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Clark's Trading Post, Lincoln

(4.4/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We got there right at open and spent the whole day! We started with walking through the shops. We dipped candles, had our picture taken in period clothing, picked up some tasty treats... Then we strol...  more »
  • First time back in 25 years and this place is fantastic and I remembered it. I did get to drive a Segway which was my first time. 
  • We love coming to Clarks. Iv been coming every year fo 40 years with my parents and the last 22 with my children. They are so great woth there bears there part of there family. I will keep visiting ev...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places in the whole world. Family owned and operated for decades. HUGE tourist oriented gift shop with everything from mocassins to jewelry to home decor and those tourist favorite pine items, fun activities in the park, along with a steam train ride, and an awesome bear show. The bears are well cared for and treated as family members - it is NOT a ZOO.
  • 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.
  • You got to go to this place, there is fun filled rides for the kids, train ride, and even a famous bear show all for a low cost. You can eat right here and visit the small shops/ exhibits. I go back every year !!!
  • 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!