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A year-round hotspot at the Jay Peak Resort, Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark beckons families to slip into its colorful slides and lounge in its 100-plus-degree hot tubs. La Chute, a quick-descending slide 65’ above the water, launches visitors through a 360-degree turn before depositing them in the pool below only six seconds later. In the Mill Pond kids’ play area, children man water cannons, adjusting their trajectory to blast unsuspecting friends or hydrate parched marathon runners.

An arcade replete with 3-D games and immersive ride simulators provides a break from underwater exploits, and the snack shack quells cravings for pizza, burgers, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Adults can lounge at the poolside bar, where bartenders serve up frozen cocktails, draft beers, and firsthand advice on shark wrangling.

4850 Route 242
Jay,
VT
US

Fort Ticonderoga and its surrounding grounds are like one big history book. Following its construction by the French in 1755, the strategic military outpost was conquered first by the British and then by American forces?marking one of their earliest victories during the Revolutionary War. After independence was secured, Fort Ticonderoga became one of the country's earliest tourist destinations, and one that continues to draw visitors today.

  • Size: 2,000 acres surrounded by mountains and the waters of Lake Champlain and Lake George
  • Eye Catcher: the staff, who dons the garb of Revolutionary soldiers from the Fourth Pennsylvania Battalion
  • Permanent Mainstays: 18th-century weapons including America's largest 18th-century cannon collection, everyday objects from soldiers, large collection of 18th and 19th century art.
  • Crown Jewel: the King's Garden, where flowers surround brick walls and walkways, off of which shaded tables let patrons enjoy a quiet picnic
  • The Building: the main exhibitions occupy 10,000 sq. ft. of a restored 1756 soldiers' barrack
  • Outdoor Activities: walk a trail up Mount Defiance for a birds-eye view of the fort or rent a canoe to view it from the water
  • Special Events: regular drum corps performances and nighttime firings of 18th-century artillery
100 Fort Ticonderoga Rd
Ticonderoga,
NY
US

Adventure Racing enchants fun-seekers with a sprawling mini-metropolis of indoor and outdoor attractions. Drivers execute turns and passes around the indoor and outdoor go-kart tracks, which offer single karts for solo racers and tandem conveyances so adults can teach young passengers to flout traffic laws. Towering Star Wars figures lurk in the darkened passageways of a three-story laser-tag arena, where teams of up to 12 people test their marksmanship as they navigate between phosphorescent walls.

Inside Adventure Racing's indoor bumper-car arena, drivers steer circular vehicles on a constant collision course with their fellow vessels. The fun center's climbing wall tests the strength of grappling hands, and more technical tests of dexterity await at Adventure Racing's paintball shooting range, arcade, and knitting circle.:m]]

1079 State Route 9
Queensbury,
NY
US

Laser tag, ziplines, hang-gliders, and paragliders aren't your typical bumper crop. And yet that's what can be found at Morningside Flight Park, which uses its green expanses as a training ground to help humans conquer the domain of birds and Frisbees. As students master the principles of piloting a paraglider, steering a hang glider, or flapping their arms really hard, they're treated to picturesque views of New Hampshire. All the while, expert instructors relay techniques and principles of safety in a fun and focused environment.

357 Morningside Lane
Charlestown,
NH
US