Clark's Trading Post, Lincoln
Categories: Fun & Games, Scenic Railroads, Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping, Tours
Nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire, Clark's Trading Post give visitors the chance to ride along a classic railroad and explore a quirky collection of historically significant machinery and knick-knacks. From the main building, hop on a train pulled by a steam locomotive and ride the 2 km (1.25 mi) standard-gauge loop through the woods and across a vintage covered bridge. You might even see the park's most bizarre resident, known as the Wolfman. You'll find that the complex's famous trained bears are quite talented, and you can watch their skills on display during a show. Afterward, wander the park's other themed areas like the turtle house, or try your hand at riding a Segway scooter. Put Clark's Trading Post at the forefront of your travel plans using our Lincoln travel itinerary maker.
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Our family went to Clarks in October and we had one of the best times. The shows were great and prices were all reasonable in the different gift shops. Family run and it shows! :)
This place was great with something for everyone at a great one price for all attractions rate. Other than food (which was reasonably priced for this type of place) we didn't need any extra money for ... read more »
About the best place to go...a lot to see and do! I especially love the bear show. I really like what the Clark family has made for all to enjoy. There are a lot of antique machines, cars, trains...yo... read more »
I used to go to Clark's as a kid and hadn't been in years. We stopped by on our drive home. Not much had changed. There's a climbing wall and water slide now which looked fun. But the train and bears still are the main attraction. We were too late to catch a show but did get to see a bear having a snack. We visited the store and took home some delicious fudge!
The bear show was awesome - well presented, entertaining and also informative. The acrobats are certainly also worth watching. The next big highlight is the steam train ride which is a nice trip back in time. Wolfman chasing the train adds a bit of flavor for the kids' enjoyment. The entire experience with the old-time main street and exhibits was certainly worth it.
Who knew circus bears, Chinese acrobats, and a Wolfman could be so much fun? Stopped here on a holiday weekend with two elementary school-aged boys and the wife. I was pleasantly surprised at the reasonable entrance fee, which amounted to ~$20/person, as well as the fact that it covered almost all the entertainment in the park (including free rides on a Segway!). There are also a number of ways to get that price reduced via local coupons/visitor passes, as well. The park is well laid out in a linear format. This essentially means you can start at one end and work your way to the other unlike some other maze-like parks. It also has a consistent theme even amidst the wide array of activities. We spent about 5 hours here including a light lunch (Pullman's eatery) and an ice cream treat. Even with all that time we didn't complete a few of the attractions and unanimous vote was to go back again. Recommendations: 1. Plan your day around the show times. They're well worth the price of admission. 2. Show seating is limited but essentially opens as soon as the last show ends. Recommend getting to the arena early and having someone in your party save seats while everyone else uses the restroom and grabs a snack. (Note there's no food allowed on the balcony level of the arena so plan accordingly.) 3. While a bathing suit is not required, there are 2 water attractions. Unless you're comfortable being wet for a few hours until you sun-dry, best bet is to wear a bathing suit (or skip those rides altogether). Or at least wear non-cotton clothing that doesn't retain moisture!
Another staple of our NH visit. The kids have been coming here since they were little. They are 9&10 and still love it. It makes for a great day. Train rides, rock climbing, bear and acrobatic shoes, old time photos all sorts of fun.
I've been visiting Clark's for over 20 years now, and it's constantly a great experience. The bears seem to be treated with respect, and all the attractions continue so stay fun after all this time. Highly recommended. Especially if you're already in the area.
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