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35 Fun Things to do in New Hampshire

There is no place like the great state of NH.  There is just so much to see and experience here. Below is a list of 35 fun things to do in New Hampshire.

1. Hike Mount Monadnock- Mount Monadnock is 5,000 plus acres that is located in Jaffrey.  Mount Monadnock is 3,165 feet high and filled with 40 miles of maintained foot trails.  It has been said that Mount Monadnock is the 2nd most hiked mountain in the entire world.

2. Attend a Monarchs game- The Manchester Monarchs is NH’s own hockey team.  They formed in 2000 and played their very first game on 11/16/2001 in which they won.

3. Visit the Old Man in the Mountain- At the base of Cannon Mountain lays a museum that is dedicated to this NH icon.  The Old Man fell in 2003.

4. Go antiquing- NH's Antique Alley is located on route 4 and covers 4 towns:  Northwood, Lee, Epsom and Chichester.

5. Go sugar shacking- There are many sugar shacks in NH where you can see how pure maple syrup is made.  The best time to do is in March during maple sugaring season.  My favorite place to go is The Sugar Shack in Barrington.

6. Head to the races- Twice a year, NASCAR’s finest hit New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  They come once in the summer and one in the fall during the chase.

7. Go to the local fairs- Fair season in NH runs from July to October.  It starts with the Stratham Fair and ends with the Sandwich Fair.

8. Experience Bike Week in Laconia. Bike Week is something most NH bikers look forward to each June.  It lasts 10 days, is held in Laconia and attracts thousands of bikers.

9. Go pumpkin watching- Each October in Keene, thousands of pumpkins light up the sky.  It is an annual event that broke a record in 2003 with 28,952 lit pumpkins that are creatively carved.

10. Visit a covered bridge- There are around 59 covered bridges located throughout NH.

11. Go leaf peeping- The leaf peeping season peaks in New England in October each year.  Enjoy the beautiful rich colors of red, orange and yellow.  My favorite area to view the fall foliage is Route 116 from Franconia Notch through the Easton Valley.

12. Be a penguin for a day- Each year in February, a group of people don their bathing suits and take a dip in the ocean to benefit the Special Olympics with The Penguin Plunge.

13. Take a ride on the Kancamagus Highway- The Kancamagus Highway runs from Conway to Lincoln and stretches over 34 miles long.  It is a beautiful ride to see some amazing scenery.

14. Go outlet shopping- There are 2 major outlet shopping areas in the state.  One is located in Tilton called Tanger Outlets and one is in North Conway.

15. Go kayaking- My favorite place to go kayaking is Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham.  The lake offers small islands to navigate and very little boat traffic to deal with.

16. Pick fruits- In June, you can pick delicious strawberries.  In July and August, you can pick raspberries and blueberries and in September and October you can pick some of the best apples around.

17. Go ride the horses- There are several places to hit the trails with a guide and a horse.  My favorite place is Greenwood Stables in Derry.

18. Head to the Casino Ballroom- The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom has had some famous acts in concert such as Led Zeppelin and The Doors.  The casino has been in business for over 100 years.

19. Ride the gondola- Loon Mountain is the best place for the most scenic gondola rides.  The gondola takes you up 3,050 feet to the top of Loon Mountain.  Loon Mountain is located in Lincoln.  Another great place to ride gondolas is Cannon Mountain in Franconia.  On a nice day, you can view other states such as Maine and Vermont and even Canada.

20. Attend a town hall meeting- NH has a long history of small town values.  Each spring, many town meetings are held throughout the state.  Let your voice be heard by attending your local town hall meeting.

21. Visit the Clydesdales- Anheuser Busch’s beautiful Clydesdale horses are an icon of the famous Anheuser Busch Brewery in Merrimack.  You can get a free tour of the brewery while you are there.

22. See a one room schoolhouse- Located in East Washington, the one room schoolhouse was built in 1849.  There are two other one room schoolhouses in the state that are fully functional.  The Alexandria Village School in Bristol and the East Village School in Croydon. There is a haunted one room schoolhouse in Epsom. Other one room schoolhouses exist throughout the state.

23. Go star gazing- The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is located in Concord and is the only planetarium in the state.

24. Attend a concert- NH has some great concert venues throughout the state.  The two big venues are the Meadow U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford which is an outdoor venue and The Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester which in an indoor venue.

25. Create your own sundae- Head over to the Kellerhaus in Weirs Beach where you can make your own sundae with their sundae bar.  They have so many toppings to choose from like favorite’s butterscotch, nuts, hot fudge and whipped cream.

26. Hike to a NH waterfall- NH has hundreds of gorgeous waterfalls.

27. Spend an afternoon with the bears- Head over to Clark’s Trading Post in North Woodstock.  Murray Clark and his family have been providing bear shows for over 70 years.  The trained black bears put on an amazing show.

28. Catch a movie at the Drive-ins- There are only two drive-in movie theaters in the state:  Milford Twin in Milford and Weirs in Weirs Beach.

29. Take in the flowers at Prescott Park- Prescott Park is located in the heart of Portsmouth NH.  In the summer, it is full of gorgeous flowers.  There are benches to sit on not only to view the flowers but to enjoy the stunning waterfront as well. Strawberry Banke is also nearby.

30. Place your bets at the Seabrook Greyhound Park in Seabrook, the Hinsdale Greyhound Park in Hinsdale and The Lakes Region Greyhound Park in Belmont make for an exciting Sunday afternoon.  If horses are more your thing, then head over to the Rockingham Park in Salem.

31. Take a ride on the roller coaster- Canobie Lake Park is NH’s only permanent amusement park.  The Corkscrew Coaster is just like your normal everyday corkscrew complete with all the twists and turns.

32. Catch a play- The Barnstormers Summer Theatre is located in Tamworth and the Peterborough Players are in the town of Peterborough.

33. Make your own beer- At Incredibrew in Nashua you can make your very own beer.  They have been doing this since 1995.

34. See a sub- The U.S.S. Albacore is a real Navy submarine.  It was decommissioned in 1953 and is open to the public at Albacore Park in Portsmouth NH.

35. Visit the stones- America’s Stonehenge is located in Salem and is the oldest man-made construction in the United States.






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