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Hit The Water And Cool Off In New Hampshire Mountains

Cannon-Echo-Lake-Facebook Cannon's Echo Lake offers mountain views and pristine waters. (Cannon/Facebook)

Summer is in full swing and that means it's time to cool off and chill out at your favorite Granite State mountain resort. Lakes, rivers, ponds and waterslides make it easy to float through fun summer days.

Chasing waterfalls at the Flume Gorge. (Cannon/Facebook)

At Cannon’s Echo Lake Beach, enjoy the beauty of a 39-acre lake with an excellent view. The slopes of Cannon Mountain ski area drop right to the edge of the lake, and the view highlights where the Franconia Range and Kinsman Range meet, creating the notch. Canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats are available for rent. While in Franconia Notch, chase waterfalls around the Basin and Flume Gorge.

Right next to Waterville Valley's Town Square you'll find the mountain stream-fed Corcoran's Pond and a fleet of over 20 kayaks, pedal boats and canoes available for rent at the Town Square dock. While you're at Corcoran’s Pond, enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery, relax on the sandy beach, and swim in the 6 ½ acre pond.

Full on family fun at Attitash water slide. (Attitash/Facebook)

Attitash offers a great place to cool down and have fun this summer with two waterslide attractions, the Aquaboggan and the Sidewinder tubing slide. Choose from three different Aquaboggan routes featuring hairpin turns, underground tunnels and plenty of splash down into the landing pools. Ride solo on a tube or on three-person rafts as you plunge down the rapids of the Sidewinder for some wet ‘n’ wild fun.

Take in the White Mountain views from the perspective of a river tube at Bretton Woods. (Bretton Woods)

Rent a tube from the Bretton Woods Adventure Center for a float at the foot of the Presidential mountains on the beautiful Ammonoosuc River. A short hike from the Omni Mount Washington Hotel takes you to the Upper and Lower Falls on the Ammonoosuc, and great spot to dip your toes in.

Classic lake life at King Pine's Purity Spring. (Purity Spring/Facebook)

In the summer, King Pine and Purity Spring Resort offer classic lake life summer vacation traditions include waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, swimming in Purity Lake, and daily organized family activities.

Water Wars is an exciting game where up to four players hide out in “dugouts” armed with slingshots, which they fill with water balloons. (Gunstock)

At Gunstock near Lake Winnipesaukee, the Discover and Premium Adventure passes include numerous summer fun activities, including Water Wars, paddle boating, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Stand-up paddleboards are a great activity both for fun and for people looking to add an element of fitness to their outdoor adventures here. SUPs can do wonders for balance and core strength, and some folks even use them to do yoga.

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