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The uncertainty of the upcoming school year is weighing heavily on parents and their children. Will there be school? What will it look like? Do I want my kid(s) to go or not to go? The questions are endless – but so are the opportunities to help your children continue to learn new things both now, and in the future, in more non-traditional ways.

Pack up your bags and hit the open road – it’s time for an educational experience your family will never forget! Whether you’re considering roadschooling or just want to take a family vacation, with Westward Shores as your home base, there are plenty of opportunities to explore nearby in fun, educational ways. Keep reading our blog for a few suggestions.

Geology

Polar Caves Park – Distance from Camp: 41.0 miles

In the last ice age, a continental glacier rolled over what is now the White Mountains region of New Hampshire to form the Polar Caves. At this cool spot, you can explore an animal park, nature trails, and nine granite boulder caves. Your kids surely won’t take this trip for “granite”!

History

Wright Museum of World War II – Distance from Camp: 19.0 miles

Learn all about the story of World War II with more than 20,000 square feet of exhibit space to explore. The Wright Museum is home to over 14,000 items in a collection that represents both the battlefield and the home front during this interesting time in history. They also host a variety of traveling exhibitions such as collections of WWII quilts, D-Day photographs, and an educational show about Anne Frank!

Agriculture

Devriendt Farm – Distance from Camp: 88.7 miles

For 25 years, the Devriendt Farm has been family-operated and giving people unique and educational agricultural experiences! Discover the work that goes into running a farm, enjoy an ice cream cone, and pick all the strawberries you can eat!

Science

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center – Distance from Camp: 28.9 miles

Explore the wonders of the animal kingdom in a more up-close experience! The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has nature trails and cruises available to those who are looking for an outdoor adventure. They also have special programs for those who are interested in learning more about the natural world.

Recess

Westward Shores is full of fun things to do! Jump around on our giant inflatable pillow, play a game of basketball or volleyball with your family, swim in the lake, and more! Your kids won’t be kids forever – now’s the time to have some family-friendly fun!

*Activities have limited availability during non-peak season.

Camping, along with the great outdoors, offers tons of opportunities for kids to experience new things – from star gazing to learning how to build a campfire. Here at Westward Shores, your family will be able to have a safe, fun-filled getaway. And while you’re in the beautiful New Hampshire setting – take advantage of the nearby educational experiences that can be found.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We’re so grateful for s’mores over the fire, for sunsets over the lake, and for all of our campers! ...

Our cottages are the perfect place to retreat to after a fun day at camp! Enjoy a meal, take a rest, or warm your toes by the campfire. ...

Stuck inside? Start planning your outdoor escape to Westward Shores! ...

Our cottages are perfect for your family-sized vacation. ...

GIVEAWAY 🎉 – our 2021 Resort Guide was just released, and we want to help one lucky camper & a friend get their vacation planning started! Here’s all you need to do for a chance to win $100 for both you and a friend to our Camp-Resort!⁠

☑️ Follow @northgateresorts and @westwardshores⁠
☑️ Tag a friend in the comments and tell us why you love camping.⁠

It’s that easy! Comment as many times as you’d like for multiple entries! Contest ends Sunday, 1/17 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced Monday. See our website (westwardshores.com/contest-terms) for giveaway terms and see the link in our bio for a digital version of the guide!
...

From exciting new attractions (like an upgraded lazer tag course), to new deals and events, there’s tons to look forward to this year at Westward Shores! Read about all the additions in our latest blog - link in bio! ...

Do you prefer tennis or pickleball? 🤔 ...

We saw a beautiful morning over the lake. 🌞 ...

Waiting for campers to come back like 🥶 ...

Happy New Year to our amazing campers! We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2021! ❤️🎉 ...

It's a bright and beautiful holiday. 🎄☃️ Stay warm & safe everyone! ...

Happy first day of winter! ☃️

Whether you’ll have snow or not for the holidays, we can all wish upon a special star! 🌟 Click the link in our bio to learn about a rare astronomical event happening this year!
...

It’s officially snowmobile season! ❄️ ...

Here’s a lovely view of the Marina from the dog beach! ...

When’s the last time you painted a picture or made a craft? It’s the perfect activity for a cozy day this weekend! 🎨🖌 ...

Stars at camp are the best stars. ✨🌙 ...

Our new docks have arrived! We’re so excited for you to see them in action. 🛳 ...

Just grabbing a little snack from the blueberry bush. 🫐 ...

Missing days spent at the beach. 🏖 ...

We had a little friend stop by the baseball field today! ...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We’re so grateful for s’mores over the fire, for sunsets over the lake, and for all of our campers! ...