The Saco river is just a short walk or drive from the Bartlett Inn near North Conway NH. If you want a refreshing day out and some adventure without going to Storyland then spend a day on the Saco River. There are several local swimming holes that prvide a variety of conditions for different strength swimmers. Big Rock swimming hole on River Street in Bartlett NH has a small sandy beach and calm water close in good for non swimmers and little kids to splash around. HAlfway across teh river is the famous BIG ROCK. If you dare you can climb up the rock and jump in. There is a sweet spot in teh middle of the river that is typically 4-6 feet deep. Watch where the locals jump to get the location. Feet first for safety. After the rock the water moves more swiftly so stronger swimmers enjoy the challenge. If you bring a tube you can sit in teh tube from under the bridge and ride the current a couple hundred yards and then walk back. I recommend river shoes or sneakers as the bottom of the river is rocky and some places are hard to walk in bare feet. There are longer tubing trips from1-2 hours where guests can use Andes, Saco Bound Canoe and Kayak or Northern Extremes companies who will rent a tube, canoe or kayak and then drop you off and pick you up for a fee. If you have 2 cars and your own tubes you can spot one car at the end after dropping everyone off. Last season we had a great time dropping in on West side road and 3 hours later ended up at 1st bridge in North Conway. There was a rope swing hooked to a tree branch over the river and we all took turns doing a Tarzan swing into the river. It was a blast! The river can be chilly so if you plan a long tubing trip make sure you have a dry bag with towels, food and water especially for the kids. Stay at the Bartlett Inn and we will help you find the best outing for your family.