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Family Travel Question:

Q | Where on the East Coast can we go for outdoor activities with older kids?

Where are some great places to go for outdoor activities on the East Coast with kids ages 19, 17, & 11? -Lynn, Florida

A | Explore New Hampshire’s White Mountains with active teens

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There are so many great places to take active teens up and down the East Coast, but, if you are willing to make the trip the White Mountains of New Hampshire can’t be beat. The federally managed White Mountain National Forest covers 785,000 acres.  Hiking, canoeing, white water rafting and camping are always options.  Alternatively, the Appalachian Mountain Club maintains a series of 8 huts throughout the backcountry.  These are  rustic lodges where you can hike in for a day or a week with your sleeping bag and backpack, but have someone else do the cooking.  The huts serve a hot dinner and breakfast daily. Grab a bunk for the night and share the company of fellow hikers.  The Club also maintains the four season Highland Lodge and actvitiy center in Crawford Notch where you can get lots of information about everything from short hikes to multi-day adventures across multiple 4,000+ foot peaks.   The huts fill early so call ahead or reserve online at their site  www.outdoors.org.

For outdoor activity of a different sort, the area is home to a number of ski areas that have transformed themselves into four-season destinations with the addition of ziplines, mountain coasters, high rope courses, mountain biking and all manner of opportunities for teens to find a thrill.  The brand new Mt. Cranmore Adventure Park is open in North Conway where you will find a wide range of lodging, shopping and restaurant options.  Attitash Mountain , a self-contained condo resort in nearby Bartlett, NH, has waterslides, chairlift assisted mountain biking and a new year round mountain coaster, as well as the seasonal Alpine Slide that has been zipping kids of all ages down the mountain since 1976.

Photo of the AMC Zealand Falls Hut by Robert Kozlow, Courtesy of AMC

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