53 West St.
Ashland, NH 03217
Phone: (603) 968-7668
Fax: (603) 968-9527
With a mission of exploring the natural world and understanding the ecology, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a center of great natural environment and zoo. Located on 180 acres (73 ha) of land, the center uses the live animal to exhibit, natural science programs, and the lake cruises to educate the people about the natural world. Along with the outdoor classrooms, the center focuses on teaching the visitors about the value of nature, ecological concepts of interrelationships, adaptions, populations, and habitats.
Gardner Memorial Wayside Park is located about 15 miles west of Franklin, NH. This park is open year-round, however there is no winter maintenance and is unstaffed during the cooler months. This park is part of the 6,675-acre Gile State Forest.
This ski area offers beginners as well as expert skiing trails, thereby attracting tourists from all over. The Dartmouth Skiway promotes itself as a family-friendly and safe skiing area and certainly lives upto its image.
Winslow State Park is situated about 15 miles west of Franklin, NH. Visitors will appreciate the expansive views of the surrounding area from the picnic area. There is also a one-mile foot path that leads to the summit of Mount Kearsarge.
Enjoy the lavish landscaping, cascading waterfalls, and meandering streams while playing 36 holes designed to be fun for all ages.
Opened in 1905, the library now offers over 3300 square feet and internet access.
Enjoy trained bears, a train ride and more amusements.
This is one of those good stops to know about if the kids grow weary of hiking the White Mountains. At first glance, it has tourist trap written all over it, but once inside you will mutter, "Zang, this is fun." Kids can jerk their necks around on the water bumper boats, or relax on a 30-minute train ride. The fearless can get awed in Mystical Mansion, or marvel at a trained black bear show. There are also plenty of novelty shops full of New Hampshire-type items such as maple sugar products and candles.
The Canterbury Shaker Village is a historic site that acquaints visitors with the culture of the Canterbury Shakers. With the help of exhibits, original and reconstructed Shaker buildings, guests can explore this historic settlement officially founded in 1792. Guided tours and special events are great for families and connect kids with the real day to day lives of these early settlers.