17 Best Things to Do in North Conway NH

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Welcome to North Conway, NH, a jewel among New England vacation spots and a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature lover, or someone seeking a peaceful retreat, this charming town offers some of the best things to do in New Hampshire.

From scenic mountain trails and historic railroad journeys to quaint local shops and seasonal festivals, there are so many awesome things to do in North Conway, NH.

I’ve been to North Conway and other areas of the White Mountains many times. I think it’s a terrific destination to visit and I’m about to share the activities you shouldn’t miss.

PS: Exploring even more of magical New England? Don’t skip over my detailed New England road trip guide!

Best Things to Do in North Conway, NH

1. Take a drive on the Kancamagus

A road is seen under gray skies with autumn trees on either side
North Conway NH activities include taking stunning scenic autumn drives on “the Kanc.”

One of the items topping any list of things to do in this area  is to drive on the scenic Kancamagus Highway.

This stretch of a mountain pass reaches east and west across the state, from Bath to Conway. This 56-mile portion of NH Route 112 is one of the best road trips in the state, and it can’t be beat in the brightly colored fall season.

You don’t have to drive the entirety of the Kanc, as its known locally, to get the full experience. If you’re traveling in Conway, take a ride out from there and just go 10-20 miles or so. You’ll absolutely catch some spectacular scenery. You can also opt to take a day trip to nearby Lincoln, which is at the other end of the Kanc’s most glorious stretch.

Be aware, this road can get very busy during the height of foliage season in New Hampshire as the leaf peepers come from near and far. Drive slowly and attentively! And at dawn and dusk keep your eyes peeled for moose.

2. Go tubing on the Saco River

Colorful fall foliage is reflected in the Saco River, with a covered bridge visible under a deep blue sky
Saco River North Conway looking about as dreamy as dreamy can be!

River tubing is one of the best summer activities in New England. Here in North Conway, the Saco River is a perfect spot to get out on the water with friends.

The easiest way to go tubing is to go through a company such as Saco River Tubing.  Not only do they supply the tubes (large, high-quality and often with convenient drink holders!), they drop you off and pick you up. This is essential for a fun Saco river tubing experience; otherwise, you’ll end up downriver with no way back.

I went tubing on this Conway river with some of my friends for a bachelorette weekend, and Saco River Tubing were super friendly and organized and provided everything we need for an awesome couple hours on the water. If you’re planning a North Conway bachelerotte party, I can enthusiastically recommend some good, old-fashioned New Hampshire river tubing!

3. Try an outdoor experience with REI North Conway

REI New Hampshire has a relatively new store in North Conway, and not only is it beautiful and filled with all kinds of gear you’re going to want to buy ASAP, but they also have a huge rental program.

Basically, you can get REI rentals for your North Conway outdoor activities so you can go mountain biking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, etc., outfitted with their awesome equipment. This is so fantastic for those who want to pursue an outdoor activity in North Conway but don’t have their own stuff, and it’s especially good for beginners or those looking to try something new.

Check them out here: REI North Conway

4. Find a moment of Zen at The Soaking Pot

A pair of legs is visible while someone soaks their feet in a wooden foot spa with pink and purple flowers on a wooden floor
When it comes to relaxing things to do in the North Conway area, I do believe a foot soak might be at the top of the list!

After a day of outdoor North Conway adventures, you deserve some relaxation. An affordable way to unwind is to hit up The Soaking Pot, where you can indulge in custom foot soaks for 30 minutes or an hour.

In a totally zen atmosphere, you can dip your toes, ankles, and calves in steaming water, filled with a blend of herbs and oils designed specifically to help you reach your goal, whether that’s muscle relaxation, rejuvenation, or simply de-stressing. Who says North Conway activities have to be active anyway?

5. Ride the alpine slide at Attitash

Though Attitash Mountain is no doubt one of the best things to do in North Conway in the winter, the alpine slide at Attitash is one of the top North Conway attractions in summer, too! Kids and adults alike will have a blast zipping down the alpine slide, sometimes also called a mountain coaster. This is one of the longest alpine slides in North America, so sign up for a single ride or a day pass. This is one of the top North Conway family activities, so if it’s family fun you’re after, Attitash can deliver!

6. Go Outlet Shopping at Settler’s Green

Are you a sucker for a good deal? Then you’ll definitely want to hit up the outlets at Settler’s Green Outlet Village, where you can find the best tax-free outlet shopping North Conway NH has to offer! Tax-free shopping? Sounds like an excellent addition to any North Conway vacation!

7. Have a Romantic Getaway at the Cranmore Inn

The Cranmore Inn is a very romantic B&B that offers a great spot for a romantic getaway in North Conway! This gorgeous property offers a delightful spa bath designed to indulge you and yours after your fun in North Conway. It’s also perfectly situated near Saco River and all kinds of great North Conway things to do, so a stay at this North Conway B&B checks all the boxes!

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A wooden covered bridge over water has trees with autumn colors surrounding it under blue skies
Scenic North Conway is delicious eye candy, isn’t it?

8. Enjoy traditional Irish pub vibes at May Kelly’s

There are many places to eat in North Conway, and a lot of them are great, but one that stood out to us was May Kelly’s Cottage, a traditionally styled Irish pub that is so unique inside. If you’re looking for fun date ideas in North Conway, NH, a visit to this cool Irish pub should be on the list!

This is the perfect place to go in North Conway if you want a laid back atmosphere and a pint of Guinness. The food is hearty and comforting and the portions are big. Definitely a fun spot during your visit to North Conway.

9. Stay in an awesome vacation rental

 In North Conway and surrounding areas especially, you can find plenty of cozy cabins in the woods. There are also lots of other beautiful options in the region, so be sure to spend some time looking up vacation rentals in and near North Conway to find the perfect one for you.

10. Cool off at Diana’s Baths

Several cascading waterfalls are seen over light brown rocks with bright green trees surrounding the falls
Diana’s Baths are absolutely one of the coolest things to do near North Conway NH!

Technically located in Bartlett, Diana’s Baths is one of the top things to do near North Conway. The first time I ever visited the region, my friend took me to Diana’s Baths and it is a stunning spot.

Diana’s Baths are a series of cascading waterfalls found at the end of a short trail. At the baths themselves, on a summer day, you’ll find dozens of people swimming, relaxing, and playing. The site is quite popular. You can dip into the refreshing water or hike to the top of the falls further. There are nice photo ops everywhere.

It is $5 to park and leashed dogs are allowed on the trail (yay!).

11. Join a moose safari

One thing I have never done, but would love to do, is to go on a moose safari! In New England, moose are abundant, but you may or may not see them very often. (In 18+ years living in New England I’ve only seen one moose from a distance).

If you’re keen for a moose sighting, a moose safari or moose tour can multiply your chances of a sighting. These trips take you out with local experts to spots where moose are known to frequent.

Most of these tours go out at night, and it’s important to remember, moose sightings are not guaranteed. But it’s a unique North Conway travel experience all its own. Check out this guide to moose tours in New Hampshire to find one near North Conway!

12. Take a scenic train ride

A train makes its way through the New Hampshire mountains as fall foliage blazes in oranges, yellows, and reds.
Editorial credit: Bob Pool / Shutterstock.com; one of the coolest things to do in New Hampshire in the fall is to take a scenic train ride in North Conway!

The Cog isn’t the only special train ride in these parts. Nope! Hop on the Conway Scenic Railroad for an old-fashioned train ride through the mountains of New Hampshire. This is a good choice if you want to see spectacular scenery in a different way—from the comfort of a vintage-style train.

There are lots of choices for where to sit and you can also purchase meals in the dining car. What a cool way to experience a North Conway NH fall!

13. Enjoy brews at Moat Mountain Smokehouse

Craft beer is a huge part of New England culture. Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Co. is the ideal spot to sample some locally-made brews, and enjoy some amazing food. (PS: Check out our whole list of best restaurants in North Conway.)

Want more beer? Check out these nearby breweries, some of which offer brewery tours.

Scenic view of fall foliage with New Hampshire mountains in the distance under a moody grey sky
Looking for what to do in North Conway NH? Enjoy the view, my friend!

14. Ride up the slopes of Mt. Washington on the Mountain Cog Railway

Want to climb a mountain? Want to climb a mountain on a train? The Cog Railway, one of the most famous North Conway NH attractions is the way to do it. This is a one-of-a-kind locomotive and it will transport you up the northeast’s tallest peak, Mt. Washington. You can expect outstanding views in all directions as you approach the summit.

If hiking isn’t your thing, this might be a great option. It’s also one of the best family things to do in North Conway, NH and definitely one of the best things to do with kids in North Conway; what kid doesn’t love a train ride?

The entire trip takes about 3 hours, including 1 hour spent at the summit. There, you’ll be able to visit the Mount Washington Observatory and its museum, embark on a short hiking trail, patronize the snack bar, or send off a postcard from the mountain top Post Office!

Check out our ultimate guide to Mount Washington here!

15. Stop by the famous Zeb’s General Store

One of the essential North Conway things to do is to pay a visit to Zeb’s. This general store is smack in the middle of downtown North Conway and it is an iconic spot.

You could spend an hour or more wandering around this shop and looking at all the goods they have to buy. They offer the largest collection of New England-made products in an old-fashioned ‘mercantile’ style setting. Be sure to check it out and grab a souvenir or two.

16. Go dog sledding

Certainly one of the most fun things to do in North Conway in the winter would be to go on a dog sledding excursion. This is something else I have yet to try, but it is at the top of my list.

Muddy Paws would be a fabulous place to go. The tours they run (both year-round dog sledding and summertime whitewater rafting) directly support the 80+ sled dogs that call Muddy Paw home (many of which are rescue and second chance) and growing 501(c)3 nonprofit: NH Sled Dog Rescue, History & Education Center.

They offer traditional snowy dog sledding opportunities in winter but also rolling dog sledding for the other seasons.

Muddy Paw is located about 1 hour north of North Conway in Jefferson, NH, but if you’re looking for unique things to do in New Hampshire, it will definitely be worth the drive as it’s always at the top of every list of fun things to do near North Conway NH!

17. Visit an indoor water park

Looking for things to do on a rainy day in North Conway? Check out Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park, one of the best waterparks in New England. It’s located at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort and has plenty of fun waiting for you and your family. There’s plenty of tubes, pools, slides, fountains, and more to explore at this fun resort. There’s even a hot tub where you can go to relax and an arcade where your kids can have some extra fun. This can be a great getaway for the whole family, especially during the colder months when the fun indoor activities North Conway NH has to offer become even more enticing. 

Essentially, if you’re asking what is there to do in North Conway New Hampshire, the answer is A LOT! Whatever you end up choosing to do in North Conway, have fun exploring this beautiful area in NH.

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