New England Vacay Day 3 – Attitash

Sunday August 30, 2009

(I’m blogging about our New England Vacation.  You can use these links to catch up on Day 1 and Day 2)

It was our last day in New Hampshire.   We didn’t have firm plans, but thought we would find something in the area to do before driving over to Maine.    After reviewing the various touristy options, we decided to visit Attitash, a ski resort that has summer activities.

Before we checked out of our B&B, we took advantage of the free canoeing and went for a short paddle on the Saco River.


After paddling up stream for a bit, we stopped at this sandy bend to play in the water.


Adam did okay for the most part, but did get grumpy at times.


The river was so beautiful and serene.



After canoeing, we drove up to Attitash. We drove through North Conway, which is full of cute little touristy shops. Zebs is a very popular place, but we didn’t stop — I thought it would be too difficult to keep all three children in check.

These signs were along the highway and since it is so foreign to where we live, I had to snap a picture. Alas, we saw no mooses (meese? moosen?).



We arrived at Attitash.   After paying the entrance fee, you are free to do whatever activity you want as much as you like.  Of course there are lines for most things – the longest of which is the alpine slide.   You ride the chairlift up to the top, then a plastic sled down the concrete track.   Kids have to be 48″ to ride alone, which presented a problem for us, as we had 3 kids under 48″ and it wasn’t possible to double up with two kids to a sled.

We decided to divide and conquer.  Mike & Sam waited (and waited and waited) for the alpine slide, while Wendy & I, with Adam in tow, tackled some of the other attractions.   First, Wendy tried the climbing wall.  It was 24′ high and she was in bare feet since she only had flip flops.


I wasn’t sure how well she’d do, but dang if she didn’t make it all the way to the top!   She got nervous about 2/3rds of the way up, but the guide and I encouraged her and she kept going.   I was so proud of my little girl!


After the climbing wall, we decided to check out the Aquaboggan water slide. You rode down these big walled slides on a mat. Wendy was big enough to do it by herself, so I asked her if she wanted to go for it. She excitedly said yes. As I waited at the bottom, watching person after person splash into the pool, I began to get nervous for her.   I saw her come shooting down …


And then I had a mini panic when I saw this.   She doesn’t mind going under, but she is not a strong swimmer.


She came up drenched but smiling. She loved it!


She rode it again and again.


After a while, Adam was ready to do something he could participate in. So we headed over to  Buddy Bear’s Play Pool. This was a cute little baby pool area that Adam had a blast in. Sam & Daddy met up with us here.


This fun little slide was a big hit with all three kids.

We took a break for lunch, then Wendy was ready to try the Eurobungy Trampoline.



There was even a crazy mom who jumped… it was a lot more exhausting than I er..  she remembered …


Then Sam & Daddy took some turns on the water slides. Sam is less proficient than Wendy in the water and doesn’t like to go under, so I was anxious for him too.



But with a life jacket and daddy waiting to catch him, he did fine.


Sam wanted to do the alpine slide again. Since the line was shorter, he & I went back up. I really wanted to get a picture, since it was so cool, but cameras are strictly prohibited. I brought mine anyway and took a few shots from the lift.


There was definitely no way to take pictures during the ride. My hands were firmly on the hand brake and my camera was tucked securely away. But I did take a picture at the bottom, to give an idea of the ride. (We got stuck behind someone going slow, which meant several other rides caught up to us at the end).


Imagine we looked like this:


I didn’t realize we had been there so long, but it was after 4pm when we finally left. We had about a 1.5 hour to our destination, so we hit the road. We were on our way to Portland Maine!

This post is also linked up with Show & Tell at A Familiar Path


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7 Responses to New England Vacay Day 3 – Attitash

  1. 1
    Renee says:

    That looks like a very fun place. Way to go Wendy on the rock wall.

  2. 2

    The river looks beautiful – and free canoeing – bonus! Your photos from the water park look great, I’ll have to get practicing to get shots as good as these!

  3. 3

    the ones of the canoes are my favorite. there’s something about a canoe in water that’s so poetic. thanks for linking up.

  4. 4
    Kelli says:

    Looks like a memorable vacation!!

  5. 5
    Lacy says:

    So fun! My favorite is the one where you captured the grumpy face of your son! And I love the one of you–I mean, that woman–jumping!

  6. 6
    Dawn says:

    let me first just say… i love how God works 🙂

    my sister & i have been doing some reminicsing since i posted about being 8. and on my first visit here, there you are! on the saco river!! and the alping slide at attitash! it was one of our favorite trips 🙂 now i am anxious to see your other new england adventures 🙂 oh, home. i miss it! your photos are really great

  7. 7
    Marsha says:

    Looks like an amazing trip! Such a blessing to be able to play and enjoy family. 🙂

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