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Family Summer Fun Guide

Welcome to ParentingNH’s third annual Family Summer Fun Guide for residents and visitors to the great state of New Hampshire.

What you’ll find inside is what makes the Granite State a great place to live and visit — pages and pages of ideas of where to take your family and what to do so you can make the most of the summer season. We are proud to partner up with Catholic Medical Center again this year because their mission, like ours, is to put families first. There’s so much to do that there’s a lot more to check out online. Go to www.parentingnh.com to see our expanded online summer fun guide and events calendar. For 25 years, ParentingNH, a national-award winning magazine has been the premier information source for Granite State families, and is the first and only statewide magazine for parents of children and teens. ParentingNH distributes free

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Get to know NH

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ew Hampshire is divided into seven tourism regions. Whether you choose to visit a specific region or decide to travel to several during a vacation, you’ll find plenty to do in each of them. One of the great things about the Granite State is that you can go to the ocean on one day and the mountains the next. To familiarize yourself with the different parts of the state, check out the description of each of the regions below. If you are looking for things to do in a specific area, see Page 5, where you’ll find an index for 101 things to do listed by region. If you are looking for things to do that are related to a specific activity, go to Page 39.

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Seacoast Find sweet spots of culture along the country’s shortest coastline.

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Merrimack Valley This is the river-based commercial corridor of the state.

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Monadnock Where the arts and agriculture flourish and a famous mountain stands alone.

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Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee A pastoral setting for NH’s illustrious Ivy League institution.

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Lakes The lively liquid heart of the Granite State and home to the famous Lake Winnipesaukee.

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White Mountains Has 48 4,000-foot peaks, including Mt. Washington.

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Great North Woods A forest paradise for campers, hunters, hikers, climbers and nature lovers of all types.

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SEACOAST REGION

American Independence Festival........................... 14 Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream............................22 Beaches/Route 1A................................................. 8 Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire.................. 36 Blueberry Bay Farm............................................... 17 Children’s Museum of NH..................................... 22 Cinnamon Rainbows............................................. 10 Dover Ice Arena.................................................... 24 Eastman's Deep Sea Fishing.................................. 30 Fuller Gardens...................................................... 10 Great Bay Discovery Center................................... 34 Great Island Common........................................... 29 Hampton Beach Children’s Festival..................... 26 Isles of Shoals..............................................28 New Hampshire Farm Museum.................. 6 Prescott Park Arts Festival..........................30 Rinks at Exeter.......................................... 24 Seabrook Station........................................ 17 Seacoast Science Center................................ 18 Stratham Fair.................................................... 28 Strawbery Banke................................................ 13 Summer Sessions.................................................. 10 USS Albacore Museum.......................................... 18 Water Country...................................................... 34

MERRIMACK VALLEY REGION

America’s Stonehenge........................................10 Aviation Museum of New Hampshire..................13 Axel’s.................................................................22 Beaver Brook Association.....................................7 Berry Good Farm................................................17 Canobie Lake Park..............................................19 Canterbury Shaker Village...................................29 Charmingfare Farm............................................17 Conway Ice Arena..............................................24 Currier Museum of Art........................................36 McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center...................32 McLane Audubon Center....................................32 Massabesic Audubon Center...................14 Millyard Museum.................................34 Mine Falls Park....................................24 New Hampshire Fisher Cats.................20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway........6

Pulpit Rock...........................................................7 Pawtuckaway State Park.....................................28 Robert Frost Farm...............................................24 SEE Science Center.............................................18 SkyVenture.........................................................36 State House Visitors Center.................................35 Vertical Dreams.............................................. 12

MONADNOCK REGION

Andy’s Summer Playhouse.......................... 24 Cheshire Fair............................................... 28 Madame Sherri Forest....................................12 Mariposa Museum and History Center................20 Mount Monadnock.............................................20 Mount Pisgah................................................22 Northeast Balloon Festival..........................14 Otter Brook Recreation Area.....................14 Pack Monadnock fire tower.......................17 Stonewall Farm...............................................36

DARTMOUTH/LAKE SUNAPEE REGION

Fells Estate, The..................................................32 Fort at No.4 ........................................................6 League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair............................35 Morningside Flight Park......................... 7 Mount Kearsarge fire tower..........17 New London Playhouse..............29 Windsor-Cornish Bridge.............. 8

LAKES REGION

Aerial Treetop Adventures............... 14 Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm........................ 17 Castle in the Clouds...........................................29 Ellacoya State Park.............................................35 Jellystone Park and Campground........................26 Lake Life Lessons..................................................8 Mi-Te-Jo Campground........................................26 Mount Major...................................................... 32 M/S Mount Washington.....................................26 Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm.......................... 36 Squam Lakes Natural Science Center........................... 30 Weirs Beach....................... 12

Wellington State Park ........................................38 Wright Museum of WWII....................................34

WHITE MOUNTAINS REGION

Arethusa Falls....................................................13 Attitash Mountain Resort..........................32 Bath-Haverhill Bridge................................8 Brick Store, The.................................18 Cannon Mountain...............38 Cathedral Ledge.................20 Clark’s Trading Post.............22 Cog Railway.............................26 Conway Scenic Railroad.....................................38 Diana’s Bath......................................................38 Flume Gorge......................................................30 Fort Jefferson Fun Park.........................................8 Great Glen Trails.................................................12 Honeymoon Bridge...............................................8 Lost River Gorge ..................................................8 Mt. Washington Valley Children's Museum..........30 Mooney Mountain Guides..................................12 Moose Hillock Campground................................26 Mount Washington Auto Road............................17 Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center............................................20 North Haverhill Fair.......................................28 Polar Caves.............................................18 Polly’s Pancake Parlor...............................8 Pollyanna statue.....................................13 Rey Center, The.......................................22 Santa’s Village............................................7 Settlers Green Outlet Village...........................28 Story Land..........................................................22 Whale’s Tale Water Park......................................38 Zipline Tours.......................................................28

GREAT NORTH WOODS REGION

Bear Rock Adventures .................10 Moose Alley..............................19 North Country Moose Festival......................................24 Poore Farm Historic Homestead and Museum...................27 Vertical Ventures Aviation.............................27

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101 things to do

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elcome to ParentingNH ’s compilation of 101 things to do in the Granite State. It was difficult to narrow down the list because there are so many fun things to do during the summer season. Lakes, oceans, mountains, festivals, educational centers... New Hampshire has something to offer every member of your family. If you’ve read through the list, but you want to narrow down your options, you have two ways to search for things to do. Headed to a specific part of the state? We indexed the list by the seven regions in New Hampshire. If you are looking for an activity — hiking spot, event, or water sport, amusement park and more — we have you covered. Turn to the back where you will find the list of 101 items sorted by activity. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on planning your summer adventures. ❂

101. New Hampshire Farm Museum Experience life as it once was with a visit to the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton. Explore vintage tractor exhibits, go on the Great Yellow Barn scavenger hunt, feed the chickens, do some farm chores, see what’s growing in the garden, and go for a nature walk.

100. The Fort at No. 4 Squeeze in a summertime history lesson at the Fort at No. 4, an authentically reconstructed fortified village that was once the northern outpost of the English colonies. Costumed characters, war encampments and re-enactments bring the past to life. WWW.FORTAT4.ORG CHARLESTOWN

WWW.NHFARMMUSEUM.ORG • MILTON Photo courtesy of fortat4.org

About the Writer

New Hampshire Motor Speedway: NASCAR racing

Jacqueline Tourville is an award-winning children's author who lives in southern Maine. Jacqueline frequently writes about events and activities for families and she has won multiple awards from the Parenting Media Association, including for her work in the Family Summer Fun Guide in 2016 and 2017. She is celebrating her 10th anniversary writing for ParentingNH this year.

99. New Hampshire Motor Speedway Are you a family of NASCAR fans? The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon hosts the only NASCAR Cup Series race in New England, so start your engines and get ready for the excitement of Loudon’s "Magic Mile.” Several family-friendly events held throughout the summer. WWW.NHMS.COM LOUDON

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MORNINGSIDE FLIGHT PARK The gentle rolling hills of the Connecticut River Valley are tailor-made for one of New Hampshire’s most unexpected summer activities for families: hang gliding. At Morningside Flight Park in Charlestown, kids and adults can learn how to hang glide and paraglide. Don’t want to fly? Try the park’s zip line or play laser tag. www.flymorningside. kittyhawk.com • Charlestown Photo courtesy of flymorningside. kittyhawk.com

97. Pulpit Rock Hiking with kids is always better when there are interesting sights to see along the trail, and that’s where Pulpit Rock in Bedford shines. The Bedford Trust natural area features wetlands, waterfalls, giant glacial erratics, beaver lodges, a gorge, ledges, and the remnants of an old saw mill. Best of all, most trails follow easy terrain that even little legs can manage. WWW.BEDFORDLANDTRUST.ORG BEDFORD

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Brook Association Sample just how fun it is to get outdoors in New Hampshire at Beaver Brook Association in Hollis. Filled with forests, gentle hills and streams, the land preserve’s well-marked and easyto-follow trails are perfect for young hikers. One trail leads to a Native American wigwam kids can explore. Don’t forget to visit the nature center and gardens. WWW.BEAVERBROOK.ORG • HOLLIS

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SANTA'S VILLAGE Christmas in July? Yes! With exciting holiday-themed rides and a chance to visit the jolly old elf himself, it really does happen at Santa’s Village in Jefferson. Ride, slide, splash and play at this favorite White Mountains attraction. Selected by TripAdvisor as one of the top 25 amusement parks in the country. www.santasvillage.com • Jefferson Photo courtesy of santasvillage.com

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92. LOST RIVER GORGE When the last Ice Age retreated, it left behind Lost River Gorge in North Woodstock, a glacial, rockstrewn canyon that makes the river flowing through it seem to “disappear.” As you make your way along the wooden boardwalk, check out deep caves and a rushing waterfall. Kids can pan for fossils and gemstones along the river – and keep what they find.

Jackson:

Honeymoon Bridge

www.findlostriver.com • North Woodstock

94. Covered Bridges New Hampshire is home to 66 covered bridges. Top picks include the Honeymoon Bridge in Jackson Village (Route 16A); the Bath-Haverhill Bridge (Route 135), the oldest bridge in the state; and the Windsor-Cornish Bridge (off Route 12A in Cornish), the longest wooden bridge in the United States.

91. Wakesurfing Get started with wakesurfing, the trendy waterskiing/surfing hybrid sport. Lake Life Lessons in Wolfeboro offers lessons for all ages and coaching for wakesurfing and other water sports. You’ll be shredding Lake Winnipesaukee in no time.

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Polly’s Pancake Parlor

Fuel up before your big day exploring the Franconia Notch region with breakfast or lunch at Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill, a can’t-miss dining spot that has been offering great food in a family-friendly atmosphere since 1938. For a taste of everything Polly’s has to offer, make sure to order the Pancake Sampler. WWW.POLLYSPANCAKEPARLOR.COM

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Fort Jefferson Fun Park Play where you stay at Fort Jefferson Fun Park, a White Mountains campground that has its own built-in amusement park. Fill your family’s day with excitement that includes Western-themed rides, waterslides and laser tag. Then get ready for campground fun all night — with no long car rides in between. Cabin rentals available. WWW.FORTJEFFERSONFUNPARK.COM JEFFERSON

Rye:

Wallis Sands Beach

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North Hampton State Park and Beaches For a more laid-back day at the beach, head north on Route 1A to the quieter stretches of sand at North Hampton State Park, Jenness Beach, and Wallis Sands Beach in Rye. If you get hungry, stop by The Beach Plum, a popular seafood shack and ice cream stand. Look for it across from North Hampton State Park. Photo courtesy of thebeachplum.net

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Catch Some Waves

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FULLER GARDENS It’s summer so take some time (literally!) to stop and smell the roses. Fuller Gardens in North Hampton is a public botanical garden on the grounds of an old seaside estate once owned by Massachusetts Gov. Alvan T. Fuller. Wander the garden’s paths to take in the sights and smells of summer. Roses are in bloom all season. www.fullergardens.org • North Hampton

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87. Surf Lessons

Photos courtesy of fullergardens.org and Rosanio Photography

New Hampshire’s coastline boasts some of New England’s best surfing. If you are ready to hang 10, two popular local surf shops that offer rentals and lessons for kids and adults are Cinnamon Rainbows in Hampton (www.cinnamonrainbows.com) and Summer Sessions in Rye (www. newhampshiresurf.com).

86. America’s

Stonehenge

For off-the-beaten-path excitement, visit the mysterious rock formations at America’s Stonehenge in Salem. The estimated 4,000-year-old archaeological site is a maze full of rocky chambers and ancient ceremonial meeting places. Elsewhere on the grounds, kids can dig for gemstones they can keep.

Pittsburgh:

Ride the Wilds

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Amoskeag Fishways Family Adventures

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84. Indoor Rock Climbing Learning the basics of rock climbing at an indoor climbing gym is fun all on its own, or can make outdoor rock climbing a little less daunting. Start your climb to the top at Vertical Dreams in Manchester and Nashua. Both locations offer lessons for all ages and skill levels. WWW.VERTICALDREAMS.COM • MANCHESTER, NASHUA

83. Outdoor Rock Climbing

Androscoggin River:

Ride the Rapids

Outdoor rock climbing is a popular pastime in the Granite State. Want to give it a try? Mooney Mountain Guides in Concord offers family lessons at one of three popular rock climbing spots: Rumney, Echo Crag and North Conway. WWW.MOONEYMOUNTAINGUIDES.COM

82. Whitewater Rafting Where else would you expect to find “white water” than in the White Mountains? In summer, Great Glen Trails cross-country ski center in Gorham transforms into a whitewater rafting center along the Androscoggin River. Trained instructors can teach your family everything needed to have a safe day riding the rapids. WWW.GREATGLENTRAILS.COM • GORHAM

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Love the retro feel of Weirs Beach? After a day of fun in the sun, take in the latest summer blockbuster at the Weirs Drive In. And yes, just like always, shows start at dusk.

The Madame Sherri Forest in Chesterfield is named for the eccentric Ziegfield Follies costume designer who built her “castle” here in the 1920s. The mansion was destroyed by fire years ago, leaving only a winding stone staircase sitting in the middle of the woods. The spirit of Madame Sherri is said to still roam her home’s former grounds, so be on the lookout. (It’s also OK to skip the ghost stories and just enjoy a pleasant nature walk!)

Madame Sherri Forest

Weirs Drive In

WWW.WEIRSDRIVEIN.COM WEIRS BEACH

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Littleton:

Stroke of Luck

Arethusa Falls

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79. Pollyanna

New Hampshire is home to some of New England’s most picturesque waterfalls, including the state’s tallest waterfall, Arethusa Falls, a towering 200-foot drop in Crawford Notch State Park (Route 302, Harts Location). Traveling the Kancamagus Highway? Look for the Sabbaday Falls rest stop on the south side of the highway near Conway. A bridge (with railing!) crosses directly over the rushing water.

Littleton is the hometown of famed children’s author, Eleanor H. Porter. In 1913, Porter wrote Pollyanna, her bestselling novel about a girl with limitless optimism and good cheer. To celebrate Porter and her work, visit the charming Pollyanna statue on the Littleton library front lawn. Be sure to rub her high-top shoe for luck and gladness. WWW.GOLITTLETON.COM • LITTLETON

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78. American Celebration If you’re on the Seacoast, the place to be on July 4th is Strawbery Banke’s American Celebration. It’s a good old-fashioned Independence Day block party, complete with children’s bike and wagon parade, games and crafts, historic garden tours, music, living history, hands-on activities, food and fun. WWW.STRAWBERYBANKE.ORG • PORTSMOUTH

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Aviation Museum of NH

If your kid is obsessed with airplanes, take them to the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. It is filled with exhibits and located right off the runway of ManchesterBoston Regional Airport. Don’t miss the museum’s 4th annual Aircraft Fly-In featuring antique and vintage aircraft on Aug. 11. It features free plane rides for kids ages 8-17. WWW.NHAHS.ORG

Boeing Stearman photo by Juergen Lehle

Portsmouth:

Strawbery Banke

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75. Northeast Balloon Festival When summer goes up, up and away over Labor Day weekend, go right along with it at the Northeast Balloon Festival on Sept. 1-3 at the Hampshire Dome in Milford. The event features balloon rides, evening balloon glows, food trucks, live music, amusement rides and games, artisan goods and more. Go to Facebook and search “Northeast Balloon Festival.”

Milford:

Reaching New Heights

74. American Independence Festival Celebrate America’s founding and freedom at Exeter’s annual American Independence Festival, hosted by the American Independence Museum on July 14. Role players, British and Patriot re-enactors, traditional artisans, music, food, sidewalk sales, children’s activities, and fireworks are just some of the fun. Plus, see an original Declaration of Independence. WWW.INDEPENDENCEMUSEUM.ORG • EXETER

73. Otter Brook Recreation Area For a lovely picnic spot, try Otter Brook Recreation Area in Keene. Maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, you will find a river-fed beach, ball field, restrooms, as well as 90 picnic sites that stretch out along the river, and 55 fireplace grills. Groups can also rent out one of two picnic shelters for an additional fee; electrical hookups are also available. WWW.KEENEPATHS.COM/BEACHES • KEENE

72. AERIAL TREETOP ADVENTURES Swing through the trees! Aerial Treetop Adventures encourages families to explore Gunstock from a squirrel's eye view as you traverse 91 different challenges spread out along five tree-suspended ropes courses. Elsewhere at Gunstock’s Summer Adventure Park, find zip lines, mountain coasters, and Segway tours. www.gunstock.com • Gilford

71. Massabesic Audubon Center

Auburn:

Peaceful Setting

It’s located just outside the biggest city in New Hampshire, but the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, with its quiet wooded paths leading to the sparkling waters of Massabesic Lake, feels like a world away. WWW.NHAUDUBON.ORG • AUBURN

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Summ er Fun ! Story Land & Santa’s Village Packages

Our two night Story Land and Santa’s Village packages provide all the fun of a magical visit. Choose from one of two of New England’s most popular attractions, with resort accommodations, breakfast, and passes to Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park. It’s fun for the whole family!

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Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! The warmer weather is a nice break from a long winter but avoid extended periods of sun exposure between 10AM-4PM. This is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Whenever headed outdoors, always apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 50 or higher that shields both the UVA and UVB rays. Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours. Always reapply sunscreen after swimming or getting wet.

Cover up. When heading out for a day at the beach, don’t forget to bring a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp and face from harmful UV rays. Light, sun-resistant clothing can also provide a barrier from the sun, in addition to warding off chills. And if you’re planning a hike or nature walk, wear tall socks and pants to help prevent tick bites.

Wear a helmet. Riding bicycles, horses, and scooters are all great forms of exercise that connect you with nature, but remember to wear a helmet every time. Helmets have been proven to significantly reduce the risk of injury in case of Stephen Michaud, a mishap, but they MD, is a board-certified only work if you family medicine physician at CMC’s wear them! Goffstown Family Practice. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Michaud is a Goffstown native and spent five years in the Air Force as a family physician. His interests include preventative health care for all ages.

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Bring your bug spray. Biting and stinging insects are an unfortunate reality of warm weather. Both ticks and mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases like Lyme and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), so using a strong repellent with at least 30% DEET is a must in the summer months.

Master water safety. Whether you’re staying cool at the beach or by the pool, always use caution while swimming. Don’t swim alone and pay extra attention to children in and around water. Wear swim shoes to reduce the risk of athlete’s foot and prevent injuries from hidden sharp objects and hot sand at the beach. If your summer plans include boating, be sure to have kids properly fitted for a life jacket.

Use caution around fire pits and BBQ grills. It only takes an instant for a child to suffer a painful burn. Make sure kids understand the rules of handling fire materials, and use gates, fences, and other barriers to keep toddlers safe from open fire areas. Teach kids how to stop, drop, and roll if any part of their clothing ever catches on fire.

Stay hydrated. Don’t wait until your child says they are thirsty to offer a beverage. Get your child in the habit early-on of scheduling frequent beverage breaks during outdoor activity, about every 20 minutes or so in hot weather. When possible, take hydration breaks. With these guidelines in mind, you should be free to enjoy a wonderful summer in the beautiful Granite State! So break free from electronics — turn off the TV, limit screen time, and plan a family outing! Wishing you and your family a fun, safe summer!

Learn more about CMC’s Primary Care practices at CatholicMedicalCenter.org or call CMC’s Primary Care Access Line at 603.314.4750 to find the provider that is right for you and your family.


70. Seabrook Station Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, the state’s sole nuclear energy facility, is a surprisingly fun place to visit. The plant’s Science & Nature Center offers educational displays about energy and the environment, including a simulated elevator ride 260 feet below sea level to the plant’s cooling tunnels. Plus, find a marine touch tank and boardwalk nature trail that winds throughout the plant's woods and marshland area. WWW.NEXTERAENERGYRESOURCES.COMS • SEABROOK

69. PYO Blueberries Blueberries typically ripen in New Hampshire in mid- to late July. Great spots for a morning or afternoon of pick-your-own fun include Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm in Newport, Berry Good Farm in Goffstown and Blueberry Bay Farm in Stratham.

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67. Fire Towers Mountaintop fire towers offer views for miles. At Pack Monadnock at Miller State Park in Peterborough, drive or hike to the summit, then climb the fire tower for views all the way to Boston on a clear day. Near Warner, hike or drive to the summit of Mount Kearsarge for panoramic fire tower views north to Mount Washington.

Charmingfare Farm

Where can you get up close and personal with chickens, pigs, goats, and...a camel? At Charmingfare Farm in Candia. Kids can feed and pet lambs and llamas, then head off on the trails to visit more exotic creatures like wolverines, wolves, reindeer and yes, a camel. Hayrides, pony rides, and a playground make for a day of fun. WWW.VISITTHEFARM.COM

66. Mount Washington Auto Road You know you want that bumper sticker that says, "This Car Climbed Mount Washington," so make your way to the Mount Washington Auto Road and go for it. With often crazy weather, winding roads, and spectacular vistas, this is a car ride you’ll never forget. The toll road leaves from Pinkham Notch/Route 16. WWW.MTWASHINGTONAUTOROAD.COM • PINKHAM NOTCH

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65. Seacoast Science Center The Seacoast Science Center in Rye is New Hampshire’s seaside aquarium. Located in Odiorne State Park (itself a stunning place to explore), the learning center is filled with aquatic exhibits, hands-on learning about the Gulf of Maine environment, and a marine touch tank that will keep kids occupied for hours. Take part in the scavenger hunt! WWW.SEACOASTSCIENCECENTER.ORG • RYE

Portsmouth:

USS Albacore Museum

64. USS Albacore Museum Climb aboard the fastest submarine of its time! The USS Albacore Museum was commissioned by the Navy from 1953-72 and is now permanently dry docked in Portsmouth for visitors to explore. Marvel at the sub’s tight living quarters and all the dials, levers and sonar screens. WWW.USSALBACORE.ORG • PORTSMOUTH

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63. The Brick Store The Brick Store in Bath, in business since 1790, holds the record as the oldest continuously operated general store in the country. Stop by for the store’s specialties including homemade fudge, locally produced maple syrup, toys and lots of White Mountains souvenirs.

The Brick Store:

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Science at your Fingertips

Stop by the SEE Science Center in Manchester, a science museum that offers hands-on exhibits and a LEGO replica of the city’s historic millyard that holds the record as the largest permanent LEGO mini-figure installation in the world. On Saturdays and Sundays, take part in special drop-in workshops for families. WWW.SEE-SCIENCECENTER.ORG • MANCHESTER

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61. Polar Caves The most unique place to cool off when temperatures soar? One front runner is the Polar Caves in Rumney. The centerpiece of this White Mountains attraction is the glacier-carved caves that stay cold year round. Explore the caves then visit the animal park, climbing walls, and sluice mine to pan for gems. WWW.POLARCAVES.COM • RUMNEY

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59. Canobie Lake Park At Canobie Lake Park in Salem, the state’s largest amusement park, there is excitement all summer long. Ride the antique carousel, get lost in the mirror maze, or climb aboard the Canobie Express for a steam train ride around the park. And don’t forget to ride the thrilling Yankee Cannonball. In 2018, Canobie Lake Park’s Castaway Island is expanding into a water park, complete with tidal river. Check website for updates. WWW.CANOBIE.COM SALEM Photo courtesy of canobie.com

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Moose Alley

Did you know that the 16-mile stretch of Route 3 from Pittsburg north to the Canadian border is known as Moose Alley? That’s because many of New Hampshire’s estimated 6,000 moose live in the unbroken forests on either side of this road. If you do go for a moosespotting drive, NH Fish and Game Department advises you to stay in your vehicle — and have your cameras ready! SUMMER 2018

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58. NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHER CATS 57. Mount Monadnock Make your way to the top of Mount Monadnock, one of the most popular hiking spots in the state, with easy access from Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey. If little legs can’t make it all the way up to the top, the state park offers nature trails leading to scenic spots such as Gilson Pond.

Enjoy an afternoon cheering on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, an AA-affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Off the field at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, kids can spend part of those extra-long innings in a special children’s play area, with bouncy house, games, and an obstacle course. Check out the calendar for special themed days, giveaways and fireworks. www.nhfishercats.com • Manchester

56. Weather Observatory Learn about the wild weather at the top of Mount Washington at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, an interactive science museum that makes the wonder of weather come alive. Mount Washington has some of the fastest wind speeds ever recorded on earth, but the weather center is safely tucked away in North Conway’s bustling downtown district.

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WWW.MOUNTWASHINGTON.ORG • NORTH CONWAY

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Mariposa Museum

Visit Cathedral Ledge, a sheer, 400-foot cliff just outside the North Conway village. Fenced in for safety and accessible by seasonal auto road, this is an easy stop for families. Cathedral Ledge, located in Echo Lake State Park, is one of the state’s most popular rock-climbing areas, so you're likely to see climbers pulling over the top of the cliff right in front of you. WWW.NHSTATEPARKS.ORG • NORTH CONWAY

Peterborough is a small town with a big window on the world, thanks to the Mariposa Museum and History Center, a hands-on learning museum about global cultures and art. Explore a surprisingly large collection of international folk toys, folk art, instruments, costumes and interactive exhibits. Outdoors you'll find a garden, a walkway of peace, a butterfly mosaic and outdoor sculptures.

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53. STORY LAND At Story Land, a fairytale-inspired amusement park in Glen, take a spin in a teacup, travel in pumpkin coach style on the way to see Cinderella, and scream along on the Roar-O-Saurus, the only wooden roller coaster of its kind in northern New England. There’s enough to do here for a day’s worth of fun — and then some. www.storylandnh.com • Glen

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52. Grab an Ice Cream It’s always time for ice cream. For the thick, rich variety (16 percent milk fat!), grab a cone at Annabelle’s in Portsmouth. For soft serve, Axel’s in Merrimack is a sweet place to stop. The soft serve contains all-natural ingredients like real fruit. If you have your canine companion along, order the Doggie Sundae – a vanilla soft serve ice cream topped with a dog bone.

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Climb Mount Pisgah in Hinsdale and get ready for a hike with a built-in snack! In late July and August, kids will love finding wild blueberries growing all along the mountain’s sunny crown. Access trails via Mount Pisgah State Park. WWW.NHSTATEPARKS.ORG

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Museum of New Hampshire

Check out the two floors of learning fun at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. Explore world cultures, under-sea research, brain waves, dinosaurs, music, nature and much more. Special programming takes place all summer long. WWW.CHILDRENS-MUSEUM.ORG DOVER

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Clark’s Trading Post There’s nothing like the trained bear shows at Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln, a White Mountains tradition since 1949. After the show, take a train ride, go on the blaster boats, and plummet down the Anaconda raft ride. WWW.CLARKSTRADINGPOST.COM LINCOLN

Rey Center

Waterville Valley was the summer home of H.A. and Margret Rey, the creators of Curious George. Now it is home to The Rey Center. On Saturdays throughout the summer, children are welcome to stop by for the Center’s weekly storytime. And check out the gardens and trails, too. WWW.THEREYCENTER.ORG • WATERVILLE VALLEY Photo courtesy of curiousgeorge.com

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47. Robert Frost Farm See what inspired Robert Frost’s famous poems about life in rural New England by visiting the Robert Frost Farm, a former home of the famed poet. Tour his quaint farmhouse, spend time in the children's garden, and learn about some of Frost’s favorite plants and animals during a nature walk along the Hyla Brook trail. WWW.ROBERTFROSTFARM.ORG • DERRY

46. Ice Skating Escape the muggy weather with a spin around the many indoor ice rinks open during the summer months, including the Rinks at Exeter, the Dover Ice Arena, and the Conway Arena in Nashua. If your winter sports gear is packed away, most rinks offer skate rentals for a small fee.

45. Mine Falls Park Mine Falls Park, Nashua’s urban forest oasis, shows that even in the midst of one the state’s busiest cities, there’s still room for hiking trails that wind under forest cover and along gently flowing river waters, without a building in sight. Access Mine Falls Park off Coliseum Avenue. WWW.NASHUANH.GOV • NASHUA

44. North Country Moose Festival

Celebrate the gentle giants of the north at Colebrook’s annual North Country Moose Festival Aug. 24-25. The festival features entertainment, music and moose-centric activities for all ages, including a moose calling contest. WWW.CHAMBEROFTHENORTHCOUNTRY.COM • COLEBROOK

43. Andy’s Summer Playhouse In Wilton, Andy’s Summer Playhouse is an innovative children-only summer theater that provides kids with an opportunity to hone their acting skills. Summer 2018 at Andy’s Playhouse will include over 300 child players putting on productions of The Things We Keep and My Hero. WWW.ANDYSSUMMERPLAYHOUSE.ORG • WILTON

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COG RAILWAY Taking in the views from the top of Mount Washington is exciting, but when you take the Cog Railway to reach the summit, the trip up is just as much fun. The unique and historic Cog railway is the second steepest railway of its kind in the world. After your climb through the clouds, spend time exploring the summit of New England’s tallest peak before riding the rails back to the base camp. www.thecog.com • Marshfield Station

41. Hampton Beach Children’s Festival For the most fun in the sun, time your visit to Hampton Beach to coincide with the Hampton Beach Children’s Festival Aug. 13-17. It’s a week filled with games and activities. And don’t miss the children’s parade on Aug. 17. Everyone has fun and wins a prize at this giant beachside costume parade. WWW.HAMPTONBEACH.ORG • HAMPTON BEACH Photo courtesy of hamptonbeach.org

40. Camping Looking for a kid-friendly campground? Some favorite places for families to pitch their tent include Jellystone Park and Campground in Ashland (www.campjellystone. com), Mi-Te-Jo Campground in Milton (www.mi-te-jo. com), and Moose Hillock Campground in Warren (newhampshire. moosehillock. com), home to a heated oversized pool with pirate galleon waterslides.

39. M/S Mount Washington On Lake Winnipesaukee, dance under the stars on an evening Family Party Cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington. Bring the kids for a fun night of dinner, dancing and family entertainment. Children under 13 ride for free. WWW.CRUISENH.COM • LACONIA

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38. Helicopter Tour If you are looking for something different to do this summer, get a new perspective on the Granite State by taking a helicopter tour. Vertical Ventures Aviation offers tours that fly over New Hampshire’s natural landmarks. You’ll never look at the White Mountains the same way again. WWW.FLYVVA.COM • WHITEFIELD Photo courtesy of Vertical Ventures Aviation

Castle in the Clouds Spend the day and take in the stunning Lake Winnipesaukee panoramic views. Route 171, Moultonborough, NH Open daily from Memorial Day to Oct 21st.

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37. Poore Farm Historic Homestead Head to Colebrook to take a self-guided tour of the Poore Farm Historic Homestead and Museum. The Museum is the last remaining, original 100-acre historic farm settlement of its kind in the North Country. The farm hosts activities such as picnics, live events, demonstrations, hiking and field trips. WWW.POOREFARM.ORG • COLEBROOK

Tale Trails

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Zipline Tours For a bird’s eye view of the White Mountains, take a zipline tour over the treetops. Adventurous types can get their thrill on at Alpine Adventures in Lincoln (www. alpinezipline.com), Cranmore’s Aerial Adventure Park (www.cranmore.com), and the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour (www.brettonwoods. com), the longest zip line tour in New England with a descent of over 1,000 feet in elevation.

35. Pawtuckaway State Park There are so many New Hampshire State Park gems, including Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham. Trails lead to marshes, up and down hills, and past super-sized glacial erratics. Check out the state park trail map (pick one up at the entrance gate) and plan your hike to end up at Pawtuckaway's popular swimming beach. You can even camp overnight. WWW.NHSTATEPARKS.ORG • NOTTINGHAM

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Hit the Outlets

Already thinking about back-to-school shopping? Settlers Green Outlet Village in North Conway is home to cost-cutting outlet versions of kids’ and teens’ favorite stores, including Justice, Children’s Place, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, American Eagle and Banana Republic. Mom and dad can check out the Yankee Candle outlet, Stonewall Kitchen, and Lindt. WWW.SETTLERSGREEN.COM

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Agricultural Fairs Summer kicks off the agricultural fair season, so get ready for blue ribbon-winning cows, live music, and midway rides and games. Fairs include the Stratham Fair (July 19-23; www. strathamfair.com), 74th annual North Haverhill Fair (July 25-29; www. nohaverhillfair.com) and the Cheshire Fair (Aug. 2-3; www.cheshirefair.org).

33. Isles of Shoals Approximately three miles off the coast are the Isles of Shoals, a mysterious island chain that was once home to the area’s first settlers. For a day of exploring, leave from Portsmouth aboard the S.S. Thomas Leighton to get to Star Island. You can spend the night at the island’s Oceanic Hotel. But beware… the 19th-century structure is reportedly haunted. WWW.ISLESOFSHOALS.COM • PORTSMOUTH Photo courtesy of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

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CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS Take a trip into the clouds at Castle in the Clouds, a 19th-century mansion perched atop a mountain overlooking the northern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Visit the castle for breathtaking views and explore over 45 miles of winding walking trails. www.castleintheclouds.org • Moultonborough

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Great Island Common

A great place for a picnic or a swim, Great Island Common in New Castle boasts a sandy beach with stunning views of nearby Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and the Isles of Shoals. Wade along the shore and explore the rocky outcroppings. Elsewhere in the park, an oversized playground is good for hours of fun. Nominal fee.

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If you are tired of running around, take in a show at New London Barn Playhouse in New London. Among the shows on the main stage in 2018 are Camelot, Newsies and 42nd Street. A children’s theater series is also offered during the summer.

Explore the history of the Shakers at Canterbury Shaker Village, the National Historic Landmark Village dedicated to preserving the legacy of this religious group devoted to peace and harmony. Explore 25 restored original buildings, enjoy crafts and games, and go for a nature walk.

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WWW.SHAKERS.ORG • CANTERBURY

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Canterbury Shaker Village

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27. Mount Washington Valley

Children’s Museum

For a rainy day escape, head to the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum in North Conway, where kids can put on puppet shows, play with trains, climb into a life-sized treehouse, explore outer space and more. The museum is in the heart of downtown, so you can walk to nearby restaurants and shops. WWW.MWVCHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG • NORTH CONWAY

25. Prescott Park Arts Festival In Portsmouth, the Prescott Park Arts Festival brings musical theater to the shores of the Piscataqua River. This summer’s main production is Seussical the Musical, with performances Thursdays through Sundays until the end of August. Enjoy the other sights and sounds of Prescott Park, including its magnificent views and lush flower gardens.

26. Flume Gorge In Franconia Notch State Park, don’t miss the Flume Gorge, an 800-foot-long natural canyon, so narrow in places that the 90-foot tall sheer granite walls are only separated by a mere 20 inches. A two-mile loop in and around the gorge takes you to waterfalls, covered bridges and glacial pools. WWW.NHSTATEPARKS.ORG LINCOLN

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24. Squam Lakes Natural

Science Center

Learn more about the flora and fauna of New Hampshire at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. The center’s trails wind through meadows, marshes and forests where you can visit live animal displays of some of the creatures who call the area home – including a black bear and bobcat. WWW.NHNATURE.ORG • HOLDERNESS

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22. Blueberry Fest Visit Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett to zipline, zoom down the slopes on a mountain coaster, and catch some air on the EuroBungy trampoline. In the Abenaki language, Attitash means “blueberry,” and this year on Aug. 4, the resort celebrates the fruit with its annual Blueberry Fest, featuring games, music, blueberry pie eating contest, and tasty blueberry treats. WWW.ATTITASH.COM • BARTLETT

21. McAuliffe-

Shepard Discovery Center Stop by the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, a planetarium and science learning center that offers star shows, exhibits, and special family programs that inspire everyone to reach for the stars. WWW.STARHOP.COM • C0NC0RD

20. MOUNT MAJOR For breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee, try the moderate 3.8 mile round-trip hike to the top of Mount Major in Alton. For little hikers, the trail offers scenic views of the lake from various stopping points along the way. Make your hike as short or long as you like.

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McLane Audubon Center The McLane Audubon Center in Concord, headquarters of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Audubon Society, has a learning center filled with animal exhibits of rehabilitated hawks, owls, and a bald eagle who call the place home, plus several miles of hiking trails.

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17. GREAT BAY DISCOVERY CENTER At Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, get your hands wet in an estuarine discovery tank as you and your kids learn about horseshoe crabs, oysters, mud snails and other inhabitants of the bay. Outside, follow the nature trail and boardwalk for an up-close look at the estuary’s ever-changing tides. www.greatbay.org • Greenland

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Manchester’s Millyard Museum

Housed in what was once one of the largest textile mills in the entire world, exhibits delve into the city’s history, from the region’s pre-Colonial times to the Industrial Revolution and beyond. Fun for kids includes a scavenger hunt and a mystery objects game. WWW.MANCHESTERHISTORIC.ORG

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Wright Museum of World War II In Wolfeboro, learn about a pivotal time in history at the Wright Museum of World War II’s annual family day on July 8. Festivities include rides in restored WWII vehicles, WWII re-enactors, WWII memorabilia, as well as a magic show, animal shows, games and other kid-friendly fun. Bring the grandparents for a special day.

14. Water Country For wet and wild fun check out Water Country in Portsmouth. There are more than a dozen different water rides and slides, plus many more activities on the park’s 47 acres (including a wading pool area for younger kids). WWW.WATERCOUNTRY.COM • PORTSMOUTH

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13. New Hampshire State House In Concord, it’s hard to miss the goldendomed State House, built in 1819 and still the heart of the capital city’s bustling downtown district. For a free self-guided tour, stop by Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kids will be intrigued by the Visitors Center diorama depicting the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was led by New Hampshire militiamen. WWW.NH.GOV • CONCORD

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11. ANNUAL CRAFTSMEN’S FAIR

Spread your blanket at Ellacoya State Park’s 600-foot long sandy beach in Gilford. Besides the picturesque views across the waters to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains, you can swim and fish, then head to the picnic grounds for lunch. Park also available for RV camping.

Take your family to the 85th annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. From Aug. 4 to 12, there are things to do every day for all ages including demonstrations, food and hands-on activities. www.nhcrafts.org • Newbury

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10. Black Heritage Trail The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire preserves, celebrates and honors the history and culture of the state’s African-American community. Download the free trail map and start your tour in Portsmouth, retracing the steps of the Seaport’s early AfricanAmerican community. Special trolley rides available. WWW.BLACKHERITAGETRAILNH.ORG • PORTSMOUTH

Photo of the Harriet E. Wilson sculpture courtesy of blackheritagetrailnh.org

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Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm

Fake a step into the past at the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth, which was named Yankee Magazine’s 2018 Editors’ Pick for “Best Historical Experience” in New Hampshire. The museum features hands-on farm fun, arts, crafts and traditional food demonstrations, and a family nature trail to views of Mount Chocorua. W W W. R E M I C K M U S E U M . O R G

8. Stonewall Farm

Stop at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, ranked as one of the best fine arts museums in New England. Check out art from such luminaries as Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe. Visiting families receive a special Family Guide map and can visit the Discovery Gallery for hands-on art activities. WWW.CURRIER.ORG • MANCHESTER Photo courtesy of currier.org

Stonewall Farm in Keene is a nonprofit, working dairy farm with cows, Belgian draft horses and assorted barnyard critters. Visit the animals, gardens and Discovery Dome. After your farm tour, splash in the brook, play in the nature playground and go for a storybook hike — all for free. WWW.STONEWALLFARM.ORG • KEENE

7. SkyVenture Kids as young as 3 can experience the freedom of flight at Nashua’s SkyVenture, with its state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel. With the help of a certified instructor, families can take flight after a 20-minute training class. It’s all the fun of skydiving without the ripcords or parachutes. WWW.SKYVENTURENH.COM • NASHUA

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5. Wellington State Park Wellington State Park beach on the shores of pristine Newfound Lake is home to the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system. Weather-permitting, the lake is open daily for swimming, boating and fishing. Once you’ve dried off, follow the park’s kid-friendly nature trail to shaded picnic areas and spectacular views of Cliff and Belle Islands. WWW.NHSTATEPARKS.ORG • BRISTOL

4. Aerial Tramway Soar to the top of Cannon Mountain aboard the Aerial Tramway. The enclosed cable car ride offers a breathtaking ride to Cannon’s open summit. Once you’re at the top, follow the summit trails to an observation platform and enjoy panoramic views of distant valleys and Franconia Ridge.

WWW.CANNONMT.COM • FRANCONIA Photo courtesy of cannonmt.com

3. Whale’s Tale Water Park For a splish-splashy good time in the White Mountains, jump into fun at Lincoln’s Whale’s Tale Water Park. Twist through the flume slides, get drenched in a downpour, and ride the surf in the White Mountains’ only wave pool. WWW.WHALESTALEWATERPARK.NET • LINCOLN

2. Diana’s Bath In North Conway, there’s a swimming hole that’s truly fit for a goddess. Diana’s Bath is a series of crashing cascades and swirling potholes along Lucy Brook. The curiously circular potholes transform into surprisingly warm “bathtubs” perfect for a dip. Follow the signs from River Road. WWW.NORTHCONWAYNH.COM • NORTH CONWAY Photo courtesy of Tophyross79 from Wikimedia Commons

1. CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD Climb aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad! Departing from its main station in North Conway, feel the thrill of traveling by vintage rail car through spectacular Crawford Notch. Shorter trips to Conway and Bartlett are also available.

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2018

Index by Activity

101. New Hampshire Farm Museum.................................... A, E, RD 100. The Fort at No. 4............................. E, OK 99. New Hampshire Motor Speedway..................................... T, OK 98. Morningside Flight Park.................. T, OK 97. Pulpit Rock ...................................... O, H 96. Beaver Brook Association...................H, E 95. Santa’s Village..................................... AP 94. Covered bridges................................... AT 93. Polly’s Pancake Parlor..............................F 92. Lost River Gorge............................... O, E 91. Wakesurfing .................................... T, W 90. Fort Jefferson Fun Park.................... O, AP 89. North Hampton State Park and Beaches ....................................O, W 88. Fuller Gardens ...................................... O 87. Surf lessons............................... T, W, OK 86. America’s Stonehenge...................... AT, O 85. Off-Roading.......................................O, T 84. Indoor Rock Climbing.................. RD, OK 83. Outdoor Rock Climbing.......................... T 82. Whitewater Rafting................................ T 81. Weirs Drive In...................................... AT 80. Madame Sherri Forest............................ O 79. Pollyanna............................................. AT 78. American Celebration ..................... EV, E 77. Arethusa Falls................................. AT, O 76. Aviation Museum of NH...........E, RD, OK 75. Northeast Balloon Festival.................... EV 74. American Independence Festival .......... EV 73. Otter Brook Recreation Area.................. O 72. Aerial Treetop Adventures.......... T, O, OK 71. Massabesic Audubon Center............. O, E 70. Seabrook Station............................ RD, E 69. PYO Blueberries................................. O, F 68. Charmingfare Farm....................... A, O, E 67. Fire Towers........................................O, T 66. Mount Washington Auto Road............. AT 65. Seacoast Science Center................. RD, E 64. USS Albacore Museum.................... E, OK 63. The Brick Store................................ AT, S 62. SEE Science Center......................... RD, E 61. Polar Caves..................................... O, AT 60. Moose Alley.......................................AT 59. Canobie Lake Park............... AT, W, OK

58. New Hampshire Fisher Cats.......... AT, OK 57. Mount Monadnock................................ H 56. Weather Observatory ..............E, RD, OK 55. Mariposa Museum.......................... E, OK 54. Cathedral Ledge............................. O, AT 53. Story Land........................................... AP 52. Grab an Ice Cream..................................F 51. Mount Pisgah................................... H, O 50. Children’s Museum of NH............... E, RD 49. Clark’s Trading Post.............................. AT 48. The Rey Center.................................... AT 47. Robert Frost Farm............................. O, E 46. Ice Skating...........................................RD 45. Mine Falls Park................................. O, H 44. North Country Moose Festival.............. EV 43. Andy’s Summer Playhouse....................RD 42. Cog Railway........................................ AT 41. Hampton Beach Children’s Festival....... EV 40. Camping............................................... O 39. M/S Mount Washington....................... AT 38. Helicopter Tour...................................... T 37. Poore Farm Historic Homestead......... E, O 36. Alpine Adventures..................... T, AT, OK 35. Pawtuckaway State Park...................O, W 34. Hit the Outlets............................ F, S, RD 33. Isles of Shoals............................. E, O 32. Agricultural Fairs..................... A, EV, F 31. Castle in the Clouds....................... AT, O 30. Great Island Common............................ O 29. New London Barn Playhouse........ RD, OK 28. Canterbury Shaker Village................ AT, E 27. Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum................................... AT, E, RD 26. Flume Gorge....................................O 25. Prescott Park Arts Festival........... EV 24. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center .............................. E, O 23. Deep Sea Fishing........ O, T, OK 22. Blueberry Fest....................... EV

21. McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center ....................................E, RD, OK 20. Mount Major.................................... O, H 19. Hay Day Family Festival........................ EV 18. McLane Audubon Center.................... A, E 17. Great Bay Discovery Center.................... E 16. Manchester’s Millyard Museum..................................E, RD, OK 15. Wright Museum of WWII................. E, OK 14. Water Country.............................. AP, OK 13. New Hampshire State House....E, RD, OK 12. Ellacoya State Park............................O, W 11. Annual Craftsmen’s Fair...................E, EV 10. Black Heritage Trail................................ E 9. Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm............................................... E 8. Stonewall Farm............................. A, E, O 7. SkyVenture.............................. RD, T, OK 6. Currier Museum of Art.................... E, RD 5. Wellington State Park............................ O 4. Aerial Tramway............................... T, OK 3. Whale’s Tale Water Park....................... AP 2. Diana’s Bath.......................................... O 1. Conway Scenic Railroad....................... AT

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SUMMER FUN IDEAS Looking for more things to do with your family? Check out ParentingNH ’s summer fun page on our website to find out about: • Where to eat your favorite summertime foods • Biking and hiking trails in the Granite State • Free events • Rainy day activities • Festivals and fairs • Where to go camping, fishing and picnicking • NH’s best playgrounds • and so much more!

GO TO WWW.PARENTINGNH.COM AND CLICK ON THE THINGS TO DO TAB. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT OUR DAILY EVENTS CALENDAR, TOO.

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