5 Reasons to Visit Loon This Summer & Fall

As the epic winter of 2014-15 melts into memory, we here at Loon are already getting ready for summer. Turns out, we won’t have to wait long: Loon will open for summer operations (weekends only) on Memorial Day Weekend, with daily operations beginning June 22.

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So grab your favorite pair of jorts and slather on the SPF 50, because summer’s coming in hot. To help you spend your time wisely over the next few months, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite summer events and activities here at Loon. Without further ado (and in no particular order), we give you a summer of awesomeness:

  5. Aerial Forest Adventure Park

If you think ropes courses belong in the same category as summer camps and trust falls, think again. This innovative park features five courses of varying levels of difficulty, so you can start off on a green circle and work up to a black diamond as you hone your skills. Along the way, you’ll move from platform to platform high above the forest floor, crossing swaying bridges, climbing ladders, and ziplining through the forest canopy. This is a great activity for families with kids ages seven and up.

Ladders, rope bridges, and ziplines present a fun challenge in the Aerial Forest Adventure Park.
Ladders, rope bridges, and ziplines present a fun challenge in the Aerial Forest Adventure Park.
  1. Monster Mud Run

The 5th Annual Monster Mud Run will challenge individuals and teams of racers with more than 20 obstacles and 1,000 feet of climbing over 3.1 rugged miles. Along the way, competitors will crawl along muddy culverts, grunt their way through obstacles like Snowmaking Boot Camp, and cross an ice-cold pond fed by melting snow. This family-friendly event will also feature a Mini Monsters run for kids and an after party with live music and lawn games. Sign up here today!

The Monster Mud Run's unofficial motto: Bring a Change of Clothes.
The Monster Mud Run’s unofficial motto: Bring a Change of Clothes.
  1. Gondola Skyrides & Summit Adventures

Escape the summer heat by riding New Hampshire’s longest scenic gondola to the summit of Loon Peak. Once at the top, you’ll can climb an observation tower to enjoy jaw-dropping views that stretch from Mount Moosilauke in the west all the way to Mount Washington in the east. You can also take a self-guided nature tour, enjoy lunch at the Summit Café, and explore an otherworldly landscape of glacial caves and boulders. Oh, and the temperature is usually a good 15 degrees cooler up there, so enjoy the natural air conditioning.

The Gondola runs through Columbus Day Weekend, perfect for foliage viewing.
The Gondola runs through Columbus Day Weekend, perfect for fall foliage viewing.
  1. Zipline Over a River

Ziplines are generally awesome, but ours kicks it up a notch. Clip into our zipline and you’ll take two trips over the roaring Pemigewasset River. There’s nothing quite like flying over the river, feeling the wind on your face as you glide swiftly over the rapids and boulders clashing beneath.

  1. New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival

This annual celebration of Scottish music, food, and culture is pretty much the best thing ever. The base of the mountain basically transforms into a miniature Scotland for three days of caber-tossing, sheepherding, Scottish-dancing, haggis-eating, bagpipe-playing fun. Add in concerts by Scottish acts like Albannach and The Red Hot Chili Pipers, and you’ve got one amazing weekend.

The pipes, the pipes are calling.
The pipes, the pipes are calling.

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