The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park is an excellent easy walk for families,there are natural flumes and you can literally walk right next to the river and streams (when the water is low)Take a picnic lunch and try to go during the week or maybe in the Fall it was very busy when we were there.
There are alot of nice, quaint shops on Main St, in North Woodstock. Lincoln which is just a short drive has a major grocery and other stores..which is great, but we preferred the quaint town of North Woodstock.
What to buy: Outdoors themed home decor, handcrafted items
What to pay: Average for a tourist area.
Everyone we came in contact with in Woodstock was extremely friendly and helpful they did however express how much they appreciated the fact that we respected the wilderness in the place they call home. They take the environment and the issues that go along with tourism very seriously and believe very strongly in the state motto!!Be respectful remember wilderness is there for our enjoyment, but if we do not take every step possible to care for and preserve it - it will disappear! Stay on marked trails do not deface rocks or buildings and have respect for the people who call this area home!After getting in good with the locals we got some great tips on moose watching spots and also found a great place along side the road between the campground and the town to get firewood. The guy who owned it was carving wooden sculptures with a chainsaw when we got there. He talked to the kids about what he was doing, gave us some great tips on moose watching and then told the kids to laod up as much wood as they could. They filled the trunk and I think he charged us $5. Id be proud to call this area home!
All over the White there are moose car collisions every year. We saw a few especially on one of the misty rainy days, one seemed to appear in the middle of the road out of nowhere. Drive carefully and defensively.
Clarks Trading Post is one of the oldest White Mountain attractions in the Woodstock- Lincoln area. It is a neat little park/old style town where there are trained bear shows, bumper boats, a short train ride through the woods where the train is chased by a "wolfman" some neat houses to go inside of a few museum type buildings full of old cars and antiques.The kids had a good time.
It is however a HUGE tourist trap with extra charges for certain activities such as the Olde Time photo shop, the expensive food shops etc...the souvenir store however is one of the best in the area and had souvenirs in reasonable price range.
Unique Suggestions: The short train ride was a fun and the kids got a kick out of the wolfman "chasing the train".
We really enjoyed Franconia Notch State Park, Crawford Notch State Park and various hiking trails throughout the area. Also the "Kanc" (a scenic highway) runs through a large portion of The Whites and is a great drive, the views were spectacular so bring a camera. Be sure to stop in the pull off areas get out and stretch your legs.