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A range and variety of fun stuff for families and children to do in New Hampshire -- year-round, indoors and outdoors -- is mind boggling. Examples are amusement parks featuring Santa and classic nursery rhymes, zip lines, rock climbing and cave tours, working farms with animals visits and hay rides, ski mountains with year-round activities, living history villages, and more. Bring the kids, enjoy, and maybe even learn some history. Lodgings that welcome kids and families can be found all around you.

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Ice Castles

24 Clark Farm Road North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: Toll-Free: 888-407-4054

A spectacular frozen fantasy for the young – and young at heart

Family Fun - Morningside Flight Park - Charlestown, NH

Morningside Flight Park

357 Morningside Lane Charlestown, NH, 03603 Phone: 603-542-4416

Flight fun for every age and skill level

Indoor Pool - Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee - Laconia, NH

Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee

76 Lake Streeet Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-524-5210 Toll-Free: 800-627-4283

Your family’s unforgettable vacation awaits at this resort right on the lake

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Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 194 Twin Mountain, NH, 03595 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-245-8946

There really is something for everyone, all year long, in this fun mountain region

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From skiing to shopping, there’s something fun for every member of the family

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Mt. Washington Auto Road

Route 16, Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

Auto road has a long history of families traveling along it to reach the grand summit

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Mount Washington Cog Railway

Off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03589 Phone: 603-278-5404 Toll-Free: 800-922-8825

Thrill ride up Mt. Washington continues to delight railroad fans of all ages

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Scenic RailRiders

188 Sewalls Falls Road Concord, NH, 03301 Phone: 603-931-1700

Plan something out of the ordinary for a family outing: riding the rails on custom-built “bikes”

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Lakes Region Tourism Association

61 Laconia Road Tilton, NH, 03276 Phone: 603-286-8008 Toll-Free: 800-605-2537

It’s safe to say the kids will never be bored when you book a Lakes Region vacation

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Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

So many activities in this popular N.H. region, everyone in the family will have a good time

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Conway Scenic Railroad

38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH, 03860 Phone: 603-356-5251 Toll-Free: 800-232-5251

Popular scenic railroad offers a journey back in time the whole family will love

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Santa's Village

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH, 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

Will the kids love going to an attraction named after Santa Claus? Of course!

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Hampton Beach Village District

115 Ocean Boulevard Hampton Beach, NH, 03843 Phone: 603-926-8717

It’s easy to see why families keep coming back for vacations in this fun, lively area

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Castle in The Clouds

Route 171 - 455 Old Mountain Road Moultonborough, NH, 03254 Phone: 603-476-5900

Hiking trails, fish-stocked ponds and a beautiful century-old mansion to explore

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Chuckster's Family Fun Park

Two Great Locations Chichester and Hooksett, NH Phone: 603-798-3555

True fun and games for everyone at these New Hampshire play parks

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Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

961 Main Street Berlin, NH, 03570 Phone: 603-228-0836

The list of fun things to do in this family-friendly part of N.H. is almost endless

Hobo Railroad - Lincoln, NH

Hobo Railroad

64 Railroad Street Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-2135

Travel back into the country’s railroad past in vintage cars, along a winding river

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Clark's Bears

110 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-8913

See a show, ride a train, try out a Segway - So much to do at this family amusement park

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White Mountains Attractions

200 Kancamagus Highway North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8720 Toll-Free: 800-346-3687

Every day in the White Mountains brings a new adventure or activity for fun-seeking families

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Huttopia - White Mountains

57 Pine Knoll Road Albany, NH, 03818 Phone: 603-447-3131 Toll-Free: 844-488-8674

Time for that family winter getaway? Mountain cabins are close to all the best activities

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Great Glen Trails

Route 16 at Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

Fun all four seasons for all the members of your family at this active outdoor center

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America's Stonehenge

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-8300

Let your kids explore the mysteries of America's history

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Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

1712 Lost River Road -- Route 112W North Woodstock, NH, 03262 Phone: 603-745-8031

Trek through a White Mountain wonderland at Lost River Gorge

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Outdoor adventures, amusement parks, museums and historic sites abound in the Granite State.

Top Things to Do in New Hampshire

Mount Washington Cog Railway crossing a stream on a bridge during the fall

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From traveling on the Mount Washington Cog Railway to posing in front of Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach at Story Land, New Hampshire has something for everyone to enjoy.

New Hampshire may be a small state, but it's packed full of attractions and activities for visitors. From its 18 miles of coastline to its centrally located Lakes Region to the looming White Mountains up north, New Hampshire offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Then there are the amusement parks, historic sites and thought-provoking museums to explore while vacationing in the Granite State.

With skiing in the winter, summer fun by the lakes and leaf-peeping in the fall, this state is a year-round destination. Here are some of the best things to do and see in New Hampshire.

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves

The Lost River Gorge tops the list of what to see in New Hampshire for those looking for a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Open seasonally from early May to mid-October, this attraction has a self-guided, 1-mile boardwalk loop trail with more than 1,000 stairs. Make sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

Along the way there are scenic spots to stop and admire the Lost River and its cascading waterfalls in the gorge. If you're limber and not too claustrophobic, you might choose to maneuver through nearly a dozen boulder caves, including one particularly tight spot called the Lemon Squeezer. Visitors to this attraction in the White Mountains appreciate that any of the cave crawls can be bypassed. Lost River Gorge is around 5 miles from North Woodstock's Main Street, where The Wilderness Inn Bed & Breakfast welcomes overnight guests in a craftsman-style 1912 home.

Address: 1712 Lost River Road, North Woodstock, NH 03262

Mount Washington Cog Railway

Mount Washington Cog Railway going downhill with mountains in the background

Ascend to the summit of the highest peak in New England aboard the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Onboard one of the specially designed biodiesel locomotives, you'll pass through steep grades and three climate zones to reach the Mount Washington summit at 6,288 feet in elevation. When you book your tickets online, you can also choose to take a historic steam locomotive at certain times of the year.

Schedule and pricing may vary based on weather and train excursion selection; check out Mount Washington Cog Railway's website for more information. The Cog Railway makes multiple daily trips in the warmer months to the summit, with its visitor center and rooftop observation deck. From late October to early spring, the railway operates shorter trips to the Waumbek Station, at about 4,000 feet in elevation. Past travelers appreciated the onboard live commentary that covers the history, flora and fauna of the area. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located in the White Mountains near Bretton Woods, home to the majestic Omni Mount Washington Resort with its relaxing spa and multiple dining options.

Address: 3168 Base Station Road, Mount Washington, NH 03589

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Lake Winnipesaukee

Autumn foliage reflection along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire

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The largest lake in the state at 72 square miles, Lake Winnipesaukee is one of New Hampshire's most popular summer vacation spots. Families flock to the lake to go boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing on the clear water surrounded by thick forest and looming mountains. A popular excursion is a scenic boat ride on the historic M/S Mount Washington ship. The resort towns that ring the lake are chock-full of fun things for families to do, including old-fashioned arcades, go-karting and mini-golf.

Lodging abounds in the area, from vacation homes and lakeside cottages to budget motels and small inns. Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith has a convenient and scenic location right on the lake, within walking distance of several restaurants and shops in town.

North Conway

Street buildings of North Conway, New Hampshire, in the evening

In the heart of New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley, North Conway is a fabulous vacation destination for fans of scenic railroads, historic covered bridges and outdoor adventures. The village is an especially popular spot in the winter months, as it's been ranked among the best ski towns in North America, with more than a dozen ski areas within a short drive of the village.

Outside of winter, the easy hike to the waterfalls at Diana's Baths is on a fairly flat gravel path, but the small parking lot can get quite busy in the summer, so recent hikers advise you try to go early or late in the day. Visitors flock to North Conway's many shopping outlets and malls, with no general sales tax charged on goods in New Hampshire. For a glamorous place to rest your head, consider a night at Stonehurst Manor , a beautiful 19th-century hotel with mountain views and wood fireplaces.

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Hampton Beach State Park

Hampton Beach State Park sign

Hampton Beach State Park is packed with people in the summer, especially on hot, sunny weekends. Walking the wide sandy beach or picnicking under an umbrella for the day is free at this coastal state park. You'll need to pay to park your car, and recent visitors suggest making parking reservations ahead of time online at the New Hampshire State Parks website; otherwise, you'll likely have to hunt for a first-come, first-served metered space around town.

Across the street from Hampton Beach sits the legendary Hampton Beach Casino, which dates back to 1899. Not so much a popular place to gamble (though there are a few games of chance), this historic strip is filled with family-friendly arcade games, small amusement rides, snacks and souvenir shops. If you want to stay overnight, check out the oceanfront Ashworth by the Sea, the only full-service beachfront hotel here.

Houses along street of Lincoln, New Hampshire, on a sunny day

Lincoln is a great home base for exploring New Hampshire's White Mountains. The small town is home to Loon Mountain Resort for skiing, tubing and snowshoeing in the winter as well as zip lining, gondola rides, biking and hiking in the summer. Other local attractions for warm weather visitors include Whale's Tale Waterpark, Hobo Railroad and Flume Gorge. If you're trying to keep things affordable on your getaway to the White Mountains, consider booking a room at the Notch Hostel, a dog-friendly spot with fire pits, camping spaces, cabins and more.

Hood Museum of Art

Exterior of Hood Museum of Art with visitors walking toward it

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Home to a wide range of art and artifacts, including Indigenous Australian contemporary art and a major archive of photojournalism, the Hood Museum of Art is located on the campus of Hanover's Dartmouth College. The collection is vast, with more than 65,000 pieces of art in the museum's care, though only a portion are on display to the public at any given time. Recent museum enthusiasts note that with free admission, the museum is certainly worth an hourlong stroll through the exhibits; there are also free guided tours on occasion. Right next door to the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Hood Museum is the elegant Hanover Inn, the oldest continuously operating hotel in the state.

Address: 6 E. Wheelock St., Hanover, NH 03755

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Rocket outside McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in New Hampshire

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Concord's must-visit McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center honors two New Hampshire residents: Alan Shepard, who in 1961 was the first American to travel into space, and Christa McAuliffe, a teacher who was aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger that tragically exploded just after it launched in 1986. Visitors to this family-friendly attraction can learn about space travel and science through hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and planetarium shows.

Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, has plenty of hotel chains and budget-friendly lodging, but if you're looking for something different and historic, consider The Centennial Hotel, located in a 19th-century Victorian mansion.

Address: 2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Prescott Park

Late afternoon in formal gardens at Prescott Park in Porsmouth, New Hampshire

Visitors to Prescott Park in the seaside city of Portsmouth rave about the beautiful flowers and waterfront views, commenting on what a great job the gardeners do with the landscaping in the summer months. The 10-acre waterfront park makes for a lovely place to stroll and take in the sights and smells of the serene space; there are also benches for rest and reflection. Admission to the park is free. In the summer, concerts, movies and theater productions take place in the park as part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival.

If you're looking to stay overnight in the city, Ale House Inn is housed in an 1880 former brewery warehouse and located within walking distance of the park.

Address: 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Canobie Lake Park

Aerial over Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire on a cloudy day

Canobie Lake Park has been delighting visitors since it opened in 1902 with its botanical gardens, swings, canoes and penny arcade. Today it's a fun-for-the-whole-family amusement park filled with exciting rides, a water park and carnival-style midway games – plus dining venues that serve quintessential New England favorites like lobster rolls and fried dough. Thrill rides at this amusement park include the spinning, strobe light-filled Psychodrome and a roller coaster called Untamed that sends riders on a beyond-vertical drop of 97 degrees.

The amusement park is open seasonally, generally from Memorial Day weekend through Halloween. Check the website calendar for specific days and hours of operation (early and late in the season it's open on weekends only). Canobie Lake Park is located in Salem, in the southern part of New Hampshire. The closest hotel is the basic, budget-friendly Red Roof Inn Salem, which gets props from past travelers for its convenient location next to Interstate 93.

Address: 85 N. Policy St., Salem, NH 03079

Russell-Colbath Historic Site

The Russell-Colbath Historic Site sits in Albany, New Hampshire, along the Kancamagus Highway between the towns of Lincoln and Conway in the White Mountains. Built in the 1830s by the Russell family, a simple home on the property serves as an example of what living quarters were like for original settlers of the area. Guided tours are offered from July to September, and recent visitors praise the on-site staff, who can explain some of the home's history and preserved household items on display.

Operated by the U.S. Forest Service, this historic site also includes an accessible half-mile trail with interpretive panels about the logging and railroading industries here in the 19th century. The Russell-Colbath Historic Site is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Outside of Conway along the Kancamagus Highway you'll find the Kancamagus Swift River Inn, with 10 quaint rooms and daily continental breakfast.

Address: Kancamagus Highway, Albany, NH 03818

Flume Gorge

River flowing under pedestrian bridge, Flume Gorge, New Hampshire

Part of Franconia Notch State Park, the Flume is a scenic gorge with a 2-mile loop trail that allows visitors to admire the looming granite walls, rushing Flume Brook and even a classic New England covered bridge. The boardwalk trail at this attraction in the White Mountains does include many steps, so you'll want to make sure to wear sturdy shoes to traverse it safely. Admire plentiful mosses, ferns and flowers along the way.

Recent visitors note that the optional one-way Wolf's Den path, which involves crawling on hands and knees through boulders, is especially fun for kids. Make your reservations in advance to ensure that you'll be able to access the trail (and get a reduced entry fee) via the New Hampshire State Parks website. Nearby lodging includes Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, with resort rooms, cottages, bungalows and rustic houses.

Address: 852 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH 03251

Guests sit in boat on river at Story Land, New Hampshire

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For small children or nostalgic adults, this attraction is probably one of the most fun places in New Hampshire to spend the day. Story Land is located in Glen, east of the White Mountain National Forest, and dates back to 1954. It features classic attractions that celebrate children's nursery rhymes and fairy tales, including a giant Humpty Dumpty and Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach – both make great photo opportunities.

Young children like to visit the petting zoo with animals right out of favorite storybooks like the "Three Billy Goats Gruff." Older kids can pilot Swan Boats on a calm pond. More thrilling attractions include Dr. Geyser's Remarkable Raft Ride (be prepared to get splashed) and the Roar-O-Saurus wooden roller coaster. Nearby Nordic Village Resort in Jackson gets rave reviews from past travelers for its spacious accommodations that include studios, condos and townhouses, as well as pools, hot tubs and saunas for relaxation.

Address: 850 state Route 16, Glen, NH 03838

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

This National Historical Park honors Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a prominent American Renaissance sculptor who spent his later years (1885 to 1907) at this estate in Cornish. Visitors to this historic site can see his home, tour his studio and walk the grounds where his sculptures are on display. Recent parkgoers say they were in awe of the beautiful gardens.

Travelers should note that some areas are only open seasonally, with most indoor areas like the galleries closed from November to Memorial Day. In addition, there are wooded hiking trails up to 2 miles long on the 100-acre property, if you're looking to get a little exercise amid nature while visiting Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park. Cornish is located in central New Hampshire, near the Vermont border. Some of the closest budget lodging can be found to the north in the Connecticut River Valley, including the Fireside Inn & Suites West Lebanon – admire the hotel's impressive atrium filled with trees while you're there.

Address: 139 Saint Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH 03745

Santa's Village

Kids play at a water playground at Santa's Village in New Hampshire

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Just as the name suggests, Christmas-themed Santa's Village is a celebration of the jolly old fellow himself, as well as all things that make this winter holiday special, from elves and reindeer to sleighs and sweet treats. Family-friendly rides at this amusement park in Jefferson include the Reindeer Carousel, Christmas Ferris Wheel, Santa's Express Train and Yule Log Flume. There's also a water park that's open in the summer, with slides, splash pads and water sprays.

Visitors have noted how clean and charming this amusement park is. Typically Santa's Village is open daily in the summer, with limited weekend hours in the late spring and from Labor Day through Christmas. Be sure to check the website for operating hours before you visit. One inexpensive option for overnighting nearby is the Coos Motor Inn in Lancaster, located 6 miles north.

Address: 528 Presidential Highway, Jefferson, NH 03583

Strawbery Banke Museum

Interior of historic Strawbery Banke Museum in New Hampshire

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Set on 10 acres in downtown Portsmouth, Strawbery Banke Museum brings centuries of U.S. history alive with costumed role-players who share what life was like in New England's past. Visitors can tour historic buildings and interactive exhibits to learn about the people who once made their homes in this waterfront neighborhood. Past travelers say a highlight of their visit is chatting with the craftspeople in period dress, such as barrel makers and boat builders.

As an outdoor history museum, Strawbery Banke is typically open daily from May through October. In the winter months, try out outdoor ice skating on Puddle Dock Pond. Tickets can be purchased online or in person. If you're with kids, consider getting a family admission ticket to save some money. Just around the corner from Strawbery Banke is The Sailmaker's House, an intimate and historic boutique hotel with just 10 guest rooms.

Address: 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Whale's Tale Waterpark

Aerial over red, blue and yellow waterslides at Whale's Tale Waterpark in New Hampshire

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Cool off during New Hampshire's hot and humid summer months at Whale's Tale Waterpark in Lincoln. Thrill rides include the Plunge body slides, where you might reach up to 40 miles an hour, as well as the Banzai Pipeline, which is a speedy tube ride that shoots you into a quarter pipe. Other attractions include Whale Harbor with short slides and gentle water sprays for toddlers; Shipwreck Island with its massive bucket dump; and Willie's Wild Waves, billed as the only wave pool in the White Mountains.

Past travelers consistently praise the friendly staff at Whale's Tale Waterpark, which is generally open mid-June through Labor Day. Located less than half a mile away on U.S. Route 3 is the Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln, which has an indoor and outdoor pool and a kids playground.

Address: 481 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH 03251

Castle in the Clouds

Exterior of Castle in the Clouds in New Hampshire on a sunny day

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This unique seasonal attraction in Moultonborough offers a variety of things for visitors to do. You can tour a historic, 16-room, mountaintop mansion that was built in 1913 and features some modern technological advances of the time, including a central vacuum system. Take a self-guided mansion tour of the first two floors from late May to late October; guests can also opt for a guided basement tour of the mansion for an additional charge.

Spend the day hiking more than 28 miles of scenic trails, including gentle paths to waterfalls and more strenuous summit hikes. Trails in the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area are free to access for summer hikes as well as winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There is a gift shop, cafe and restaurant on-site with outdoor seating offering sweeping mountain and lake views. You won't find many hotels near Castle in the Clouds, as it's located in a rural part of the Lakes Region. One of the closer options is Center Harbor Inn, set right on Lake Winnipesaukee and featuring a sandy beach plus kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals for guests.

Address: 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough, NH 03254

Polar Caves

Walkway through Polar Caves in New Hampshire

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The Polar Caves in Rumney were formed by a moving glacier 50,000 years ago. Visitors can pass through nine distinct boulder caves on a self-guided tour, while enjoying the cooler temperatures on a hot summer day. The granite spaces are all named: Shimmy through Orange Crush and walk the narrow path of Devil's Turnpike. The caves are linked by a series of trails and wooden boardwalks, and all cave entry is optional.

Be prepared to crawl, twist and get a little dirty if you choose to make your way through the natural obstacles, say past travelers. Visitors can also feed the fallow deer and ducks at the on-site animal park. Polar Caves is open seasonally, from mid-May through mid-October. Nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Plymouth White Mountains offers daily hot breakfast.

Address: 705 Rumney Route 25, Rumney NH 03266

Kancamagus Highway

Kancamagus Highway lined with colorful autumn foliage

The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5-mile National Scenic Byway that stretches from Lincoln to Conway in the White Mountains. This portion of state Route 112 is a wildly popular scenic drive in the autumn for its plentiful vistas of colorful fall foliage . Many pull-off points allow for stretching legs along this curvy, wooded highway, where you can take in views of mountains, waterfalls and rivers.

Along the highway, there are also parking lots at trailheads that allow you to traverse through the woods on foot. Past road-trippers and leaf-peepers note that cell service is very limited in this remote area. You won't really find any motels or hotels along this stretch of rural road that reaches 2,855 feet in elevation, though there are six White Mountain National Forest campgrounds.

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Snowboarder jumping at Gunstock Mountain Resort in New Hampshire

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This ski area in the Lakes Region welcomes outdoor enthusiasts in the winter with its 49 downhill ski and snowboard trails, around 17 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, and a tubing hill. You can also hike or snowshoe up the mountain, practice tricks in the terrain park, and even ski or snowboard under the lights at night.

Gunstock Mountain Resort also shines in the warmer months with its activity-packed Adventure Park. Go zip lining amid the trees up to 70 miles an hour, zoom through the forest on the Mountain Coaster, or walk along swinging bridges on an aerial obstacle course. If you're looking for a more mellow activity, consider a scenic lift ride. Tent and RV campsites are available at Gunstock Mountain Resort. Further afield is The Margate on Winnipesaukee in Laconia, which past travelers have praised for its sandy beach and indoor and outdoor pools.

Address: 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, NH 03249

Currier Museum of Art

Exterior of Currier Museum of Art, with red sculpture at the front, in New Hampshire

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Manchester's Currier Museum of Art has a collection of 15,000 art objects, with a focus on painting and sculpture from the 14th through 17th centuries as well as contemporary works. Rotating gallery exhibits and special exhibitions showcase the varied collection. The Currier also offers access to two Frank Lloyd Wright homes, the only houses designed by the influential architect that are open to the public in New England.

Guided house tours are offered on Thursday evenings as part of "Art After Work," and the Currier Museum of Art is open year-round. For accommodations nearby, the Ash Street Inn is a bed-and-breakfast located in a 19th-century Victorian home with all the modern comforts you need. It's a couple of blocks from the museum and within easy walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants.

Address: 150 Ash St., Manchester, NH 03104

Arcade games at Funspot

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A popular attraction for all ages in New Hampshire's Lakes Region, Funspot in Laconia houses the world's largest arcade with more than 600 games, including classic video arcade games and pinball machines, a 10-pin and candlepin bowling alley, indoor mini-golf, and rides for young children. Kids love playing games of skill to earn tickets to redeem for prizes, or you can spend a couple of hours playing old favorites like Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Asteroids. With Funspot's plethora of classic games, past travelers applaud the attraction for its nostalgic factor, while others say it's a good value for game tokens. Laconia's Summit Resort has two-bedroom suites, making this lodging option a good fit for families.

Address: 579 Endicott St. N., Laconia, NH 03246

Jenness State Beach

Smaller, with fewer bells and whistles than nearby Hampton Beach, Rye's Jenness State Beach is popular among families especially on sunny summer weekends, when you'll need to arrive early in the day to snag a metered parking spot, according to past visitors. Beachgoers will likely appreciate the bathhouse with restrooms, changing rooms and showers. Lifeguards keep watch as kids frolic in the waves in the summer months. Dogs are not allowed on the sandy beach in the summer, but leashed pets are permitted in the off-season. Dunes Motor Inn, with rooms under $200 a night, is right across the street.

Address: 2280 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870

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Bear Brook State Park

Lake at Bear Brook State Park in New Hampshire

If you're looking to immerse yourself in nature on your trip to the Granite State, you can't go wrong with Bear Brook State Park, the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, kayaking and swimming are a few of the activities you can enjoy in the warmer months in this recreational area. The park sits in the southeastern part of the state, near Manchester and Concord.

This is a heavily wooded area, and cell service may be limited – so come prepared with insect repellent and perhaps a paper map for navigation. Primitive campsites are available for RVs and tents at Beaver Pond Campground, with advance reservations available online. The closest lodging outside the park is near Concord and Manchester, including Tru by Hilton Concord, which is just off I-93 and offers free hot breakfast.

Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden

Exterior of Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden

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This Georgian-style mansion at the heart of Portsmouth has been open as a museum for more than a century. Built around 1760, the Moffatt-Ladd House is brimming with history, having housed General William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. With original furniture, the house feels like a time warp; visitors have complimented the house's tour guides for their intimate and intriguing knowledge of the house's history.

Don't forget to check out the flower-laden garden while you're there. The house is open seasonally from spring to fall. Given the downtown location of this attraction, you'll find plenty of chain hotels in the area, but for something more special, consider staying at The Inn Downtown, a boutique apartment-hotel with chic rooms in an early 19th-century building.

Address: 154 Market St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

Mount Washington Auto Road

Aerial of the Mount Washington Auto Road going up the mountain

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It's more than just a 7.6-mile road: The Mount Washington Auto Road bills itself as America's oldest continuously operating attraction. It opened in 1861, allowing visitors to take a four-hour carriage ride to the frigid summit of Mount Washington. Nowadays, you can do it a lot faster in your own car – just drive to the base of the road, pay the fee (you have to pay on a per-passenger basis) and start your ascent.

You'll want to download the Auto Road app to get an audio tour as you go up. For safety reasons, there are restrictions on certain vehicles as well as weight limits, so be sure to check them on the Auto Road website before heading out. If you don't want to drive, there are also guided tours available; in winter, the only option is to take the company's Snowcoach up, as private cars aren't permitted from December to March.

Address: 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, NH 03581

USS Albacore Museum

If you or your family loves all things motorized, the USS Albacore is a fascinating place to visit. Built right nearby in Portsmouth, the USS Albacore was a state-of-the-art submarine that set a world record for speed in the 1960s. With the vessel now decommissioned, you can hop aboard and learn about how it works at this location just outside downtown Portsmouth – there's also a museum and memorial garden on-site. Take note: Children younger than 2 cannot go into the submarine, and the attraction is closed from around mid-December to mid-February each year.

Address: 600 Market St., Portsmouth, NH 03801

Wright Museum of World War II

If you're faced with a rainy day while visiting New Hampshire's Lake District, this museum is a formidable indoor alternative (and hard to miss, thanks to the tank poking out from one of its exterior walls). The museum has a collection of 14,000-plus items sourced both from the U.S. and the front lines of World War II as well as fully operational military vehicles. The museum aims to help visitors understand the role that Americans played in the Allied victory in 1945. Visitors have praised the Wright Museum for being thoroughly informative and for showing what happened in the U.S. during the war, not just focusing on the battle zones. If you're hoping to stay nearby, the historic Wolfeboro Inn with a New England-style pub on-site is one solid option.

Address: 77 Center St., Wolfeboro, NH 03894

Echo Lake State Park

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This small but mighty state park is home to two stunning viewpoints. White Horse Ledge and Cathedral Ledge both require a little effort to get to, but they offer stellar views over Echo Lake and the surrounding forests. The trail up to Cathedral Ledge is shorter, at 1.2 miles, compared to 4.2 miles for White Horse Ledge. If hiking isn't your thing, you can swim and picnic by Echo Lake. Visitors praise the beautiful reflective waters of the lake and the easy walking trail that goes around it. The park is also easy to get to, located just outside the town of North Conway.

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50+ Things to Do in New Hampshire: Your NH Bucket List (2023)

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New Hampshire is one of America’s best-kept secrets, so if you didn’t realize there are so many fun things to do in New Hampshire, you’re probably not alone. Since it doesn’t have a sprawling city of millions, it’s not like everyone has a must do in New Hampshire list… but you should! New Hampshire has it all: the charm, quaintness, sites and activities, history, and gorgeous granite landscapes.

I was born and raised in NH, and just can’t seem to leave this beautiful corner of the country. What sets it apart for me is its amazing variety of sights, towns, and activities, that are all insanely accessible no matter what region you’re in. Since NH isn’t a large state, everything is at your fingertips. You can be in a city, on a mountain, then on the beach, all in the same day. Talk about bang for your buck. 

If you’re not convinced yet, I’m going to share 50+ of the best things to do in New Hampshire. Many of these are my personal favorites, and all are worth being added to your New Hampshire bucket list.

Let’s explore this great state!

Table of Contents

Lounge by the ocean at Hampton Beach State Park

Long sandy beach stretches near the ocean. There\'s a strip attached covered in hotels, buildings, shops, and more.

The beach is a major favorite among New Hampshire locals. It’s such an integral part of our summers that I was surprised to learn we actually have the smallest ocean coastline (about 18 miles) of any state. But we definitely know how to make good use of our humble blessings! 

Hampton Beach State Park is a wicked popular vacation spot between June and August. Read a book in the sand, grab a slice of pizza on Ocean Boulevard, or catch the sand sculpture competition in September; there are a ton of fun things to do in Hampton Beach, and cool hotels to stay at, too!

Explore the oldest European settlement in the state

Old pink building under a blue cloudy sky with a picket fence.

Located in my favorite coastal city of Portsmouth, Strawbery Banke Museum is a 10-acre outdoor history museum imbued with over 300 years of U.S. history and one of the best things to do in Portsmouth New Hampshire !

Dating back to the 1600s, this is the oldest neighborhood in NH to be settled by Europeans. Composed of 32 restored historic buildings, heritage gardens, and costumed role-players, the museum will immerse you in its rich history. 

You can participate in hands-on traditional crafts, storytelling, and artifact viewing. If you’re a history buff, Strawbery Banke is a must .

Take a dip in Diana’s Baths

Waterfall cascades down into a river, surrounded by lush green forest.

It’s not hard to find cool things to do in the White Mountains because they are absolutely riddled with breathtaking natural formations, and Diana’s Baths is definitely one of them. Made up of a series of small waterfalls and pools, this 1-mile out and back trail in Bartlett is a short, easy walk, but packed with serene nooks to explore. 

Appreciate the beautiful waterfall views along your hike, wade in the clean mountain-water pools, or picnic on a summer day!

Take a  scenic train ride in the mountains

The Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway Village offers family-friendly train rides through the Mount Washington Valley. This is definitely one of the top New Hampshire attractions for visitors to the state. 

Departing from a charming, sunny train station in North Conway , you can choose between two adventures: a heritage rail excursion to Conway and Bartlett, or a scenic roundtrip to Crawford Notch with plenty of vistas and rocky outcrops that’ll leave you in awe;; this is one of those very memorable  things to do with family in New Hampshire, especially if you live somewhere that doesn’t have mountains!

Drive, hike, or ride to the top of Mount Washington

Giant grey and green mountain under a blue sky. A train is moving on a train track in the foreground.

Introducing Mount Washington : the tallest peak in the Northeast (6288’),  home to the fastest wind gust ever recorded on earth (231 mph), and the muse for every single ‘This Car Climbed Mt. Washington’ bumper sticker. 

But really, this mountain is a glorious point of pride for New Hampshire and undoubtedly one of the coolest things to do in New Hampshire, and there are several ways to experience its majesty. Experienced hikers can climb. Those who want to sit back and savor the scenery can ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway , the world’s first mountain-climbing cog, to the top. 

Last but not least, you can drive the legendary Mount Washington Auto Road to the summit yourself, then proudly display your new ‘This Car Climbed Mt. Washington’ bumper sticker. You’ve earned it!

Bring your little ones to Story Land

If you’re looking for things to do in NH with kids, check this out: Nestled in the town of Glen, Story Land is a children’s amusement park that will spark your child’s imagination and have them buzzing from excitement. 

With over 30 attractions, “the land where fantasy lives” was created to make kids smile, but adults might be equally amused by this living fairytale!

Walk across an epic boardwalk in a gorge

Wooden walkway goes through a forest and leads to a waterfall with autumn colors.

I highly recommend Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park , which was created by the flow of Flume Brook and sits at the base of Mount Liberty. This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in NH, and a visit here is certainly one of those must do things in New Hampshire that everyone should experience for themselves.

The 1.5 mile Flume Gorge loop takes you along stairs and a boardwalk within the gorge, where you can observe the lush flora and fauna up close and take in its 90-foot granite walls. It’s an unforgettable experience. 

I first visited Flume Gorge as a child, and it blew me away – I might as well have been in Terabithia. To this day, I’m still convinced it’s one of the most magical places in NH.  This is one of those special things to do with kids in NH that they will remember all their lives!

Enjoy the holidays year-round at Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village in Jefferson is a magical place for kids, plain and simple and is an obvious addition to any things to do in New Hampshire with kids list. And it’s exactly what it sounds like – a theme park that transports you to the North Pole. 

There’s food and shopping, a tiny train, holiday themed rides, elves, and meet-and-greets with Santa Claus himself! A visit to Santa’s Village should also be on the list for fun things to do in NH with toddlers, too! You’re never too young (or too old!) to enjoy a visit with Santa!

Learn about ocean science at the Seacoast Science Center

Located at Odiorne State Park, the Seacoast Science Center is a delightful, educational way to appreciate marine life and the ocean. If you’re looking for things to do in Rye NH, add this to the list!

The exhibits will teach you about marine mammals like whales and seals, beaches, and reefs. The best part is the touch tank, where you can pet a chain catshark or hold a sea star; this is one of the most fun things to do with kids in NH, and certainly one of the coolest Seacoast NH things to do, too.

Have a serene stay at a luxurious mountain hotel

Giant white resort with red roof has a green mountain behind it under a blue sky.

Why not experience NH in style? Located in Bretton Woods, a hotspot for skiers and adventurers, the Omni Mount Washington Resort is a breathtaking hotel; not only is this NH luxury resort with a spa one of the most fun things to do for adults in New Hampshire, but kids will have a blast too, making this a fun NH family activity!

In the 20th century, The Mount Washington was one the most luxurious hotels of its time. And the present popularity of this historical hotel lies in its massive size, and the nature that surrounds it – a stay here comes with 360-degree views of the White Mountains. Book a stay here if you want a one-of-a-kind NH experience!

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Watch a movie the old-fashioned way at a drive-in

Who doesn’t love a nostalgic drive-in theater experience? The Milford Drive-In Theater is one of the best things to do in Southern NH and is an old-fashioned two screen theater, one of the only drive-ins left in the state. Snag a spot early (first come, first served parking), buy your theater snacks at the concession stand and get cozy for the show; this could also be a romantic New Hampshire activity if you’re in the market for one of those. 

Get up close to nature at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Looking for things to do in Holderness NH? Well, off the beaten path a bit, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a great place to visit if you’re interested in natural science or seeing a variety of cool animals up close. There are so many programs and camps for kids in NH, live animal exhibits, walking trails, and education programs. The center even offers cruises on Squam Lake .

Overcome your claustrophobia inside the Polar Caves

On the list of unique things to do in New Hampshire, the Polar Caves were formed during the last Ice Age and created when a glacier moved across the landscape and deposited massive granite boulders. I think gorgeous granite formations like the Polar Caves are what make NH’s landscape so amazing. 

You can visit Polar Caves Park and meander along the stairs and boardwalks that will weave you in and out of the caves. Some portions consist of really narrow crevices though, so be prepared if you’re not a fan of small spaces!

Sit on a frozen throne at the Ice Castles.

Ice-covered scenery under a blue cloudy sky.

The Ice Castles , a frozen attraction in North Woodstock, is an incredible feat of human engineering and art, and definitely on the list of New Hampshire things to see in the winter. Built using hundreds of thousands of icicles by various artists, these castles have tunnels, ice thrones, sculptures, fountains, and more.  

It’s a magical, frozen kingdom that I really want to compare to a certain Disney movie… But maybe I should let it go. This is NH fun at it’s finest!

Jam out to live music in an oceanside park

There are some amazing memories to be made in downtown Portsmouth’s Prescott Park . A whole calendar of events happen here year-round. Not to mention, the location is fantastic! Right on the ocean, there are piers and beautiful gardens, and you’ll also be in spitting distance of Portsmouth’s best shops and restaurants.

One of the best ways to take advantage of Prescott Park is catching a live concert during their summer Concert Series . Lay out a blanket in the grass with loved ones and listen to your favorite band, with an ocean sunset and docking boats as the backdrop. This is where memories are made, especially if you’re looking for fun things to do for adults in NH; major date vibes, right?

Play PAC-MAN at the largest arcade in the world

Bet you didn’t know that Funspot arcade in Laconia is the largest arcade in the world – Guinness-certified! This place has over 600 games, 300 classic arcade games, a bowling alley, cash bingo, mini-golf, and even its own tavern, so if you’re looking for things to do in Laconia NH, check it out. If you can walk in and out of here in under an hour, you deserve a Guinness World Record yourself.

Stay in a unique cabin in the White Mountains

Log cabin surrounded by trees with fall colors under a blue sky.

If you haven’t noticed yet, the White Mountains region is the home of so many classic NH things to do. 

An awesome way to get up close and personal with these amazing mountain ranges is to find a unique cabin stay. I’d recommend looking for one in towns like North Conway , Bretton Woods, Jackson , or Franconia. 

If you need some inspiration, check out our hand-picked list of 14 amazing cabins in the White Mountains; when you’re looking for cool things to do in NH, can it get much cooler than staying in a quintessentially cozy New England cabin?

Peruse the galleries of an art museum

Yes, NH actually has a good arts scene! While there are plenty of great museums to check out in NH, two institutions really stand out: the Currier Museum of Art , and the Hood Museum of Art. Both of them are beautiful museums with world-class collections and great NH things to do.

The Currier (which made our list of best things to do in Manchester) has a strong European and American collection. 

The Hood Museum in Hanover is a Dartmouth College institution, and as such has really strong ties to Dartmouth’s history and community. But with a collection of over 65,000 pieces ranging from European, Indigenous Australian, Asian, and African art, the Hood Museum offers a powerful diversity of perspectives. 

Having previously worked for this museum myself, I can proudly say it’s an impressive institution.

Tour the historic home of a famous American sculptor

Big white home with black window settings. It\'s located on a hill with a set of steps leading up to it.

In the late 19th century, the great American sculpture Augustus Saint-Gaudens lived seasonally at a gorgeous estate in Cornish, NH. 

The grounds have since been turned into the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park , where you can tour the home, walk the gardens, and view over 100 of Saint-Gaudens’ sculptures throughout the property. 

Visit a British colonial village dating back to the 1700s

The Fort at No. 4 Open-Air Museum is a historical site in Charlestown, established by European pioneers in the mid-1700s. 

You’ll get to explore the old, restored buildings, watch live reenactments, and view artifacts displays. The Fort will give you a better understanding of the fascinating, messy history of European colonization in New England, and is one of the more intellectually interesting things to do in New Hampshire. 

Have some fun in the sun at an amusement park

Amusement park ride swings multiple people on seats under a blue sky with clouds.

Looking for what to do in NH in the summer? Calling all roller coaster junkies: Canobie Lake Park in Salem is NH’s biggest amusement park and definitely one of the most fun things to do in New Hampshire!

Recently named in Time’s Money Magazine as one of America’s 10 best amusement parks , Canobie has over 85 games and rides and draws visitors from all over New England. 

Canobie really is a blast, and a great way to spend a summer day. Take a spin on the Xtreme Frisbee, if you dare!

Walk through New England’s largest outdoor sculpture park

Introducing the Andres Institute of Art , a lesser-known NH art institute but well worth the visit. One of the top things to do in New Hampshire for art lovers, the Institute is located along wooded trails in Brookline, and from dawn to dusk you are free to walk the paths and view over 60 sculptures created by various contemporary artists.

Take a scenic drive on the Kancamagus Highway

Aerial view of the mountains in the fall with a road sweeping through it.

The Kancamagus Highway , a 34-mile scenic drive in Northern NH, is an amazing USA road trip experience . 

Officially designated an American Scenic Byway, this winding road cuts straight through the White Mountain National Forest and takes you over 2800-feet in elevation. Not only is it well worth the 2–3-hour drive, but you’ll have immediate access to the endless natural treasures of the White Mountains. 

Go in the fall if you can – many people consider this highway the best location for fall foliage leaf-peeping in the country, and certainly the best fall fun in NH!

Go on a moose tour

Have you ever seen a moose? These majestic, often elusive creatures are all over New Hampshire, but you might have to get lucky to spot one on your own. Instead, join up with a guided moose tour , like Pemi Valley Moose Tours located in Lincoln NH . This group in particular has a 97% success rate when it comes to spotting moose during their 3 ½ hour, ride-along moose tours!

Shred the gnar at a mountain ski resort

Skiiers skiing down a slope under a blue sky.

Vermont isn’t the only ski-lover’s haven in New England! NH has got some amazing peaks to shred too. And Loon Mountain Resort might just be one of the best places for it! Located in Lincoln, this resort covers three peaks and offers skiing and snowboarding lessons, rentals, and views for days. If you’re looking for New Hampshire things to do in the winter , get out and play in the snow!

Become a wine connoisseur at a local vineyard

I love a nice wine tasting and was surprised to discover how many NH wineries and vineyards there are, some even offering stuff like a New Hampshire wine and dine full day tour!

LaBelle Winery in Amherst has great food, fruity wines, and a beautiful vineyard. Averill House Vineyard in Brookline is rustic and family-owned, located in a restored barn from the 1830s. There’s also Haunting Whisper Vineyard , Flag Hill , Fulchino Vineyard , and more. And most of these offer wine tastings, tours, and dining on site. Take your pick! This is definitely a fun New Hampshire activity for adults.

See a show at a historic theatre

Set of shops made of brick along the street. One of them has a blue sign that says \"Palace.\"

The Palace Theatre in Manchester is a great place to catch a live show, and is definitely one of those cool places in New Hampshire everyone should check out once. It offers a wide variety of productions, from plays to concerts to other performing arts events. We think it’s one of the top things to do in Manchester and definitely a fun pick if you’re looking for indoor activities in NH!

But it’s not just about the world-class performances they host. The Palace, which opened in 1915, is steeped in history, charm, and some even say hauntings ( it was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters! ). So come for the show, stay for the ghosts if you’re looking for some spooky New Hampshire fun.

Peruse a farmers market on the seacoast

The Portsmouth Farmers Market is an open-air marketplace, where over 100 local vendors set up shop and sell their unique goods. It’s an awesome way to shop fresh, and support the region’s farmers, artisans, and craftspeople, definitely quaint fun Seacoast NH style . This farmers market runs from May-November.

Explore the inside of a Navy submarine

Old grey submarine on land, with the hatch open for tours to go inside under a light blue sky.

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a real submarine looks like? Well, satisfy your curiosity at the USS Albacore Museum . 

The USS Albacore is a preserved U.S. Navy submarine that was designed to conduct top-secret research in the 1950s. It sits in USS Albacore Park in Portsmouth now, where you can take a self-guided tour of its interior; this is definitely on the list of interesting stuff to do in NH for kids and adults!

Visit a mountaintop castle in the clouds.

Lucknow mansion, otherwise known as the Castle in the Clouds , is a massive mountaintop estate in Moultonborough, and a very cool way to explore New Hampshire!

Built by a wealthy businessman in 1913, the property has 5500 acres, a restaurant, and sprawling views of the lake and Ossipee Mountains. 

Come take a tour, learn about its fascinating history , appreciate the beauty, and enjoy the food. This historical mansion truly is a castle in the clouds, so if you’ve been looking for points of interest in New Hampshire, check it out!

Take a walk with a rewarding view at Cathedral Ledge

Granite cliff is seen on the left, with dense green forest rimming the ledge and a vast expanse of green forest in the distance meeting the next mountain range.

The Cathedral Ledge summit in Bartlett is a fairly low-commitment hike that offers a pretty big reward. Take this shaded walk along a mile-long auto road, up to Cathedral Ledge’s 1159-foot summit. There are plenty of options when it comes to New Hampshire outdoor activities, but at Cathedral Ledge you’ll find incredible views of the Saco River Valley and White Mountains from every direction.

Taste penny candy at an old-fashioned general store

If you’re nostalgic for those good ol’ days of candy counters and charming Yankee watering holes, you have to visit Zeb’s General Store in North Conway Village. It’s a really fun, whimsical spot for shopping while you’re exploring North Conway; it’s probably not the best shopping in New Hampshire, but you’ll find a wide array of old-fashioned candy, New England-made specialty foods, and unique souvenirs; this is one of those fun things to do in NH for kids that’s fun for the adults, too!

PS: Like old things? Check out our list of the best antique stores in New Hampshire .

Enjoy autumn like a local at the Deerfield Fair.

We love Fair Season in NH! It’s one of our quintessential fall activities. There’s just something about wearing flannel, petting farm animals, watching tractors race each other, riding rickety Ferris wheels, and eating shameful amounts of fried dough we can’t get enough of. 

The Deerfield Fair , held every September, has been operating for 144 years now. In 2019 this super popular fair attracted over 125,000 people in just four days! Oh, and if you do go, please try the apple cider donuts.

Spend an epic lake day at Lake Winnipesaukee

Wooden dock extending over a deep blue water with green forests on the opposite side. The sky is blue with white, fluffy clouds.

As the biggest lake in the state, Lake Winnipesaukee comes alive in the spring and summertime, and if you ask a local what to do in New Hampshire in the summer, chances are, they’re going to mention the state’s most well-known lake.

Located—shockingly—in the Lakes Region, there are so many ways to enjoy this gorgeous spot. Lounge on Weirs Beach, rent a boat from Goodhue Boat Co. , take a cruise on the M/S Mount Washington , or shop and dine at Mill Falls Marketplace during your summer in NH!

Visit one of the oldest surviving businesses in the United States. 

First opened in 1781, the Old Country Store and Museum in Moultonborough is considered one of the oldest businesses – and possibly the oldest general store – in the U.S.

This sunny-yellow store with its original foundation still intact is brimming with little wonders, knick-knacks, locally made foods, New England souvenirs, and a candy counter where you can try old-fashioned candy. The top floor holds a small museum for the history of the store and Moultonborough and could definitely be one of the things to do with family in New Hampshire!

Explore a historical, eclectic museum

If you’re looking for things to do in Dover NH and a museum that exhibits a variety of items covering local history, natural science, and decorative arts sounds fascinating, the Woodman Museum in Dover might be just the place for you. Apart from cool intrigues and oddities displayed across four historical buildings, you’ll find the oldest sycamore tree in Strafford County, a lovely garden, and the oldest house in Dover (built in 1675!). 

Drink craft beer at NH Brewfest

What’s there to do in New Hampshire? Well, we like our beer! In fact, there are almost 100 craft breweries across the state, serving up their unique styles for every kind of beer lover. To make it easy on yourself, why not sample them all in one place at the NH Brewfest in Portsmouth ? This festival features over 150 beers from 50 NH brewers! There’s a good chance you’ll find a new favorite; this is squarely in the fun things to do for adults in NH category!

Attend the largest beer festival in New England

Friends hold beer and toast each other while smiling.

While NH Brewfest is perfect if you’re interested solely in NH brewers, the New England Brewfest highlights all of New England’s best. New England’s official beer festival, New England Brewfest , is held in Woodstock, NH (which we’re pretty proud of). 

In past years they’ve hosted Lone Pine Brewing Co. , Woodstock Inn , Allagash Brewing , Berkshire Brewing , and so many others; if the question is what are fun things to do in New Hampshire and you’re a beer connoisseur, you’re in luck with this answer!

Enjoy a downtown festival at the state capitol

One of the summer’s most fun festivals takes place right in downtown Concord , the state capitol. Market Days Festival is a three-day event along Main Street in August, with live music, street food, crafts, carnival games, and all kinds of shopping. 

So many local businesses set up booths and sell their services and goods at Market Days. This event is so much fun, and really uplifts the whole community. Festivals like this are fun things to do NH style!

Pick fresh produce at a family-owned farm

A pumpkin patch is seen on a farm with bright orange pumpkins lined up in rows to the left with a man and child carrying a large pumpkin together on the right, under light blue cloudy skies.

Apples , pumpkins , oh my. There are so many wonderful farms in NH, it’s hard to pick which ones to highlight. But I’ll give it a shot.

Lull Farm in Hollis is always bustling no matter what time of year. They have gorgeous flowers for sale, a bakery counter, and fresh seafood and dairy. Moulton Farm in Meredith  is a favorite of mine. They have an extensive amount of produce, a corn maze every fall, and delicious homemade pies. 

And finally, check out Applecrest Farm Orchards if you’re looking for one on the seacoast. It’ll satisfy all of you apple fanatics out there. 

Have dinner and brews at a popular brewpub

Sometimes you might just be craving some good American grub and a local craft beer. Well, Backyard Brewery & Kitchen has your back. 

Recently featured on Phantom Gourmet , this brewpub is a bustling locale. People rave about the handmade beer, wide-open interior and outdoor patio, and the mouthwatering prime rib. Looking for something delicious in New Hampshire? Here ya go!

Immerse yourself in the history of Canterbury Shaker Village

Multiple Shaker buildings are seen in the distance, with a green garden in the foreground.

Canterbury Shaker Village is over 200 years old, and as a National Historic Landmark it preserves the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers and educates the public on its historical significance. 

On your visit you can explore the Village grounds, take a guided tour, and check out various indoor exhibits. The unique architecture throughout the Village is a definite highlight!

Sample some wicked good chowda at Chowderfest

Chowder is a beloved New England soup. Probably because it’s comforting and hardy, and New Englanders definitely need hardiness to get through these killer winters. 

In any case, if you’re a fan of a good chowder, visit Chowderfest and Brews at Waterville Valley Resort . If you’re looking for things to do in New Hampshire in May, this is a good choice; for a small fee you can sample all the chowder your stomach can stand. Live music and local beer samples included!

Sip on a latte at a cozy café

A barista is adding a swirl of white foam latte art to a cappuccino in a grey cup.

NH’s coffee scene doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. And while we’re no Portland, there are some undeniable gems sprinkled around New Hampshire. 

Second to none is Apotheca in Goffstown , a café and flower shop combo that will spark your imagination and your taste buds. They have whimsical, earthy decor, comfy repurposed furniture, local artisan crafts and gifts, gorgeous flower arrangements and incredible coffee. What more do you need?  

Honorable mentions include Portsmouth Book & Bar , Local Moose Cafe , the Metropolitan Coffee House , and Union Coffee Co.

Take the family to Chucksters Family Fun Park

This amusement center in Chichester is jam-packed with fun activities, making it one of the top things to do in NH with kids. From a bumper boat pond to ziplining, go-karts, batting cages, a climbing wall, and mini golf, you won’t experience a single moment of boredom. 

Take a walk in the woods to the ruins of a castle

Ruins of an old brick castle in the forest, surrounded by fall foliage.

Located within the Madame Sherri Forest in Chesterfield , you’ll find something bewildering: the ruins of Madame Sherri’s Castle , where the iconic “staircase to nowhere” spirals up into the sky. This is definitely a unique New Hampshire thing to do!

There’s a fascinating history to this abandoned castle. It was built by the eccentric Parisian costume designer, Madame Sherri, to entertain New York City’s rich and famous in the Roaring Twenties. It’s fun to visit and imagine all the scandalous ragers taking place in those woods.

Drive through a magical tunnel of Christmas lights

If you love peeping amazing Christmas lights displays in December, look no further than the NH Motor Speedway in Loudon . While this speedway is normally used as a race car track, it is converted each holiday season into a magical 2.5-mile tunnel of Christmas lights that you can drive your car through. It’s worth waiting in line for as a super fun Christmas in NH thing to do!

Go on a shopping spree at the Merrimack Outlets

The Merrimack Outlets is a large, modern shopping center that has a nice food court, outdoor walking paths and over 100 outlet stores. There are so many upscale brands here that you won’t find anywhere else in the state, like Barbour, Coach, Lucky Brand, and Michael Kors, def some of the best shopping in New Hampshire!

Go flower-peeping at the Sugar Hill Lupine Festival

Tall purple flowers are blooming in thick grass, under the sun setting in the distance.

For nature-lovers and photographers who love capturing lightning in a bottle, you’ll want to attend the Sugar Hill Lupine Festival in the White Mountains. 

The town of Sugar Hill is way off the beaten path, but it possesses a secret treasure: endless fields and gardens of lupines. These beautiful purple, white, and pink flowers bloom for just a few short weeks in June. 

Attending the Sugar Hill Lupine Festival is one of the best things to do in NH in June to catch them at their glorious peak; the rolling hills explode with color, but only for a brief moment.

Ride the Alpine Slide at Attitash Mountain Resort

If you’re looking for NH things to do in summer that deliver big on fun, check out the alpine slide at Attitash Mountain Resort, the longest mountain coaster in North America! This qualifies as a fun thing to do in New Hampshire with kids and adults alike!

Spend a day on the river

a serene new hampshire river bordered by fall colored trees with a red covered bridge in the distance

New Hampshire isn’t just about the lakes; there’s also plenty of river fun to be had here! Adventurers can find a variety of rivers that are great for various outdoor activities. There are slow-moving rivers perfect for a lazy day of river tubing. And at the opposite end of the spectrum, there are some rivers with sections of exciting rapids, where folks can paddle on a white-water rafting excursion.

Don’t forget about the other fun river activities you can try, too, like fishing, swimming, or kayaking!

Take a trip to outer space

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is the perfect place to make your dream of going to space come true, without actually leaving earth.

This center has an observatory and interactive space exhibits, where you can learn all about astronomy, aviation, space science, and real-life astronauts such as the courageous Christa McAuliffe, so if you’re a big space buff, this might just be the best thing to do in New Hampshire for you!

But the best part? The planetarium shows. Recline in their domed theater, and feel like you’re literally flying through the stars. 

The answer to “what is there to do in New Hampshire” is basically EVERYTHING! Have fun making and then crossing items off of your New Hampshire bucket list!

Which of these top things to do in NH is your favorite?

More resources to help you plan your New Hampshire travels:

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  • 14 Fantastic Things to Do in Littleton, New Hampshire 12 Fantastic Things to Do in Lebanon NH (+ Nearby!)
  • 10 Incredible Things to do in Peterborough NH
  • 13 of the Coziest + Best Cabins in New Hampshire
  • Top Places to Go Dog Sledding in New Hampshire

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The Best Places to Visit in New Hampshire

Posted on Published: 06/17/2023

The beautiful state of New Hampshire, in the heart of New England, offers something for everyone. Whether you are a downhill skier, a cross country skier, a thrill-seeker, a hiker, a camper, a shopper, a swimmer, a nature lover, or a theme park lover, there are activities for families in every season. Combined with the tax-free shopping, it really is a fantastic family destination.

A trip to New Hampshire can be combined with a trip to other destinations in New England. However, there’s enough to do on its own, if you’d prefer to just stay in New Hampshire. You may want to stay in one hotel/region or travel around to several, depending on your plans. Although you can take a day trip to New Hampshire from Boston, we’d generally recommend staying there.

As you drive through the state, you’ll definitely want to look around at the scenery. It really is one of the most beautiful places, with mountains, covered bridges, rivers, lakes, historic buildings, ski resorts, and more.

If you are flying to New Hampshire, there’s an airport in Manchester, serviced by American, Spirit, Northwest, and United. Boston’s Logan International Airport is also fairly convenient. You will definitely want to rent a car if you are flying because you need a car to get around.

Disclosure: I’ve visited some of these destinations at limited/no cost, and have paid my way many other times. This post contains affiliate links and a purchase/click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to me at no additional cost to you. All opinions are my own.

The White Mountains in the summer

Lakes Region of New Hampshire

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is the area containing Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Winnisquam, Squam Lake, and Newfound Lake. In addition to many lakefront activities in the area, like swimming and boating, there are lots of other things to do here. As you’d expect, the best time to visit the Lakes Region is in the summer months when you can take advantage of the lakes in the warmer weather.

Popular activities include Weirs Beach (including FunSpot, the largest arcade in the world), Kellerhaus (German-themed ice cream and candy shop), horseback riding, M/S Mt. Washington Cruises, the Bretton Woods Adventure Center, Castle in the Clouds, Gunstock Mountain Resort, the Tilton Outlet Mall (take advantage of that tax-free shopping), and Polar Caves Park.

Expect to find a variety of lodging options in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. If you want to stay right on the waterfront, you’ll find resorts, inns, and vacation homes to reserve. There are also chain hotels and independent hotels in the area.

Popular hotels and resorts in the Lakes Region include:

  • The Summit Resort
  • Mill Falls at the Lake
  • The NASWA Resort

Story Land balloon ride ferris wheel ride with fountain in foreground

North Conway

North Conway, a town located in the White Mountain National Forest, is one of my favorite places in New England. It’s the larger town surrounding other destinations including Bartlett and Glen, NH, and offers many shops, restaurants, and hotels.

Story Land, a fairy-tale theme park in Glen, NH is the most popular attraction in the area among families with young children. It’s open in the summer and can generally be visited in one day. Story Land offers rides, character greetings, themed dining, and so much more.

The rides at Story Land are generally best for younger kids (elementary-aged and younger). Many generations of families have enjoyed visiting this theme park for years. It’s a lot of fun.

There’s also a new aquarium adjacent to Story Land that recently opened. You can purchase combo tickets including both if you’d also like to visit the aquarium.

Attitash Mountain Resort is a popular ski mountain area located in Bartlett, NH, a short drive from North Conway. During the winter, you can ski on the two connected mountains (Attitash and Bear Peak) which offer 68 trails and 9 lifts While it has, in the past, offered summer activities, those will be closed this upcoming summer.

Cranmore Mountain is located right in North Conway. In the winter, it offers 56 trails and 8 lifts for skiing, along with a snow tubing park. During the summer months, there is a downhill mountain bike park.

Departing from a historic train station in the heart of downtown North Conway is the Conway Scenic Railroad. There are several different train journeys offered, including an hour journey that is great for families with train-loving kids. The main street area is also such a quaint town, with shops and restaurants.

Travel about an hour from North Conway to Jefferson, NH, home of Santa’s Village. This Christmas-themed park is so much fun and is excellent for families with young kids. I recommend doing a day trip to Santa’s Village from North Conway because there are more hotel and restaurant options there.

Santa’s Village is a popular destination that offers character interactions, Christmas and North Pole-themed rides, shops, and more. We especially love to see the real reindeer that live there. There’s also a water park on the property, which is included in your admission ticket. Pack your water park bag , and plan to spend almost a full day at Santa’s Village.

Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the Northeast United States, is located about 25 minutes outside of North Conway. If you want to travel to the top, you can either drive yourself on the Mt. Washington Auto Road, or book a 2-hour guided tour. The auto road is open seasonally and is closed in the winter months. As the highest peak, it offers spectacular views.

Love to shop? Settler’s Green Outlet Village offers outlets and restaurants in a huge complex. You’ll find some of your favorite brands here, including Kate Spade, New Balance, Adidas, and more.

We typically stay at a hotel in North Conway, but there are also motels, inns, B&Bs (not as kid-friendly), and vacation home rentals in the area. Popular hotels include:

  • North Conway Grand
  • Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Adventure Suites
  • Comfort Inn and Suites
  • Residence Inn North Conway

The exterior of the Mountain Club at Loon with mountain in the background

Cross the scenic Kancamagus Highway on a short scenic drive from North Conway to the beautiful small town of Lincoln. This town offers a number of tourist attractions for visitors in all four seasons.

If you enjoy skiing, Loon Mountain Resort is a great place to visit. In the winter, it offers cross-country skiing, snow tubing, shoe showing, and gondola rides, in addition to downhill skiing.

In the spring and summer, the Loon Mountain Resort offers other activities. These include an activity center with a bungee trampoline, climbing wall, and zipline, along with mountain biking, disc golf, and a gondola sky ride.

For families with younger kids, Clark’s Bears (formerly known as Clark’s Trading Post) is a must-visit. It offers a beloved show featuring trained black bears. There are also other fun things to do there, including the White Mountain Central Railroad, a water raft ride, a gift shop, five mini-museums, and water blaster boats. It’s a New Hampshire institution, and kids love it.

Looking to cool off? The Whales Tale water park is also located in Lincoln and offers a wave pool, numerous thrill waterslides, and splash areas for younger kids. It’s a great place to visit during the hot summer months.

Located down the street from Lincoln in North Woodstock, NH is the popular tourist destination, Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. This beautiful attraction includes a mile of boardwalk trails and eleven boulder caves, so be sure to dress appropriately (with comfortable , sturdy shoes).

One of the most popular places to go in New Hampshire is Franconia Notch State Park . This beautiful park, located in the White Mountain National Forest, includes several attractions including the Flume Gorge, the New England Ski Museum, and the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. There are also lots of outdoor activities and lake activities, such as swimming, kayaking, and boating, on Echo Lake. It’s perfect for nature lovers

Popular hotels and resorts in Lincoln include:

  • The Mountain Club on Loon
  • Indian Head Resort
  • RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain

Portsmouth, NH boats in harbor

Portsmouth, NH

Along the Piscataqua River, tucked between the Massachusetts and Maine borders, is Portsmouth, NH. This seaside town offers shops, restaurants, and museums in a beautiful waterfront location.

Much of downtown Portsmouth can be explored on foot, so it’s nice to stay in a downtown hotel and then walk to the shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Popular attractions in the area include Strawbery Banke living history museum, Water Country water park, the USS Albacore Museum, the Isles of Shoals, and Prescott Park.

You’ll also be located very close to Kittery Maine, which offers restaurants and outlet shopping.

Popular hotels in Portsmouth, NH include:

  • Residence Inn Portsmouth Downtown/Waterfront
  • AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown/Waterfront
  • Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

Green trees and blue sky in the White Mountains

Frequently Asked Questions

While Manchester Airport is the closest, you may have more flight options to and from Boston International Airport.

Absolutely, and you can see prices and book here .

Winter is great if you plan to ski, but I prefer to visit in the summer when the weather is beautiful. The fall is gorgeous if you want to see the fall foliage.

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52 Fun Things To Do & Places To Visit In New Hampshire

By: Author Jerric Chong

Posted on Published: July 18, 2021  - Last updated: October 17, 2023

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If you landed on this page, you’re probably on the prowl for epic things to do in New Hampshire.

Thankfully, you won’t have to look far.

New Hampshire provides a picturesque backdrop for many awesome attractions.

Of note, this New England state is surrounded by some of the most gorgeous states in the US.

So no matter where you’re driving in from, you will likely be treated to a scenic ride.

Surrounded by both forestry and coastal shorelines, New Hampshire is one of the best states in the Northeast to travel to.

Once you’ve decided where in NH you’ll stay, narrowing down your itinerary can seem overwhelming.

With so many exciting things to do, it can be difficult to choose just a few.

New Hampshire is home to nearly 100 state parks, more than 40 museums, five state-managed beaches, 19 ski resorts, a booming restaurant industry, and so much more.

To help you come up with the perfect plan for your stay in The Granite State, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places in the state to check out.

Table of Contents

1. Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park

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If you’re looking for epic things to see in New Hampshire, this stunning, mountainous park has it all.

Situated in the heart of White Mountain National Park, is a well-traveled destination for hikers, bikers, photographers, and all-around nature lovers.

Connected at two opposing ends by a distinguished parkway, the park provides an eight-mile stretch of passable paths.

Franconia Notch State Park has many outdoor amenities including camping grounds, beach swimming, boat rentals, fishing, skiing, picnic pavilions, bike rentals, and much more.

One of the park’s most exciting and adventurous features is the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, the first North American passenger tramway which opened in 1938.

Visitors can take a breathtaking eight-minute ride to the peak of Cannon Mountain.

On clear days, visitors can view parts of New Hampshire, Maine , Vermont , Canada, and New York.

Moreover, Franconia Notch State Park has many prepossessing natural features like waterfalls, a natural flume, and a lake, among others.

If you’re interested in beautiful places to visit in New Hampshire, be sure to add this destination to your list.

Address: Flume Gorge, Daniel Webster Hwy, Lincoln, NH 03251, United States

2. Echo Lake/Cathedral Ledge State Park

Cathedral Ledge State Park

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Echo Lake is positioned amid the gorgeous Cathedral Ledge State Park .

Outdoor New Hampshire attractions are a dime a dozen, but the expansive and scenic landscape of this park make it worth a place on your itinerary.

Of note, a one-mile long road leads to the peak of the 700-foot Cathedral Ledge, a scenic overlook with magnificent views of Saco River Valley to the White Mountains.

Cathedral Ledge is an ideal site for photography opportunities, a picnic with a view, and perhaps a wedding proposal.

Echo Lake is a super cool location to enjoy watersports, sunbathing, and swimming.

From Echo Lake, several hiking trails lead to Cathedral Ledge.

The trails are of varying degrees of difficulty, but each provides awesome scenery to enjoy along the way.

Echo Lake provides visitors with comfortable amenities like a bathhouse, picnic tables, and parking.

Although camping is not permitted at Echo Lake, other nearby state parks do have campgrounds.

Whether planning your visit for today, this week, or this weekend, any day is a good day to visit Echo Lake and Cathedral Ledge State Park.

Address: 68 Echo Lake Rd, North Conway, NH 03860, United States

3. Flume Gorge

Flume Gorge

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This natural gorge at the base of Mount Liberty in New Hampshire is much-visited and one of many cool things to do in The Granite State.

Speaking of granite, the gorge walls are as tall as 90-feet in some places and are composed of Conway granite.

The flume trail is a two-mile stretch of hiking pathway that includes inclined sections as well as many stairways.

Along the boardwalk, hikers can check out flower, fern, and moss growth.

One of the keenest features of Flume Gorge is the Flume Covered Bridge.

Built in 1886, the bridge has been restored several times since then.

Other notable features of Flume Gorge include Table Rock, a 500-foot section of granite, Avalanche Falls, a 45-foot waterfall, Liberty Gorge, a cascading mountain stream, and Wolf Den, a passageway only accessible on your hands and knees.

This must see NH phenomenon will not disappoint if you add it to your vacation plans.

Address: 852 Daniel Webster Hwy, Lincoln, NH 03251, United States

4. Hampton Beach State Park

Hampton Beach State Park

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This oceanfront state park is lined by the Atlantic Ocean and miles of white sandy beaches.

Providing endless, year-round recreational opportunities, any time of year is a good time to visit Hampton Beach State Park .

One of the best and most beautiful beaches in all of New Hampshire, we highly recommend you check it out.

In the summer months, it’s a wonderful place to sunbathe, swim, surf, paddle, and more.

Throughout the year, visitors love to camp and fish.

Of note, Hampton Beach State Park has RV campsites as well as tent grounds that buggy up to the gorgeous oceanfront jetties.

The park has a wonderful picnic pavilion, restrooms, a playground, and even a park store for purchasing sundries and souvenirs.

During the off-season, horseback riding along the beach is permitted.

Parking is limited at the park so reservations are recommended.

If you’re seeking things to do in New Hampshire that involve outdoor recreation, make sure to book a reservation at Hampton Beach State Park.

Address: NH-1A, Hampton, NH 03842, United States

5. Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves

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One of New Hampshire’s popular vacation spots is Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves .

Nestled in the White Mountain’s Kinsman Notch, this top New Hampshire destination is a spectacular landscape shaped by forces of water, weather, and time.

Lost River, aptly named because it disappears or gets lost beneath a glacial gorge, has been a fun tourist attraction for many years.

Exploring Lost River and Boulder Caves is an exciting adventure for aspiring or novice explorers.

Of note, hiking, adventure, and nature are the main draws to this awesome New Hampshire site.

One notable area feature is the one-mile-long boardwalk trail which is suitable for more experienced hikers.

Visitors can explore the Boulder Caves system on self-guided tours that call upon you to navigate tight and dark spaces.

Moreover, on-property facilities include a gift shop, restrooms, a sheltered picnic pavilion, and a gemstone mining sluice.

If you’re asking yourself where to go in New Hampshire, this slice of heaven is your answer.

Address: 1712 Lost River Rd, North Woodstock, NH 03262, United States

6. Prescott Park

Prescott Park

If you’re wondering where to visit beautiful botanicals in New Hampshire, be sure to check out Prescott Park .

This well-established botanical garden is a public park that is free for all to enjoy.

Situated along the Portsmouth waterfront, Prescott Park was founded to replace a run-down industrial site; the park has flourished ever since.

Today, the gardens of the park are both a place to visit for their beauty and their educational facets.

During a visit to Prescott Park, city gardeners serve as a guide and educational resource to visitors.

Significantly, the 10-acre park features gardens spaces, sculptural attributes, beds of annuals, hostas gardens, butterfly gardens, and more.

Each space is artistically designed by professional gardeners with an eye for dimension, color, and other important considerations.

Free guided tours are provided once a week but visitors may roam the gardens on their own anytime throughout the week.

Beautiful outdoor attractions and things to do in NH are multitudinous; be sure you don’t miss out on Prescott Park.

Address: 105 Marcy St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

7. Mine Falls Park

Mine Falls Park

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A vital attraction in Nashua, New Hampshire, Mine Falls Park sits in the heart of the city.

A wonderful place for passive outdoor recreation, Mine Falls Park consists of forestry, wetlands, and open fields; there are plenty of activities to be enjoyed at this outstanding park system.

Another of many beautiful places in New Hampshire, Mine Falls Park has served as a muse to artists, photographers, and the like.

Bordered on one side by the Nashua River and the other side by the Millpond and a canal system, the park is ideal for watersports.

Notably, Mine Falls Park is a wonderful site for outdoor fun like boating, fishing, swimming, biking, and even cross-country skiing.

Additionally, the park is home to many sporting fields for soccer, basketball, and other organized sports.

Finally, Mine Falls Park has a noteworthy system of hiking trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty that outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to.

One of many top New Hampshire attractions, Mine Falls Park is highly recommended.

Address: Nashua, NH 03060, United States

8. Sabbaday Falls

Sabbaday Falls

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Best visited between June and November, Sabbaday Falls is reached by a short hiking/walking trail just outside of Conway, New Hampshire.

The trail’s length is 0.7 miles and is suitable for beginners.

The hike to the waterfall’s 101-foot elevation is easy for all skill levels and is an in-and-out loop with wooden safety rails.

Along the hiking trail, visitors enjoy a picturesque landscape with the gushing waterfalls as their soundtrack.

A favorite feature of Sabbaday Falls is that leashed dogs are welcome.

Along the way, there are many nice spots to sit for a break or a picnic lunch, and there are photo opportunities by the dozen.

Although the trail is well-maintained, hiking during winter months is not permitted as the trail becomes quite icy and dangerous.

The easy-to-hike trail makes this a perfect activity for families with young children.

A visit to Sabbaday Falls answers the question of what to do in New Hampshire.

Address: Kancamagus Hwy, Campton, NH 03223, United States

9. West Rattlesnake Mountain

West Rattlesnake Mountain

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If you are looking for awesome places to visit in New Hampshire, make sure to check out West Rattlesnake Mountain .

This heavily hiked, 3.7 mile, in-and-out trail is located just outside Holderness, New Hampshire.

With Squam Lake as the trail’s backdrop, your entire time upon the trail is lovely.

Primarily used for hiking and biking, West Rattlesnake Mountain is also a delightful destination for nature observers.

Hikers will basque in identifying beautiful wildflowers, wildlife, forestry, and lake features along the trail.

Suitable for families with young children and dog-friendly, West Rattlesnake Mountain is a cool place to visit today, this week, or this weekend.

Be sure to check the park’s website before your visit, because the trail is closed seasonally due to excessive muddiness.

If you’re interested in stuff to do in the great outdoors, be sure to visit West Rattlesnake Mountain during your stay in New Hampshire.

Address: Center Sandwich, NH 03227, United States

10. Isles of Shoals

Isles of Shoals

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Situated six miles off the shore of New Hampshire and Maine, Isles of Shoals are a system of nine islands discovered in the early 1600s.

The islands once served as a home base for fishermen, however, today, the islands have no year-round residents.

However, the islands are home to a few summer cottages and the Oceanic Hotel, one of a few famous places in New Hampshire.

The Isles are also home to the Shoals Marine Research Laboratory.

If you’re traveling with any true crime aficionados, the islands were also the site of a famed double murder.

If you wish to visit the Isles of Shoals, many charter companies provide charter cruises that will deliver you directly to the island of your choice.

Boat tours of the islands are the best way to see the scenic beauty that juts out into the bay.

Each of the islands has individual eco-systems which are interesting to observe.

Finally, one of the main attractions is the Isles of Shoals Museum located on Star Island; the museum recounts regional history.

No matter how you visit or which, if not all, islands you check out, Isles of Shoals is one of many tourist attractions you won’t want to miss.

Address: NH, United States

11. Odiorne Point State Park

Odiorne Point State Park

With so many things to do in New Hampshire, especially parks and outdoor attractions, narrowing down tourist destinations can be tricky.

Odiorne Point State Park is a solid itinerary choice, though.

This public recreational area sits in Rye, NH on 135-acres of craggy Atlantic Ocean shoreline.

Some of the park’s inviting features include the Seacoast Science Center and remains of an old World War II fort.

Besides the scientific and historical draws of the park, visitors love Odiorne Point State Park for all the adventure it provides.

At Odiorne Point State Park, nature enthusiasts may fish, learn about diverse ecosystems, enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, and explore dense vegetation.

Sports lovers come to Odiorne State Park to swim, canoe/kayak, cross country ski, hike, mountain bike, and snowshoe.

Finally, families love to visit the park for picnicking, the walking trails, the playground, and the convenience of the on-site restrooms.

New Hampshire has so many magnificent places to visit; be sure to add this awesome park to your list.

Address: 570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870, United States

12. Morningside Flight Park

Morningside Flight Park

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One of the top 10 things to do in New Hampshire, Morningside Flight Park makes high-octane adventures accessible to the public.

Significantly, Morningside Flight Park is considered one of the most well-rounded flight parks in the country.

Situated among the Connecticut River Valley’s rolling hills in NH, Morningside Park adventures are enjoyed with the gorgeous natural landscape as your backdrop.

Of note, visitors to the park may choose to hang glide, paraglide, zipline, play outdoor laser tag, camp, and more.

With so many offbeat adventures to check out in one localized destination, the options are limitless.

With each of the adventures, thrillseekers have the option to ride tandem with a certified instructor or complete a lesson package to become certified him/herself.

Each of the thrilling activities includes necessary equipment and gear, but best of all the exhilaration of a lifetime.

Lastly, if you wish to make more than one day of your trip to Morningside Flight Park, camping accommodations (cabin or tent) are available for rental.

This top vacation spot is highly recommended for adventure-loving thrill-seekers.

Address: 357 Morningside Ln, Charlestown, NH 03603, United States

13. Fun World

If you’re wondering what to do in NH with young children, be sure to pay a visit to Fun World .

Located in Nashua, NH, Fun World is an indoor amusement park with tons to do.

This must do attraction is packed with indoor amusements for children and adults alike; it’s fun for the whole family.

Notably, Fun World has a fleet of indoor rides like a two-story carousel, a Himalaya ride, and even a thrilling roller coaster.

In addition to rides, Fun World has a huge playground with a 101-foot tube slide, a climbing wall, ball pits, a toddler room, and lots more.

Beyond these physical activities, Fun World is home to an arcade with over 250 popular and rare video games.

Moreover, the indoor amusement park also has a complete bowling alley for all to enjoy.

For visitors’ convenience and enjoyment Fun World also has a great snack bar with lunch/dinner selections you and your children are sure to love.

With so many exciting activities in one place, this is a superb destination to visit when you’re in New Hampshire.

Address: 200 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH 03060, United States

14. Peirce Island

Peirce Island

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There are not many places to see that are as beautiful as Peirce Island in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Situated upon 27-acres of picturesque riverfront property, Peirce Island is a historical gem.

Once the site of Fort Washington, a military locale that played a big role in both the Revolutionary War and World War II, Peirce Island is now a top sightseeing destination.

During a visit to Peirce Island, you can observe this enriching historical sight.

Notably, the most fun way to access the island is by way of the free boat launch on the south end of the island.

Upon arrival, visitors enjoy the well-groomed walking trails, free guided tours, a lovely children’s playground, a dog park, and more.

One of the most well-visited attractions on Peirce Island is a public swimming pool that’s been in operation since 1937.

If you’re thinking about what to see in New Hampshire, Peirce Island is a swell option.

15. Mount Washington Auto Road

Mount Washington Auto Road

Travelers to Mount Washington in New Hampshire have been ascending the mountain since the late 1800s.

The mountain, with its beautiful scenery and adventurous allure, sets the scene for a thrilling experience.

Notably, Mount Washington Auto Road is at the center of the adventure.

The nearly 8-mile road is New Hampshire’s oldest and most visited attraction; it’s a must see.

Historically, the road opened in 1861 with horse-drawn tours to the mountain’s summit.

Since then, Mount Washington Auto Road has evolved with the times.

Presently, visitors to Mount Washington Auto Road can enjoy guided or self-guided tours.

Guided tours are a two-hour trek hosted by knowledgeable and experienced tour guides who lead a discussion of the history, vegetation, and more.

Tours allow time for photography and snack breaks.

In fact, The Sherman Adams Building, situated along the route, has a cafeteria and restrooms for visitors’ convenience.

This wonderful New Hampshire sightseeing tour is a must do for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Address: 1 Mt Washington Auto Rd, Gorham, NH 03581, United States

16. Seven Birches Winery

Seven Birches Winery

This charming boutique winery is situated amid the White Mountains of New Hampshire and within an awesome vacation resort, it’s one of the coolest places to go.

Crafting wine from both imported and local grape varietals, Seven Birches is a top NH Winery.

Of note, all wine and cider production is done on-site and tours of the production can be arranged for visitors.

One of the best ways to experience Seven Birches Winery is with a visit to their tasting room.

This experience includes five selections of wine per guest as well as tasting flights and winery tours.

Beyond the tasting room, guests may partake in vineyard and wine bar tours.

Additionally, the winery hosts weekly “Vineyard Talks” with the vineyard manager.

These talks include a dynamic discussion of vines and the establishment’s future plans.

These talks are an excellent way to kick off a tasting room visit or winery tour.

One of many cool places to go, we highly recommend visiting Seven Birches Winery.

Address: 22 S Mountain Dr, Lincoln, NH 03251, United States

17. Conway Scenic Railroad

The Conway Railroad

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If you are thinking about what to do in the way of historical and unique attractions in New Hampshire, you’ll want to check out Conway Scenic Railroad .

Essentially, this cool attraction runs old-timey train rides through scenic stretches of NH.

Visitors depart an old-fashioned train station, built in 1874, on one of three excursions.

No matter the tour you choose, each takes you on a ride back in time; this is an excellent attraction for families with children.

Notably, the Conway Valley Train is an 11-mile, 55-minute round trip ride aboard a historic locomotive.

The Bartlett-Sawyer Excursion is a 21-mile, nearly two-hour round trip train ride through the scenic Sawyer River Valley and Bartlett or Sawyer River.

Finally, the Mountaineer train takes passengers on a 1950s-era ride that recreates a post-World War I experience.

No matter which excursion you choose, this is one of the best sightseeing tours in New Hampshire.

Address: 38 Norcross Cir, North Conway, NH 03860, United States

18. Story Land

Story Land

Founded in 1954, this New Hampshire amusement park is an institution.

Founded on the vision of Bob and Ruth Morrell to bring storybook characters to life, Story Land has always been a place where families could come to delight in rides and attractions centered around their favorite stories.

Since its humble beginnings, the park has grown to include live shows, character experiences, dining, and more.

With more than 30 awesome attractions for the whole family to enjoy, a day trip to Story Land should be on your itinerary.

Story Land is home to many dry rides like multiple roller coasters, swings, a train ride, and many others.

Additionally, Story Land has some truly wonderful attractions like an interactive lab, a nursery rhyme area, a playground, and even live animals.

Finally, there are carnival games that you can play for sweet prizes.

Lastly, the park has lovely dining options, amusing shows, and a great gift shop too.

One of many family-friendly New Hampshire attractions, Story Land is worth a spot on your travel list.

Address: 850 NH-16, Glen, NH 03838, United States

19. Whale’s Tale Waterpark

Whale’s Tale Waterpark

Whale’s Tale Waterpark

This epic waterpark has all the makings of wholesome family entertainment in the beautiful New Hampshire sunshine.

Whale’s Tale Waterpark has been thrilling fun-seekers for more than 30 years.

One of the area’s most lauded waterparks, Whale’s Tales is beautifully landscaped and expertly kept, which means the whole family can enjoy the park.

Many of the park’s attractions are monitored by certified lifeguards and Coast Guard-approved life vests are available to borrow.

Concerning the fun attractions, Whale’s Tales has epic water slides, a wave pool, small wading pools for younger guests, a lazy river and so much more.

One of the park’s most exciting attractions is the FlowRider attraction for surfing or boogie boarding.

To make your day at the park even more comfortable, the park has private cabanas for rental, a snack bar, and a gift shop that sells both souvenirs and sundries.

One of the most thrilling activities you’ll encounter in NH, you’re sure to enjoy Whale’s Tales Waterpark.

Address: 481 Daniel Webster Hwy, Lincoln, NH 03251, United States

20. Clark’s Bears

Clark's Bears

Clark’s Bears , a bear-themed park, is one of many unique things to do in NH.

Located in Lincoln, New Hampshire, this park is home to adorably smart and endearing trained bears.

Visitors to Clark’s Bears are treated to the famous Black Bear Show and are delighted by the tricks and antics of these well-trained beasts.

In addition to the famed bear show, the park is home to other amusing shows and attractions.

Some of the fun things to do in NH while at Clark’s Bears include The Anaconda Escape water ride, water blasting bumper boats, a 30-foot outdoor rock climbing wall, The Wolfman train ride, among others.

Moreover, Clark’s Bears is home to a circus show, Segway tours, and Merlin’s Mansion, an upside-down funhouse.

Finally, the attraction is home to five small museums, five gift shops, and food vendors like a popcorn wagon, snack bar, and pizza/sub shop.

You’ll never wonder what to do in NH with Clark’s Bears nearby.

Address: 110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Lincoln, NH 03251, United States

21. Attitash Mountain Resort

Attitash Mountain Resort

If you’re visiting New Hampshire in the winter months, Attitash Mountain Resort is a beautiful place to check out.

This premier destination is a wonderful spot for families, nature lovers, and thrill seekers.

During the winter months, snow sports are the big draw to Attitash.

Visitors come from far and wide to ski and snowboard.

The resort offers expert ski schools that can teach children and adults the basics of either snow sport.

Advanced skiers or riders love to shred at the mountain’s epic all-terrain park.

After a long day of hitting the slopes, the mountain’s lodge has two dining options, while you can grab a quick nibble at the base’s Snack Shack.

Finally, situated at the mountain’s base is the Attitash Mountain Village, an excellent option for lodging.

If you happen to be visiting NH during the summer months, scenic lift rides are a fun way to check out the resort.

Other summer activities include hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and more.

One of many New Hampshire attractions featuring winter sports, Attitash Mountain Resort is fun for all.

Address: 775 US-302, Bartlett, NH 03812, United States

22. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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Of so many New Hampshire attractions, this one is best for animal lovers.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center delivers astounding live animal exhibits, natural science programming, and a love for all things nature-related.

During your tour of the facility, you’ll embark on a one-way trail whereupon you’ll encounter live animals like wild birds, amphibians, bobcats, otters, mountain lions, and so many others.

Best of all, the outdoor trail allows you to witness the animals in their natural habitat.

In addition to the live animal trail, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center provides river cruises where you can see wildlife with provided binoculars.

Other center attractions include a bald eagle adventure, a loon cruise, and private charters among others.

Additionally, the center is home to a handful of hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels.

Finally, one of the most fun attractions at the center are the Hidden Stories that answer questions about animals along the tour trail; it’s sort of like a scavenger hunt.

Address: 23 Science Center Rd, Holderness, NH 03245, United States

23. Strawbery Banke Museum

Strawbery Banke Museum

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Situated in the Puddle Dock neighborhood of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Strawbery Banke Museum sits upon a 10-acre campus.

Significantly, the museum preserves and exhibits more than 300 years of NH history.

Through interestingly curated exhibits, costumed roleplayers, craft demonstrations, and other mediums, Strawbery Banke Museum shares a historically enriching experience with visitors.

Best of all, the museum is a place that can be enjoyed by families, adults, children, students, and all others who value state history.

During your visit to Strawbery Banke Museum, you’ll tour historical buildings, enjoy interactive exhibits, and spend time in lovely botanical gardens.

There are hundreds of beautiful and interesting exhibits to see like a historical craft house, a recreated Victorian garden, a Victorian-era hothouse, a World War II home, a Revolutionary War-era tavern, among so many more.

What’s best, each purchased ticket is good for two consecutive visits to the museum.

Of the top tourist attractions in NH, Strawbery Banke Museum is highly recommended.

Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

24. Castle in the Clouds

Castle in the Clouds

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Open from late Spring to early Fall, Castle in the Clouds is one of many awesome tourist attractions in New Hampshire.

Situated atop the Ossipee Mountains, Castle in the Clouds is a 5,500-acre 1913 mansion with breathtaking views.

During a visit to the estate, tourists may tour the astounding and historic Lucknow Mansion, take a unique basement tour, and enjoy the exhibit gallery.

Located in the mansion’s carriage house, the exhibit gallery showcases historic memorabilia associated with Thomas Plant’s shoe manufacturing career.

In addition to touring the mansion, visitors to Castle in the Clouds may enjoy nearly 6,000 acres and 28 miles of hiking trails, duck feeding at the Shannon Pond, and skiing/snowshoeing during the winter months.

Finally, Castle in the Clouds is also home to mountaintop dining at Carriage House Restaurant or a light lunch or snack at Cafe in the Clouds.

With so many things to see in one breathtaking locale, Castle in the Clouds is a must-see NH attraction.

Address: Route 171, 455 Old Mountain Rd, Moultonborough, NH 03254, United States

25. Currier Museum of Art

Currier Museum of Art

Situated in the heart of Manchester, New Hampshire, the Currier Museum of Art is steeped in the arts, culture, and most of all, community.

Of note, the museum aims to connect a diverse breadth of art to similarly diverse audiences.

Through thoughtful displays of both historical and contemporary artwork, the exhibits at Currier Museum of Art are far reaching.

While visiting the museum, guests are treated to major works from different eras.

Works from the Renaissance to today, from places far and wide come together for a wonderfully enriching cultural experience.

Visiting the Currier Museum of Art is an immersive experience that can be encountered in many different ways.

For instance, you can enjoy self-guided tours through the many exhibits, tour two Frank Lloyd Wright homes, participate in audio tours or studio classes, etc.

During your visit, be sure to stop for a bite to eat at the Winter Garden Cafe and for some light shopping at the museum’s gift shop.

One of many wonderful places to visit in NH, you should make time to see the Currier Museum of Art.

Address: 150 Ash St, Manchester, NH 03104, United States

26. Canobie Lake Park

Canobie Lake Park

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Founded on the surface of Canobie Lake in 1902, this New Hampshire amusement park is a New England institution.

Originally founded as a trolley park, it is now a premier attraction for thrilling rides, family fun, exciting games, and more.

Of note, Canobie Lake Park has more than 85 rides from family rides to kid rides and thrill rides to water rides.

The rides run the gamut from being suitable for infants to well beyond.

In addition to all of the cool amusements, Canobie Lake Park has tons of great games too.

There’s a super arcade as well as awesome boardwalk-style games.

Each new game offers a new opportunity to win great prizes.

The park also has excellent live shows like weekly fireworks, kids’ dance parties, and character appearances.

Finally, after you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure to head over to the food stands and eateries.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in NH, Canobie Lake Park is your place.

Address: 85 N Policy St, Salem, NH 03079, United States

27. Woodstock Inn Brewery

Woodstock Inn Brewery

Woodstock Inn Brewery

If you’re looking for things to do in New Hampshire more suitable for adults, Woodstock Inn Brewery is a great place to visit.

Woodstock Inn Brewery is essentially a beer resort with tons to do and many things to see.

One of New Hampshire’s most visited country inns, it comprises 40 warm and uniquely styled guest rooms with superb amenities.

Amenities include cable, wi-fi, gas fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, and more.

The property is also home to an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center.

Not surprisingly, the brewery is the resort’s greatest attraction.

While visiting the resort, visitors are welcome to brewery tours, each of which ends with a beer tasting.

If you prefer to skip the tour, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the brewery’s fine selections nonetheless.

Moreover, Woodstock Inn Brewery has four distinct pubs all in one place with breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus to die for.

With so many things to see and do in one place, this New Hampshire resort is a great destination to check out.

Address: 135 Main St, North Woodstock, NH 03262, United States

28. Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village

Calling all Christmas lovers!

This Jefferson, New Hampshire gem is a Christmas-themed amusement park with family-friendly attractions for all to enjoy.

Santa’s Village has 23 Christmas and/or winter-themed rides like “Rudy’s Rapid Transit Coaster” and “The Great Humbug Adventure.”

What’s best, all of the park’s rides are designed for families with young riders.

In addition to these great land rides, Santa’s Village also has a waterpark on-site.

Santa’s Waterpark has an awesome splash park, thrilling water slides, a wave pool, and more.

In addition to the fabulous rides, Santa’s Village has many other excellent attractions.

Elf University, Santa’s Home, and Reindeer Rendezvous are among some of the darling park attractions that bring smiles to faces all year long.

Furthermore, the park hosts live shows every day as well as seasonal events.

The park has excellent dining and shopping options as well.

A visit to Santa’s Village makes every day feel like Christmas day.

If you’re looking for unique things to do in New Hampshire, we highly recommend spending a day (or more) at Santa’s Village.

Address: 528 Presidential Hwy, Jefferson, NH 03583, United States

29. Polar Caves Park

Polar Caves Park

Polar Caves Park

Polar Caves Park , located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is a set of naturally formed caves that came to be during the last Ice Age.

Formed of granite boulders, the cave system is a beautiful sight to behold.

Rain or shine, the park is open daily all year long for cave tours that are perfect for the whole family.

Visitors to the park are welcome to explore the nine caves and crevasses, each of which reveals unique aesthetic features and physical obstacles.

In addition to exploring the breathtaking granite caves, the park has an animal park where you can meet and visit fowl, deer, and others.

With the White Mountains as the backdrop for this epic experience, the views throughout your visit are priceless.

Following your time at the park, you’re welcomed to the main lodge to purchase souvenirs, gifts, and snacks.

This memorable attraction is one you won’t want to miss during your stay in New Hampshire.

Address: 705 Rumney Rte 25, Rumney, NH 03266, United States

30. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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Extending through many of the New England states and Canada, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail is an epic 740-mile marked canoe trail that passes through 22 rivers and streams.

A significant stretch of the trail passes through parts of New Hampshire, making it one of many wondrous places to visit in The Granite State.

In NH, the trail, in Errol-Berlin Corridor, runs through the Androscoggin River and passes many glorious sites.

During your New Hampshire leg of the canoe trail, you can hope to experience the remoteness of wilderness at its finest.

You may spot moose and other magnificent wildlife as well as rustic lodgings along the way.

If you’re planning to canoe some of this legendary, multi-state trail, be sure to check out the attraction’s website for trail maps and planning guides germane to the NH stretch.

A wonderful experience to take on, you’d be remiss to not visit the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Address: Errol, NH 03579, United States

31. McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

This air and space museum, in Concord, New Hampshire, is one of the coolest places to visit in The Granite State.

Rich in history, the center has two floors of interactive exhibits that will interest the whole family.

The center’s aim is to make learning exciting and accessible to all.

Significantly, it honors American space travelers who have given of themselves to give to all of us concerning the study of space.

Of note, the museum shares and displays exhibits on the science and history of outer space.

With permanent and rotating exhibits, outdoor and indoor displays, a full-dome planetarium, and educational programs out the wazoo, there is so much to see and learn at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center .

Some of the current exhibits and shows include one on Alan Shepard, the first American in space, the Shackleton Research Station, Newton’s Cradle, and a crusader jet.

In addition to all of the wonderful displays, the center also has a delightful cafe and awesome science store.

Finally, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a super place to visit to learn about space science.

Address: 2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301, United States

32. New Hampshire Telephone Museum

New Hampshire Telephone Museum

New Hampshire Telephone Museum

This museum is one of the most unique places to visit in NH.

Who would’ve thunk it?

A telephone museum?

That’s right, this clever attraction houses America’s history concerning telecommunications.

Packed full of telephones and other related systems from the onset of telecommunications, visitors are treated to some really interesting tidbits.

Through a guided tour of the museum, visitors learn about telephone history, inventions, innovations, patents, and figureheads.

Moreover, the museum’s astounding collection of telephone-related artifacts is worth a visit to this cool museum.

While visiting the New Hampshire Telephone Museum , you will see more than 1,000 interesting artifacts.

Furthermore, the museum hosts many distinctive special events.

One of the most lauded recent programs was an exhibit on the crosshairs of early railroad systems and telecommunications.

Other riveting programs include live readings of telephone tales, a talk on early telephones, and a discussion on the role of privacy in telecommunications.

Lastly, a visit to this museum is uber engaging and highly recommended.

Address: 1 Depot St, Warner, NH 03278, United States

33. USS Albacore Museum

USS Albacore Museum

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Commissioned in 1953, the USS Albacore has since been the model for modern-day submarines.

Its unique hull served as the prototype for the Navy’s nuclear-powered submarine fleet.

In 1985, upon its decommissioning, the USS Albacore came to rest at the USS Albacore Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Today, the museum is open seven days a week for guests to tour this historical site.

Guests are welcome to partake in self-guided tours of the boat and the property’s memorial garden.

Of note, visitors are permitted to board and explore this distinguished submarine.

You’ll have the opportunity to see the control room, engineering spaces, bunkrooms, and even look through the periscope.

Furthermore, you’ll be treated to stories told by real-life crew members, through their recorded tales, of the USS Albacore.

Other notable spaces at the museum include a propeller field, a memorial garden commemorating fallen shipmates, and an epic gift shop.

Address: 600 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

34. Fuller Gardens

Fuller Gardens

Fuller Gardens

This beautiful, public botanical garden is situated on a working formal estate in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

Notably, the garden is a bit removed from the hubbub of modern-day, but you’ll feel like you’re a world away nonetheless.

Many of the numerous gardens were established in the early 1920s and have flourished ever since.

The gardens are opened seasonally to the public for self-guided tours.

If you’re looking for scenic places to visit in The Granite State, Fuller Gardens should make the cut.

Of the gorgeous gardens on the estate’s property, the formal rose gardens, fashioned in a Colonial sensibility, are the most popular.

With hundreds of varieties of roses blooming from early summer to early fall, you can be sure to catch colorful blooms anytime during that window.

Other popular attractions at Fuller Gardens include the Japanese Garden and a Dahlia garden among others.

Each of the many gardens is beautifully sculpted with gorgeously kept turf pathways leading to each.

Address: 10 Willow Ave, North Hampton, NH 03862, United States

35. The Woodman Institute Museum

The Woodman Institute Museum

The Woodman Institute Museum

This Dover, New Hampshire museum was established in the early 1900s as a place to educate, inspire, and provoke thought to all those who visited.

If you’re traveling with history buffs, this is the place for you.

The Woodman Institute Museum allows guests to explore and absorb history, natural sciences, and the arts.

The museum consists of four historic houses that each tell a new story.

The Woodman House is home to rocks, minerals, fossils, and taxidermy.

The Damm Garrison House contains Colonial Era artifacts.

The John Parker Hale House tells the story of one of America’s preeminent abolitionists.

The Keefe House is the museum’s library wherein a distinguished collection of city records is stored.

During a visit to the museum, guests have the opportunity to meander the four houses, appreciate the historical pieces, and travel back in time in this well-curated museum.

If you’re looking for a great historical attraction, The Woodman Institute Museum is a great choice.

Address: 182 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820, United States

36. Benson Park

Benson Park

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Benson Park is a spacious and endearing recreational park in the heart of Dover, New Hampshire.

Situated on 166-acres of forestry, the park is home to many outdoor recreational areas.

They offer the best activities that bring visitors face to face with nature.

Within the park are many amenities perfect for a day trip with friends and family.

Some of the park’s amenities include bathrooms, playgrounds, picnic tables, and nature trails.

If you are looking for a peaceful day in nature, Benson Park is the place for you.

Another park attraction is Friends of Benson Park which is an old barn that’s been converted to a small museum that houses local historical artifacts.

The Benson Park Trail has several hiking trails, suitable for hikers of all skill levels, with interesting historic buildings along the way.

The Hudson Dog Park is a fenced-in space where your pooch can run wild.

Finally, a 9/11 memorial sits on the park property whereupon visitors can pay respects to local men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

All in all, Benson Park is a lovely attraction for visitors to NH to enjoy.

Address: 19 Kimball Hill Rd, Hudson, NH 03051, United States

37. Chutters Candy Store

Chutters Candy Store

Chutters Candy Store

This charming and old-time candy store has been a presence in Littleton, New Hampshire since the 1800s.

Rich in history and family appeal, the store is named after its original owner, a congressional minister, and a well-loved community member.

More than 100 years following its establishment, Chutters Candy Store is still renowned for its hospitality and the amazing assortment of delightful treats.

With four NH locations dispersed throughout the state, you can likely find a location no matter where in the state you’re traveling to.

Within the store, there are more than 500 candy varieties to taste and purchase.

From homemade fudge and chocolates to jelly beans and gummy bears to everything in between, children and adults alike are drawn to this epic sweets shop.

No matter what your poison, you can scoop candy by the pound into bags that you can tailor to suit your fancy.

Address: 43 Main St, Littleton, NH 03561, United States

38. Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain

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This all-season resort is a vacation destination in and of itself.

The mountain-top resort has all you need for a week’s or weekend’s worth of fun for friend groups and families.

In warm-weather months visitors to Loon Mountain can enjoy loads of recreational mountain fun.

For instance, the mountain offers the following summer activities: gondola sky rides, bike riding, disc golf, cave tours, hiking, yoga, and more.

Moreover, during the winter months, visitors can enjoy their favorite snow sports like skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.

Besides all of the wildly exciting recreation at Loon Mountain, the resort is also home to two restaurants: Summit Cafe and Boyle’s Break House.

Furthermore, the resort’s event calendar is always jam-packed with theme nights, games, and live music.

Lastly, the resort has awesome amenities like a tune & repair shop, equipment rentals, ski school, and more.

This year-round resort is a must-see when visiting NH.

39. Gunstock Mountain Resort

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Gunstock Mountain Resort is an all-weather resort that’s opened seasonally for summer and winter adventures.

Situated amid Gilford, NH and within the Belknap Mountain Range, Gunstock Mountain Resort is the range’s second highest peak with an elevation of nearly 2,500 feet.

During the summer months, the resort emerges as Adventure Park, a place where visitors come from far and wide to engage in a litany of amazing outdoor adventures.

For instance, at Adventure Park, visitors can zipline, take scenic lift rides, partake in Segway tours, check out an aerial obstacle course, ride an epic mountain coaster, hike, fish, swim, and so much more.

Winter at Gunstock Mountain is made for snow sports.

Thrill-seekers come from all over the East Coast to ski, snowboard, snow tube, race, take on terrain parks, and enjoy awesome night sessions.

Moreover, during both the Summer and Winter seasons, camping is available at the resort.

Finally, the resort’s premier restaurant, The Patio Restaurant at Gunstock, is a delightful little gem to patronize all year long.

Address: 719 Cherry Valley Rd, Gilford, NH 03249, United States

40. Alpine Adventures

Alpine Adventures

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Alpine Adventures , in the gorgeous White Mountains of New Hampshire, is an industry leader in outdoor adventures.

Home to the first and best zipline canopy tour in all of New England since 2006, Alpine Adventures is not for the faint of heart.

Situated amidst 300 private acres of mountain forestry, the backdrop for this establishment’s outdoor adventure land is breathtaking.

The greatest attraction at Alpine Adventures has always been the Treetop Canopy Tour which sends you zipping along 200-foot to 1,000-foot lines through the treetops of the mountains.

This tour is an epic two-hour-long adventure.

In addition to the Treetop Canopy Tour, Alpine Adventures is also home to the SkyRider and Super SkyRider Ziplines, off-roading adventures, and an aerial challenge park.

If you’re into adrenaline-pumping thrills, Alpine Adventures delivers big time.

Address: 41 Main St, Lincoln, NH 03251, United States

41. Mystery Hill

America's Stonehenge

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This unique attraction is better known as America’s Stonehenge .

Situated in Salem, New Hampshire and scattered across 30-acres of privately owned land, Mystery Hill is home to a mystery indeed.

Essentially, several unique archaeological formations litter the property.

Visitors come from all over the country to basque in the curiosity of the large and inexplicable rock structures.

Although visitors come to see the unique stone formations, Mystery Hill is home to other diverting attractions.

Upon the private property, guests can snowshoe in daylight or by candlelight, get to know the seven friendly alpacas who live at Mystery Hill, and stroll the property’s many hiking trails.

Mystery Hill also hosts fun special events throughout the year like gemstone mining, summer solstice and spring equinox ceremonies, and other unique events.

Address: 105 Haverhill Rd, Salem, NH 03079, United States

42. Charmingfare Farm

Charmingfare Farm

Charmingfare Farm

This farm, which is more like a zoo, resides in Candia, New Hampshire and is a super place to visit for families with children.

Besides being home to many adorable animals, the farm has wonderful events and sights dispersed throughout the expansive property.

Because Charmingfare is a real working farm, a visit to the attraction is immersive.

Tractors plow, roosters crow, barn cats chase mice, fields are planted, and so on.

But at Charmingfare Farm , visitors are privy to all the inner workings of farm life.

During a visit to the farm, guests can interact with the farmers, learn about farm equipment, meet and feed the livestock, pick pumpkins, ride horses, take hayrides, and more.

The farm hosts special events throughout the year too.

At Christmastime, guests can enjoy magical sleigh rides, and during warmer months live music, festivals, and other events can all be enjoyed at Charmingfare Farm.

Address: 774 High St, Candia, NH 03034, United States

43. Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden

Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden

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This National Historic Landmark in Portsmouth , New Hampshire is rich in history and a perfect destination for sightseeing in The Granite State.

The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden is essentially a museum house that preserves the history of William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Built in the mid-1700s, the house was occupied by the same wealthy family for more than 150 years.

The Gregorian-style home sits upon the Piscataqua River and has sweeping waterfront views.

Touring the home offers insight into historical architecture, furnishings, and aesthetics.

The marvelous antiques within the walls of the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden are breathtaking and highly interesting.

Beyond the house, the property’s gardens are another magnificent sight to behold.

Formal gardens, terraces, and flower beds set the scene for romantic musings on this most delightful of historical properties.

Address: 154 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

44. Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is a place for children to learn through play and interactivity.

With amazing arts, science, and cultural activities by the dozens, a day at the museum is both educational and amusing.

With sprawling exhibit areas and diverse programming, a day at the museum is entertaining for the whole family.

A preeminent attraction for children and families, this NH museum is a must-see.

Of note, at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire visitors engage in play-based learning and interesting workshops.

Some of the most popular exhibits include a play patio, a build your airplane area, a Dino Detective experience, and a STEAM lab.

A visit to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is both enriching and entertaining.

This is an experience parents can feel good about giving their children.

Address: 6 Washington St, Dover, NH 03820, United States

45. SEE Science Center

SEE Science Center

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This small but popular children’s center in Manchester, New Hampshire offers a wide variety of educational experiences for little ones.

If you’ll be in or around Manchester during your trip to NH, and you’ll be traveling with small children, this attraction is a must-do.

SEE Science Center helps to develop and nurture a love for the sciences in all who visit the center.

Significantly, SEE Science Center engages visitors in hands-on exhibits featuring lights, sound, magnets, genomes, and so much more.

The center hosts daily educational presentations, summer camps, workshops, and traveling exhibits.

Furthermore, SEE Science Center is home to a killer LEGO project, a bubbles exhibit, a moonwalk presentation, and other highly interesting features.

Other cool center features include a gravity video game and a giant DNA model.

No matter how old your children are, there are thought-provoking exhibits at every corner that are entertaining and educational for the whole family.

Address: 200 Bedford St, Manchester, NH 03101, United States

46. Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village

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This National Historic Landmark sits upon nearly 700 acres of forestry and is home to a restored community of original Shaker-style homes.

Established in the late 1700s, the Canterbury Shaker Village was home to a religious group that we know today as the Shakers.

Essentially, the village was established as a self-contained community of like-minded worshippers.

The homes built on this settlement are the site of this preserved community.

Canterbury Shaker Village is a preserved society that allows visitors to learn and understand a unique and often misunderstood way of life.

It is a place for self-professed “learning, reflection, and renewal.”

During a tour of Canterbury Shaker Village, guests can meander about the village, tour the restored homes, enjoy well-tended gardens, reflect at old mill ponds, observe unique architecture, get to know Shaker agriculture, and appreciate Shaker design elements.

Guests are also welcome to check out the many hiking trails that weave around the village.

Address: 288 Shaker Rd, Canterbury, NH 03224, United States

47. Milford Drive-In Theatre

Milford Drive-In Theater

Milford Drive-In Theater

This old-fashioned drive-in theatre has been drawing crowds since its establishment in 1958.

Although it was originally a one-screen theatre, in 1984 a second screen was added to the expansive property.

Presently, the theatre is the only operating drive-in in southern New Hampshire and as such, visitors come from far and wide to experience this antiquated way of enjoying films.

Notably, the theatre shows both new releases and re-released films in an array of rotating genres.

With two 84-foot screens and plenty of space for many to drive in at a time, buying tickets is super simple.

If you’ve never experienced a drive-in before, you simply park your car and tune in to a given radio station for its accompanying audio.

One of the unique things about going to Milford Drive-In Theatre is you can bring your dog along for the show too.

Finally, an awesome concessions menu will make the movie even more enjoyable with selections like popcorn, slushies, cotton candy, and other delightful confections.

Address: 531 Elm St, Milford, NH 03055, United States

48. Diana’s Baths

Diana’s Baths

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This scenic attraction located in Bartlett, New Hampshire is a series of small waterfalls in the state’s White Mountains.

No matter the time of year, anytime is a good time to enjoy the splendor of these natural beauties.

Situated along the Lucy Brook, Diana’s Baths are a great place for families to explore the falls, rocks, crevasses, ledges, and other natural features.

Of note, the waterfalls rise 75-feet above the brook and are accessible by a short, flat hiking trail.

Depending on weather conditions, the intensity of the waterfalls can vary from time to time.

When water levels are at their peak, access to the falls could be a bit more dangerous and require wading through shallow pools of water.

When water levels are low, passage to the falls is relatively dry and simple.

Once you’ve approached the falls, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the peace and serenity of the sounds and views.

Don’t forget to pack your camera because the landscape is insane.

Address: 3725 West Side Rd, Bartlett, NH 03812, United States

49. Seacoast Science Center

Seacoast Science Center

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As previously noted, Seacoast Science Center sits amidst the Odiorne Point State Park in the town of Rye, New Hampshire.

The mission of the center is to educate visitors about the importance of taking care of our planet.

Most notably, the center’s prime focus is on maintaining the ocean’s health.

Through interactive exhibits and educational programs, Seacoast Science Center educates and inspires the public to promote a healthy Earth.

Seacoast Science Center exhibits bring visitors face to face with marine life like whales and other mammals, reefs and ecological diversity, the NH coast, and more.

Some of the center’s popular exhibits include touch tanks, animal observation tanks, mammal fossils, a discovery dock, and a program about underwater exploration.

After exploring the center to your heart’s content, be sure to cap your visit with a stop to the gift shop where you can pick up some unique souvenirs and merchandise.

50. The Ice Castles

Ice Castles

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The New Hampshire Ice Castles are an awe-inspiring attraction that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale.

The Ice Castles are a winter wonderland constructed of thousands of icicles.

Established in 2011, this astounding attraction brings smiles to the faces of families from all over the country.

The castles were conceived of one winter in Utah , when founder Brent Christensen needed to get his six stir-crazy kids out of the house.

His first ice construction was an ice cave in his backyard that chased away his children’s winter blues.

Presently, visitors can explore the gorgeous NH Ice Castles all winter long.

Typically, the castles open, with the cooperation of Mother Nature, in late December.

One of the features of this most delightful castle is the many ice slides that visitors can enjoy.

Another popular Ice Castles attraction is the horse-drawn sleigh rides through the woods of NH.

Lastly, if you plan to travel through NH in the winter, be sure to give the Ice Castles a spot on your itinerary; it is a truly astounding place to visit.

51. Funspot Family Entertainment Center

Funspot Family Entertainment Center

Funspot Family Entertainment Center

This awesome family attraction, situated in Laconia, New Hampshire, is an iconic arcade with hundreds of awesome retro games.

With one of the most prolific collections of 1970s and 1980s arcade games, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

The arcade itself was founded in 1952 by Bob Lawton who can still be found working at the center to this day.

Of note, the arcade is home to more than 600 video games, half of which are classic arcade games.

In addition to the hundreds of exciting and amusing arcade games, Funspot Family Entertainment Center also houses a 20-lane bowling alley, indoor mini-golf, kiddie rides, bingo, and more.

On-site visitors can also enjoy a bite to eat at the Braggin’ Dragon Restaurant or a beverage at the D.A. Long Tavern.

With so much to do under one roof, it’s no wonder families have been flocking to Funspot Family Entertainment Center for nearly 70 years.

Address: 579 Endicott St N, Laconia, NH 03246, United States

52. The Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre

Built in 1914, The Palace Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This performing arts center hosts a professional theatre company as well as youth/teen acts throughout the year.

The theatre’s two goals are in preserving the history of the building while meeting the cultural and entertainment needs of their community.

With more than 800 seats, show tickets are typically not hard to come by.

No matter when you’ll be passing through NH, the jam-packed events calendar at The Palace Theatre means you can always catch a unique show.

Upcoming shows included famous comedy acts, revival plays, dance performances, child-friendly performances, and more.

All shows are performed by professional performers so you can be sure to experience a world-class show.

If you’re planning a great date night, the theatre partners with many local restaurants that can easily round out the evening.

Be sure to look up The Palace Theatre if you’re looking for a great night out on the town.

Address: 80 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03101, United States

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New Hampshire is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful states in the US .

With tons of outdoor attractions like state parks, nature centers, and farms that allow visitors to reconnect to nature, it’s no wonder travelers flock to NH every year.

The NH cultural scene is also booming with theatres, amusement parks, wineries, breweries, and so much more.

Whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, with family, or for a romantic getaway, NH has something, many things, for every sensibility.

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17 fun kid activities in New Hampshire

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  • Conway Scenic Railroad
  • USS Albacore
  • Polar Caves Park
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  • Strawbery Banke Museum
  • Seacoast Science Center
  • Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel
  • Loon Mountain
  • Moose-Watching Tour

17 fun kid activities in New Hampshire

Family vacations in New Hampshire are sure to be memorable, with kid-friendly activities found year-round across the state. Kids’ activities in New Hampshire range from springtime train rides through the mountains to summer fun at theme parks and water parks. Autumn family fun in New Hampshire includes scenic drives surrounded by fall colors, while winter offers alpine sports from skiing and snowboarding to tubing. Learn more about some of the fun, unique, and wild kid activities in New Hampshire on family vacations.

Climbing through the clouds on the Mt.Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire

1. Ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway in  White Mountain National Forest

White Mountain National Forest  draws many to the area for family vacations in New Hampshire with opportunities for outdoor adventures and incredible scenic views year-round. You can take a beautiful drive down the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, which is especially colorful in autumn as the leaves change. Mount Washington’s erratic weather gives the mountain a notorious reputation, drawing many to the summit peak. You can enjoy the mountain’s beauty on a scenic drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road, or hop aboard the Mount Washington Cog Railway as it climbs to the summit.

Young girl walking in lake looking back at her mom and smiling

2. Look for shells on the beach at  Hampton Beach State Park

Hampton Beach State Park  offers plenty of summertime kid activities in New Hampshire. Sandy beaches are perfect for strolling, building sandcastles, hunting for shells, and cooling off in the water. Hampton Beach offers family-friendly facilities including picnic areas and playgrounds, as well as lifeguards during peak season. If you’re driving in, locals recommend reserving a parking spot online in advance, as this is a popular family destination. For disability access, contact the park directly for information.

Happy family of four in swimming pool at water park with kids wearing floaties

3. Ride kids’ coasters at  Canobie Lake Park

Canobie Lake Park  is a theme park and water park with rides and attractions for all ages. From family-friendly rides and rides for young children to thrill rides for older kids and water rides to beat the heat in the summer, this attraction has it all. On-site are family-friendly facilities, equipment rentals, dining options, and regular park events. Canobie Lake Park offers inclusive accommodations for guests with disabilities. See the park’s website for more information.

A long suspended bridge over surrounded by rocks in Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire

4. Ride the aerial tramway in  Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park  offers some of the most popular outdoor kid activities in New Hampshire. You can take a scenic drive down the Franconia Notch, a parkway that runs through a beautiful mountain pass following Interstate 93 as it winds between the mountains. Within the park, you can explore Flume Gorge, a natural gorge at the base of Mount Liberty with incredible rock formations, cascading mountain streams, and a roaring waterfall. Kids especially enjoy riding the aerial tramway to the summit of Cannon Mountain.

Happy mother and son sitting in the old train and looking out the window

5. Climb aboard a heritage train on the  Conway Scenic Railroad

All who board the  Conway Scenic Railroad  can enjoy an old-fashioned experience with heritage trains departing from the historic train station in North Conway Village. You can choose from a variety of railway adventures with trip times ranging from 55 minutes to over 5 hours aboard a collection of heritage trains. Locals recommend booking tickets in advance, as many of these tours sell out. Wheelchair accessibility can be limited on some tours, so it’s recommended to call ahead for more information.

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6. Join the friendly crew on a pirate ship at  Story Land

Story Land  is a nostalgic, fairy tale-themed amusement park with activities for kids under 12 in New Hampshire. Colorful rides, attractions, games, and shows center around children’s stories where kids can ride in Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach, hop aboard a buccaneer pirate ship, and spin through the Looking Glass on Alice’s Tea Cups. Even toddlers will have fun at Story Land, with age-appropriate rides and themed play spaces for young kids.

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7. Climb inside the research submarine  USS Albacore

The  USS Albacore  was built for a unique experimental mission, testing new science and technology to advance the research of submarine design. This experimental vessel eventually became the model for the standards that today’s submarines are built to worldwide. You can check out the visitors center and museum for exhibits and collections about the Albacore. Climb inside the submarine itself to explore the cramped quarters that submariners once lived and worked in, and see the complex mechanics inside this engineering marvel. Kids especially enjoy getting to sit behind the steering wheel in the ship’s control area.

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8. Explore granite caves in  Polar Caves Park

Polar Caves Park  encompasses a series of caves formed during the last ice age, providing a unique space for family fun in New Hampshire. There are 9 granite caves and ancient passages that you can explore, connected by man-made boardwalks and stairs to allow for easier access for families and kids. Within Polar Caves Park, you’ll also find an animal park with mellow creatures to interact with and a lodge visitors center.

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9. Learn about Black history on a  Sankofa Guided Walking Tour

On a  Sankofa Guided Walking Tour , you can learn about New Hampshire’s often-neglected history of Africans in America. Themed guided tours are offered by knowledgeable Sankofa Scholar Guides as part of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and present a truer and more inclusive history of the state. Self-guided tours of locations in New Hampshire are also available on the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire website.

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10. Play with interactive exhibits at the  Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

The  Children’s Museum of New Hampshire  is structured around learning through play, with immersive, hands-on exhibits best enjoyed by kids 12 and under. Activities range from designing and building your own mini flying machine to playing in an augmented reality sandbox and making music on an interactive sound sculpture. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire also offers inclusive accommodations and resources for visitors with autism, sensory sensitivities, and disabilities. Find more information on their website.

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11. Play classic arcade games at  Funspot

Funspot  is one of the largest arcades in the world, providing a ton of fun indoor kid activities in New Hampshire. The huge collection of arcade games appeals to adults and kids alike, with pinball machines, classic arcade systems, current and classic video games, kiddie games, and prizes. The complex also houses additional indoor attractions like bowling, mini-golf, cash bingo games, and kiddie rides, as well as a restaurant and tavern.

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12. Explore living history at the  Strawbery Banke Museum

The  Strawbery Banke Museum  is a 10-acre living history museum in the Puddle Dock neighborhood. You can explore charming historic buildings, homes, and gardens, interact with costumed role-players, and watch artisans provide traditional crafting demonstrations. In the winter months, head over to Puddle Dock Pond for family-friendly ice skating as well as accessible Adaptive Ice Time events and equipment.

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13. Learn about native marine life at  Seacoast Science Center

Within the  Seacoast Science Center , you can learn about the diverse creatures native to the Gulf of Maine. You can explore exhibits housing an array of marine life, get hands-on with touch tanks, and become a fisherman at sea on the Discovery Dock kids’ playspace. The Seacoast Science Center also offers regular family-friendly events and programs, from environmental day camps to family tide-pooling programs.

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14. Go on a dog-sledding adventure at  Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel

You can check off “dog-sledding adventure” from your bucket list at  Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel , which offers year-round sledding experiences. When you arrive for your prebooked adventure, you’ll assist in preparing a team of loveable sled dogs to hit the trail, and likely get plenty of sloppy dog kisses in the process. In snowy weather the team pulls a traditional dog sled, while in warmer months this is switched out for a rolling dog sled. Once your team is ready, you climb aboard the sled for an unforgettable ride, guided by a professional musher.

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15. Hit the slopes with alpine sports on  Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain  is a great spot for alpine sports on a wintertime family vacation to New Hampshire. Winter family-friendly activities include skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and zip lining. During warmer months, families can enjoy mountain biking and hiking, explore glacial caves, and experience gondola sky rides.

Elf in store window leaning on North Pole post

16. Enjoy holiday-themed activities at  Santa’s Village

If your family celebrates Christmas, you may enjoy a trip to  Santa’s Village  for holiday-themed rides, attractions, and events. Kids can go on a scavenger hunt at Elf University, learn how to fly a sleigh on the Little Elf Flying School ride, and take a ride on Santa’s Express Train. In the summer months, water rides and attractions are great for cooling off in the park. You might even catch a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer in the park during your visit.

Two moose standing close looking at camera

17. Go on a  moose-watching tour  with the kids

Moose-watching  is on many people’s bucket lists, and these magnificent creatures can be found all over New Hampshire. There are locations around the state where you’re more likely to see moose in the wild, including popular moose-watching routes on roads and highways. Northern ponds often attract feeding moose, especially in the early morning and near dusk. For higher chances of seeing moose, you can go on a guided moose-watching tour with local companies around the state.

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Best Family Attractions in New Hampshire to Try in 2024

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Welcome to the picturesque state of New Hampshire, a hidden gem in New England that promises an unforgettable family vacation experience. Whether you’re looking to spark the imagination of your little ones, engage your teenagers in thrilling adventures, or enjoy quality time together, New Hampshire offers a diverse range of attractions that cater to children of all ages.

From the enchanting world of fairy tales at Story Land to the historic journey aboard the Mount Washington Cog Railway, New Hampshire is a playground for families seeking both excitement and educational experiences. Its unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and family-friendly activities make it an ideal destination for creating lasting memories.

Join us as we delve into why New Hampshire should be your next family vacation spot!

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Story Land is a magical amusement park where fairy tales come to life, perfect for families with young children. The park features a variety of themed rides, interactive play areas, and live shows based on classic stories and nursery rhymes.

Kids can enjoy meeting their favorite characters, riding on whimsical attractions, and engaging in activities that spark their imagination. With its family-friendly atmosphere and enchanting setting, Story Land provides a memorable experience for little ones and a nostalgic trip for adults.

Mount Washington Cog Railway in Bretton Woods

The Mount Washington Cog Railway provides a unique and educational journey to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. This historic railway is an adventure for the whole family, offering stunning panoramic views and a fascinating insight into the engineering and history of the railway.

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As the train climbs the mountain, families can experience the changing landscapes and learn about the local ecology and weather phenomena associated with Mount Washington. It’s an unforgettable experience that combines adventure with education.

Santa’s Village in Jefferson

Santa’s Village is a Christmas-themed amusement park that captures the spirit of the holiday season all year round. Ideal for families, the park offers a range of festive rides, live entertainment, and the chance to meet Santa Claus himself.

Kids can enjoy the magic of Christmas with themed attractions, elf workshops, and holiday treats. The park’s unique blend of fun and festivity makes it a delightful destination for families looking to celebrate the joy of Christmas, regardless of the season.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness

This outdoor nature center is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and families interested in learning about New Hampshire’s local fauna. The center offers trails where visitors can see animals native to the region in naturalistic habitats.

Interactive exhibits and educational programs provide a deeper understanding of the ecosystem and conservation efforts. It’s a great destination for families who want to combine outdoor exploration with environmental education.

Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park

Flume Gorge offers a spectacular natural setting for a family excursion. This stunning gorge features a boardwalk, allowing visitors to walk through and admire the towering granite walls, cascading waterfalls, and lush vegetation.

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The walk through the gorge is both manageable and exciting for children, and the surrounding Franconia Notch State Park offers several additional hiking trails and picnic areas. It’s a perfect spot for families who love to experience the beauty of nature up close.

Seacoast Science Center in Rye

Situated on the picturesque coast of New Hampshire, this science center is dedicated to educating visitors about marine life and ocean conservation. It offers interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and live animal encounters that engage children and adults alike.

The center’s focus on marine ecosystems and their preservation makes it an educational and enjoyable destination for families interested in learning more about the sea and its inhabitants.

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover

This museum is a wonderland for children, offering a range of interactive exhibits that encourage learning through exploration and play. The museum’s hands-on approach to education covers various subjects, from science and art to culture and history.

The exhibits are designed to stimulate curiosity and creativity in children, making it an ideal place for families seeking an engaging and educational indoor activity.

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves in North Woodstock

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves offer an exciting experience for families who enjoy outdoor adventures. Visitors can explore a series of caves, follow boardwalks along the river, and enjoy the natural beauty of the gorge.

The site combines the thrill of exploration with the beauty of the White Mountains , making it a great destination for families who love hiking and discovering nature’s wonders.

Portsmouth Harbor Trail and Historic Houses

This trail in Portsmouth provides a scenic and historical journey through one of New England’s oldest cities. Families can stroll along the harbor, visit historic houses, and learn about the area’s rich history. The trail is a great way to explore the city, offering beautiful views, educational opportunities, and a chance to experience the charm of Portsmouth’s past and present.

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It’s difficult to have a bad vacation in New Hampshire.

Travelers with kids will like the “Switzerland of America.”

There are so many places that are good for families to visit, like beautiful mountains, clean beaches, and cute towns, that it can be hard to plan the perfect vacation.

Check out our list of fun things for families to do in New Hampshire to save yourself some work.

  • Salem’s Canobie Lake Park

Why We Recommend This Place

Canobie Lake Park is one of the most well-liked kid-friendly sites to visit around and is close to some of the greatest family hotels in New Hampshire.

There are many thrilling rides available here, including water slides and roller coasters.

Even after more than a century of existence, this park continues to provide the best in family fun.

Suitable Ages

There is plenty of entertainment for kids of all ages here, despite the fact that several rides have height restrictions.

  • Portsmouth-based USS Albacore

Visitors are welcome to see this extraordinary submarine’s interior and discover its intriguing past.

The USS Albacore, formerly a top-secret research vessel for the Navy, is now one of the top family-friendly attractions in New Hampshire.

Children especially enjoy playing with the control room’s amenities, such as the periscope that works.

An audio recording that tells captivating tales about what happened on board this submarine is included in the self-guided tour.

This engaging and instructive tour is enjoyed by children of all ages.

  • Londonderry’s Aviation Museum in New Hampshire

Whether you and your family are aircraft buffs or not, everyone will enjoy this museum.

Hands-on activities in their interactive exhibitions teach visitors about aviation history and technology.

Our best family trips to New Hampshire always include a stop at this undiscovered treasure with a vibrant culture.

Families with children of all ages are welcome inside.

  • Self-Guided Waterfall Adventure in the White Mountains

A lover of nature will adore New Hampshire.

And what better way to explore the most beautiful natural aspects of this state than on our 3-day excursion?

Travel across the White Mountains to see the breathtaking waterfalls.

Visitors hike and camp at their own pace and stay two nights at certain campgrounds while following a personalized plan and digital map.

With rental equipment and plenty of information, this experience guarantees your security and fun.

We advise teenagers and their parents to embark on this grand experience.

  • Hampton – Hampton Beach

One of New Hampshire’s top beaches for families, in our opinion, is Hampton Beach.

Enjoy the numerous oceanfront amenities and miles of sandy shores.

There are lots of leisure opportunities and affordable parking.

Also, the Seashell amphitheater is close by and has great evening shows that you and your group can enjoy before going to bed.

The ideal oceanfront location for families with children of all ages is Hampton Beach.

  • Lincoln’s Hobo Railroad

Ride a vintage rail system from the late 1800s along the Pemigewasset River or Lake Winnipesaukee.

On a 1- or 2-hour joy ride, passengers board vintage carriages that transport them back in time.

On every expedition, panoramic vistas of New Hampshire’s breathtaking scenery are offered.

A variety of train-themed products that make fantastic mementos are offered, along with snacks and beverages.

Although it’s one of our top New Hampshire family attractions, we recommend it for visitors of all ages.

  • Alpine Adventures, Lincoln

Alpine Adventures offers a wide range of outdoor experiences for adventure enthusiasts.

The lengths of their 6 unique zipline courses range from 250 to 1,000 feet.

So, whether or not you’ve been ziplining before, the knowledgeable staff will make sure you have the best ride possible.

Other options include off-road treks and excursions.

Also, every ride gives you an unbeatable view of the White Mountains that are all around you.

Children aged six and up are welcome on the rides at Alpine Adventures.

  • Self-Guided Scenic Trails Trip in the White Mountains

Spend three days exploring the White Mountains’ surrounding verdant forests.

Hike slowly along beautiful trails with the help of a guide, and take as much time as you need to relax at your comfortable campsite.

Before you start this self-guided tour, you and your clan will be given everything you need and the information you need to make the most of your time in the wilderness.

Families with teenagers and young parents will most likely appreciate these trails.

  • Franconia’s Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

Why not take the cable car up to Cannon Mountain’s 4,080-foot summit?

When you reach the summit, you can see four states as well as Canada and enjoy the breathtaking views.

You and the kids can also explore beautiful walking trails and have refreshments at the visitor center cafe at the summit.

So, if you’re staying at one of the many family resorts in the area, you might want to take this scenic drive.

Families with kids of all ages are invited to ride the cable car at Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway.

  • Dover-based Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

At the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, your kids can do a lot of activities that will help them learn and be creative.

Because it’s inside, this is one of our favorite things for families to do when it’s raining.

We strongly suggest coming here if you’re looking for family-friendly destinations.

Your children’s minds will be changed forever by a day spent at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

Families with children ranging in age from infancy to preteen should, in our opinion, visit this fantastic site.

  • Candia’s Charmingfare Farm

Families are welcome to visit this genuine, functioning farm and take part in the day-to-day operations of the farm.

A variety of fantastic activities are available at Charmingfare Farm, including hayrides, horseback riding, animal encounters, and more.

At Charmingfare Farm, the friendly staff is eager to share what they know and how much they enjoy the best parts of running a farm.

This site is difficult to avoid because there are so many free kid-friendly activities available.

All ages of families are welcome to participate in the benefits of farm life.

  • The White Mountains Self-Guided High Peaks Hiking Trip

We can’t stress enough how much we suggest taking the trails and discovering this state’s unending natural beauty among all the exciting things to do in New Hampshire with kids.

On this 3-day hiking excursion, you will be led up to some of the best peaks in the White Mountains.

All you need are a good pair of hiking boots and strong legs; the tour guides will provide the rest, including camping equipment, an itinerary, and a wealth of local knowledge.

Although there are no age restrictions, we advise families with teens and tweens to take this tour.

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Fantastic Family Adventures in New Hampshire with kids & Teens

New Hampshire is one of those states that makes you feel like going on a walk! Whether it’s to see the fall foliage colors or just to take a still though the woods or by the stream. New Hampshire is gorgeous. Explore New Hampshire with kids and teens and create your own fantastic family adventure. Did you know it is one of the original 13 Colonies?

Your family will be captivated by all of the history and exciting places to explore and learn about. These New Hampshire family travel destinations are great places to add for an exciting family travel itinerary of the Northeastern United States. If you are wanting to road trip or learn virtually, keep reading because you can explore and have awesome adventures in these New Hampshire places to visit from home. Have a fun virtual travel and learning experience too.

Don’t miss Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. It’s the state’s largest body of water and one of the deepest. Centered in the popular vacation area known as the Lakes Region it provides 4-season fun for families every year.

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Before Europeans visited, the native people had been enjoying the lake for 10,000 years. They gave Lake Winnipesaukee the Indian name meaning “Smile of the Great Spirit.” Spend a week on the lake and you’ll understand what they mean. The area is a magnificent playground for both water and hiking activities.

These days people still fish and canoe on the lake but it’s shared with modern-day jet skis and motorboats. But essentially Lake Winnipesaukee is an area to take your time exploring, and enjoy the lazy feeling of messing around on the water.

Road Trip Best Places To Visit In New Hampshire

As a kid, our family did a ton of road trips. I’ve passed that onto my family now too. In our family, a road trip is a series of car journeys from one destination to another to do a field trip. 5-day road trip usually means at least three of those days will be filled with activities and attractions. But if you live locally or regionally, you may decide to take that road trip in smaller chunks and plan several field trips around the great state of New Hampshire. Below are all the resources you need. Included are super fun ideas that will also super-size your child’s learning about US History, Geography, and famous people & places. So have fun using the world as your classroom with intentional family travel. Let’s head outdoors and explore the historical sites in New Hampshire!

New Hampshire Places to get outside & explore

  • Mount Washington : Highest mountain peak in the Northeastern United States, located in Coos County, New Hampshire.
  • Lake Winnipesaukee : Lake in central New Hampshire.
  • Loon Mountain : Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
  • Mount Monadnock : Mountain in southern New Hampshire.
  • Cannon Mountain : Mountain Peak in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
  • White Mountain National Forest : National forest in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
  • Flume Gorge : Gorge in Franconia, New Hampshire.
  • Franconia Notch State Park : State park in Franconia, New Hampshire.
  • Lost River Gorge : Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.
  • Tuckerman Ravine : Cirque in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Museums & Galleries

  • Capitol Center for the Arts
  • The Hood Museum

New Hampshire – Places Not To Be Missed

  • Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center : Observatory in North Conway, New Hampshire.
  • Conway Scenic Railroad : Heritage railway in North Conway, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire – Add These To Your Itinerary

  • Canobie Lake Park : Amusement park in Salem, New Hampshire.
  • Water Country : Water park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
  • Pats Peak : Ski resort in Henniker, New Hampshire.
  • Story Land : Theme park in Bartlett, New Hampshire.
  • Kancamagus Highway : Highway through the White Mountain National Forest in northern New Hampshire.
  • Mount Sunapee : Ski area in Newbury, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire With Kids & Teens: Places To Visit For Virtual Travel & Learning

New Hampshire offers so many exciting things to do! Are you finding it hard to fit it all in or afford to do it all while you are visiting? Luckily, there are great online resources at many of the museums and parks so you can keep learning about New Hampshire.

Make the most of learning about New Hampshire by taking a few virtual field trips and incorporating the  New Hampshire State Study  pack   into your pre-and post-visit activities. Your kids will enjoy hands-on activities and museums more when they have a little understanding of the people and places they will be visiting. Add in a good book, some digital activities to learn history and geography, and some super art for easy ways to inspire and educate. It’s all in these US State Study resources.

New Hampshire – Use The World As Your Classroom

The  New Hampshire State Study  pack makes it easy for your family to have fun learning about New Hampshire at home (virtually) or on the road.

Learn About New Hampshire’s Famous People

  • Robert Frost – poet
  • Sarah Josepha Hale – writer
  • Franklin Pierce  – 14th President of the United State
  • Eleanor Porter – writer
  • J.D. Salinger – author
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson – writer & poet
  • Louisa May Alcott – author

Learn About New Hampshire’s Famous Landmarks:

  • New Hampshire State House
  • Mount Washington
  • Conway Scenic Railroad
  • The Epic of American Civilization Mural
  • Monument Square Historic District
  • John Paul Jones House
  • Littleton Town Opera House

You will also find resources for science, art, and geography to round out a packed week (or longer) of learning resources for kids aged 4th grade to 12th grade.

The  New Hampshire State Study pack has all the resources in a PDF. You and your kids can pick and choose which ones you want to complete. It is a carefully curated course for middle/high schoolers. There are exciting videos and selected lessons so your family can easily learn online.

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THE 10 BEST Family Resorts in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire Family Resorts

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1. White Mountain Hotel and Resort

Live Music all summer long!

2. Ashworth by the Sea

RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain

3. RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain

The 2 BR Deluxe at the InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook

4. InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook

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5. Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

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6. Attitash Mountain Village

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7. Eastern Slope Inn

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8. Fox Ridge Resort

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9. Omni Mount Washington Resort


10. North Conway Grand Hotel

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For the outdoors enthusiast, the Pocono Mountains have everything you need and desire. There are seven state parks in the region as well as one national park, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Automobile racing fans love to visit the Pocono Raceway, which hosts several major races every year. Skiers and snowboarders gravitate to major resort areas like Camelback Ski Area, Jack Frost Mountain and Big Boulder and the Shawnee Mountain Ski area. For golfers, the Pocono Mountains features courses designed by legendary icons like Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast and modern designers such as Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones. There are 35 courses in the region highlighted by two of the highest rated, Jack Frost National and Woodloch Springs.

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15 Best Small Towns to Visit in New Hampshire

New Hampshire was one of the original thirteen colonies that founded the United States that holds tightly to its revolutionary history. New Hampshire also has stunning natural landscapes with snowy mountain ranges, sprawling meadows, lakes, and beaches. History buffs will love visiting the sites of important decisions, touring the buildings, and learning about the area from the local museums. Meanwhile, active travelers should visit the small towns of New Hampshire to spend their days exploring the outdoors.

It’s common to find small towns with friendly locals and colonial architecture nestled among woodlands. Though many may seem similar on a superficial level because of their demographic or proximity to one another, each one is truly unique and has its own personality to discover. Many of these small towns have inspired classic artists and poets like Robert Frost and Nathaniel Hawthorne to create work that pays tribute to New Hampshire’s beauty.

No matter what time of the year you visit, you’ll find New Hampshire a welcoming state with all types of things to see and do. While the bigger towns and cities like Concord and Manchester have their charm, it’s in the small towns that you’ll truly get a taste of what it’s like to be a local in this stunning state.

Lets explore the best small towns to visit in New Hampshire :

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Home to Dartmouth College, Hanover is a small town in the Upper Valley on the Connecticut River. There are all types of entertainment options and activity venues like shopping, theatres, parks, ski resorts, live college sports games, and museums.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love Hanover because of it’s the perfect place to go to the Dartmouth Skiway, the Suicide Six Ski Area, Storrs Pond Recreation Area, and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park. Meanwhile, travelers interested in history, science, and culture should see the Billings Farm and Museum, Enfield Shaker Museum, Nugget Theatres, The Old Constitution House, and the Montshire Museum of Science.

You could easily spend a few days in Hanover without getting even slightly bored.


Exeter is a known for being one of the friendliest and most walkable small towns in New Hampshire. The main street is lined with boutique shops, independent bookstores, galleries, and restaurants. Step back in time by staying in a historic colonial inn and enjoy dinner on the Squamscott River – an important point throughout colonial history.

In winter, the town looks picturesque with frosting-covered rooftops and trees and has recreation areas for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, and snowman making competitions. Once the weather warms up, there’s plenty of trails to explore with a mountain bike or with your two feet. Since the small town is on a river, there are also countless boating and water-type activities to enjoy.

3. Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill

Escape the city by heading to Sugar Hill, a little oasis amidst New Hampshire’s best natural sites. Within a small radius, you can see hundreds of waterfalls, hike to the top of Mount Washington, drive along the scenic Kancamagus Highway, and be amazed at the gargantuan Flume Gorge.

There are also seasonal activities like wildflower picking in spring, ziplining, hang-gliding, hiking, cross-country skiing, and more.

Learn more about the area at the Sugar Hill Historical Museum, where everything you need to know about the region’s history is presented in a lively, organized way. There is also the Sugar Hill Sampler, a fun venue where you can browse and try all different foods, drinks, and shop for trinkets.


Hancock is a small town in the Monadnock Region, commonly thought of as being the heart of New England. Nearly every building in the center of town is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Revere & Son’s bell in the towns 1800s meeting house can be heard chiming all throughout the day. It’s a friendly town with a strong community spirit (many shops simply have an honor system for purchases) that will welcome all who visit.

When in Hancock, consider staying at The Hancock Inn built in 789, making it the oldest inn in New Hampshire. From here, you can wander through the Harris Center for Conservation Education, go hiking, or just walk around town – no car required. There are constantly summer concerts, art performances, and other events for locals and visitors alike.

5. Franconia


Set in the White Mountains, Franconia and the surrounding region is so beautiful it inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write The Old Man of the Mountains based on its charm. There are little shops and dining area to browse, all in a picturesque setting. Robert Frost, the great poet, also called Franconia home and you can pay tribute to his work at The Frost Place museum.

Travelers who love to be outside should stop by Franconia and use it as a base to explore the Franconia State Park, see the Flume Gorge, kayak and swim at Echo Lake, go horseback riding, snowshoeing, mountain biking, ziplining, and more. Ride along the Cannon Mountain aerial tramway for sky-high views.

6. Portsmouth


Portsmouth is one of the best small towns in the country to visit if you have a penchant for U.S. history. Many buildings date back to the colonial era, and the American Independence Museum hosts artifacts from the revolution including the first drafts of the U.S. Constitution. The Strawbery Banke Museum has living history performances that take you back to the colonial era – its hands on, and perfect for travelers of all ages. You can also take a ride on the Piscataqua, a full-scale replica of a colonial sailboat.

Grab a beer at The Press Room and then go The Music Hall to listen to the tunes from the local live musicians. There are often art performances at Prescott Park and dance workshops at The Dance Hall Kittery.

7. Littleton


Littleton frequently comes up as a top contender when locals are asked what small town in New Hampshire is best. Maybe it’s because the main street lined with beautiful colonial buildings has tens of unique shops or maybe it’s because those with a sweet tooth can get their fix at Chutters candy store, a shop with the longest candy counter in the country. The town is a world away from any semblance from city life and is worth the visit no matter what time of the year you choose to come by. At night, the town has a pretty skyline that highlights the local church and government buildings.


Gorham is a small town that is thought to have almost as many moose as it has people! There are frequent moose tours where you can see these giant and gentle creatures grazing at the Moose Brook State Park. Outdoor addicts will also enjoy doing winter activities like skiing at the Sunday River, Wildcat, Attitash and the local woodlands. When it’s warm, enjoy spending time at the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and walking along the Imp Trail Loop. There are also places to go white water rafting, hiking, and swimming all along the Sacco and Androscoggin rivers. Gorham is the best small town for adventurous travelers and those who love to play outside.

9. North Conway

North Conway

North Conway in the Mount Washington Valley is a small town any type of traveler would love. From North Conway, you can explore over 700,000 acres of pristine forest which makes the perfect playground for any outdoor enthusiast. You can ski, fish, hike, swim, snowmobile, golf, canoe, camp, admire waterfalls, and much more depending on the time of the year.

North Conway also has a variety of cozy accommodation options ranging from luxurious bed and breakfasts to manicured campgrounds. Shopaholics will love the Setters’ Green Outlet Village, the antique and craft shops, and dining at the many restaurants to choose from.

10. Meredith


Meredith is in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is in the perfect place to see both the lakes and mountains of the White Mountains. Specifically, Meredith is nearby Lake Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, Waukewan, Wicwas, Newfound Lake, Winona, Squam Lake, and more. Summer brings in most tourists who love to come for the arts and craft festivals, fishing derbies, concerts, nature tours, and more. On the lake, you can rent a boat and go water skiing, wakeboarding, or simply spent the day afloat. There are so many things to do and see, you could easily spend a week here without getting bored.

Tax free shopping in Meredith means you can pick out rare gifts from the antique and collectibles shops. There are also galleries and craft shops that feature the work from local artists – their work is often inspired by the beauty that surrounds this small town.

11. Lincoln


Lincoln is known for being the base camp of the White Mountains, making it the perfect small town to visit if you’re interested in seeing that stunning mountain range. From Lincoln, you can hike around the Basin at Franconia Notch State Park, admire the Franconia Falls, view the Ice Castles, go ziplining, and even take a train ride on the Hobo Railroad – crafted to look like The North Pole during winter. There are many other outdoor attractions as well as wineries, colonial style architecture, and specialty shops in town.

12. Peterborough


Artists from all over the state are attracted to Peterborough’s thriving art community. There are constantly concerts, live theater performances, exhibitions, gallery displays, and art workshops taking place no matter what time of the year – and nearly all are open to visitors. Some standout performances usually take place at the Peterborough Players, a theater inside a barn!

You’ll have a great time simply walking through town, admiring the buildings, and staying at a friendly inn or bed and breakfast. You can’t miss visiting the charming Mariposa Museum of World Cultures, shopping for antiques, or walking around Temple Mountain.

13. Jackson


Jackson is one of the most underrated small towns in New Hampshire where you’re sure to find untouched wilderness and country inns to make you feel welcome. Jackson is nearby the White Mountains, where all types of travelers will have fun exploring the hills, viewing the waterfalls, and hiking through meadows. Go skiing at Wildcat Mountain, Black Mountain, or take a cross country ski tour with a local guide.

Jackson is also nearby Story Land, a children’s theme park where storybook characters come to life. It’s sure to inspire imaginations and make adults feel nostalgic. The Ellis River Art Studios are a great place to see local art displays and if you want to try your hand at creating some yourself, head to the Jackson Art Studio for hands-on workshops for everyone.

14. Northwood


Founded in 1773, this small town has been welcoming guests for hundreds of years. Northwood takes pride in preserving its historic roots by maintaining its original architecture and natural surroundings. You can stay at places like the Meadow Farm Bed and Breakfast, a homey accommodation walking distance to a lake where guests can canoe and swim surrounded by New England paradise.

There are also plenty of you-pick farms in Northwood where guests can pick berries in the summer and apples in the fall. This town is no-frills but all comfort.

15. Hampton Beach

Hampton Beach

Hampton Beach is a popular vacation destination for those living in New Hampshire, which is a good indicator of why you should visit during your trip as well. This resort town attracts water lovers looking to spend warm days rotating between the sea and under their umbrella. Stroll along the boardwalk, named one of the best in the country by USA Today or participate in one of the sand sculpting competitions. Though this destination might not be the best during the colder months of the year, it’s a top town as soon as the sun starts shining.

15 Best Small Towns to Visit in New Hampshire:

  • North Conway
  • Peterborough
  • Hampton Beach

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15 Best Resorts in New Hampshire — Top Places to Stay!

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New Hampshire is a sweets shop of vacation possibilities from its short seacoast to the famous White Mountains in the north.

You can find appealing hotels and resorts in this beautiful place.

Want to know where to book your next trip with family and friends?

See the top options with our list of the best resorts in New Hampshire.

1. Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mount Washington Resort

310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd Bretton Woods, NH 03575 (603) 278-1000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Know Before You Go

  • Free Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Resort Fee: None
  • Room Rate: $$$$

Why We Recommend It

The resort, a mile from the Bretton Woods Ski Resort, offers contemporary guest rooms with traditional decor.

Guests can access the fully stocked fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and two championship golf courses.

They also have a lavish spa in addition to complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the entire property.

A chic eatery serves cuisine with international influences, and a kid-friendly adventure park provides hours of fun.

What We Love

  • Globally-inspired cuisine
  • Located near a ski resort
  • Accommodating staff

What We Don’t Like

  • Outdated air condition units
  • No valet parking
  • Worn out furniture

Stand Out Amenities

  • Fully equipped fitness center
  • Indoor and outdoor pools

It is situated a mile from the Bretton Woods Ski Resort, which provides excellent wintertime snow sports.

The Omni Bretton Arms Inn at Mount Washington, which was constructed in 1896, is a posh inn on the property of the Omni Mount Washington Resort.

It offers opulent lodgings, first-rate services, and unmatched hospitality.

2. Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

101 Mountain View Rd Whitefield, NH 03598 (855) 837-2100 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Room Rate: $$$

This classic New Hampshire White Mountains hotel resort offers a stunning variety of offerings and amenities wrapped in a timeless storybook setting.

This is regarded as one of the best luxury resorts in New Hampshire since it combines first-class comfort with casual elegance and attentive, personalized service.

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa offers hotel guests an experience unlike any other resort in the White Mountains.

This includes access to the prestigious Tower Spa and floor-to-ceiling views of the White Mountains.

  • Yoga studio
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Movie Theatre
  • Jacuzzi is out of service
  • Needs to improve service
  • Food choices need to improve
  • Championship golf course
  • Full-service day spa
  • Farm-to-table restaurant

This elegant resort is located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

The Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is an opulent 19th-century mountainside resort offering an unrivaled retreat in the heart of the White Mountains.

This is surrounded by 1,700 acres of breathtaking mountain scenery.

3. Waterville Valley Resort

Waterville Valley Resort

1 Ski Area Rd Waterville Valley, NH 03215 (603) 236-8311 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

There are separate downhill and cross-country ski areas in this sizable ski resort.

This is a great location for easy cross-country ski trails with small hills to practice going up and down.

The Town Square, where you can warm up and eat (try Legends 1291), and then head back out, is close to the trails.

Additionally, they offer fat tire bike rentals, which are unquestionably fun.

  • Child-friendly resort
  • Several activities to choose from
  • Some elevators are not functioning
  • Expensive food
  • Service needs improvement
  • Parking lot ski trails
  • Premiere ski and snowboard school

It is situated in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and offers world-class skiing and snowboarding across two mountain peaks.

This year-round recreation area includes hiking, golf, biking in the warmer months, and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

4. RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain

RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain

22 S Mountain Dr Lincoln, NH 03251 (603) 745-7500 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Italian and American food is served in this resort with a relaxed atmosphere.

In addition to a day spa, hot tub, fitness center, and outdoor pool, the resort offers guests bicycles for exploring the grounds.

  • View from the room
  • Clean rooms
  • The check-in process is easy
  • Not animal-friendly
  • Outdated furniture
  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor pool

It is located in Lincoln, New Hampshire, close to Loon Mountain’s South Peak Expansion.

The RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain is a family-friendly resort.

It is a convenient lodging in the form of self-catering studio apartments and one, two, and three-bedroom condominiums.

5. InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook

InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook

33 Brookline Rd Lincoln, NH 03251 (603) 745-9900 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The most well-liked ski slopes in the state are located at this magnificent resort area in the winter.

Great hiking and biking trails are available in the spring and summer, and Lincoln.

This is where New Hampshire’s local eateries, boutiques, and friendly people are always a treat.

  • The staff is pleasant and accommodating
  • Rooms are spacious
  • Rooms need an update
  • Some rooms have no closet
  • Flies on the window

This resort is ​​located on the outskirts of the stunning White Mountain National Forest.

The White Mountain National Forest’s 750,000 acres are bordered by New Hampshire’s only five-star condominium resort on a mountainside across from Loon Mountain.

This fantastic condo is situated on the edge of the breathtaking White Mountain National Forest, which borders 750,000 acres of radically seasonal landscape.

6. White Mountain Hotel & Resort

White Mountain Hotel & Resort

87 Fairway Dr North Conway, NH 03860 (800) 533-6301 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

This resort offers a breathtaking, unique mountain setting.

There are also 80 guest rooms and suites at the base of White Horse Ledge.

The Ledges Restaurant offers spectacular mountain views, award-winning food, and top-notch service.

The welcoming Tullamore Tavern provides casual dining in a welcoming environment.

  • Spa has numerous treatments
  • Pet-friendly
  • Temperature control in some rooms is not available
  • Small standard rooms
  • Outdated decors
  • A fitness center with a Finnish restaurant
  • Heated outdoor pool

The location is near ski resorts.

It is just minutes from North Conway Village in North Conway, NH, and provides a panoramic mountain setting.

A classy hotel next to the Echo Lake State Forest that provides a classic mountain getaway is The White Mountain Hotel & Resort.

The elegant resort, six miles from Conway, has warmly decorated guest rooms and suites with colonial-inspired decor and cozy furnishings.

Related: Best Family Hotels in New Hampshire

7. Purity Spring Resort

Purity Spring Resort

1256 Eaton Rd Madison, NH 03849 (603) 367-8896 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Purity Spring Resort is the ideal location for family vacations, getaways, weddings, and gatherings.

This resort is known for its immaculate private lake, lakeside and mountainside lodging, and breathtaking natural surroundings.

  • No-frills rooms
  • Very scenic view
  • Plenty of activities to choose from
  • Customer service needs improvement
  • Food has limited choices
  • Free parking
  • Beautiful beach
  • Kids playground

The resort’s grounds are centered on the immaculate Purity Lake.

It’s a perfect choice if you plan to visit one of the best New Hampshire beach resorts.

This is close to NH Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and features pristine shorelines, sandy beaches, bogs, and heaths.

Purity Spring Resort has served families, groups, and visitors looking for traditional country lodging.

It has a beautiful location, with access to a forest, lakes, and mountains.

And it has been operating for more than 100 years.

8. Wentworth by the Sea

Wentworth by the Sea

588 Wentworth Rd New Castle, NH 03854 (603) 422-7322 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The elegant hotel offers contemporary-styled guest rooms with marble bathrooms that include walk-in showers and soaking tubs.

The nearly 150-year-old retreat is well known for its legacy as a tranquil location for weekend getaways, business meetings, and celebrations.

  • Great customer service
  • Nice room views
  • No elevator
  • Showers are tiny
  • Loud ventilation system
  • Sleek business center
  • Complimentary airport shuttle

This resort is a short distance from Portsmouth’s famed Market Square.

Elegant oceanfront hotel and spa Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa offers an unrivaled escape from the city.

It features 161 recently renovated guest rooms and suites, outstanding dining, and a host of resort-style amenities.

9. Cold Spring Resort

Cold Spring Resort

460 N Ashland Rd Ashland, NH 03217 (603) 536-4600 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Resort Fee: $100 per night

The goal of Cold Spring Resort’s planning was recreation.

Their on-site amenities will keep you occupied all day, thanks to their ideal location in New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains Region.

Tons of additional and exciting activities are practically at your doorstep.

  • Near to attractions
  • Beautiful view outside the window
  • Outdated facilities
  • Fridge doesn’t have an ice maker.
  • No washer/dryer
  • Live entertainment
  • Swimming Pool

This is close to a cold spring, making it the ideal location for peaceful relaxation and energizing exploration.

Since the middle of the 1970s, Cold Spring Resort has offered a warm retreat for families in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Regions.

The resort’s 77 well-appointed 1, 2, and 3-bedroom townhouses are situated in a fragrant pine forest overlooking the White Mountains.

10. The Seasons Resort

The Seasons Resort

1 Seasons At Attitash Rd Bartlett, NH 03812 (800) 332-6636 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Families seeking to take advantage of all that the Mount Washington Valley has to offer should visit The Seasons Resort.

The Seasons is conveniently situated close to several well-known attractions, including the ski areas at Attitash, Cranmore, Black, Wildcat, and Bretton Woods.

  • Near to popular attractions
  • Faulty aircon in some rooms
  • No designated smoking area
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Indoor hockey

This resort near you is only a mile from the ski slopes, nestled in The White Mountains at the southern base of Attitash Mountain.

The Season Resort is a modern condo resort just one mile east of Mount Attitash Ski Area, on 50 acres bordering the White Mountains National Forest, is a contemporary condo resort.

11. Indian Head Resort

Indian Head Resort

664 US-3 Lincoln, NH 03251 (800) 343-8000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

From your private balcony, take in the area’s unmatched views of the White Mountains.

You’ll appreciate their amenities, including their heated indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, on-site dining, and private Shadow Lake.

  • Rooms are clean
  • Delicious food
  • Friendly staff
  • Frozen pipes
  • No complimentary breakfast buffet
  • The check-in process is long
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Indoor and outdoor pool

Flume Gorge and Whale’s Tale Water Park, among other nearby attractions, are conveniently accessible from this area.

Indian Head Resort is a tranquil mountainside resort that provides a variety of activities.

It includes hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.

It is situated on the shores of Shadow Lake.

12. Mountain Edge Suites At Sunapee

Mountain Edge Resort & Spa at Sunapee

1380 New Hampshire Rte 103 Newbury, NH 03255 (603) 763-4600 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The resort offers tastefully decorated one- and two-bedroom suites with tall wooden beam ceilings, roomy living areas with pull-out sofas, and gas fireplaces.

Mountain Edge Resort is known as the best resort in New Hampshire because it offers the perfect fusion of comfort and convenience.

It also offers a romantic setting with several amenities made for visitors.

  • Rustic Tavern theme
  • Small bathroom
  • Not a wheelchair-friendly resort
  • Indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Continental breakfast

Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, their location makes it easy to take advantage of everything Newbury has to offer.

This is just a short distance from Lake Sunapee’s beach and Mount Sunapee Resort.

The Mountain Edge Resort & Spa is a warm, all-suite resort that offers comfortable lodgings and a wide range of contemporary amenities.

Although this is regarded as one of the cheap resorts in New Hampshire, they are known for top-notch hospitality and service.

13. Woodwards White Mountain Resort

Woodwards White Mountain Resort

527 US-3 Lincoln, NH 03251 (603) 745-8141 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The Woodwards White Mountain Resort carries on the illustrious history of Best Western Hotels & Resorts by consistently giving visitors a chic and distinctive hotel experience.

This carefully chosen upper-midscale hotel in Lincoln is known for providing guests with a distinctive and memorable stay.

If you are planning to stay in one of the top resorts in New Hampshire, this is a good choice.

  • Excellent location
  • Multilingual staff
  • Express checkout
  • Outdated rooms
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Complimentary full-breakfast
  • Indoor and outdoor heated pools

It is conveniently located close to the Pemigewasset River and Loon Mountain, the historic Hobo Railroad, and Franconia Notch State Park.

The Woodwards Resort is well known for its extensive cultural and historical heritage.

The town of Lincoln is just minutes from a magnificent drive on the Kancamagus Highway.

14. Summit Resort

Summit Resort

177 Mentor Ave Laconia, NH 03246 (800) 918-6121 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Looking for one of the top New Hampshire resorts?

Summit Resort is a perfect spot for your getaways.

The White Mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee nearby provide the ideal setting for outdoor activities, family outings, or just pure relaxation.

An excellent base for exploring the Lakes Region is The Summit Resort.

  • Hiking trails are nearby
  • In-room washer and dryer
  • Spacious room
  • Some window cranks are broken
  • Buildings are separated
  • Pools with waterslides
  • Racquetball court
  • Roman spa and sauna

The resort is a short drive from the magnificent Lake Winnipesaukee.

Summit Resort is a year-round resort with a view of the magnificent Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

The cozy, roomy suites are perfect for families because they offer privacy for six people and the convenience of a full kitchen and dining area.

15. Steele Hill Resorts

Steele Hill Resorts

516 Steele Hill Rd Sanbornton, NH 03269 (855) 706-7233 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you are searching for the best New Hampshire resorts for families, check out Steele Hill.

It offers a romantic setting with several amenities you can enjoy with your family and friends.

  • Nearby to attractions
  • Numerous activities to engage on
  • Executive golf course
  • Snowshoeing trails
  • Health Club

Steele Hill Resorts made it on our list as one of the best resorts in New Hampshire.

Santa’s Village, a water park, nature preserves, art galleries, fantastic tax-free shopping, and boat excursions are just a few of the nearby attractions.

Set in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, Steele Hill Resorts offers breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam.

How We Chose The Resorts

We’ve evaluated every resort in New Hampshire based on our personal experience and by conducting additional research.

We have carefully reviewed the amenities at each property, their rooms, dining options, onsite activities for families, and things to do nearby.

What’s more, we considered other elements, like the resort’s architecture, location, notable inclusions, reputation, and quality of service.

Additionally, we took customer reviews and recent awards into consideration when choosing the resorts to include in this list.

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  • Omni Mount Washington Resort
  • Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
  • Waterville Valley Resort
  • RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain
  • InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook
  • White Mountain Hotel & Resort
  • Purity Spring Resort
  • Wentworth by the Sea
  • Cold Spring Resort
  • The Seasons Resort
  • Indian Head Resort
  • Mountain Edge Suites At Sunapee
  • Woodwards White Mountain Resort
  • Summit Resort
  • Steele Hill Resorts

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Fun & Affordable Ways to Explore NH

These low-cost activities are the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the Granite State. From museums and indoor attractions to unique outdoor activities that can only be found in New Hampshire, there are plenty of ways to get out and explore what the state has to offer. With so many affordable activities—there’s no excuse to miss out!

Andres Institute of Art, Brookline

New Hampshire Children’s Museum , Dover As New Hampshire’s most visited educational and cultural institution, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has served over two million people from New Hampshire and beyond—offering fun, hands-on learning experiences for kids of all ages. Founded in 1983, the museum offers a blend of art, science and cultural experiences for families. Cost: $11 for children and adults aged 1+, $9 for seniors aged 65+

The Old Country Store and Museum, Moultonborough

Weeks State Park , Lancaster Weeks State Park is home to the beautiful mountaintop estate of John Wingate Weeks. The park offers 360-degree views of the White Mountains and beyond, and visitors can even climb a stone fire tower for even more breathtaking views. The estate is open for tours during the operating season and the site is the perfect backdrop for a picnic any time of year! Cost: Admission - $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-17, Tours - $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-17

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  • North Windham, Maine offers a quiet and picturesque place to live with lakes, nature parks, and a close-knit community. The cost of living is slightly higher than the national average.
  • Merrimack, New Hampshire is a family-friendly town with parks, forests, and excellent amenities. The cost of living is slightly higher than the national average but lower than the state average.
  • Cranston, Rhode Island is an excellent place to live with historic buildings, beautiful neighborhoods, and convenient modern conveniences. The cost of living is higher than the national average.

Nestled in the northeastern corner of the United States, New England is a region renowned for its idyllic landscapes, rich history, and outdoor escapades. However, the many charming small towns in New England are particularly celebrated, especially among people looking to move and live somewhere more beautiful and peaceful. From the rugged coastline of Maine to the majestic mountains of Vermont, New England offers a tapestry of natural beauty and cultural treasures that make it a dream destination to call home.

It's time to uncover some of the most beautiful places in New England to live, where one can immerse themselves in picturesque surroundings, embrace a close-knit community, and experience the breathtaking landscape of this beautiful region. So, get ready to be captivated by the allure of New England's finest gems.

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Living in New England offers a wide range of alternatives, from big cities to historic towns and coastal villages to beautiful neighborhoods. So, for those thinking about relocating to this area, we've added four more of the best places to live in New England to this list.

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North Windham, Maine

Small-town atmosphere, lakes, nature parks, and great amenities for residents.

For those looking for a quiet place to move, North Windham, Maine, is certainly the best place to live in New England. Sebago Lake, several lovely nature parks, a strong sense of community, a small-town atmosphere, and a variety of outdoor activities make this hamlet the perfect place for anyone who prefers quiet settings to big cities.

Surrounded by incredible landscapes, it offers outdoor activities, including boating and hiking. The proximity to Portland provides urban advantages while still retaining a peaceful, scenic lifestyle. The cost of living in North Windham, Maine, is 12.5 percent greater than the national average , and the monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,780, which is 24.5 percent more than the $1,430 national average.

  • Facilities available in North Windham: Windham Public Schools, North Windham Union Church, Sebago Lake State Park, Windham Parks and Recreation Department, Windham Indoor Shooting Range, Windham Historical Society, Windham Country Club, Windham Public Library

Merrimack, New Hampshire

Parks, forests, quaint neighborhoods, and excellent family amenities.

Situated along the Merrimack River, Merrimack, New Hampshire, is a lovely place in New England that offers picturesque scenery, parks, forests, and quaint neighborhoods. The town is a family paradise since it places a high priority on education and offers top-notch educational facilities along with a variety of recreational activities.

Merrimack has an average cost of living of $2440 , which is 10.7% more than the national average and 4.6% less than the average for New Hampshire. In Merrimack, the monthly rental cost of a two-bedroom apartment is $2,120, which is 48.3% more than the $1,430 national average and 28.3% more than the $1,520 state average. So, ideally, this town is a great place to live for families.

  • Facilities available in Merrimack: Merrimack School District facilities, Local parks for outdoor recreation, Medical facilities and clinics, Local stores and shopping centers, Dining options within the community, Access to local roads and highways.

Cranston, Rhode Island

Historic buildings, recreation, pretty neighborhoods, and modern conveniences.

Cranston, Rhode Island, is an excellent place to live in New England, considering that it offers beautiful neighborhoods, historic buildings, modern conveniences, and facilities for recreation, healthcare, and education. Being close to beautiful parks like Roger Williams Park provides leisure opportunities, unspoiled nature, and a variety of cultural events, plus local attractions and activities in Cranston provide much-needed fun and entertainment.

At $2250, the average cost of living in Cranston is 8.8% higher than the national average and 3.3 percent higher than that of Rhode Island. Additionally, renting a two-bedroom apartment in Cranston costs $1,580 per month, which is $10.5 percent more expensive than the $1,430 national average and 9.5 percent more expensive than the $1,430 state average.

  • Facilities available in Cranston: Parks and Recreation Areas, Schools and Educational Institutions, Healthcare Facilities, Shopping Centers and Malls, Diverse Dining Options, Libraries, Cultural and Entertainment Venues, Public Transportation Services, Community Centers, Sports and Fitness Facilities

Bristol, Rhode Island

A close-knit port community with colonial homes and great bars and restaurants for social butterflies.

Bristol, Rhode Island, is a lovely city with lots of outdoor activity, a close-knit community, charming coastal architecture, and plenty of historic buildings. The abundance of eateries, coffee shops, and bars provides its residents with an excellent social life. The town's scenic port, tree-lined streets, and well-preserved colonial homes all contribute to its appealing appearance. Residents take pleasure in waterfront activities, picturesque coastline views, and a thriving sailing culture.

Bristol's average cost of living is $2234 , which is 5.5% less than the state of Rhode Island's average and 18.7% more than the national average. Additionally, a two-bedroom apartment in Bristol rents for $1,550 a month, which is 8.4% more expensive than the $1,430 national average and 7.7% more expensive than the $1,430 state average. Overall, Bristol is among the best places in Rhode Island to call home.

  • Facilities available in Bristol: Colt State Park, Roger Williams University, Bristol Harbor, Parks, Mansions, Bristol Town Beach, Bristol Yacht Club, Downtown Bristol Shops and Restaurants, Community Center

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

One of the oldest towns in the us with green spaces, festivals, and river scenery.

Situated on the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a historic coastal city in Rockingham County, dating back to 1623, making it one of the oldest towns in the United States. There are also beautiful parks and green spaces throughout the city, which feature flower gardens, outdoor concerts, and festivals throughout the year.

The average cost of living for a family of four without rent in Paramount is $2617, which is 30% more than the national average, making it one of the most expensive places to live in the world. However, the rent cost may vary for the specific area, ranging anything between $2000 to $2600 for a 2-bedroom apartment.

  • Facilities available in Portsmouth: Educational Institutes, Healthcare Facilities, Recreational Venues, Shopping Centers, and Dining Facilities

Portland, Maine

Historic old port district with cobblestone streets, 19th-century architecture, and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene.

Situated on the southern coast of Maine, Portland is a vibrant coastal city in Cumberland County . The heart of Portland is its historic Old Port district. This waterfront area is lined with cobblestone streets, restored 19th-century buildings, and a thriving arts and entertainment scene known for its unique shops, boutiques, galleries, and acclaimed restaurants serving fresh seafood.

The city is surrounded by the stunning Casco Bay, dotted with over 200 islands home to several picturesque lighthouses, and offers opportunities for boating, kayaking, and exploring picturesque coastal landscapes. The average cost of living for a 4-member family in the city is $2912 without rent which is almost 15% higher than the national average.

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment may range from $1800 to $2000, depending upon the location of the property.

  • Facilities available in Portland: Public Transportation, Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure, Shopping and Dinning Facilities, Hospitals, and Clinics

Burlington, Vermont

A small-town-like city on lake champlain bursting with natural beauty, recreation, and the arts.

Burlington, Vermont, is a picturesque city in Chittenden County on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, known for its natural beauty, vibrant arts scene, and lively downtown, offering a unique blend of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, and small-town charm.

The city's downtown area is anchored by the Church Street Marketplace, a vibrant pedestrian-only street filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, and street performers. The living expenditure in the city is about $2,593 for a family of four with additional charges of $1,500 to $2,000 for rent, making it 16% higher than the national average.

  • Facilities available in Burlington: Higher Education Institutes, CCTA Public Bus Service, Airport, Healthcare Clinics and Facilities, and Recreational Spaces and Park

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Newport, Rhode Island

A historic coastal city with a scenic harbor, sailing culture, and gilded age mansions.

Newport, Rhode Island, is among the best places in New England to live; it's a historic coastal city in Newport County, home to scenic coastal landscapes and vibrant sailing culture. The city's picturesque harbor is a hub for sailing and boating enthusiasts allowing visitors to take harbor tours, charter sailboats, or simply stroll along the waterfront to enjoy the scenic views.

The downtown area of the city is known for its cobblestone streets, colonial buildings, and lively atmosphere. Also, Newport is renowned for its collection of opulent mansions built during the Gilded Age, dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, providing a glimpse into the grandeur of the era.

Newport is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States, with the cost of living being 125% higher than the national average. The living expenses for a four-member family can range between $4500 to $5000 with rent, depending upon one's accommodation preferences.

  • Facilities available in Newport: International Airport, Higher Education Institute, Medical Facilities, Roads and Infrastructure, Shopping, and Recreational Venues

Northampton, Massachusetts

Progressive culture, natural beauty, a vibrant arts scene, and historic architecture.

Northampton, Massachusetts, is a charming town in Hampshire County and is one of the best places to live in New England. Located in the western part of the state, it's known for its progressive culture, vibrant arts scene, and natural beauty.

The downtown area of the city is a vibrant hub lined with a diverse array of locally owned shops, boutiques, bookstores, cafes, and restaurants. The town's pedestrian-friendly atmosphere and historic architecture make it a pleasant place to live and wander.

Despite the incredible old town architecture and various urban luxuries, the cost of living in Northampton is higher than most other cities in the state, with the rent and utilities for an average household costing almost $2,200, making it 22% more than the national average.

  • Facilities available in Northampton: PVTA Bus Service, Farmers Market, Healthcare Facilities, Higher Education Institutes, Shopping Centers, Restaurants, and Recreational Areas

Camden, Maine

Outdoor recreation and scenic sights bless this charming harbor town.

Camden, Maine, is a picturesque coastal town located in Knox County that offers a charming harbor, scenic landscapes, and outdoor recreational opportunities, making it a popular destination for tourists and residents of the place. The town's harbor is the focal point of Camden, offering beautiful views of sailboats, yachts, and fishing vessels.

The town is among the most beautiful towns in New England to live in, but it's particularly famous for its winter offering, boasting a world-class ski area offering a range of winter activities, including skiing and snowboarding.

The cost of living in the area is about $39,700 a year, including rent, utilities, transportation, and healthcare. It is almost the same as the national average, making Camden an affordable option to live in New England.

  • Facilities available in Camden: Higher Education Institutes, Healthcare Clinics, Parks and Outdoor Venues, Public Transportation and Sports Facilities

Due to its proximity to the ocean, Camden can experience rapid weather changes, including the formation of dense fog that may reduce visibility, disrupting the usual pace of life, particularly near the harbor and coastal areas. So, the weather is an important thing to consider before settling in here.

Hanover, New Hampshire

Located on the connecticut river banks, home to dartmouth college and outdoor recreation.

Hanover, New Hampshire , is a picturesque town in Grafton County along the Connecticut River. It is home to Dartmouth College, one of the oldest and most respected institutions of higher education in the United States.

The city is situated on the banks of the Connecticut River, providing residents with beautiful river views and recreational opportunities, including kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and scenic boat tours, making it one of the best New England towns to live in.

The living standard in Hanover is better than most of the cities in New Hampshire, with an affordable cost of living of approximately $37,000 which is lower than the average living cost in New Hampshire and the national average.

  • Facilities available in Hanover: Higher Education Institutes, Healthcare Centers, Shopping Centers, Restaurants, Outdoor Recreation Spaces, and Public Transport

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Stowe, Vermont

A popular tourist town in the green mountains with world-class skiing.

Stowe, Vermont, offers a wealth to do and see and is one of the most beautiful small towns in New England to live in. It's a picturesque town nestled in the Green Mountains of northern Vermont. The highlight of the town is Stowe Mountain Resort which features well-groomed slopes, diverse terrain, and breathtaking mountain views.

Additionally, Stowe Village is another notable attraction in the town, featuring quintessential New England architecture, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes, offering a welcoming and charming atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.

The cost of living for an average couple in Stowe is around $57000 a year, including all the utilities, groceries, rent, and transportation expenses. It is almost the same as the average living expenditure for the state of Vermont but higher than the national average for its reputation of being a popular tourist destination all year round.

  • Facilities available in Stowe: Farmer Market, Public Library, Shopping Centers, Outdoor Recreation Spaces, Medical Facilities

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Mystic, Connecticut

A historic maritime town with a scenic waterfront and quaint downtown area.

Mystic, Connecticut, is a charming coastal town in New London County, Connecticut. With its rich maritime history, scenic waterfront, and a range of cultural attractions, Mystic has become a popular destination to live and visit for its blend of history, natural beauty, and New England charm.

One of the best things to do in Mystic is to explore its downtown area, which boasts a quaint small-town charm with historic buildings and restaurants lined with colorful flower boxes, boasting a lively atmosphere.

Despite not having good public transport and educational facilities, the average living cost for a single adult in Mystic is $42,000 a year, almost the same as the average in the state but slightly higher than the national average, with the major chunk spent on rent, making almost $15,000 for a year.

  • Facilities available in Mystic: Luxury Entertainment Venues, Medical Facilities, Outdoor Recreation Venues, Shopping District, and Restaurants

Woodstock, Vermont

A scenic green mountains village with historic buildings and natural beauty.

Woodstock, Vermont, is another one of the best towns in New England to live in; it's a picturesque town in Windsor County, in the heart of the Green Mountains, popular for its quaint New England charm, historic architecture, and natural beauty.

Woodstock's downtown area is a postcard-perfect New England village featuring beautifully preserved historic buildings, charming shops, art galleries, and restaurants, lined with tree-shaded streets, boasting a welcoming atmosphere and making it one of the best towns to live in New England.

The average cost of living for a family of four in Woodstock is over $91,000 a year, which is less than in other parts of Vermont but slightly greater than the average expenditure of similar households in the country.

  • Facilities available in Woodstock: Library, Community Center, Public Transport, Schools, Healthcare Facilities, Shopping Centers, Outdoor Recreation Spaces and Restaurants

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