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).
Experience 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?
Mount Washington Auto Road (35 minutes, 27 miles)
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.
Clarks Trading Post (50 minutes, 35 miles)
You’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 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)
Discover 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!
FLY 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!
Whales Tale Water Park (50 mins, 34 miles)
At 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 Railway (55mins, 37 miles)
Travel 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)
Travel 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)
Here 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.
The Balsams Grand Resort (1 hour 15minutes, 52miles)
The BALSAMS' 15,000-acre estate gives you the chance to create your own adventure. From hiking, golf or fishing, The BALSAMS has something for everyone. Escape in our extensive trail network, which provides endless opportunities for walking, hiking and mountain biking. Our distinctive landscape offers gorgeous mountain, forest and lake views everywhere you turn. Our beautiful Lake Gloriette provides the perfect setting to test your fly-fishing skills or take in the view by rowboat on its sparkling waters.
Waumbek Country Club
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 Course (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 Golf 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 White Mountains Attractions website.