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Sculpted into tree-studded mountain slopes, Ragged Mountain Golf Club's 18-hole course plots a winding path over dramatic elevation changes. When played from the double black diamond tees—the club borrows skiing terminology in an homage to the winter activities hosted at the same site—club pros compare the layout to a U.S. Open course and advise only scratch golfers or those with remote-controlled golf balls to brave the tips. Along with tight tree lines and rolling terrain up and down the mountain, the course runs over streams that come into play on 14 holes. With onsite lodging and golf-and-stay packages, Ragged Mountain invites golfers to set aside a weekend amid the mountain air. In the winter, Ragged Mountain activates a high-speed, six-person chairlift, from which skiers, snowboarders, and snow-angel enthusiasts gain access to two mountains with 50 trails, including 11 glades and three terrain parks. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Course rating of 74.9 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 149 from the farthest tees * Four tee options

620 Ragged Mountain Rd
Danbury,
NH
US

Perched on I-93 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Exit 28 Ski & Snowboard Rentals fits slope-destined travelers with equipment. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages can pull off the highway to check out rental packages or peruse the equipment for sale, including gear by top brands such as Salomon, K2, and Armada. Once they’ve loaded rentals or new purchases into their cars, trucks, or street-legal snowcats, they can hop back on the highway and continue to the runs at Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley Resort, Cannon Mountain, and Bretton Woods.

12 Southmayd St.
West Campton,
NH
US

Film buffs across six states stare wide-eyed at large cinema screens, losing themselves in first-run Hollywood movies and the smell of fresh, buttery kernels within Your Neighborhood Theatre's 17 locations. Though all theaters prioritize comfortable seating, old-fashioned friendly service, and high-stakes preshow trivia slideshows, each location encompasses its own distinct charm, be it through arthouse décor, 3-D screens, or Rhode Island's vintage 1950's drive-in setting.

9 Old Lake Shore Rd
Gilford,
NH
US

After seven years of guiding thrill seekers through winter snowmobiling tours, SledVentures' team of White Mountain wayfarers decided to parlay their spirit for adventure into a year-round enterprise, establishing DirtVentures ATV Rentals and swapping snow-covered runs for the rugged terrain of spring, summer, and fall. A typical tour begins with a crash course in vehicle operation and safety before cruising through the trails of the New Hampshire mountains, including an easy trail on old railroad bed alongside the river. Brief stops along the way allow amateur explorers to not only visit the area stores and treat themselves to ice cream, but to also take pictures of the burbling streams, mountainside panoramas, and tree-lined scenery that surrounds them at every turn. All riders must wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, and boots in order to operate DirtVentures' Brute Force 300 ATVs. Locations may vary throughout the year.

Van Allen Inn Rd.
Woodstock,
NH
US

From their home base in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Out Back Kayak’s guides let their adventurous spirits run wild on kayak, ATV, and snowmobile tours. Off-road vehicles' treads easily navigate 80 acres of forested terrain along the Pemigewasset River, where kayakers paddle through churning Class I, II, and III rapids. From beaches and islands to wooded ravines, the natural surroundings also serve as an arena for paintball, in which competitors tag their opponents with biodegradable paint to simulate the way real soldiers sew Kick Me signs onto their enemies' shirts.

11 Lumberyard Rd.
Lincoln,
NH
US

600 arcade games. 20 lanes of ten-pin and candlepin bowling. Outdoor and indoor mini-golf courses. A restaurant and tavern. It's not hard to believe that Funspot is in the Guinness Book of World Records for Largest Arcade. Besides the three-stories of ticket-spitting arcade games, the building is home to the American Classic Arcade Museum, where visitors can play classic machines such as Centipede, Paper Boy, Bagman, Rampage, and Gunsmoke, and view wax sculptures of Pacman and Q'Bert.

579 Endicott St N
Laconia,
NH
US