Frost cooperated by snowing the night before, so there was 4-6 inches on the ground. Huge for the ambiance.
My granddaughter is almost 7 years old, and was not quite sure if the big guy was real or not. She is now a HUGE believer! Everything about this trip was the best, from the train ride with cocoa and Santa’s favorite candy, to all the amazing elves, and the wonderful Santa, who shook each and every person’s hand in the whole place! The elves put on a wonderful show, and my granddaughter was quite smitten. We had the pleasure of two elves escorting us back to the train, and she was so excited! She became a believer! And the bell on the return trip? Cherry on the top!
Well done to ALL who make this magical trip so important and impressive to the little ones...and the older ones who believe in the power of the magic of Christmas!

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