Grown-up adventures by train, boat or bus

Going out to eat with the kids anywhere can be an adventure. But how about having a real culinary adventure your next night out without the kids? New Hampshire offers interesting culinary adventures, and at these destinations the journey continues after you arrive.

C’mon ride the train

All aboard the dining car! Enjoy lunch or dinner, and a scenic ride, courtesy of Conway Scenic Railroad. You can choose from three excursions — one takes you on a first-class, five-hour tour through Crawford Notch with a layover at Crawford Station. You’ll want to book your babysitter and reserve your spot in advance as the tours are popular.

Conway Scenic Railroad
38 Norcross Circle
North Conway, NH
Reserve your seat on one of three dining excursions ranging from 55 minutes to five hours. Tickets: $37.50 to $102. Dinner and lunch service available.

You’re on a boat

Grab your dancing shoes and head to the Lakes Region. Cruise NH offers dinner cruises throughout July and August several nights a week. Fridays highlight a musical genre and Saturdays feature fun themes like 80s Wave or Great Gatsby. Grab a beverage and enjoy the live entertainment or the spectacular view.

Mount Washington Cruises
211 Lakeside Ave.
Laconia, NH

The schedule of dinner cruises and tickets are available online. Tickets range from $40-$59 depending on the date and theme you choose. Buffet dinner.

Have beer, will travel

Sampling beers is more fun when you don’t have to draw straws to decide who the designated driver is. Take a seat on Granite State Growler Tours’ beer bus, and relax as you make your way around to local breweries. You’ll get personal tours from the brewers. Some breweries have a pub where you can grab a snack or you can chow down on homemade pretzels available on the bus.    

Granite State Growler Tours
45 Lafayette Road, #212
North Hampton, NH

Granite State Growler Tours has several tour options for day or evening. Tickets are $60 and tastings are included in the ticket price. If you find a new favorite, grab a growler. Bus seats 14, but if you have seven people you can arrange for a private tour.


This is the first month for our new Time Out column, which focuses on things parents can do with their partners and friends when they are taking a “time out” from their children.

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