2022 Family Summer Fun Guide

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Our Favorite Family Events Ideas for keeping the whole family entertained this summer


The Best Campgrounds


New Hampshire in the Spotlight 10 favorite activities chosen by “New Hampshire Life” show host Katie Sullivan


Northern Adventures Fun in the great outdoors


Beaches and Swimming Holes


Go Find It Avoid the crowds with this guide to unique, and free, family outings



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Welcome to the 2022 Family Summer Fun Guide. Can you hear it? That distant sound of laughter and the chatter of merry voices? It’s the familiar yet almost forgotten ambiance of a family, happily on their way to an adventure of indulgence and exploration. That wonderful noise, so familiar and yet so distant for so many of us for so long, is growing louder across the state as attractions reopen and plans are finalized for a summer of fun. And, just in time, our Family Summer Fun Guide is here to ride along for the trip, or perhaps just to get you reoriented on the who, what, when and where of vacation time spent together. Along with our features on our favorite summer events and fun to be found in the Great North Woods and White Mountains, we checked in with “New Hampshire Life” show host Kate Sullivan, who shares her top 10 Granite State activities, which include glamping and four-wheeling to surf lessons and mountain biking. Then, longtime friend of New Hampshire Magazine and local author Dan Szczesny shares some top-tier Dad advice: free (and crowd-free), unique summer adventures that are sure to inspire and stoke curiosity in your children. Among the lessons we learned after time spent hunkering down in our separate basements, home offices and Netflix/rumpus rooms, is that there is a serious element to playtime — and not just for kids. Experts agree that the foundational role of just playing around (as opposed to hobbies or organized recreation) does not end at childhood. Adults reap many benefits from the “disorganized” playtime that’s best found in a novel environment where the mind is refocused as a participant, an observer and a student. This attitude of discovery and engagement can relieve stress, supercharge learning and enhance our connections to others near to us as well as our ability to connect with strangers. In short, adults learn how to be better people by goofing around in interesting places. And while it may be tempting to try this on your own and leave the kids at home, this is probably not the summer to try to pull off that stunt. And if you did, you know that you’d miss that sound of laughter and the chatter of merry voices (interspersed with a few cries of “Are we there yet?” and “Make her stop touching my foot!” from the back seat). We can’t help too much with preserving the peace on a car trip, but at least we can help you set your sights on some delightful places to go and things to do that will become enduring family memories. And what better way to celebrate your release from a year of spending way too much time at home? RICK BROUSSARD EDITOR, NEW HAMPSHIRE MAGAZINE

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The Power of Picture Books

In May, the Portsmouth Historical Society debuted the first-ever exhibition that celebrates the heritage of children’s books created in northern New England. While checking out the many incredible illustrations created by more than 30 artists is well worth your time, this special event features a number of activities for kids and families intended to celebrate and enhance the joys of shared reading. There’s a book-making station, reading nook, play space, toy theater, story hours, weekend workshops with artists, pop-up events around town and more. Classic illustrations by artists including Maxfield Parrish, Robert McCloskey, N.C. Wyeth, H.A. Rey, Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle will appear alongside those by contemporary illustrators such as Grace Lin, Chris Van Dusen and Mo Williams. Of course, New Hampshire’s own beloved Tomie DePaola will also be represented. In all, more than 100 illustrations, including recent work reflecting diversity in children’s books, will inspire both adults and kids to explore the world of imagination.

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Through September 25 DETAILS Portsmouth Historical Society 10 Middle St., Portsmouth 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free for children under 18, military, those over 70 and Society members; $10 for adults. First Fridays are free. The ticket price includes admission to the John Paul Jones House Museum. Visit portsmouthhistory.org or call (603) 436-8433 for more information, and learn more about First Fridays and Art Around Town at artroundtown.org.

Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic and the 15th Annual Children’s Festival June 16-18 and August 15-19

Hampton Beach is an iconic family destination, but two special events offer extra fun and entertainment the kids will love. First up is the Sand Sculpting Classic, an extravaganza where 200 tons of imported sand is transformed into incredible works of art. World-class master sculptors come together to create their own unique sculptures and compete for the $15,000 grand prize. Voting for the people’s choice award takes place from 1-3 p.m. on June 18, and the awards ceremony takes place at 8 p.m. on the Sea Shell Stage with fireworks to follow. The masterpieces will be illuminated at night through June 26 for an unforgettable walk down the boardwalk. The Children’s Festival begins on August 15 at 10 a.m. with a magic show by BJ Hickman on the Sea Shell Stage. Each day features activities for kids, which all lead up to the closing giant costume parade on August 19 at 11 a.m. Other fun things include mini golf, free ice cream, dancing, storytellers, balloons, a bumper sticker contest and more. DETAILS Hampton Beach • Ocean Blvd., Hampton


Beach events are free. Visit hamptonbeach.org for more information and a schedule of events for both the Sand Sculpting Classic and the Children’s Festival.

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New Boston 4th of July Celebration July 4

Story Land Past Bedtime July 2

Let the kids stay up a little later to enjoy a fun evening at New Hampshire’s beloved theme park. Entry begins at 5 p.m. for a fun night (until 10 p.m.) featuring rides and attractions, pathway entertainment, games, shows, photo opportunities, food and more after the park would typically be closed.

This Best of NH award-winning event is celebrating 91 years of patriotic festivities in 2022. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization puts on the beloved parade (begins at 10 a.m. sharp from the top of High Street), which features bands, marching units, firetrucks, clowns and the town’s famous street floats. The competition for best float is fierce, and this year’s theme is “commercials.” Other entertainment includes games — watermelon eating contest, sack races, arts and crafts — plenty of food, a new beer tent, fairgrounds, live music, fireworks and more. This is a quintessential small-town, New England celebration — plus, it’s a ton of fun. DETAILS The parade begins at 10 a.m., and the New Boston fairgrounds open at 4 p.m. Admission to the fairgrounds is $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 2-11 and free for children 2 and under. Visit newboston4thofjuly.org for more information.

DETAILS Story Land 850 Rte. 16, Glen Ages 1 and 2 are free and do not require a ticket. Ages 3 and older require a Past Bedtime ticket, $39.99. Visit storylandnh. com or call (603) 383-4186 for tickets and more information. PHOTO BY LAURA BERNARD

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Hillsboro Summer Festival July 7-10

This 25-year family favorite festival is filled with summer fun, including an impressive fireworks show by Atlas Fireworks, food trucks, carnival ride, skillet toss, 5K road race, live entertainment, beer tent for the adults, obstacle course and much more. Sunday (July 10) is the special family fun day with the hometown parade, children’s cupcake eating contest, a balloon artist, pie eating contest, plus other events and activities kids will enjoy. DETAILS Admission is free and parking is $10. Wristband days include unlimited rides for $20. Visit hillsborosummerfest. com for more information, including driving directions and a schedule of events. PHOTO COURTESY HILLSBOROSUMMERFEST.COM

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” July 15-August 13

Inspire a love for the theater with the Peterborough Players’ Second Company, which performs plays geared to both the young and the young at heart. This fun-for-all-ages family show is scored by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, known for such hits as “Seussical,” “Once on This Island” and “Ragtime.” This wonderful show will be held outside at the Elsewhere Stage on the grounds of the Peterborough Players. DETAILS The Peterborough Players 55 Hadley Rd., Peterborough Shows are held Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults. Visit peterboroughplayers. org for tickets and more information.

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Sail Portsmouth Festival August 11-14

This four-day, family-friendly favorite is sailing back into Portsmouth for the first time since 2019. It will feature three tall ships: the Kalmar Nyckel, the Lynx and the Spirit of Bermuda with Capt. Donald Peacock of Newmarket at the helm of the Lynx and his son, Capt. Alex Peacock, captain of the Spirit of Bermuda. You can do much more than watch as they sail by — the festival also offers tours and day sails, plus maritime exhibits, actors in period costume (including pirates), food and drink and more entertainment. The Parade of Sail kicks things off at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 11. The tall ships will lead a flotilla of civilian, military and municipal vessels, starting at the mouth of the Piscataqua River and ending at the Memorial Bridge, where the tall ships will turn around and head to their docks.

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DETAILS Times and prices vary. You can find a complete calendar of events and book tours at sailportsmouth.org.


The Moose Festival August 26-27


Head to Colebrook the weekend before Labor Day to celebrate all things moose. This year’s festivities include live music, arts-andcrafts vendors, horse-and-wagon rides and

even a moose-calling contest. There will also be a dog show, maple syrup tasting contest, kids’ games and the classic car show. Bring the whole family to this old-time fun event that showcases the many diverse talents and services in the North Country.

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DETAILS Downtown Main Street, Colebrook Friday 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (603) 237-8939 or visit mygonorth.com/moose-festival for more information.



You don’t have to wait until fall for fair season. If you just can’t wait for fried food, midways, rides, animal exhibits and baked goods contests, you’re in luck — four get underway this summer.

NORTH HAVERHILL FAIR JULY 27-31 Events include concerts on Friday and Saturday nights; rides; kids’ tractor pull and parade; a demolition derby; horse, pony and oxen pulling events; lumberjack contest; an open horse show; and much more. DETAILS: 1299 Dartmouth College Hwy., Haverhill Visit nohaverhillfair.com for more information.

CHESHIRE FAIR AUGUST 4-7 This year’s theme is “Grow the Culture in Agriculture,” and there will be plenty of animal exhibits and events to check out, plus rides, a woodsmen’s contest, tractor pulls, crafts and more. DETAILS: 247 Monadnock Hwy., Swanzey Visit cheshirefair.org for more information.

BELKNAP COUNTY 4-H FAIR AUGUST 6-7 What started as a field day in 1943 has evolved into a family-friendly fair, providing opportunities for young and old to make their debut in showing farm animals, home improvements and other skills. Steeped in tradition, the Belknap County 4-H Fair remains the smallest of the recognized agricultural fairs in New Hampshire. DETAILS: Mile Hill Rd., Belmont Visit bc4hfair.org for more information.

THE CORNISH FAIR AUGUST 19-21 There are special Kids Central events and activities that happen daily from open to close. Kids can participate in a coloring contest, rock painting, water play, contests, games, and they can get decked out in glow gear at dusk. Families will also enjoy Frisbee-catching dog shows, agricultural exhibits, live entertainment, rides, the state’s largest dairy show and more. DETAILS: Town House Rd., Cornish Visit cornishfair.org for more information. ❂



NH’s Best Family-Friendly Campgrounds Our favorite family-friendly campgrounds and campsites in New Hampshire


very once in a while, your backyard just doesn’t cut it and it’s time to take your camping adventure outside of your property line. New Hampshire is home to a number of great campgrounds throughout the state, so pack up your grill, tent, sleeping bags and bug spray and hit the road! From lakefront camping to poolside fun, there are countless ways and places to camp in the Granite State.

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Adventure Bound Camping Resorts 35 Jellystone Park New Hampton (603) 968-9000 abcamping.com REASONS TO VISIT: There are a number of organized recreational activities for the kids including crafts, swimming, movies and campfire s’mores. If you don’t feel like pitching a tent or have your own RV, there are cabins available for rent. Adventure Bound also has an awesome water park area (slides, pool, wading area, etc.) and boat rentals if you want to cruise along the Pemigewasset River. Laundry, restrooms, showers and a minimart are all located on the property.

Northstar Campground 43 Coon Brook Rd. Newport (603) 863-4001 northstarcampground.com REASONS TO VISIT: Northstar offers a little bit of everything spread across its 100+ acres, including showers and restrooms, a spring-fed swimming pond, horseshoes, hiking trails, playground and riverfront campsites. They also offer a free Wi-Fi hot spot for those who can’t leave home without their smartphones, laptops or tablets. Northstar is also located near other popular area attractions including Montshire Museum of Science, Sunapee State Beach and Mount Sunapee State Park.

Jacobs Brook Campground 46 High Bridge Rd. Orford (603) 353-9210 jacobsbrookcampground. com REASONS TO VISIT: Located in the quiet town of Orford in the Dartmouth/Sunapee Region,

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Jacobs Brook is the perfect spot for a quiet and relaxing camping trip. This isn’t a resort-style campground, but you’ll find they have all of your desired amenities including a pool, showers and restrooms, playground and free Wi-Fi. This campground has 75 campsites spread across 34 acres, so make sure you reserve your spot early before they fill up. Oh, and don’t miss the beautiful gardens — they add perfectly to the peaceful atmosphere.

Israel River Campground 111 Israel’s River Rd. Jefferson (603) 586-7977 israelrivercampground.com REASONS TO VISIT: Located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Israel River Campground is a favorite because of the gorgeous views of the Presidential Mountain Range and Mt. Washington, hiking and biking trails and fishing along the river. The campground has riverfront camping sites, a pool and hot tub, playground, restrooms and showers and a general store. Another bonus is that the campground is close to popular amusements and attractions like Santa’s Village, The Mount Washington Cog Railway and Bretton Woods.

Twin River Campground Route 302 Bath (603) 747-3640 twinrivernh.com REASONS TO VISIT: Keep an eye out for moose and other wildlife at the Twin River Campground located along the banks of the Ammonoosuc and Wild Ammonoosuc rivers in Bath. If you’re looking for fun, then make sure you pack your swimsuits and inner tubes and take a ride down the Ammonoosuc River. Twin River Campground also has cabins for rent, mini golf, a heated pool, pavilion, game room and laundromat. If your family

loves to play sports, Twin River offers basketball, shuffleboard, volleyball and a children’s playground area. And, you might not strike it rich, but definitely try your hand at gold panning in the Wild Ammonoosuc River — you never know what treasure you’ll find!

Bear Brook State Park 61 Deerfield Rd. Allenstown (603) 485-9869 nhstateparks.org REASONS TO VISIT: You may already know that Bear Brook is New Hampshire’s largest state park with more than 10,000 acres to explore, fish and hike, but did you also know that it has 100 campsites? Your family won’t need a pool because there’s plenty of swimming in the ponds, and there’s even kayak and canoe rentals available. No water or electric hookups are available, so this camping experience is more of a “roughing it” style. There are, however, restrooms, picnic tables and a playground area.

Gunstock Mountain Resort 719 Cherry Valley Rd. Gilford (603) 293-4341 gunstock.com REASONS TO VISIT: Gunstock offers camping with more than 250 campsites across 140 acres. You may have skied Gunstock in the winter, but it’s definitely worth coming back to Gunstock in the summer to check out their zipline tours, aerial treetop adventures and camping. Gunstock’s camping area can accommodate tents, RVs and there are also cabins available to rent. Amenities include restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a pool and camp store (wood, propane, ice and other basic camping necessities). If you’re thinking about checking out one of the Lakes Region’s annual events, then camping at Gunstock would be a perfect place to stay while you play. ❂

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New Hampshire in the

Spotlight A local show explores our favorite state

“NH Life” takes viewers around the state with host Kate Sullivan to meet fascinating locals, explore new adventures and places, and uncover the positive stories that make New Hampshire a wonderful place to live, work, play and visit. Here are a few of Sullivan’s favorite New Hampshire places she discovered while filming the show.

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Left, top to bottom: Kate Sullivan at CR Helicopters in Nashua; the crew at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester; and Sullivan, camera operator Josh Swan and Jason Dewald interview Michael Simchik at the Hotel Concord. Also pictured is Executive Director Erin Ovalle. This page, top to bottom: Sullivan and Josh Swan interview Dover’s White Birch Armory owner Sean Manning; Sullivan and Swan; and filming an episode at Indoor Ascent in Dover with owner Chad Murphy and CEO of Kennebunk Savings Bank Brad Paige.

With broad content delivery spanning television, online and social media, “New Hampshire Life” features compelling stories and profiles. Kate is often joined by dynamic guests who accompany her for adventures. For season one, Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, joined Kate for some mountain biking in Littleton. In season two, former New England Patriots player Rob Ninkovich took Kate snowmobiling on the trails in Gorham. In the same season, Kate met up in Manchester with the newly appointed New Hampshire Economic Development Director Jodie Nazaka to try some homemade pretzels at Hop Knot on Elm Street. Broadcast on New England Sports Network (NESN) and News Center Maine, “New Hampshire Life” shares with viewers across New England compelling features every Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:30. “New Hampshire Life” also delivers its content online, reaching beyond ordinary television audiences. The show wrapped season two in April, and began filming the third season this June. Stay tuned for more great shows that explore the Granite State! photos: NH LIFE



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Adventure Park at Mount Sunapee This is an unexpected summer adventure at one of New Hampshire’s favorite ski resorts! As someone who is afraid of heights, I was a little nervous to get high up in the trees on the aerial course. However, after great instruction and gear that kept me safe, I absolutely loved it! We were actually behind a woman and her son, who were both having a lot of fun. The ropes course we went on started very low to the ground and gradually made its way up, so we had time to adjust to our surroundings. In addition to the ropes course, the adventure park also has a sky ride on the chairlifts and mountain biking.

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Get there: Mount Sunapee 1398 Route 103, Newbury mountsunapee.com (603) 763-3500 For ages 6 and older

I hadn’t really been mountain biking before, so we started out at Littleton Bike & Fitness with Dave, who set us up with bikes, gear and trail maps. We headed to Parker Mountain and started out on their small track before venturing into the woods.”

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ATV & Camping at Bear Rock Adventures This northern town really impressed us! We met up with Corrine Rober from Bear Rock Adventures who offers ATV rentals, tours and glamping as a package. We rode over in one of the ATVs and stayed at one of the glamping sites. Their beautiful canvas tents have everything you need to be comfortable camping in the mountains. The views were spectacular, and having morning coffee sitting on the porch looking over the mountain range was something I’ll never forget. The tents range from four- to eight-person capacity. And there’s a woodstove for those cooler nights. You can rent an ATV for the weekend, and tour around the grounds or take your own car up to the site.

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Scenic RailRiders This is a real gem in Concord. Family-owned and operated, the abandoned railroad tracks have been revitalized and offer a unique tour through a section of Concord I didn’t even know existed. The railriders were built by the owner and his son, and they offer a very smooth and comfortable ride. There are two-seaters or four-seaters, and you can also connect more to make a train if it’s a larger group. Get there: Scenic RailRiders 188 Sewalls Falls Rd., Concord scenicrailriders.com • (603) 931-1700

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Gundalow Company Live Music at the Stone Church

Here, education and pleasure are combined. We enjoyed a sail aboard a traditional reproduction of the flat-bottom gundalow barges that were once prevalent along local waterways. On board, we learned about the boat and how they were used to carry freight of up to 50 tons between ocean-going schooners

Get there: The Gundalow Company 60 Marcy St., Portsmouth gundalow.org • (603) 433-9505

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Newmarket is an adorable little town with a lot to do. Right up the road from Main Street is this super cool old church called the Stone Church that has regular live music. We ate at the Big Bean and then went up to see George Barber, a local musician who has a great voice and sound. I love bringing my kids to live music events, as it exposes them to different kinds of music. Stone Church has a packed summer calendar, and it’s all listed on their website.

and the growing towns of the Piscataqua region. We hoisted up the sails and felt like part of the crew. They have a ton of programs for families and kids, but also rent the boat out for events and sails.

Get there: The Stone Church 5 Granite St., Newmarket stonechurchrocks.com (603) 659-7700 The Big Bean Café 118 Main St., Newmarket thebigbeancafe.com (603) 659-8600

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SkyVenture We loved, loved this place! Indoor skydiving, such a cool experience! The staff there was so great — they set you up with gear, lessons and always have someone with you as you “fly.” For those who are too afraid to jump out of a plane, this is really the next best thing. This same place also has the largest indoor surfing facility in North America, Surf’s Up. Their SurfStream is the world’s first standing wave machine offering up to seven differ-

ent wave types for all skill levels to enjoy. Riders use real surfboards with fins on a thick cushion of water that creates an endless wave. Surf’s Up enables all ages and experience levels to learn, practice and improve skills that are directly transferable to surfing in the ocean. Get there: SkyVenture and Surf’s Up • 100 Adventure Way, Nashua skyventurenh.com • (603) 897-0002

Stonewall Farm This working farm and education center offers everything from animal barns, hay rides, miles and miles and miles of trails, and organic homemade ice cream just ready and waiting for you and your family to dig into. You could spend hours here learning so much about farming and the importance of healthy communities and our reliance on farms like this and their farmers. And it’s right down the road from Main Street in Keene.

Get there: Stonewall Farm 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene stonewallfarm.org (603) 357-7278

Winnipesaukee WakeSurf Another activity I had never tried was wakeboarding. We rented a boat, and an instructor took us out on the beautiful lake. The boat we were in was spacious and very modern, and the driver played some tunes as we got ready to jump in and ride the wake! This is such a great family adventure — there was an 8 year old on the boat who was way better than I could ever imagine! ❂ Get there: Winnipesaukee WakeSurf 103 Weirs Rd., Gilford winnipesaukeewakesurf.com (603) 387-4157

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Northern Adventures Family-friendly opportunities to explore the outdoors

The Great North Woods River Wild (or Mild) Grab a paddle and take on Pancake Wave, Fluffy Bunny Hole and Grandma’s Revenge in the Errol Rapid section of the Androscoggin River. North Woods Rafting is open for the 2022 season, offering classic New England white-water fun for you and your family (for ages 5 and older). If tackling the class-two rapids doesn’t sound

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like your idea of fun, relax with a weekday nature float on the river, with chances to spot moose, loons, otters and more of New Hampshire’s northern wildlife (also for ages 5 and up). If you’d rather choose your own adventure, they also rent canoes, kayaks and gear, and will provide shuttle service to takeout and put-in spots.

Get there: North Woods Rafting 620 Milan Rd., Milan Find more information at northwoodsrafting.com. Reservations are taken by phone at (603) 449-4142.

Peaceful Getaway Tall Timber Lodge, located in the beautiful wilderness surrounding Pittsburg, is the ideal place to unplug with the family. Rent a one- to four-bedroom retreat, such as a rustic log cabin or luxury cottage, and perhaps enjoy your own private deck or porch overlooking Back Lake. Lodging with kitchens is available, but if you don’t feel like cooking, adults and kids will enjoy the excellent Rainbow Grille & Tavern. It’s not all about relaxation (unless you want it to be), as Tall Timber is a fourseason sporting camp resort. They employ

professional guides for fly fishing and bird hunting, offer fishing boat rentals, moose-watching trips, ATV rentals and tours (via nearby Bear Rock Adventures), and plenty of advice for how to access the abundant hiking and mountain biking trails, where to paddle and more.

Four-Wheeled Fun Kate Sullivan of “New Hampshire Life” already sang the praises of Bear Rock Adventures on page 16, but we wanted to second her opinion. Whether you’re looking for thrills or a tamer family experience, the staff will bring out your inner trailblazer with a customized ATV rental

itinerary. Stay nearby (like at Tall Timber) or take them up on their stay-and-play packages to better explore the nearly 1,000 miles of interconnected trails (OK, you probably won’t get to all 1,000).

Get there: Tall Timber Lodge & Rainbow Grille 609 Beach Rd., Pittsburg talltimberadventures.com (603) 538-6651

Get there: Bear Rock Adventures 2638 North Main St., Pittsburg bearrockadventures.com (866) 663-9777

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Camping in the Wilds There’s no shortage of excellent camping opportunities in the state, but if you really want to get away from it all, travel to remote Milan Hill State Park. Located 10 miles north of Berlin, it’s a beautiful spot for hiking, fishing, picnicking, canoeing or kayaking, looking for wildlife and more. The hilltop campground and fire tower offer a complete view of the mountain ranges

stretching through New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Canada. Once a fairly primitive spot, recent renovations added four yurts and relocated six campsites. Reservations are taken for yurts and the Adirondack shelter, though you can check in with the campground office for walk-in options.

Camping in the Wilds: Lake Option A pristine lake awaits in the wilderness of Coös County. The remote beauty of Lake Umbagog State Park, one of the newer additions to the state park system, is well worth the journey, and promises a summer adventure you won’t soon forget. Tucked away up north along the border with Maine, it has a base park campground offering 27 sites with electrical and water hook-ups, two cabins, 33 remote campsites

and four remote cabins in isolated locations around Lake Umbagog accessible only by boat. The park offers a beach area for swimming, excellent fishing, wildlife viewing and boating. You can rent a canoe or kayak, as well as transportation for remote-site campers. A boat launch and fuel sales are available, as well as a park store.

Get there: See nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/milanhill-state-park for directions and for more information on yurt and shelter rentals.

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Get there: 235 East Route 26, Cambridge Visit nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/ umbagog-campground for park maps, information on rentals and more.

The White Mountains The Mountain Look, we probably don’t need to tell you about Mt. Washington. You know. But we’re betting there are a few of you out there who still haven’t experienced New England’s tallest peak, home to the “world’s worst weather.” New Hampshire Magazine’s own 15-year managing editor, Erica Thoits, admitted she hadn’t been to the top — ever — until last summer, when she finally chose one of the easier ways up via the Cog Railway. It was, she says, a stunning blue-sky day allowing for incredibly clear views of the Presidentials and all the way into Maine, Vermont and Canada. She adds that she was slightly disappointed the cold-weather gear she packed wasn’t necessary, having heard (and written about) for years how fickle the infamous weather could be. The Cog itself is a piece of history you can actually experience. The first mountain-climbing railway in the world is also the second steepest, and your journey up and down is narrated by guides who know the ins and outs of the train and the mountain.

If you’re more of a take-your-fate-into-your-ownhands type but still don’t want to hoof it, you can drive yourself up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. No reservations are needed to take your car, but two-hour guided tours are also available. Get there: The Mount Washington Cog Railway 3168 Base Station Rd., Mount Washington thecog.com (800) 922-8825 The Mount Washington Auto Road 1 Mount Washington Auto Rd., Gorham mt-washington.com (603) 466-3988

The view from on high: New Hampshire Magazine Managing Editor Erica Thoits with sales executive Josh Auger’s kids Evelyn and Julian, who insisted she make the trip.

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Home away from home: Joe Dodge Lodge offers easy access to some of the state’s most beautiful natural treasures.

Lazy River OK, full disclosure, this is a real river, not a theme park, so it might not be entirely lazy, but a float down the Pemigewasset River is still pretty leisurely. Affectionately called “The Pemi,” Pemigewaset means “where side current is” in Abenaki. It runs for 65 miles and begins at Profile Lake in Franconia, then moves south through the White Mountains, eventually forming the Merrimack. Make your float even easier by staying at the

Pemi River Campground, where guests can take advantage of a shuttle ride three to four miles up the river. Hop in and just let the current carry you back to your campsite. Get there: Pemi River Campground 2458 Route 3, Thornton (603) 726-7015 pemirivercampground.com

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Family Base Camp Many of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s huts are remote, but there are some family-accessible locations in New Hampshire. The most user-friendly of the AMC’s huts is tucked into Pinkham Notch and is surrounded by the state’s greatest natural treasures. Still, the rustic vibe at Joe Dodge Lodge and the hearty dinner and breakfast (included with a night’s stay) set the mood perfectly should you just want

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to hit a trail at your own pace and breathe in the splendor of the White Mountain National Forest. Check out the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center for a wealth of area information, and lodge guests can easily access nearby trailheads, a variety of free, walk-on programs (guided hikes, evening talks on astronomy), the Children’s Discovery Room complete with natural resources, books, games, plus more amenities and adventure opportunities. Get there: Joe Dodge Lodge Pinkham Notch outdoors.org (603) 566-2727



Adventure Centers

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What happens on ski slopes in the summer? In the past, the answer often was: nothing. Not so now, as many of the state’s ski areas offer adventurous summer fun. Cannon Mountain

Cranmore Mountain Resort

There’s likely no better view than the one offered from Cannon’s Aerial Tramway. Check out a different kind of scenery at the Flume Gorge, a natural granite gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. Walk along the path from the Visitors Center to the Flume and back among towering moss-covered granite walls, past cascading waterfalls, historic covered bridges, glacial boulders and much more. You can also hike to nearby Artists Bluff, rent bikes, check out Echo Lake Beach and more.

Check out the Mountain Adventure Park at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway for family fun that includes the thrilling Giant Swing, Mountain Coaster, Soaring Eagle seated zipline and more. Experience the rush of downhill mountain biking in the lift-serviced park, or enjoy a relaxing scenic chairlift ride up to the summit Meister Hut.

260 Tramway Dr., Franconia cannonmt.com (603) 823-8800

Hit the slopes without the snow: Enjoy thrills on Cranmore Mountain Resort’s Mountain Coaster.

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1 Skimobile Rd., North Conway cranmore.com (800) 786-6754

Gunstock Mountain Resort 719 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford gunstock.com/off-snow (603) 293-4341

Find thrills on the mountain coaster, via an ariel tree-top adventure, on zipline tour or enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, scenic lift rides and more.

Mount Washington Resort Bretton Woods

mer vacation include disc golf, biking, chair lift rides, swimming, hiking, boating, the bungee trampoline and much more.

Route 302, Bretton Woods brettonwoods.com (603) 278-3320

Loon Mountain

Fly through the air: Zipline adventure at Bretton Woods

60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln loonmtn.com (603) 745-8111

There’s almost too much to do at Loon during the summer months. You can ride the zip line over the Pemigewasset River, pretend you’re an acrobat on the bungee trampoline, enjoy a scenic ride in the gondola, explore the glacial caves, play disc golf, take a bike tour through Franconia Notch and much more.

Mount Sunapee Resort 1398 Route 103, Newbury mountsunapee.com (603) 763-3500

Offering an aerial challenge course, sky rides, archery course, mountain biking/ hiking trails, disc golf, mini golf and more.

There’s sure to be something for everyone and every family at this beautiful resort in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, including the zip line canopy tour, horseback riding, fly fishing lessons, mountain biking, disc golf, scenic gondola rides to the new Rosebrook Lodge and Switchback Grille, climbing and much more.

Waterville Valley Resort 1 Ski Area Rd., Waterville Valley waterville.com/summer-activities (800) 993-3149

Activities at this one-stopshop for a great family sum-

Alpine Adventures 41 Main St., Lincoln alpinezipline.com (603) 745-9911

Apline Adventures isn’t a ski resort, but no list that includes zip lines and aerial fun is complete without this winner of multiple Best of NH awards. All in one place you can ride in a six-wheeled Swiss Army Pinzgauer, zip line across a 1,500-foot ravine, 240 feet above the ground at speeds up to 60 MPH, ride down a four-story ramp in a snow tube onto a BigAirBag Stuntzone and challenge yourself at an aerial course. ❂

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NH’s Best Lakes, Beaches and Swimming Holes If you’re looking to escape the summer crowds, then here are our suggestions for beaches, swimming holes and serene lake spots.


ampton Beach and its bustling boardwalk will always hold a special place in our hearts, but sometimes you want to escape the noise along with the heat. Here are some of our favorite swimming spots, from lesser-known beaches to swimming holes.

Ocean Beach State Parks Did you know that there are actually five public beaches located along the seacoast? Not bad for such a short coastline. In addition to the ever-popular Hampton Beach, here are four others to visit before the summer is over. Please note that parking options may change for summer 2022, so please do your research before visiting.

Jenness State Beach 2280 Ocean Blvd. Rye Keep in mind that the parking lot is relatively small — there are just 67 spots, so get there early. This is a great family spot that’s ideal for swimming and picnicking. Normally, lifeguards are on duty daily until 4:45 p.m. through late August, and there are bathhouses available.

North Hampton Beach

Wallis Sands State Beach

Route 1A North Hampton

1050 Ocean Blvd. Rye

There is a bathhouse here, but there are no lifeguards on duty.

Enjoy views of the Isles of Shoals, a shop with food and drinks, a large bathhouse with showers, a picnic area and daily lifeguarding until 5 p.m. Advanced reservations for parking are recommended.

North Beach 920 Ocean Blvd. Hampton Lovely sandy beach and nice places to picnic. There is a bathhouse available.

Visit nhstateparks.org for admission prices, more information and a list of other parks.

Lake State Parks On weekends, it’s not unusual for many of the more popular lake beaches to reach capacity by midmorning. Be sure to make your reservation before you head out (where available). Here are a few quieter suggestions:

Echo Lake 68 Echo Lake Rd., Conway Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and New Hampshire residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Reservations are recommended. The 700-foot Cathedral Ledge towers over this pristine mountain lake. A truly lovely place to spend the day.

Forest Lake State Park 397 Forest Lake Rd. Dalton Created in 1935, this is one of New Hampshire’s 10 original state parks. Enjoy the 200-foot sandy beach, picnicking, fishing and more.

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Wadleigh State Park 78 Wadleigh State Park Sutton Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and New Hampshire residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Reservations are recommended. Tall pines shade the picnic areas on the shores of Kezar Lake.

Wentworth State Park 297 Governor Wentworth Hwy., Wolfeboro Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children ages 6-11; children ages 5 and under and New Hampshire residents age 65 and over are admitted free. It spans 50 acres and is located on the shore of scenic Wentworth Lake. Reservations are recommended.


Swimming Holes


Unlike most state parks, you’re on your own here. Please exercise caution when swimming, and never go alone! That said, here are some of our favorite spots:

Sawyer Rock

Emerald Pool

Located on Sawyer Brook, a half-mile on Route 302 past the Silver Springs Campground in Bartlett. Keep your eyes peeled for the parking area on the side of the road. There’s a gorgeous, deep pool with a large rock for drying off in the sun.

It’s a little off the beaten path, but it’s an easy hike of about a mile off Route 113 in Chatham on the Baldface Mountain Circle Trail, about 14 miles north of Fryeburg, Maine. It is a small pool formed where water rushes through a cleft in the rock. ❂

Lonesome Lake This beautiful 12-acre swimming spot is about 2,760 feet above Franconia Notch on the trail to Cannon Mountain. It’s well worth the three-mile, round-trip hike. The trailhead is located at the parking lot in the Lafayette Place Campground.


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Go Find A family guide to unique New Hampshire adventuring without the cost — or the crowds BY DAN SZCZESNY

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y 7-year-old daughter is crawling around on the marble floor of the State House, looking for fossils. While this is a sentence one doesn’t usually utter, in our family, such experiences tend to be fairly common. We prefer our adventuring to be a bit more off the beaten path, slightly less touristy and usually pretty dirty. (Or at least dusty, as is the case with the Capitol.) With summer upon us, after the last couple challenging years, New Hampshire will once again become a hot bed of recreation fun for families from across the country. What follows is a guide to the weird and to the unusual — some suggestions for summer activities that may require a bit more planning, but will result in, perhaps, a more unique family adventure. Something different. Something less crowded. Something inexpensive. And maybe some fossils as well!

Taking Things for Granite

LEFT: The author’s daughter at Beaver Brook Falls in Colebrook

ABOVE: Sheep Rock on the Heads Pond Rail Trail in Hooksett

Kids love rocks. Kids love big rocks even more. If those rocks are shaped like animals, well, I think you see where we’re going with this. Over the course of the last year, my daughter and I have tracked down dozens of famous rocks and boulders across the state — nearly all on public land, and most with little to no traffic. We wrote a field guide about it called “NH Rocks That Rock!” You may already know about the Madison Boulder, but have you visited Buffalo Rock in Nottingcook Forest in Bow or Dog Rock at Tower Hill Pond in Candia or even Sheep Rock along the Heads Pond Rail Trail in Hooksett? Our suggestion: Check out the brand new All Persons Trail at Cedar Swamp Preserve in Manchester. Family-friendly with plenty of interesting features, this little-known gem on the city’s west side has much to offer. And while you’re there, see if you can find T-Rex Rock!

Find the Falls!

There’s nothing wrong with spending time at New Hampshire’s many oceanside beaches, but if you want your watery summer experience to be a little less shoulder to shoulder, a waterfall might be what you’re looking for. When we pulled into the parking area near Beaver Brook Falls in Colebrook, my daughter charged right up to the magnificent 35-foot falls, alone! Though right off the road, and with plenty of picnic areas and even a few hiking trails, the crowds are seldom in a rush to go north of the notches. And because Beaver Brooks Falls is technically a wayside as opposed to a state park, there’s no fee to enter and explore.

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ABOVE: Enjoy a picnic and walk the trails to the 35-foot falls at Beaver Brook.

There are many other waterfall options, including Arethusa Falls in Crawford Notch, which at 175 feet is the highest in the state. Diana’s Baths in North Conway or even the Basin in Franconia Notch are rightly famous, but be prepared to share those tourist spots with, well, tourists. “Daddy, look at this,” my daughter said from under the Beaver Brook Falls. “I can touch the water.” There’s nothing like a picnic under a waterfall.

Tower Spotting Overlooking Lake Winnipesauke on a pitch-perfect, blue-sky summer day, my daughter became a Junior Fire Warden. She hasn’t been the same since, taking this appointment seriously, warning other hikers on the trails, keeping a sharp eye out for the curling smoke of a forest fire. Technically, there’s no such position, but during a visit to one of our favorite active fire towers, Red Hill in Moultonborough, Fire Warden Kelley Brown pinned a badge on the shirt of my eager daughter, handed her a packet of stickers and the deed was done. Fire wardens are like that, and if you time your hike properly, your little one might get pinned as well. There are 15 active fire towers in the state, and several of them (Cardigan, Kearsarge, for example) are long, exposed hikes. But many are little visited drive-ups or short woods walks. Beside Red Hill, we recommend Warner Hill in Derry, Federal Hill in Milford or Milan Hill way up in Milan. If you want to really get away from the crowds, drive the eight miles of logging roads to hike a mile to Megalloway Fire Tower just a few miles from the Canadian Border. But be careful, once your kids get a taste for fire spotting, a simple little visit might become a lifelong obsession.

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Milan Hill State Park’s fire tower



The author’s daughter and Kelly Brown at Red Hill Fire Tower.

RIGHT: Make reading an adventure by seeking out Little Free Libraries.

Treasure Hunting and Book Swapping Want to travel to every corner of the state, have adventures and be nearly guaranteed to be on your own? Try Geocaching or Little Free Library book swapping. These two pastimes are taking off around the country and in New Hampshire, hundreds of treasure spots and book libraries are popping up. Geocaching is an outdoors activity where participants use GPS to hide and seek out containers called geocaches filled with toys, gifts or tokens. Little Free Libraries are stand-up book receptacles placed in front of homes or businesses full of books to take and trade. My daughter is rarely happier than when a geocache can be found at the same location a Little Free Library. Both of these activities have online apps or websites where you can track those closest to you. (littlefreelibrary.org is one, and they have an app.) Do you live in Portsmouth, for example? There are 15 registered Little Free Libraries you can visit. In Littleton, you can explore 17 geocaches in the surrounding trails and woods. Last fall, my daughter and I packed the car full of snacks, tiny toys and a box of books and spent the day going from cache to cache and library to library in just Manchester. Whole vacations can be planned around these activities, and national organizers hold meet-ups and conferences around the world. But for now, wherever you are, we promise there’s a cache or little library right around the corner from you.

That moment is about discovery, and it supersedes all else. It’s the moment of pure Indiana Jones. That shot is the best of the film because we are all children there along with him — no war or theft. Not even drama. Just ... awe. This image came to me recently during a field trip to the State House in Concord as my daughter crawled around on the marble floor, under a bench. She wasn’t misbehaving or having a tantrum. She was exploring. And like that famous character from a movie she has not yet seen, she was doing archeology. She was searching for fossils. We had received an invite from a state representative friend whose husband was a geologist and who thought my daughter might be interested in seeing the fossils embedded in the marble in the State House floor. Who knew? We certainly did not. So, after some negotiations, we found ourselves being shown around the building by a wonderful tour guide from the visitor center. Along the way, we ran into executive councilors, and my daughter got to sit in the Governor’s chair in his chamber. We checked out both chambers, along with the underground cafeteria and the long tunnel that connects the state house to the law makers’ offices. All heady, important, sometimes solemn stuff. But the fossils! I could see the fire in her eyes each time she found one, like a switch being flicked on. And you can too. For the most unique and strange summer field trip you are likely to have, pack your family into the car, drive to Concord, walk into the State House visitor center and politely ask them to show you the fossils. New Hampshire is packed with odd sights, interesting history and off-the-beaten path adventures, and sometimes the search is part of the fun. Just don’t be afraid to crawl around under a bench sometimes. The fossils are there, waiting for you to discover them. ❂ Journalist, author and speaker Dan Szczesny has written several books of travel memoir, which you can learn about at danszczesny.com.

Don’t Forget the Fossils Back to the fossils. Remember that moment in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” where Indiana Jones reverts cleanly back into his archeologist archetype and is standing at the edge of his dig site as his friends work below — completely oblivious to the fact that he’s in the midst of his enemies and is in danger?



NH Museums to Visit This Summer These destinations offer hours of indoor entertainment.


hen the summer impulse to get out of the house encounters the drearier forces of nature, don’t just hunker down in front of a screen. Hit the road and discover the many bright worlds to be explored inside New Hampshire’s inner spaces. Museums, large and small, offer journeys into the past and the future, and provide new ways of looking at our state and our planet. And if you are feeling lucky, pack a picnic lunch, ’cause you never know when the sun might break through.

Before you head out: Make sure you check each museum’s website for updates on reservations, rules and capacity limits.

North Country Museums Museum of the White Mountains 17 High St., Plymouth (603) 535-3210 plymouth.edu/mwm Hours: Open starting June 6 to staff, faculty and students Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Open to general public online at any time. Admission: Free About: Opened in February of 2013, this relatively new museum is located on the Plymouth State University campus. The museum’s mission is to preserve, celebrate and promote the history, environmental legacy and culture of the region.

New England Ski Museum Route 16, North Conway newenglandskimuseum.org Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. About: The New England Ski Museum in North Conway (the Eastern Slope Branch) houses a history of skiing. Their mission is to collect, conserve and exhibit elements of ski history for research, education and inspiration.

The Frost Place 158 Ridge Rd. Franconia (603) 823-5510 frostplace.org Hours: Opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend and closes the week after Columbus Day. Museum hours and days of operation vary by season. The museum grounds, the poetry trail and Robert Frost’s porch are always open to the public. About: The Frost Place is a simple country cottage where Robert Frost and his family spent summers and lived full time from 1915 to 1920. The cottage has a halfmile nature trail with plaques displaying poems written during

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the poet’s Franconia years and a small exhibit of signed first editions of Frost’s work.

Old Man of the Mountain Museum Franconia State Park Franconia (603) 823-8800 cannonmt.com/ things-to-do/activities/ old-man-of-the-mountain Hours: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Admission: Free About: The stone face might be gone, but his memory lives on in this small museum, located in the Cannon Mountain aerial tramway base station, with an Old Man gift shop (open from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day) and a display of photos and artifacts. The collection includes the turnbuckle used to fasten the Old Man to the mountain when the stone face was crumbling.

Lakes Region Museums Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm 58 Cleveland Hill Rd. Tamworth (603) 323-7591 remickmuseum.org Hours: Grounds are open daily from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Museum Center is also open daily from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. starting June 15. Beginning June 1, the Museum Store is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4p.m. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends. Admission: Pay what you wish. About: You can see a working farm with sheep, goats, pigs, cows, steers and chickens. Nestled in the heart of New Hampshire, the farm offers year-round history, season-based learning opportunities and exploratory fun for all generations. Discover Remick!

Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum 629 Hollow Rd., Route 145 Stewartstown (603) 237-5500 poorefarm.org Hours: Open June through September 30, Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Suggested admission: $5 per person; children under 12 are free. About: A working farm and museum recounting one farm family’s life on the property from the 1830s through the 1980s.

New Hampshire Boat Museum 399 Center St. Wolfeboro (603) 569-4554 nhbm.org Hours: Open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Thursday admission is free. Admission: Adults are $9, seniors (65+) are $7, students 14-21 are $7, and children 13 and under are free. About: Displays of historic and contemporary power boats, canoes and other watercraft used on local lakes. You can also take a lake cruise aboard the replica Millie B.

American Classic Arcade Museum Funspot, 579 Endicott St. Laconia (603) 366-4377 funspotnh.com Hours: Monday through Friday from 12-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: Donations About: Claims to have the largest collection of vintage working arcade games in the world.

New Hampshire Farm Museum 1305 White Mountain Hwy. Milton (603) 652-7840 nhfarmmuseum.org Hours: Open to the public Memorial Day to June 21, weekends only from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. From June 21 to August 30, open Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open August 29-October 20, weekends only from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: Cost is adults $10, children age 4-17, $5; seniors and students, $7.50; family rate, $25. About: Learn about three centuries of New Hampshire farm life at this working farm.

Lake Winnipesaukee Museum 503 Endicott St. Laconia (603) 366-5776 lwhs.us About: Exhibit includes vintage souvenir postcards, photographs and memorabilia of summer camps and steamboats.

Libby Museum 755 North Main St. Wolfeboro (603) 569-1035 thelibbymuseum.org Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from June 1 through Labor Day, except Mondays. Open Sundays from 12-4 p.m. Admission: $5 for adults and free to seniors and veterans. About: A natural history museum built in 1912 by local dentist Henry Libby includes mounted animals, Abenaki Indian artifacts and more.

The Wright Museum 77 Center St. Wolfeboro (603) 569-1212 wrightmuseum.org Hours: Open May 1-October

31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on MondaySaturday and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday. Closed November through April, except by appointment. Admission: Adults are $14; military and seniors are $11; children ages 5-17 are $8; and children under 4 are free. About: Explore World War II memorabilia, including tanks, posters, homefront exhibits, and other art and artifacts from the Greatest Generation.

Seacoast Area Museums Children’s Museum of New Hampshire 6 Washington St. Dover (603) 742-2002 childrens-museum.org Hours: Open WednesdaySaturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Open Tuesdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. See the website for mask-optional and mask-required times. Admission: $11 for adults and children over age 1; seniors (65+) are $9. Online reservations are required. About: Check out hands-on learning and fun for all ages. Climb through caves, discover dinosaurs and learn to fly. There are also numerous ongoing STEAM innovation programs as well as special events. New this year is the outdoor Play Patio with water beads, bubbles, sensory tables, kinetic sand and much more.

Derry History Museum 29 West Broadway Derry (603) 434-1247 derrymuseumofhistory.org Hours: Was closed during the pandemic, but is planning to reopen this year. Admission: Free About: This local potpourri includes Native American artifacts like a dugout canoe

and a quill basket. There’s also a room devoted to native son, astronaut Alan Shepard, and a rock artifact commemorating the growing of the first potato in North America in town in 1719.

Great Bay Discovery Center 89 Depot Rd. Greenland (603) 778-0015 greatbay.org Hours: Lands, trails (including the Discovery Center campus) are open every day from dawn to dusk. The Discovery Center building is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May-October. Admission: Free About: The Great Bay Discovery Center is located along the shores of Great Bay and offers indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities including accessible trails and boardwalks, gardens, birding, a replica of a 19th-century gundalow, touch tank and much more.

Tuck Museum 40 Park Ave. Hampton (603) 929-0781 hamptonhistoricalsociety. org

April-November. Admission: Adults are $15; senior citizens, students 13-college and active military are $10; children 4-12 are $7; and children 3 and under are free. About: Eclectic collection of local art artifacts including 1,300 labeled rocks and minerals and a 10-foot tall polar bear. Exhibit also includes the last cougar killed in the state, in 1843.

USS Albacore Museum Albacore Park 600 Market St. Portsmouth (603) 436-3680 ussalbacore.org Hours: From June to October 11, they’re open daily from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 5 p.m. Admission: Adults are $9; children age 5-14 are $4; children under 7 and active military are free. About: Take a hands-on tour of a submarine built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. You can sit on the bunks and tables in the cramped quarters and even check out the traffic on Route 1 Bypass through the periscope.

Hours: Open in the spring, summer and fall on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated. About: Exhibit of millstones, monuments, a fire station museum, old postcards and memorabilia of this seaside town first settled by Puritans in 1638. Collection includes the Viking’s Stone thought by some to be a relic of an early visit to the area by Norsemen.

Monadnock Area Museums

Woodman Institute Museum

Hours: Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults are $8; seniors are $6; children ages 3-16 are $5. About: An interactive museum of artifacts from around the world including drums, costumes, chimes and marionettes in a historic Baptist church. Make sure to visit the outdoor zen garden.

182 Central Ave. Dover (603) 742-1038 woodmanmuseum.org Hours: Open WednesdaySunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center 26 Main St. Peterborough (603) 924-4555 mariposamuseum.org


Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum 5 Abbott St. Nashua (603) 883-0015 nashuahistoricalsociety. org/florence-h-speare-memorial-museum Hours: Open Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free About: Operated by the Nashua Historical Society, this small museum features Industrial Age artifacts, an impressive selection of historical textiles and rotating exhibits.

Horatio Colony Museum and Nature Preserve 199 Main St. Keene (603) 352-0460 horatiocolonymuseum.org Hours: Open May 1 through October 15 on Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Free About: The four-square Federalstyle house built in 1806 was the home of Horatio Colony, descendant of one of Keene’s historic families and is filled with original family furnishings.

Dartmouth/ Lake Sunapee Museums The Aidron Duckworth Art Museum 21 Bean Rd. Meriden (603) 469-3444 aidronduckworthmuseum. org Hours: Open April 27 through October 27 on Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. About: This museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the artworks of Aidron Duckworth.


The building, Meriden’s former “White School,” was an elementary school from 1940 to 1972. From 1977 to 2001, it was Duckworth’s home and studio, and for a brief time his art school for adults. You’ll also find works from guest artists, four changing exhibitions each year, and sculptures outdoors on the former school grounds and Duckworth’s gardens.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site 139 Saint Gaudens Rd. Cornish (603) 675-2175 nps.gov/saga/index.htm

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Hours: The park’s gardens, grounds, trails and some outdoor statues are accessible year-round, dawn to dusk. The historic buildings and visitor center are open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Day to October 31. Admission: $10 for ages 16 and over. The receipt is valid for seven days and may be used for reentry to the park. Children 15 and under are free. About: This is the home, studios and gardens of famed American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The park’s trails and grounds are open year-round, dawn till dusk for hiking use. The Visitor Center is typically open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Memorial Day weekend (late May) to Oct 31. Guided tours are offered during this time.

Hood Museum of Art 6 E. Wheelock St., Hanover (603) 646-2808 hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu

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Hours: Regular gallery hours are Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., ThursdayFriday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 1-5 p.m. Closed Sunday-Tuesday. About: The Hood Museum of Art dates back to 1772 and is owned and operated by Dartmouth College. It houses both permanent collections and visiting exhibitions.

Enfield Shaker Museum Route 4A, Enfield (603) 632-4346 shakermuseum.org Hours: Open May 21-October 31, Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults are $14; ages 11-17 are $8; children 6-10 are $3; and chil-

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dren 5 and under are free. About: Canterbury was not the state’s only Shaker village — one also once thrived on Mascoma Lake in Enfield. Thirteen of the original buildings still survive and the Great Stone Dwelling, the largest structure ever built by the sect, is now a museum. The collection includes clothing, furniture, tools and photographs of the earnest agriculturists. The museum also has an extensive herb and flower garden.

Merrimack Valley Museums Currier Museum of Art 150 Ash St. Manchester (603) 669-7194 currier.org Hours: Open Thursdays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults are $15; seniors (65+) are $13; students are $10; youth (13-17) are $5. Timed tickets are no longer required, and general admission tickets can be purchased on-site. About: The Currier is considered to be one of the best small museums in the country and includes European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe and Wyeth. The museum also offers tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House, and has an on-site café, The Winter Garden.

SEE Science Center 200 Bedford St., Manchester (603) 669-0400 see-sciencecenter.org Hours: Open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Cost is $10 per person ages 3 and up. Reservations are recommended. Walk-ins will be turned away if the museum is at capacity. About: SEE Science Center, located on Bedford Street in the city’s historic Millyard District, has two floors of handson science, with something to keep every kid busy, including touch-and-try exhibits on light, electricity, forces, momentum, sound and the SEE’s centerpiece, the LEGO Millyard Project. The impressive — and huge — LEGO-made diorama shows Manchester as it looked in 1900. ❂


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