Family Adventure: Winter Family Explorations

Date and Time

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:00PM - Friday, February 23, 2018 12:00PM


Cardigan Lodge, 774 Shem Valley Road, Alexandria, NH 03222,
New Hampshire, Lakes Region,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday)


AMC's Winter Family Exploration combines three days of outdoor adventure with traditional hospitality in spectacular settings. Experience the serenity of Cardigan Reservation while gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of the forest, rivers, and wildlife around us through hands-on exploration and the help of AMC's knowledgeable staff. The whole family will enjoy plenty of outdoor fun including guided snowshoe hikes, sledding, animal tracking, starlit walks, snow shelter building and stories by the campfire. Activities geared toward children aged 5-10. Activity level: easy to moderate. Rates include lodging, meals, and guided activities. Program Highlights: •Sledding •Snowshoeing •Animal tracking •Camp fire with s'mores •Night walk •Winter naturalist activities Sample Itinerary: Wednesday 3:00pm Check in and welcome activity 5:30 pm Dinner 6:30 pm Evening Campfire Thursday 7:30 am Breakfast 8:15 am Getting Ready for Winter Relay 9:15 am Outside Adventures: Option A - Snowshoe Walk Option B - Sliding fun & Snowshelter building Lunch 1:30 pm Outside Adventures Option A - Frozen Waterfalls Option B - Winter snow games 2:45 pm - Warm up Break 3:15 pm Animal Tracks and Traces - indoor and outdoor session 4:00 pm Afternoon nature crafts 5:30 pm Dinner 6:30 pm Evening Program - Night time Adaptations & Night Sky Friday 8:30 am Kids Only (time for parents to pack up) 9:30 am Winter Olympics Cardigan Style 11:30 am Closing Activity &Goodbyes

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $289 member / $339 non-member
Youth: $129 member / $149 non-member
Child: $69 member / $89 non-member
*•2 Nights Lodging and meals Monday dinner- Wednesday Lunch, • guided activities

Past participants say...

• "It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the winter with your family. The guides are great and parents and kids meet lots of nice people." Participant, February 2015 • "The kids were engaged the whole time! I didn't hear 'I'm bored' once". Participant, February 2015 • "Most memorable - "The people we've met, the beautiful scenes we've seen and the smile that hasn't left my son's face since we arrived." Participant, February 2015

Driving Directions

Address to enter into GPS: 774 Shem Valley Rd, Alexandria, NH 03222 (43.649° N, 71.876° W) From Greater Boston Area: 1. Take I-93 North to Rt. 104 West (Exit 23, New Hampton, N.H.). 2. Take Rt. 104 West for 6 miles to Rt. 3A North in Bristol, N.H. 3. Follow directions below from Bristol. From New York City, Hartford, CT, or western MA: 1. Take I-95 North to I-91 North (Exit 48). 2. Take I-91 North through MA and VT to I-89 South (VT Exit 10S). 3. Take I-89 South to Rt. 4 East (NH Exit 17). 4. Take Rt. 4 East for 25 miles to Danbury, N.H. 5. In Danbury, take Rt. 104 East for 5.5 miles. 6. Turn left onto Cass Mill Road and go about 3.5 miles. 7. Turn right onto Washburn Road. 8. Cross a bridge, then take the first left onto Mount Cardigan Road. 9. Follow Bristol directions below, starting with number 7. From Bristol, N.H.: 1. Take Rt. 3A North toward Plymouth for 2.1 miles. 2. Turn left onto West Shore Road at the blinking light (Our Lady of Grace stone church is on the far left corner). 3. Proceed 1.9 miles and then go straight onto Cardigan Mountain Road where West Shore Road turns right. 4. Go 1 mile on Cardigan Mountain Road, then turn left onto North Road. 5. Go 1 mile on North Road, then right onto Washburn Road in Alexandria, N.H. 6. Go 200 yards and bear right onto Mount Cardigan Road. 7. Follow Mount Cardigan Road for 3.6 miles, and stay left at the intersection with Brook Road. 8. Take Shem Valley Road 1.5 miles to Cardigan Lodge (stay right at the fork in the road at 100 yards). For safety, please observe the posted speed limit of 30 MPH on these rural residential roads with gravel surfaces. Approximate driving times to Cardigan Times may vary greatly depending on driving style, traffic, and road conditions: • From Bristol, twenty-five minutes. • From Boston, two and a half hours. • From New York, six hours.

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Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Cardigan Lodge






AMC Guides are passionate about the outdoors and have the skills necessary to ensure safe adventures. Certified in wilderness medicine, with focused training in outdoor leadership and risk management, guides provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They possess local natural and cultural history knowledge and solid backcountry skills, and they follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.