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There is always a lot to do in and around Bethlehem, no matter what the season. The activities below are just a partial list of fun things to do and see.

In addition, be sure to see our Area Attractions and Events pages for more ideas.

Outdoor Recreation
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If you like the outdoors, you'll love Bethlehem!
Here is just a partial list of great outdoor pursuits in or near Bethlehem. Call the Visitors Center or local ranger stations for more information.

Note: Vehicles parked in the White Mountain National Forest must display a parking pass. Passes are $3 (one day), $5 (one week), $20 (one year), or $25 (one year, two cars), and are available at the Bethlehem Visitors Center, ranger stations, and area businesses.


Bethlehem boasts two championship 18-hole golf courses designed by the legendary Donald Ross. Bethlehem Country Club and Maplewood Country Club also team up with numerous local inns for stay-n-play packages. Several other courses are just a short drive away.

Maplewood Country Club

Maplewood Country Club

2691 Main St.
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Phone: 603-869-3335
Donald Ross designed 18-hole championship course playing 6001 yards to a par 72 (rating 67.4 slope 113). Fully stocked pro shop - group rates available. Lounge or Lunch in our Historic clubhouse. Function rooms available. Practice putting green. Unique par six hole.

Bethlehem Country Club

Bethlehem Country Club

1901 Main St., Route 302
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Phone: 603-869-5745
18 hole Donald Ross designed golf course. Lessons, snackbar, club repair, tournament activity, pro shop, and membership available. Call for tee time.

State Parks

Franconia ~ Franconia Notch State Park, off I-93
Hart's Location ~ Crawford Notch State Park, Rte. 302
Whitefield ~ Forest Lake State Park, off Rte. 16
Mt. Washington ~ Mt. Washington State Park, summit
Gorham ~ Moose Brook State Park, off Rte. 2 North Conway ~ Cathedral Ledge State Park, Rte. 302
Bartlett ~ Echo Lake State Park, Rte. 302
Weeks State Park ~ Rte. 2, Lancaster

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

Five great ski areas: Cannon Mountain, Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain, Attitash/Bear Peak, and Waterville Valley are all within a 15-45 minute drive of Bethlehem.

Ski Magazine Ranks Cannon Mountain in TOP 10

Cannon Mountain

In its October 2008 issue, SKI Magazine named Cannon Mountain among the Top 20 Resorts in the East. SKI Magazine readers like the "reasonable prices," "down-home atmosphere," and "narrow, twisting trails" of Cannon Mountain. The ski area was highlighted among the elite ski areas in North America by being ranked 6th in both Value and Scenery. Cannon Mountain also scored an unprecedented seven top ten Eastern honors in the survey, five of which were among the top three.

    This impressive list of honors for Cannon included rankings of:
  • #1 Ski Resort in the East for Value
  • #2 Ski Resort in the East for Scenery
  • #2 Ski Resort in the East for Access
  • #3 Ski Resort in the East for Overall Satisfaction
  • #3 Ski Resort in the East for Lifts
  • #5 Ski Resort in the East for Terrain/Challenge
  • #6 Ski Resort in the East for Terrain/Variety

Cannon Mountain has 72 trails, 9 lifts, and terrain for all ability levels. Cannon features the largest vertical drop and highest lift-accessed terrain in New Hampshire, and Maine and New Hampshire's only aerial tramway. Cannon is located on I-93 in Franconia Notch State Park. For more information on Cannon Mountain visit or call 603-823-8800.

Bretton Woods Ski Area & Adventure Center

Bretton Woods Ski Area & Adventure Center

99 Ski Area Rd.
Bretton Woods, NH 03575
Phone: 603-278-3320
Alt. Phone: 603-278-3333
The largest ski area in New Hampshire, Bretton Woods boasts some of the best conditions and weather in the region. 62 trails and 35 glades plus a 100-kilometer Nordic trail network make for endless fun for beginners and experts alike. Award-winning snow, service, and family programs with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the East make this a truly unique, world-class winter destination. Enjoy a wide array of other activities off the slopes too, including the year-round Canopy Tour - a high flying adventure with 9 zip lines, sky bridges, and rappels - plus indoor climbing wall, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice climbing and more winter fun. And there's no shortage of summertime fun, with FREE scenic lift rides, plus ATV tours, rock climbing, mountaintop dining and more. Ask about the resort's Stay Here, Ski Free offer - a great winter getaway at a true New England value.

Cross Country Skiing

There are many options for cross country skiing, from groomed trails to backcountry treks. Several local inns also have trails for their guests.


You'll find miles and miles of easily accessible, groomed trails that connect with New Hampshire's "Corridor" and "Primary" trail system. You'll also find that Bethlehem is very "snowmobile friendly". Trail maps are available at the Visitors Center and most area lodgings. Local snowmobile rentals are also available. Bethlehem's local snowmobile trail association, Mount Agassiz Trail Association -, offers information on local trail conditions, maps, and other helpful information.

Hiking, Walking & Backpacking

There are hundreds of miles of trails to explore in the White Mountains. Discover beautiful waterfalls or scale New England's highest peak (Mt. Washington). In addition to the ranger stations, more information is available from the Appalachian Mountain Club, Pinkham Notch (603-466-2721), or any local outfitter.

Heritage Trail: A Historical Walk Through J.J. Glessner's Rocks Estate

John Jacob Glessner, founding father of International Harvester, as well as one of the Forest Society's earliest members, would visit Bethlehem along with his family, in the late 1870's. For over a hundred years his descendants looked after The Rocks and the farming operation. Learn the unique history of the 1400-acre estate by walking the trail and visiting the 20 stops along the way which inform you of the distinctive buildings, and exceptional beauty. 13 Glessner Road ~ Bethlehem, NH

Bethlehem Walking Tour

Take a self-guided walking tour through Bethlehem's past. Free map available at the Visitors Center.

Forest Service Ranger Stations

Forest Headquarters
71 White Mountain Drive
Campton, NH 03223
(603) 536-6100 Main Desk, (603) 536-3665 TTY
Visitor information services and accessible restrooms, Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Forest Supervisor: Tom Wagner

Pemigewasset Ranger District
71 White Mountain Drive
Campton, NH 03223
(603) 536-6100 Main Desk, (603) 536-3665 TTY
Pemigewasset District Ranger: Jon Morrissey
Visitor information services and accessible restrooms, Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

White Mountain National Forest Visitor Centers:
White Mountain Visitor Center
I-93, Exit 32
200 Kancamagus Highway
North Woodstock, NH
(603) 745-3816
Visitor information services, Open Sunday - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
(Note: White Mountain Attractions is open 7 days a week, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, but the Forest Service desk is staffed only on the days/hours shown above.)

Lincoln Woods
Kancamagus Highway
Lincoln, NH
(603) 630-5190
Visitor information services staffed intermittently.

Androscoggin Ranger District
300 Glen Road
Gorham, NH 03581-1399
(603) 466-2713 x 0 Main Office, (603) 466-2856 TTY
Androscoggin District Ranger: Katherine Stuart
Visitor information services and accessible restrooms, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Saco Ranger District
33 Kancamagus Highway
Conway, NH 03818
(603) 447-5448 x 0 Main Office, (603) 447-3121 TTY
Saco District Ranger: Mike Martin
Visitor information services and restrooms (not fully accessible), Sunday - Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Many on-road and off-road options exist for cycling enthusiasts. Strike off on your own or join one of the local bike clubs on their weekly rides. Ranger stations and local bike shops have maps and more information.


Tent and RV camp sites abound in the White Mountains. Some prefer private campgounds with plenty of amenities, while others prefer to "rough it" in the back woods. For campgrounds, see our Camping & Lodging page. For information on state park or wilderness camping, check with the local ranger stations.

Rock Climbing

Several locations near Bethlehem provide rock climbing routes for all abilities. Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch each have many routes, and several guidebooks are available for more information. For indoor climbs, try the Pemi Valley Rock Gym in Lincoln.

Fishing and Hunting

Anglers can wet their lines at any number of streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds in the White Mountains. Fish for brook, brown, or rainbow trout, bass, salmon, northern pike, and other species. Fishing licenses required for age 16 and older. Hunters' quarry includes moose, deer, bear, and game birds. Hunting license required.

Water Sports

Lots of bodies of water mean lots of water sport options. Canoe or kayak on the many area streams, rivers, or lakes. Boaters and water skiers will enjoy Forest Lake State Park in Whitefield or Moore Reservoir in Littleton. Swimmers can get wet anywhere, but may enjoy the beaches at Forest Lake State Park, Echo Lake in Franconia Notch State Park, or Echo Lake State Park in Bartlett.

Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing

You're apt to spot plenty of birds and wildlife on your visit to the White Mountains. Moose, deer, fox, and many species of birds are common sights. Nearby special places include the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Whitefield, where over 220 varieties of birds have been recorded. An easy, flat walk will take you there, and you may even catch site of the loons that often summer there.


Snowshoeing has become a very popular winter sport. Area hiking trails are an obvious choice for snowshoe destinations, but snowmobile trails, logging roads, golf courses, and cross country ski areas afford additional options. Rentals are available at local outfitters.

Ice Skating

Bethlehem' Recreation Park on the corner of Main and Agassiz streets provides a great place to lace up your skates. An outdoor lighted rink is available free of charge. No skate rentals are available, so bring your own.


Bethlehem has two tennis courts available to the public. The courts are free and located just off Main Street.

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Grumbleweed's Wood Shop

Grumbleweed's Wood Shop

147 New Straw Road
Carroll, NH 03598
"Made in New Hampshire or not made at all!" We specialize in custom wood products, custom gun and knife displays, concealment furniture, and handmade knives.

The Gallery at WREN

The Gallery at WREN

2013 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Phone: 603-869-9736
Open daily 10am-5pm
A fine arts gallery featuring individual and group shows throughout the year. For a complete list of shows visit our website.

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Theater, Movies & Concerts

Movies are a great way to spend a relaxing evening, and there are two movie theaters within easy reach.  Bethlehem is home to the longest continually running movie theater in the United States!  The historic Colonial Theater shows movies nightly through the summer.  In nearby Littleton, the Jax Jr. features two cinemas with shows nightly year 'round.

Summer Theatre

There are two great summer theatres that operate within a short drive from Bethlehem. The Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield offers multiple shows in a rotating repertory throughout July and August. Call 603-837-9322 for details. The Papermill Theatre in Lincoln (603-745-2141) is part of the North Country Center for the Arts.

Music in the White Mountains

The North Country Chamber Players Annual Summer Festival is held every Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM. Performances will be in Bethlehem, Sugar Hill, and Lincoln, and will feature selections from Beethhoven, Schubert, Bach, Mozart, and more. Call 603-444-0309 for details or see the Events Calendar.

Free Summer Concert Series

Free Summer Concert Series

From May to September, enjoy a free outdoor concert every Sunday night from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in Bethlehem. The old fashioned Gazebo on the Town Common (corner of Main and Prospect St.) is the location. Bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy a wide range of musical artists. Refreshments available. See the Events Calendar for performers.

Children's Theatre

Each of the summer theatres above provide special productions for children. The Weathervane Theatre's Patchwork Players performs Fridays at 1:00. The North Country Center for the Arts' Childrens Theatre performs in Lincoln and Littleton on Wednesdays, and tours six other locations throughout the week. Anchored on alternate Wednesdays at 11 AM by the Weathervane Theatre's Patchwork Players, the Colonial's Summer Childrenís Series provides a weekly dose of live music, theater, story-telling, magic and more in July and August.

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree

It's somehow fitting that Bethlehem sports not one, but two Christmas tree farms. Start a wonderful family tradition of selecting and harvesting your own Christmas tree at either Finnegan's Fine Firs or The Rocks Estate.

The Rocks Estate

The Rocks Estate

113 Glessner Road
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Phone: 603-444-6228
The Rocks Estate is a turn-of -the-century historic estate owned by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. Many vacation packages are offered in conjunction with the property. Trails are open to the public year round free of charge and guided tours are available by reservation only. Contact Nigel Manley.

Museums & Learning Experiences

While in the White Mountains, take a break from the beautiful scenery to learn a little about the region's flora, fauna, geological history, and many other interesting topics. Throughout the year, local experts conduct free or low cost presentations on many diverse subjects. Good places to start are The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem and Weeks State Park in Lancaster. These two organizations frequently have lectures of interest to nature lovers.

Bethlehem Heritage Society

2182 Main St.
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Phone: 603-869-3330
Free admission. Discover Bethlehem's rich history as the premier White Mountains resort destination (Bethlehem Visitors Center).

The Frost Place (Robert Frost Museum)

Franconia, NH
Phone: 603-823-5510
Visit Robert Frost's farm homestead.

Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium

St. Johnsbury, VT
Phone: 802-748-2372
See planetarium shows, natural science displays and artifacts from around the world.

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For other fun ideas, try White Mountain Attractions