Getting out of the house is often hampered by the fact that most houses are located inside a bigger and fancier house. Step outside of the house outside of your house with today's Groupon: for $9, you get a single admission to Clark's Trading Post amusement park in Lincoln, NH (up to an $18 value). Children 3 and under are admitted for free.
Nestled in the majestic White Mountains, Clark's Trading Post captivates fun-famished families with an abundance of amusements that include trained bears, scenic train and segway rides, and more. Burning wood and spewing steam, the Climax locomotive takes park perusers on a half-hour jaunt through a centenarian covered bridge into Wolfman's territory, where they might find the backwoods recluse foraging for wild rock salt to put in his porcupine stew. Trained black bears amuse audiences as they sit, stand, balance, swing, and wax philosophic during an animated show. The park employs multiple modes of thrilling transportation, such as taking a segway safari into Wolfman's territory (five-minute rides are free with admission, 45-minute rides are $25), getting watery revenge on sassy siblings in the Blaster Boats, and reconsidering adherence to the laws of gravity by traversing the climbing tower. A stroll down Main Street introduces patrons to museums brimming with antiquarian artifacts that hark back to the days when Main Street was still Secondary Road.
Since its 1928 incarnation as a sled-dog ranch offering supplies and candy to meandering motorists, Clark's Trading Post has blossomed into a family-entertainment behemoth, including the largest gift shop in the White Mountains. For the third year in a row, it is bringing back the Yandong Chinese Acrobatic Troupe to leave audiences baffled and breathless from late June until Labor Day.