Gondola rides, bike riding, zip lining. adventures in the Aerial Forest, rock climbing, mazes and so much more is what you’ll find for summer activities at Loon Mountain.
A couple of us went out of our comfort zone and dared to be more adventurous. Camden, who is afraid of heights, went up on the Gondola ride and went on a couple courses in the Aerial Forest. We’ve been to a couple other courses, but this one is our favorite. We loved being in the forest rather than an open course along a road. It surely gives you a better experience, in my opinion.
One thing I appreciated from the bottom of my heart, was when an employee jumped on the course to encourage Camden not to give up! It wasn’t too busy, so there was that flexibility, but they did it on their own. Once Camden got through it once, he was able to continue on another course by himself! I let these young workers know how much it meant to me and I’m glad I can include such praise in my review!
I actually went ziplining too across the river- I loved it! Of course I screamed, but I had a lot of people cheering for me below.
We spent a good couple hours on top of the mountain hiking and going through the caves once we got off the Gondola. I didn’t know there was that much to do up there. There are several paths for easy and beautiful walks and then there is the path that takes you through caves.
The kids loved it and I was happy taking the photos. There’s also a little cafe up on top and a small store selling NH products. If I had known we were going to be able to stay up there like we did, I would have packed a picnic lunch too.
It was truly a beautiful day. I gotta say the Gondola ride and hike, the ziplining and the Aerial Forest were my favorite things to do with the family.
There are several packages to choose from for you and your family. A couple things you should know about that I wasn’t aware of. The Aerial Forest takes about 2 hours to do. The Gondola Ride and hiking, I’d say is at least 2 hours to do as well. There is some rugged mountain biking that would be a 2 hour window. That being said, these things will help you decide what time to start your day here, but it will also help you decide on what package you should take.
I was very glad to be staying at the Mountain Club On Loon. After our full day of fun, we got our bodies into the pool and hot tub and finished the day off by talking about how much fun we had! It was a perfect day!
Though I touched on the more daring things to do here, there are also many other things to do too. There’s the bungee trampoline, the rock climbing wall, the log jam maze, the spider web, and many bouncy items as well. But please, don’t think the “daring” things are for adults only. I saw children as young as 8 on the Aerial Forest Course and their site says it’s for ages 7 and up!
There are some events coming up that you may be interested. I have several friends who are signed up for the Loon Mountain Mud Monster Mud Run. There’s also Touch a Truck and NH Highland Games you’ll want to put on your calendar too.
Following them on Facebook and Twitter will keep you up to date on events, promos and things going on in the area.
I hope this gives you something else to put on your summer/fall list of things to do. I think you’ll really appreciate that everything is all in one place.
Loon Mountain offers daily summer adventures. You can purchase each attraction separately (zip line, climbing wall, aerial course and more) or purchase an adventure pass. If you plan on doing multiple attractions, the adventure pass will save you money. Note that there are age and weight restrictions for some of the attractions. Also, some of the restrictions change based on the weather. In our experience, the weight restriction for zip lining is listed on the website is 50 pounds however, they raise the limit based on the winds. We were there on a breezy day and the weight limit was raised to 80 pounds.
We took the gonodola ride to the summit of Loon Mountain, which is the longest sky ride in New Hampshire. Once at the top, you can climb an observation tower, play on a playground, grab a snack or lunch in the restaurant, or hike through glacial caves.
The hike through the caves was a lot of fun. There are many tight squeezes (no worries, there are bypass trails around each one if you'd rather not, or can't, squeeze through) and climbing through caves and mud but this added to the enjoyment. Tip: you might want to wear pants for this hike. I found myself scraping my legs on the caves when I was unceremoniously climbing and squeezing my way around. There were a lot of giggles and amazement by my kids as they watched me get right into it with them.
We also quite enjoyed the artisan hut which features works of art from local artists, including photography from the famous The Moose Man. There were many unique items and we especially enjoyed speaking to the artist on duty that day.
We grabbed lunch at the cafe. I thought it was odd that the cafe and the menu had a tropical theme based on the fact we were on top of a mountain in Northern New Hampshire, but my husband pointed out that it was to help warm up the skiiers in the winter and put them in a tripical state of mind. The staff was friendly and the food was good. Fare was mainly sandwhiches, burgers, etc. and priced on the higher side as you would expect at these attractions.
At the adventure center my oldest (age 12) and I decided to try zip lining for the first time. My younger two would have like to have tried it but because of the wind conditions, they did not meet the weight requirements. This course is a short one, 700 feet in length total, that goes over the river and was a perfect first time experience. I'll admit, I almost chickened out, stepping off the platform was terrifying! However, I'm glad I did it as it turned out to be a lot of fun. I can't wait to try ziplining again!
Since my younger two missed out on the zip lining, we wanted them to have some fun as well. We purchased them tickets to Paul Bunyans Backyard Fun Park which is a new attraction this summer. This features some carnival type games, bounce houses and a log jam maze where you race against the clock and find mulitple check points before exiting. They had fun playing here and won a few trinkets at the games.
We spent a good part of our day here. Families with older kids with an adventerous spirit that want to check out all of the attractions could certainly fill an entire day.
We found it to be quite busy in the morning when we first got there, but later in the afternoon it was less so. Everyone participating needs to sign a waiver, grab the approriate one and fill it out prior to getting on line to purchase tickets to help speed the process.
Disclosure: The gondola ride was provided free of charge to our family to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own based on our experiences. We payed out of pocket, just like any other visitor, to experience the other attractions.