The Lantern Resort is centrally located in the heart of the White Mountains with plenty of nearby activities including the White Mountain National Forest, local attractions and countless outdoor sports for the whole family to enjoy!

Fun Family Entertainment

Santa's Village (diagonally across the street).
Santa's VillageExperience the magic and wonder of Christmas morning at Santa’s Village, located just across the street from The Lantern Resort! Families like yours come back year after year to enjoy a day of wonderful themed rides, great shows, Santa and his reindeer. Oh What Fun! Santa and his helpers pride themselves on providing top quality entertainment. One low admission includes unlimited rides and shows for the entire day! Come within 3 hours of closing, and return another day for free. With all there is to see and do, who wouldn’t go?

Gorham Moose Tours (25 minutes, 19 miles)
Gorham Moose ToursJoin us as we take you on a 3 hour moose / wildlife tour in one of our comfortable tour buses with experienced wildlife guides that know just where to search and find MOOSE!  We know that seeing your first moose can be exciting experience, but we also understand the dangers about being in an area you’re not familiar with after dark.That’s why we recommend letting us do the driving and searching for you!  So make Gorham a destination on your next trip and take a MOOSE TOUR!

Cannon Aerial Tramway (35 minutes, 27 miles)
Cannon Aerial Tram
The 80-passenger aerial tramway whisks you above timberline to the 4,100-foot summit for outstanding views of the White Mountains and into Maine, Vermont and even Canada. Take as little as an hour or as long as a day to enjoy summit walking paths, an observation deck, cafeterias, swimming at Echo Lake, boat rentals, a free eight-mile recreation path, “Old Man of the Mountain” Museum, and the New England Ski Museum.

Mount Washington Auto Road (35 minutes, 27 miles)
Mt. Washington Auto Road
A drive on the Mount Washington Auto Road is a drive unlike any other. With the ever-changing weather conditions on New England's highest peak, no two trips are the same. Bluebird skies and stunning vistas may greet you one day. The next day you could have the adventure of a lifetime in the peak's strong winds, remarkable fog and rapidly moving clouds. On any day, your adventure awaits.

Wildcat (35 mins, 29 miles)
Wildcat Gondola & ziprideFLY WILDCAT! ... experience New England's most exciting new thrill ride, the ZipRider™, at North America's #1 scenic ski area! Soar a 1/2 mile over tree tops, ski trails, a river... on a zip-line cable at 45 miles per hour!


Clarks Trading Post (50 minutes, 35 miles)
Clark's Trading PostYou’ll find it all here- an excursion on The White Mountain Central Railroad through our authentic covered bridge and into Wolfman’s territory. Browse museums filled with Americana, witness, the extraordinary stunts of the Yandong Chinese Acrobatic Troupe and visit our many unique shops. Don’t forget our featured attraction The Bear Show—a truly original experience. All this and more await you, at Clarks Trading Post—a White Mountain classic

Story Land (50 minutes, 40 miles)
Story LandStory Land is the children’s theme park where fantasy lives! There’s a smile and adventure around every corner: ride in a pumpkin coach to Cinderella’s Castle, spin through a giant cuckoo clock, tour a farm on a child-sized tractor, and enjoy so many more new—and longtime—favorites. Make memories to last a lifetime with 21 wonderfully themed rides, lively shows, unique playgrounds, friendly storybook characters, and your family. A favorite of parents, grandparents and especially children for over 50 years

Attitash (50 minutes)

AttitashDiscover summer at Attitash. Whether you're cruising down North America's longest alpine slide, or cooling off on a hot summer day by splashing down one of our four waterslides, Attitash has everything for that Perfect Summer Vacation. Relax on a guided horseback tour through the forest and meadows along the Saco River or take it up a notch with miles of downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails in the White Mountain National Forest. You'll find something for everyone at Attitash in summer!

Whales Tale Water Park (50 mins, 34 miles)

Whale's Tale WaterparkAt the Whale's Tale Water Park, the whole family can play in the only wave pool in the White Mountains. Ride the big waves or relax in the gentle ones at the shallow end. No need to worry about sand or salt. A splashing good time awaits you at the Whale's Tale Water Park. Streak down the speed slides, twist through the flume slides, or splash down the 360 foot tube ride with clean, clear filtered water.

Hobo Railroad (55mins, 37 miles)
Hobo RRTravel through a natural woodsy setting along the twisting "Pemi" River, just minutes away from Franconia Notch. You can relax, wave to the tubers and kayakers, watch as young boys swing out over a long rope attached to Swimming Hole Bridge for a splash into the cool river. Named as Best Train Ride for Kids by NH Magazine

Conway Scenic Railroad (1 hour, 45 miles)

Conway Scenic RRTravel with us on one of our nostalgic train rides of varying duration, all departing from our historic station on Schouler Park in the vacation village of North Conway, NH. Whether you choose one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion, you'll experience the excitement of rail travel in the comfort of open or enclosed restored passenger cars.

Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves (1 hour 5 mins, 42 miles)

Lost RiverHere in Kinsman Notch, the powerful forces of water, wind, weather and time worked their magic, creating Lost River... a place where granite walls seem to erupt from the earth and a river plays hide and seek. Today you can follow Lost River as it appears and disappears through the narrow steep-walled gorge, the tumbled granite crevasses, caverns and falls.


Settlers Green (1hour 10 minutes, 50 miles)

Shopping in New Hampshire is 100% Tax-Free! Save 30-60% every day at over 60 nationally known factory stores. Shop our national brand outlet stores and specialty shops for fashions, accessories, jewelry, home furnishings, intimate apparel, shoes, children's fashions and more.


Waumbek Country Club (3 minutes, 1.2 miles)
The historic Waumbek Golf Club offers the most picturesque views of any golf course in New England.New Hampshire’s oldest 18-hole golf course (built in 1895!) offers breathtaking views of the Presidential Range on every hole. Step back in history on 18 championship holes,  placed over the natural  contours of the terrain. Bring your camera!

Maplewood Golf Resort (32 minutes, 21 miles)

The Maplewood is a short two and a half hour drive from Boston, and is a wonderfully unique location, offering special wedding receptions, the original 18 hole Donald Ross Championship G
olf Course, 20 guest suites in our Inn and delicious food in our grill room.



There are a number of family friendly restaurants within a short driving distance from the Lantern Resort.  Pop into our reception area for our recommendations.

For more information on visiting the area, visit the White Mountains Attractions website.
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Attractions In & Near Jefferson NH

The Lantern Resort Motel & Campground

Route 2 • PO Box 97 • Jefferson, NH 03583 • 603-586-7151 •