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FROM THE EDITOR
Welcome to the Family Summer Fun Guide Parenting New Hampshire is pleased to present its first-ever 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 — hundreds of ideas on where to take your family and what to do so you have a wonderful summer. In the 2016 edition, our feature articles break down the state by its highways and exits. Whether you are on interstates 89 or 93, Route 101, Route 1A, we will point you in the right direction of summer fun. We’ve also included articles on the state’s fairs and festivals, rainy day activities, free events, picnic spots, public pools and bike trails. Still haven’t found what you are looking for? Go to www. parentingnh.com to see our expanded online summer fun guide and events calendar. For more than 20 years, Parenting New Hampshire has been the premier information source for Granite State families, so whom better to partner up with on this project than the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. We are both on the same page when it comes to promoting
great things to do and see in the Granite State. Parenting New Hampshire distributes more than 20,000 free copies monthly to more than 600 locations statewide, including Hannaford, Market Basket and Shaw’s supermarkets. Be sure to check out our other publications: NH Next: Your Guide to Life After High School and Stepping Stones NH: A guidebook for people with disabilities, their families and the professionals who support them, and the Family Resource Book. Also, don’t miss our Camp Fairs held every year in March. And be sure to follow us between issues on www. parentingnh.com, on Twitter @ParentingNH or on Facebook.
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FROM OUR BOOK SPONSOR About the writer Welcome to summer in New Hampshire! It is my pleasure to invite you to discover and experience the 93 properties that make up the New Hampshire State Park system. I think you’ll find these parks are nature’s playground and offer families a variety of natural, recreational and historical opportunities. I’d like to take a moment to share with you the diversity of offerings New Hampshire State Parks provide visitors throughout the year. There are 38 day-use areas, 20 campgrounds, 22 beaches, 7 waysides, 16 historic sites, 6 natural areas, 1,000 miles of ATV trails, 2 ski areas and 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails. Trek or ride along winding trails where fresh air and solitude are your companions. Glide along state park lakes, ponds and rivers in a canoe or kayak. Swim in the clear, cool water at one of the sandy beaches. Enjoy a starlit night when you camp under the stars. Or pack a picnic and dine al fresco beneath a canopy of shady trees. Take a journey through time exploring state historic sites. The opportunities are endless! During the summer, the Discover the Power of Parks programs are great opportunities for families to connect with nature. The Interpretive Rangers offer nature guided hikes, interpretive tours and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programming is
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offered at the following State Parks: Bear Brook, Clough, Crawford Notch, Echo Lake, Ellacoya, Franconia Notch, Greenfield, Hampton Beach, Kingston, Moose Brook, Pawtuckaway, Umbagog Lake, Wentworth and White Lake State Parks. Programs are offered free to guests with a paid park admission fee. More information is available at www.discoverthepowerofparks.com. The New Hampshire State Park license plate is a great way for families to have an “easy-pass“ to the state parks while helping to support these amazing natural resources. With a valid license plate, receive free admission for the car and all passengers into day-use areas. I hope you’ll take some time this summer with your family to enjoy the beauty and recreational opportunities of New Hampshire State Parks. Join us as stewards of these natural wonders and help us preserve them for future generations.
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Jacqueline Tourville has explored almost every nook and cranny of New Hampshire, writing about family fun activities for Parenting New Hampshire and looking for fun ways to keep her own two kids occupied. A freelance writer and published author, Jacqueline has written numerous books for adults and kids, including the Moon New England Hiking series, Moon Take a Hike Boston and Albie’s First Word, a picture book inspired by Albert Einstein’s childhood that was named a Maine Children’s Literature Award finalist. After living in Nashua for several years, Jacqueline and her family now make their home in the Seacoast region, just over the state line in southern Maine. Her favorite Granite State destination for kids? She’ll stick with a classic and say Story Land. Look for her splashing down the Bamboo Chutes sometime soon.
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Welcome to New Hampshire FROM SALEM TO CONCORD, INTERSTATE 93 IS YOUR GATEWAY TO FUN IN THE MERRIMACK VALLEY BY JACQUELINE TOURVILLE
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s the most direct highway route from the Boston area to New Hampshire, every summer thousands and thousands of families pour into the Granite State via Interstate 93 on the lookout for fun, excitement and a little rest and relaxation. Along the southern stretch, I-93 from Salem to Concord, rolls out a warm welcome for tourists and locals alike with a sampling of popular attractions and hidden gems. Cruise up I-93 to Exit 2 in Salem for all-ages fun and excitement at Canobie Lake Park, the state’s largest amusement park. Little kids can ride the antique carousel, get lost in the walk-through mirror maze or climb aboard the Canobie Express, for a steam train ride around the park. For older kids and teens, roller coasters and water rides await, including The Equinox, a giant windmill ride that rises 75 feet in the air. www.canobie.com For offbeat fun, take Exit 3 to explore the mysterious rock formations at America’s Stonehenge. Located on the outskirts of Salem, the estimated 4,000-year-old archaeological site is a majestic maze full of rocky chambers and ancient ceremonial meeting places. What’s your guess as to who built them? Elsewhere on the grounds, kids can dig for gemstones they get to keep. www. stonehengeusa.com For a more recent step back in time, take Exit 4 east toward Derry to visit the Robert Frost Farm, a former home of the famed poet. Take a guided tour of Frost’s quaint farmhouse, spend time in the children’s garden and learn about some
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Stonehenge of Frost’s favorite plants and animals during a nature walk along the Hyla Brook interpretive trail. www.robertfrostfarm.org If you are in Derry on a Wednesday night, check out the Community Farmers Market at 1 West Broadway in the heart of Derry’s downtown. Held Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., the market offers vegetables, fruits, dairy, maple syrup, baked goods, meat, fish, wine, ice cream, fudge, and even a gluten-free bakery, plus live entertainment. If you head west off Exit 4 toward Londonderry, make your way to Sunnycrest Farm for pickyour-own strawberries, blueberries, cherries and apples later on in the season. The farm is also the home to goats and sheep, along with the occasional pig. Visitors are welcome to feed and pet the animals through the fence. www.sunnycrestfarmnh. com Have a kid obsessed with airplanes? Take Exit 5 to visit the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire conveniently located right off the runway of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The museum includes a flight simulator and
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informative exhibits about New Hampshire natives who made their mark in the of world aviation. The museum runs education programs and special exhibits and story times throughout the summer. Another reason to stop by? The close-up view of airplanes as they land and take off is one that you won’t soon forget. www.nhahs.org Exit 8 brings you to New Hampshire’s Queen City, which can feel a little overwhelming if you’re not quite sure what to see and do. Get a cheat sheet
to all Manchester has to offer at the annual Open Doors event, held July 21 and Sept. 22, and hosted by the Majestic Theatre. From 5 to 8 p.m., a free trolley loops in and around downtown, stopping at arts and cultural institutions, all of which offer free admission for the evening. Among family-friendly trolley
stops, visit the SEE Science Center (www.seesciencecenter.org), the Millyard Museum (www. manchesterhistoric.org) and NH Institute of Art (www.nhia.edu). Most venues have special events and promotions planned specifically for the trolley night. www.opendoorsmanchester.com Rainy day? Give the kids a chance to burn off some pent-up energy with a side trip off Exit 9N to
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The Queen City, boasting a population of about 110,000, is the largest city in the Granite State and was once home to the largest producer of cotton textiles in the world. Annual events: Taste of Downtown Manchester, Best of NH Party, TD Bank Movies in the Park, Granite State Brewers Association Summer Fest Must-see places: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (home to minor league baseball’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats), Millyard Museum, Palace Theatre, Currier Museum of Art For more information: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce: www.manchester-chamber.org
Cowabunga's in Hooksett. The oversized indoor playground is packed full with inflatable slides, bounce houses and everything else needed to wear the kids out before continuing on your travels. www. mycowabungas.com Continuing up I-93, and entering Concord, take Exit 12N to access New Hampshire’s capital city, including its vibrant
downtown filled with shops, restaurants, and the centerpiece of it all, the state capitol building. Families can also take their pick of Concord’s many playgrounds and parks, including White Park, not far from downtown. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic, has a large play structure for hours of playground fun and even comes with a public swimming pool. Residents swim for free, but for a small fee visitors are always welcome to take a dip. ❂
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Explore NH by bike: 10 family-friendly trails BY JACQUELINE TOURVILLE
aking a bike ride together is a fun way to promote fitness as a family. Looking for a safe place to finally take the training wheels off your cycling plans? Pedal the summer away at one of these 10 kid-friendly (and bicyclefriendly) trails and paths.
1. Rockingham Rail Trail: Rail trails are reclaimed sections of railroad track that have been turned into multi-use recreation paths for public use. Bicyclists love rail trails because they are free of car traffic and provide miles of uninterrupted room to ride. There are more than 20 rail trail systems in New Hampshire, including the Rockingham Rail Trail, stretching more than 25 miles from the Elliot Hospital in Manchester to the old rail depot building in Newfields. For the most part the wide and even trail is packed gravel and dirt. Experienced cyclists can complete the trail round-trip in one day. Family cyclists will want to explore the trail in smaller sections. This is easy to accomplish thanks to other access points to the trail at such stops as Massabesic Lake and Candia. For more information about accessing the trail in Manchester, go to www.manchesternh. gov. For a map and more information about the Newfields section of the trail, go to www.nhstateparks.org. 2. Mine Falls Park: With its scenic terrain winding along the Nashua River as it passes through playing fields and forests, Nashua’s Mine Falls Park may be one of the most popular, and prettiest, spots in the Merrimack Valley for riding bikes. Access to the trail system can be found at Lincoln Park at the end of Coli-
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seum Avenue (there’s also plenty of parking). For more information and a map, go to http://www.nashuanh. gov/491/Mine-Falls-Park. 3. Great Glen Trails: In the summer the smooth, flat rolling carriage roads that criss-cross Great Glen Trails in Gorham become a pedaling paradise for all ages. The ski-turned-bike resort makes taking to its carriage trail system easy by providing bike and helmet rentals on-site. Are your kids ready for something a little more adventurous? Check out Great Glen’s “pump track” terrain park for dirt bikes and more extreme mountain biking. Go to www.greatglentrails.com for more information. 4. Franconia Notch State Park Recreational Trail: One of
New Hampshire’s crown jewels for outdoor recreation, the Franconia Notch State Park Recreational Trail is nine miles of jawdropping pedaling as it takes you past the state park’s most spectacular sites, including Echo Lake (where many cyclists stop to take a dip), the Old Man of the Mountain site, the Basin (another swimming hole) and the Flume Gorge. The trail is perfect for beginners and can be accessed from multiple parking lots, making it easier to customize the length of your trek. For a map go to www.nhstateparks.org. 5. Goffstown Rail Trail: For another off-road cycling option in the Manchester area, look no further than the
Goffstown Rail Trail (www.goffstownrailtrail.org), a 5.5-mile stretch of packed dirt and gravel that follows the former Boston & Maine railroad tracks from the Piscataquog River near the Main Street bridge in Goffstown village, through Grasmere and the county complex, to the Manchester city line near Sarette Field in Pinardville. One of the easiest points of access for the trail is at Goffstown Parks and Recreation Center. There’s plenty of parking available. 6. Odiorne State Park: Most families know Odiorne State Park in Rye (www.nhstateparks.org) as the home of the Seacoast Science Center. What’s not well known is that the state park also offers some of the best bike trails on the Seacoast. A paved recreational path is available, plus an extensive network of gravel and partially paved trails that wind through the trees and along the salt marsh for a total of about three miles. Pack a lunch and enjoy a post-ride picnic in the park’s day use area along the shore. 7. Northern Rail Trail: Spanning Grafton and Merrimack counties, the Northern Rail Trail clocks in as the longest rail trail in New Hampshire at more than 60 miles. The surface of cinder ballast and stone dust is well-suited for easy mountain biking. One particularly lovely stretch leaves from the trail’s access point in downtown Lebanon and follows the Mascoma River, crossing it seven times in just the first few miles. For more information and a map go to www.northernrailtrail.org.
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At a paved 1.3 miles in length, the Silk Farm Road Bike Path in Concord is an ideal place for a young cyclist’s first real bike ride. Parking and access to the trail can be found just past the entrance to the McLane/Silk Farm Audubon Center on Silk Farm Road. The path crosses a footbridge before reaching its end at a gate. Another unpaved trail system leaves from this same gate, but be aware that parts of this other trail system are prohibited to bike riders without permission. For a map go to www. concordnh.gov. 9. Derry Rail Trail: The paved Derry Rail Trail travels along the railroad bed of the old Manchester and Lawrence Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad and is part of a larger series of rail trails that will eventually reach all the way to Lawrence, Mass. The Derry Rail Trail can be accessed at Hood Park. For more information, go to www.derryrailtrail.org. 10. Lincoln Woods Trail:
The Lincoln Woods Trail cuts through the Pemigewasset Wilderness as it follows the path of one of the last logging railroads operating in the White Mountains. The broad, nearly flat trail of packed dirt and gravel starts at the Lincoln Woods parking area on the Kancamagus Highway and follows the Pemigewasset River for approximately three miles. Leave enough time to explore riverbanks, stop for a picnic and rest your legs before the trip back. For more information go to www.visitwhitemountains.com. ❂
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City to Shore FAMILY-FRIENDLY STOPS ALONG ROUTE 101 FROM THE QUEEN CITY TO HAMPTON BEACH BY JACQUELINE TOURVILLE
n the summer, most cars you pass on Route 101 headed east from Manchester are filled with beach chairs and sand buckets. That’s because the 38-mile stretch of highway is the most direct route from New Hampshire’s largest city to the state’s longest stretch of public shoreline at Hampton Beach. Route 101 has plenty of exits in between, so why not do some exploring before you hit the sand? Leave the urban hustle and bustle behind by taking Exit 1 and following Route 28 Bypass to reach the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn. Ah, tranquility. Situated on Lake Massabesic, you will find kid-friendly trails through fields and forests on the way to the lake, excellent bird-watching and a popular nature center that provides summer camps, family programming and hands-on nature exhibits (along with excellent restroom facilities). www. nhaudubon.org Have older kids in need of summertime excitement? Take Exit 3 and head toward Candia to find Merrimack Valley Paintball (www.mvppaintball. net), an outdoor paintball zone with more than six acres of fun and exhilarat-
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you’re in the mood for live theater. At Epping’s Leddy Center (www.leddycenter.org), Oliver! takes center stage this summer with performances from July 8 to 24. If you head south off Exit 7, you will arrive in the sleepy town of Kingston. Make your way to Kingston State Park where you will find picnic EXIT 3: Merrimack areas, a playground, Valley Paintball ing wooded tactical areas. swimming beach and Or for some traditional fun, canoe rentals. head to Charmingfare Cruising right along, Farm, also located in Candia, it’s just a hop, skip and a vroom! (www.visitthefarm.com) where you'll off Exit 8 to the New England find the always-popular petting zoo Dragway in Epping. See race action and animal park. Feed the chickens and on Fridays and weekends throughout the goats before venturing through the summer, including crowd-pleasing clasanimal park to visit reindeer and wolves, sic car drag races. www.newenglandthen take a tractor ride and play on the dragway.com Noah’s Ark playground. How about some fun wrapped in a To spend the day at a freshwater history lesson? Take Exit 9 to Exeter beach, take Exit 5 and follow the signs to visit the American Indepento Pawtuckaway State Park in dence Museum where you will see Nottingham. Biking, hiking and camping an original copy of the Declaration of await you, as well as the park’s large Independence and learn about Exswimming beach with amenities includeter and New Hampshire’s role in the ing lifeguards, a snack bar and changing American Revolution. If you are in town facilities. One dip in the water here and on July 16, celebrate America’s foundthis beach might become your family’s ing and freedom at Exeter’s annual new favorite swimming hole. American Independence Festival, held Continuing on Route 101, take Exit on the museum grounds and nearby 7 and turn north to head to Epping if
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area. Role players, British and Patriot re-enactors, traditional artisans, music, food, sidewalk sales, children’s activities and fireworks are just some of the fun. www.independencemuseum.org If you want to make a day of it in Exeter, park along Water Street and walk the green along Swasey Parkway and stroll the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy before checking out the village’s eclectic mix of art galleries and shops, including Water Street Bookstore. www. waterstreetbooks.com
As proof that you are getting closer to the sea, follow Exit 11 to the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, a nature preserve and educational center located on the shores of Great Bay, the large inland estuary formed by the meeting of the region’s rivers with the ocean tides. Inside the Discovery Center kids can get their hands wet in an estuarine discovery tank as they learn about horseshoe crabs, oysters, mud snails and other inhabEXIT 3: itants of the bay. Outside, a Charmingfare Farm nature trail and boardwalk
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takes you up close to the estuary’s ever-changing tides. www.greatbay.org Back on Route 101 heading east, cross over Interstate 95 and the flat salt marsh landscape on either side of you tells you that you’re almost there. For a pre-beach meal, or to pick up any other necessities you may have forgotten, follow the exit for Route 1 North to head into the bustling town of Hampton. For dining options, Flatbread Pizza (www.flatbreadcompany.com) is a standout for healthy family fare that’s reasonably priced. If you have a sweet tooth and yearn for something a bit less healthy, be sure to stop at Sanborn’s Candies (www. ROUTE 1N: sanbornscandies.com) and pick Sanborn’s Candies up some taffy, fudge or truffles. From here, it’s just a few more miles to Hampton Beach. You can probably feel the ocean breeze and smell the sunscreen already. ❂
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ake family time even more memorable by giving your backyard a break and take your gathering to one of these picturesque picnicking areas. Merrimack Valley Grab the burgers and dogs and head over to Nashua’s Greeley Park on Concord Street. The picnic area rings the north side of this luscious urban green space, with an ample number of tables and grills ready and waiting. Bonuses here include restroom facilities, room to set up volleyball or badminton nets, a playground for kids, a wooded walking loop and the Greeley Park bandstand right across the street. Concerts, plays and other events take place here all season long. If you’re planning a picnic lunch of sandwiches, head to Livingston Park in Manchester. There are no grills here, but the picnic tables are plentiful and two playgrounds (one designed for older kids, the other for toddlers) will keep the kids busy while you set up. After you eat, a nature trail leads in a pleasant loop around Dorr’s Pond for the perfect post-picnic stroll. Contoocook’s Elm Brook Park, located along Elm Brook Pool, is a dayuse area that’s also a favorite fishing spot for walleye, brook trout, sunfish and pickerel. If you have an angler on your picnic guest list, you just may need to add fresh fish to your picnic menu. Amenities at Elm Brook include picnic tables and grills, covered picnic shelter (available for an extra fee), swimming beach, a nature trail, boat ramp and even horseshoe pits to add a little friendly competition to this year’s festivities. Monadnock Region Take your picnic to new heights, literally, by packing up for a scenic picnic
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atop the 2,290-foot summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough. Located in Miller State Park, New Hampshire’s oldest state park, a winding 1.3-mile paved toll road leads to the summit – or you can park at the base, strap your picnic goodies to your back and climb to the top. Greenfield State Park is tucked away in the 400-acre natural area, about eight miles north of Peterborough, and features ponds, bogs and a forest that extends to the scenic shore of Otter Lake. Picnic grounds are well-maintained and walking paths easily link up the park’s many points of interest. Expect to pay a small fee for day use picnicking. Forget the drinks? The park store will have you covered. In Keene, Otter Brook Recreation Area, maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, offers a river-fed beach, ball field, restrooms, as well as 90 picnic sites that stretch out along the river, and 55 fireplace
grills. Forecast calling for rain? Groups can rent out one of two picnic shelters for an additional fee; electrical hookups are also available. Seacoast Portsmouth’s Four Tree Island jutting out into the mouth of the Piscataqua River offers panoramic 360-degree views of the Kittery Shipyard and Portsmouth’s historic red brick skyline. The island’s picnic area, including covered tables, grill areas and restrooms, may be one of the Seacoast’s best-kept secrets, probably because you can’t directly access the island by car. To reach it, cross the bridge onto Peirce Island and take the first left into the parking lot. Park near the iron gate and take the footpath causeway to the island. At Kingston State Park the picnic area includes rustic fireplaces for grilling as well as a nearby playground, softball field and pond swimming beach. Stratham Hill Farm Park is a pastoral 100-acre site that’s just perfect for a picnic. The well-maintained grounds
provide picnic tables with small grills, running water and rest rooms. Basketball courts, a ball field, a playground and walking trails will keep everyone busy until the hot dogs are cooked. The park is also home to three pavilions that may be reserved for larger picnic groups and other private functions. Lakes Region & White Mountains With views toward the White Mountains’ Presidential Range, including Mounts Adams, Jefferson and Washington, the Dolly Copp picnic area on Route 16, just south of Gorham, will have you picnicking with the presidents this Memorial Day Weekend. Part of the National Forest Service’s string of day-use areas throughout the White Mountains, this pleasant picnic spot offers tables, grills, water fountain, covered picnic pavilion and port-o-potties. Give your picnic some rustic charm at Long Pond Picnic and Fishing Area, a White Mountains National Forest site located near the base of hulking Mount Moosilauke. The well-maintained day-use area offers opportunities for fishing, boating and picnicking on a gravel-surfaced, wheelchair-accessible setting. Grills are available on-site or bring your own. For lakeside picnicking, it’s hard to beat the scenic splendor and convenience of Ellacoya State Park. Located in Gilford on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, picnic tables can be found along the park’s 600-foot-long stretch of sandy beach, with fabulous views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains. Bring your own tabletop grill or get there early to grab a table near one of the park grills. ❂
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See the Seacoast DISCOVER WHY NEW HAMPSHIRE’S 18-MILE COASTLINE IS THE PLACE TO BE IN THE SUMMER
and, sun, and everything else you need for the perfect summertime outing with the kids. Work your way up scenic Route 1A with our town-by-town guide to the New Hampshire seashore.
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Route 1A hugs New Hampshire’s tiny sliver of coastline beginning from its southern starting point in Seabrook, a town mostly known for its two-mile stretch of beaches and for the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, New Hampshire's sole nuclear energy facility. Seabrook Station is a surprisingly fun (and free!) place to visit with kids. Stop by the Science & Nature Center (www.nexteraenergyresources. com) for a variety of educational displays about energy and the environment, including a simulated elevator ride 260 feet below sea level to Seabrook Station's cooling tunnels. The center is also home to a marine touch tank and nature trail, featuring a mile-long boardwalk that winds throughout the plant’s woods and marshland area. To hit the beach in Seabrook, access to the sandy stretch of Seabrook Dunes and Beach is just off Route 1A on Atlantic Avenue (look for the public access points). Time to eat? Get ready to answer one of New Hampshire's most enduring questions: Brown's or Markey's? Located directly across the street from each other off Route 1A on Route 286, both of these rival seafood restaurants have beautiful views, both claim to have the best lobster rolls and fried clams, and both are always bustling in summer. It doesn’t matter which one you pick — either one is a dining mainstay in these parts. Another Seabrook institution found off Route 1A is Eastman's Deep Sea Fishing (www.eastmansdocks.com). Have your family grab their reels and hop on board a deep sea vessel for a morning or all-day run to one of the Gulf of Maine’s most productive fishing grounds, Jeffreys Ledge. Eastman’s also offers salt marsh kayaking rentals and whale watching tours for all ages. Discounted ticket prices are available for children 12 and under.
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Crossing over the Hampton River heading north, Route 1A/Ocean Boulevard leads you straight into New Hampshire’s hottest summer hot spot: Hampton Beach. On your left, the Hampton Beach boardwalk area is wall-to-wall restaurants, souvenir shops, arcades, ice cream shops and hotels. Also located here is the famous Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (www.casinoballroom.com), one of the area’s most popular live music venues, as well as the Casino Waterslide and a miniature golf course. Look to your right and you’ll find sand, surf and more. Hampton Beach knows how to show beachgoers a good time with free evening concerts at the Seashell Stage almost every night of the week and free fireworks on select weekdays and weekends. For a listing of this summer’s headliner events, go to www. hamptonbeach.org. One of Hampton Beach’s best freebies for families is the oversized public playground located right on the beach. (Look for it as Route 1A crosses G Street). It’s fenced in for safety, has a sandy bottom for soft landings and has plenty of fun equipment to keep kids busy. More free fun for families can be found at the Hampton Beach Children’s Festival, held this year from Aug. 15 to 19. It’s a week filled with games and activities, and don’t miss the children’s parade on Friday, Aug. 19. Everyone has fun – and all kids win a prize — at this giant costume parade. As you move up the coast along Route 1A, the crowds thin out, revealing Hampton’s North Beach with its more low-key atmosphere. With fewer people flocking to the beach here, the open water has become a magnet for surfers. Don’t own a board? No problem. Right across the street from the beach entrance is Cinnamon Rainbows surf shop offering board rentals and surf boarding lessons all summer to kids as young as 11 years old. www. cinnamonrainbows.com
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North Hampton & Rye As Route 1A sweeps into North Hampton and then Rye, stops include more beach time at North Hampton State Park (www.nhstateparks.org), Jenness State Beach (www.nhstateparks.org) and Wallis Sands Beach (www.nhstateparks.org), a family favorite with grassy picnic area, park store, lifeguards, deluxe bathhouse with hot and cold showers and a parking lot that can accommodate up to 500 cars. Hungry? In North Hampton, stop by The Beach Plum, a favorite seafood shack and ice cream stand that’s a popular spot for local families and visitors alike. Look for it on the left just before reaching North Hampton State Park. www.thebeachplum.net Is your beach day a washout? Head to Odiorne State Park on Route 1A in Rye to visit the Seacoast Science Center, a learning center filled with live aquatic exhibits, hands-on learning about the Gulf of Maine environment and a marine touch tank that will keep kids occupied for hours. On a sunny day, Odiorne is still a worthy visit to explore its rocky shoreline and walking trails
that take you to old military bunkers that once served as a line of defense for potential submarine attacks during World War II. www.seacoastsciencecenter.org
Portsmouth Turning inland, Route 1A ends its seacoast sprint in Portsmouth. Situated along the shores of the Piscataqua River just before it meets the Atlantic, the Port City is a busy place in summer and for good reason. From festivals to outdoor theater to fun shopping and lots of restaurants to choose from, the pedestrian-friendly Market Square and South End areas provide plenty to do. Summertime highlights in Portsmouth include the Strawbery Banke’s Annual 4th of July Festival (www. strawberybanke.org), live concerts and an outdoor theatrical production of Disney’s Little Mermaid at Prescott Park (www.prescottpark. org), shopping for
toys and other treasures at Treehouse Toys (www.treehousetoys. us) and G. Willikers
(www.gwillikers.com) on Market Street, and finally, having a pancake or two or 10 at the Friendly Toast on Congress Street (www.friendlytoast.com). ❂
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tart summer off with a bang and head to Hampton Beach for free fireworks every Wednesday, starting June 15 at 9:30 p.m. and running through the end of August, weather-permitting. Plant your blanket in an area near the Seashell Stage for the best view. And speaking of the Seashell Stage, free concerts are held at the recently refurbished stage on weekend evenings and select weeknights throughout the summer. On Monday nights, check out a free family-friendly movie. For families who won’t make it to Hampton until later in the summer, try to time your visit for Aug. 15-19 when Hampton Beach hosts the annual Children’s Festival, complete with parade, games and crafts – all for free. For details on the festival and other events taking place at the beach this summer, the Hampton Beach events calendar at hamptonbeach.org/calendar is worth bookmarking. This year marks 36 years for the Somersworth International Children’s Festival, happening on Saturday, June 18 (locations are at Memorial Drive and Noble Pines Park). Entertainment includes a craft center, petting zoo, bounce houses, kids’ stage, world cultures area, bubble and paint stations and more. Head to the Capital City on June 23-25 for Concord’s 42nd Annual Market Days Festival. Much of Main Street is closed off and the streets are filled with music, vendors, food and other entertainment. Admission is free.
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verticaldrea ms.com Manchester’s popular Open Doors event hosted by the Majestic Theatre is Thursday, July 21. From 5 to 8 p.m., a trolley loops in and around downtown, stopping at arts and cultural institutions, all of which offer free admission for the evening. Among family-friendly trolley stops visit the SEE Science Center, the Millyard Museum and NH Institute of Art. Most venues have special events and promotions planned specifically for the trolley night. For more information, call 669-7469. If you are fortunate enough to live in Concord when the temperatures soar, cool off for free at any one of the city’s many public swimming pools. Locations of public pools include White Park and Rollins Park. Bring ID for free entry. Non-residents pay a small fee. Check out SummerFun 2016 in Nashua. From June 4 through Aug. 25, there are numerous events including movies, theatre and concerts at Greeley Park on Concord Street in Nashua. In North Conway, take in a free outdoor movie at Settlers’ Green on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer (July 12 to Aug. 23). Familyfriendly movies are shown on a
16-foot movie screen with outdoor lawn chairs provided for the first 30 guests. If your kids love Curious George, visit the Margaret H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley and check out the open tours and free story times. These free events happen weekly throughout the summer and visitors can try their hand at drawing the famous monkey or relax on a bean bag chair and read their favorite Curious George stories. Attitash means “blueberry” in the Abenaki language, making the Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett the perfect place to hold an annual festival honoring the summertime berry. The Attitash Blueberry Fest on Aug. 6 features a craft fair, live music, games and contests, including a pie-eating contest. If your kids love rocks, minerals and playing in the dirt you might want to head to the 52nd Annual Gilsum Rock Swap on June 25-26. Kids can pan for minerals as well as view beautiful gemstones and handmade jewelry. Gilsum is about 10 minutes away from Keene and the event draws between 6,000-8,000 visitors each year. ❂
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From the cooling shade of its forests in the summer months and the vivid hues that splash across the stately mountains in the fall, to the snow-capped peaks of its exciting, picturesque skiing destinations, New Hampshire’s natural beauty is breathtaking. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Granite State is from within its network of state parks. Far from the hectic stress of day-to-day life, New Hampshire’s state parks, which stretch from the Canadian border through the Lakes Region to the southernmost reaches of the state, are packed with an abundance of family-fun opportunities. Here are some of the valuable benefits and conveniences visitors can take advantage of when visiting a New Hampshire State Park:
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ere’s a look at some of the great state parks located in the different regions of New Hampshire, and what families can expect on a getaway to these unique and diverse destinations:
The Merrimack Valley Region Bear Brook State Park is the largest state park in New Hampshire, at more than 10,000 acres. Location: 61 Deerfield Rd., Allenstown Details: Bear Brook is an ideal park for a variety of activities including swimming, hiking,
Accessibility: No matter where you travel in the state, there’s a pristine park nearby — perfect for easy and quick, hassle-free family outings. Entertainment: There’s a long list of familyfriendly activities, including swimming, hiking, biking, boating and fishing opportunities and camping — and in some parks, you can do every one of these things in a single day.
biking, fishing and horseback riding. With more than 40 miles of trails that crisscross the thick forests, marshes, ponds, summits and bogs, this park can feel isolated and quiet — while remaining convenient to some of the population centers in southern New Hampshire. Visitors will discover a 101-site campground, a camp store, playground, bathhouse, a ball field, canoe/kayak rentals and picnic tables. The day-use fee is $4 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and kids under 5 and New Hampshire residents 65 and older are admitted free. Camping is $23 per site. Good for: Camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, biking, snowmobiling, picnicking, cross-country skiing Connect: (603) 485-9869
The Dartmouth/ Sunapee Region Mount Sunapee State Park and State Beach is a major recreation area in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region offering year-round activities. The state beach, on the shores of Lake Sunapee, is an ideal spot for family and group gatherings. Location: 86 Beach Access Rd., Newbury. Details: Mount Sunapee State Park is the northern terminus of the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway hiking trail. There are trails that lead to the summit of Mount Sunapee and to Lake Solitude. The state beach has a park store, changing rooms with showers, canoe/kayak rentals and a boat launch. Mount Sunapee campground has lean-to and platform sites for family camping, from $23 to $29 per night. Beach admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and kids 5 and under and New Hampshire residents 65 and older are admitted free. Good for: Swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, camping Connect: (603) 763-5561
Affordability: Day-use fees can be as low as $4 to $5 for adults and $2 for children, and campsites start at $23. And speaking of camp sites, whether you’re a skilled tent camper looking for a primitive-style spot, or an RV enthusiast decked-out with all the high-tech amenities, there’s a spot for you. Availability: There are more than 20 campgrounds in the New Hampshire State Park network. New Hampshire State Parks has partnered with ReserveAmerica for its camping reservation service. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-877-NHPARKS (1-877-647-2757).
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ew Hampshire State Park this summer The Seacoast Region
The Monadnock Region
Odiorne Point combines the Seacoast’s ocean appeal with its active lifestyle for a truly family-friendly option. One of New Hampshire’s many state parks, Odiorne Point offers a wide range of activities from biking and walking the scenic routes to exploring tide pools for sea life.
Greenfield State Park encompasses 401 pristine acres, which includes beautiful Otter Lake. It’s all situated close enough to Mount Monadnock so that campers are provided a perfect home base for a day of hiking to the summit.
Location: 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye Details: A network of trails winds throughout this 331 acre park — perfect for biking and walking — and picnickers are afforded a sweeping view of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can check out the Seacoast Science Center, explore the tidal pools and rocky shore along the ocean and investigate vestiges of its former military bunkers. Odiorne Point's day-use rate is $4 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and kids 5 and under and New Hampshire residents 65 and over are admitted free.
Location: 133 Beach Rd., Greenfield Details: Walking paths wind throughout this park, leading to bogs, ponds and Otter Lake. Paddleboat and canoe rentals are also available. A camper’s haven, Greenfield State Park offers 252 campsites at $25 a night (no hook-ups). The dayuse rate is $4 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and kids 5 and under and New Hampshire residents 65 and older are admitted free. Good for: Camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming Connect: (603) 547-3497
The Lakes Region Wellington State Park is home to the state park system’s largest freshwater swimming beach. Location: 614 West Shore Rd., Bristol Details: Picnickers and hikers can enjoy open space and paths that provide terrific views of the crystal-clear, deep Newfound Lake. A hiking trail leads from Wellington State Park to Goose Pond, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls, Mount Cardigan and the Sugarloafs. The park has a snack bar, kayak rentals, boat launch and pavilions for rent for outings. The park’s day-use fees are $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and kids 5 and under and New Hampshire residents 65 and over are admitted free. Good for: Swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating Connect: (603) 744-2197
The White Mountains
The Great North Woods
Moose Brook State Park, located in the beautiful White Mountains, provides visitors with breathtaking views and an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of its 774 acres.
Umbagog Lake State Park, located in the Great North Woods Region, is part of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge.
Location: 30 Jimtown Rd., Gorham Details: Moose Brook is great for fishing in the Peabody and Moose Rivers, and its many trails are perfect for hikers and mountain bikers. The 59-site campground is a great base for hiking the Presidentials, ATVing and exploring the White Mountain and Great North Regions. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children 6-11, and kids 5 and under and New Hampshire residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Camping is $25 per night.
Location: 235 East Route 26, Cambridge Details: The park includes a base park campground with 27 sites with electrical and water hook-ups, three cabins, and 33 remote campsites in isolated locations around Umbagog Lake accessible only by boat. The park has a beach, camp store, boat launch, canoe/ kayak rentals and fuel sales. Campsites range from $30 to $35 and cabin rentals are $80 per night or $560 per week. Good for: Camping, fishing, boating, wildlife watching Connect: (603) 482-7795
Good for: Camping, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, fishing Connect: (603) 466-3860
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We are proud to announce that Parenting New Hampshire was honored six times by the Parenting Media Association at its 2015 Design and Editorial Awards Competition. The magazine brought home gold awards for Editor’s Note/ Publisher’s Note, Humor Column, Profile Story and Service Feature; a silver award for Interior Photography and a bronze award for Special Section Design. This marks the 9th year in a row that Parenting New Hampshire has been honored by PMA. Toot toot!
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What if it rains?
Where to find summer fun in New Hampshire on a rainy day
t’s raining, it’s pouring, and the kids are driving you crazy. But fear not, because there are plenty of places in New Hampshire where you can take your family, have some fun and retain your sanity. Here’s a list of some of our favorite educational centers, museums and indoor play areas.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover There is no shortage of things to do at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Check out the brand-new STEAM Innovation Lab, where drop-in workshops are held every day. Start at the construction station and engineer your own flying machine at the Build It, Fly It using colorful foam pieces in a variety of shapes. And don’t miss the Tinkering Lab, Cave Explorers and several other exhibits. The museum also hosts a variety of special events and workshops. View their schedule at www.childrensmuseum.org. SEE Science Center, Manchester SEE Science Center, located on Bedford Street in the city’s historic Millyard District, has two floors of hands-on 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. The Museum is celebrating 30 Years of Discovery in 2016. www.see-sciencecenter.org NUThin’ But GOOD TIMES! Merrimack Nuthin’ But Good Times! is a huge indoor play space that caters to kids of all ages. Older kids can explore the large indoor play equipment, complete with mazes, activities, tunnels and slides; younger kids will love the soft-play structure. While the kids are tiring themselves out, parents can grab something to eat from the café, plug into the free Wi-Fi or read a book, and relax. www. nuthinbutgoodtimes.com Shaker Village, Enfield Spend the day at Shaker Village in Enfield and you will finally have an answer for the question: just who were the Shakers? Kids can watch skilled Shaker-style artisans demonstrating their crafts (from making brooms and basketry to building furniture) and then try their own hand at making some traditional children’s crafts. www.shakermuseum.org NH Boat Museum, Wolfeboro Want to build a boat with your kids? You can this summer at the NH Boat
Museum in Wolfeboro. On display at the museum is an array of canoes, guide boats, sailboats and other water craft that have dotted the waters of the Lakes Region throughout the centuries. The Museum offers workshops where families can sign up to assemble a simple canoe, kayak or skiff. www.nhbm.org Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, Londonderry If planes are more your thing, you’ll find airplane models, photographs and memorabilia of Granite State's history in the air at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. The museum is housed in the original Art Deco terminal building built in 1937. www.aviationmuseumofnh.org SkyVenture New Hampshire, Nashua If you really want to take fight, head over to SkyVenture for adrenalineboosting activities. SkyVenture offers indoor skydiving, indoor surfing and a rock climbing wall, just to name a few exhilarating things to do. www. skyventurenh.com Mount Washington Weather Discovery Center, Mount Washington The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is an interactive science museum for all ages. Explore the science of climate and weather through fun, interactive exhibits like our air cannon, flow tank and wind room. www.mountwashington.org
American Independence Museum, Exeter The museum has recently opened a new hands-on exhibit for children. Have your child try on Colonial clothing, learn what games were played and how children lived in Colonial America. Their knowledgeable guides can answer any questions. Parents can consult the exhibit directions online before visiting so they know what to expect. www. independencemuseum.org Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Manchester Have you tried out an indoor trampoline park? Jump around at Sky Zone! Get a workout by trying out the Main Court (free jump), the Foam Zone (freestyle jumping into foam), Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam and more. Sky Zone also offers a program for toddlers throughout the week. Check out the schedule at www. skyzone.com/manchester. McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord The Discovery Center, named for late teacher Christa McAuliffe and the first American in space, Alan Shepard, both from New Hampshire, has programs for all ages. From the Super Stellar Friday workshop series to a workshop called Little Explorers for 3-4 year olds, there is something for everyone. The Discovery Center has innovative, interactive exhibits that delve into the worlds of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space sciences. www.starhop.com ❂
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Northern Exposure GET READY FOR PEAK SUMMER FUN FROM CONCORD TO LITTLETON
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s one of New Hampshire’s main highways, Interstate 93 leads you to some of the state’s most popular destinations, including Franconia Notch. If you are ready for fun and excitement, all you need to do is point your compass north. From Concord to Littleton, here is an exit-by-exit guide to your grand adventure.
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Start your trip with a visit to New Hampshire’s capital city. Take Exit 13 to reach Concord’s pedestrian-friendly downtown area. Kid-friendly destinations here include the Museum of New Hampshire History, tucked away in Eagle Square, right across Main Street from the capitol building. All ages are encouraged to explore the institution’s one-of-a-kind treasures, including a recreated Penacook wigwam. Speaking of the glittering gold-domed state capitol building, call 271-2154 for available tour times and dates. Back on the highway, off Exit 15E in Concord, you will find the McAuliffeShepard Discovery Center, a planetarium and science learning center that offers star shows, outer space learning exhibits and special family programming that will inspire everyone to reach for the stars. www.starhop.com Pushing north, Exit 18 in Canterbury offers the off-the-beaten path destination of Canterbury Shaker Village, the National Historic Landmark Village dedicated to preserving 28 the legacy and tradition of the religious group that once called this place home. Visitors can explore 25 restored original Shaker buildings, take part in crafts and kids’ games and go for a nature walk on trails leading through the museum’s 600 acres of forests, fields and gardens. www.shakers.org Further up I-93, off Exit 20 in Tilton, shop until you drop at more than 60 outlet stores just off the highway, including The Children’s Place, Gap Outlet, Gymboree, J. Crew, Bass and OshKosh
Lost River Gorge B’gosh for kids. Spend time in Tilton and you will be the best dressed family wherever your travels take you. For something completely different, follow Exit 24 to Ashland and visit the Glidden Toy Museum, a restored 19th-century home stocked top to bottom with more than 2,000 antique and vintage toys from the collection of Pauline Glidden, a longtime town resident. The “no touch” rule definitely applies here, but seeing the tin and cast iron toys, old porcelain dolls, games, books and childhood trinkets of days gone by is a great way to spark kids' interest in learning EXIT 24:
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about the past. www.aannh.org Considered to be the Gateway to the White Mountains, Exit 25 takes you to Plymouth, where the great outdoors beckons. If you brought your bikes along (or not — daily bike rentals are available at Rhino Bike Works, 1 Foster St.) head over to Langdon Park. The natural area stretching along the Pemigewasset River consists of hiking and biking trails and an open area next to the river that provides access to shallow swimming water. It’s also a great place for a picnic lunch. Elsewhere in Plymouth, visit Main Street with its college town vibe and eclectic assortment of shops, art galleries and restaurants, including popular summer hot spots Sweet Kathy’s Ice Cream and The Flying Monkey, an old Plymouth movie theater restored as part of the Common Man Family of Restaurants to offer live performances, silent movies and delicious food. www.flyingmonkeynh.com Next up, take Exit 28 to Route 49 to reach Waterville Valley. In summer, skis are replaced with hiking boots as visitors fan out across Waterville’s crisscrossing network of trails on their way to places like the summit of nearby Mount Osceola (a moderately difficult hike) and secret swimming holes, including one found at the end of an easy 40-minute trek along the Smarts Brook Trail. To access the
trail, look for the trail parking lot on your right just before crossing the Mad River on the way into Waterville. For dining and shopping, visit Waterville’s Town Center complex. Cruising north on 1-93, Exit 32 brings you to Lincoln and North Woodstock, where a cluster of some of New Hampshire’s favorite White Mountains summer attractions can be found, If splish-splashing in the sun is your family’s idea of summer fun, bring your bathing suits and head to Whale’s Tale Water Park in Lincoln (www.whalestalewaterpark.net). Looking for some thrills? The Loon Mountain Adventure Center (www.loonmtn. com) offers mountain bike rentals, climbing walls, bungee trampoline and a zip line ride that spans the Pemigewasset River. For an afternoon of beautiful White Mountains views, climb aboard the Hobo Railroad (www. hoborr.com). And nothing compares to bears! Lincoln is also home to the venerSUMMER 2016
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ents, and during some The capital city is home to about 43,000 resid 24 state senators. and parts of the year, 400 state representatives Boston) Film Festival, Annual events: SNOB (Somewhat North of Market Days Festival River Theatres, New Must-see places: The State House, Red on), Capitol Center Hampshire Motor Speedway (in nearby Loud e. for the Arts, the Kimball-Jenkins estat For more information: Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce: www.concordnhchamber.com
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able Clark’s Trading Post (www. clarkstradingpost.com) and its alwayspopular trained bear shows. In North Woodstock get your thrills exploring Lost River Gorge, a rock strewn canyon that often makes the river flowing through it seem to disappear. Follow the gorge along a wooden walkway with stops to explore the deep caves and waterfall. Kids can even pan
for fossils and gemstones along the river — and keep what they find. www. findlostriver.com Heading north again on I-93 quickly brings you to one of the White Mountain region’s main attractions: Franconia Notch State Park (www.nhstateparks. org), the spectacular mountain pass between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia ranges. For an exciting
first stop, take Exit 34A to reach the Flume, a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The Flume Visitor's Center provides access to the boardwalk and path along the gorge. For a bird’s eye view of the region, take Exit 34B to catch the tramway ride all the way to the summit of Cannon Mountain. Also off this exit is Echo Lake with opportunities to canoe, swim and simply soak up the natural beauty around you. As I-93 leaves Franconia Notch, it passes through the sleepy village of Franconia. Take Exit 38 to learn about one of Franconia’s most famous former residents, poet Robert Frost. The Frost Place Museum gives visitors a glimpse into Frost’s life in the White Mountains and his many famous poems that were directly inspired by the region. www.frostplace.org Continuing to head north, take Exit 40 for Bethlehem. This little White Mountains town brims with summer excitement, including weekly children's theater productions at the historic Colonial Theatre (www.bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org), free summer concerts at the Main Street gazebo and plenty of
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eclectic shops to browse, many of which are only open in summer. From Bethlehem, reconnect with I-93 north to reach Exit 41 and Littleton, our final destination. The small-town charm is strong here too, with art galleries, clothing stores, a music shop, cute seasonal places to eat and the famous Pollyanna statue in honor of Pollyanna author Eleanor H. Porter, who lived in Littleton. The town is also home to Chutter's General Store (www.chutters.com), an old-time country store that holds the Guinness World Record for the longest candy counter in the entire world. Could there be a sweeter end to a trip? ❂
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Kid-friendly summer theater Discover the fun and excitement of New Hampshire’s theater scene BY JACQUELINE TOURVILLE
ou don’t have to travel to Broadway to find great live theater. All across New Hampshire theater groups are getting ready for the curtain to raise on a summer’s worth of Tony-worthy performances, including many plays and musicals produced just for families.
Monadnock Region Andy's Summer Playhouse 582 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton; www.andyssummerplayhouse. org In Wilton, Andy’s Summer Playhouse is an innovative childrenonly summer theater that provides kids with an unmatched opportunity to hone their acting skills. Summer 2016 at Andy’s Playhouse includes showstoppers such as Viewfinder and Playing Bo Peep. Peterborough Players 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough; www.peterboroughplayers.org
The Peterborough Players have been earning standing ovations for their summer performances since the playhouse began in 1933. In addition to numerous productions suitable for adult audiences, this year’s summer plays for younger audiences and families include Miss Nelson is Missing (June 25 to July 23) and Sherlock! (Aug. 20 to 27). White Mountains Jean's Playhouse 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln; www.jeans-playhouse.com In Lincoln, the curtain goes up on Jean’s Playhouse summertime theater series for children. Every Wednesday and Saturday, from the end of June until midAugust, catch original musical adaptations of favorite fairy and folk tales by the playhouse’s troupe of professionals. Shows generally last 40 minutes and are suitable for all ages. Scheduled performances for summer 2016 include The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen and The Little Mermaid. Weathervane Theatre 389 Lancaster Road, Whitefield;
www.wvtheatreplayersnh.org The Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield has been around for more than 50 years and pulls out all the stops with a summer schedule packed with programming including Mamma Mia! and other musical favorites, including Meet the Beatles and special performances by the Patchwork Players, made up of members of the Weathervane’s summer theater camp for kids. Seacoast Prescott Park 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth; www.prescottpark.org For live theater under the stars, head to Portsmouth for the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s summer 2016 performance of The Little Mermaid. Performances are every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 24 through Aug. 21. Also, don't miss Sprinkle and Splash on Tuesday, June 21: catch a glimpse of the dress rehearsal of The Little Mermaid and free homemade ice cream from our restaurant, The Prop.
Seacoast Repertory Theatre 125 Bow St., Portsmouth; www.seacoastrep.org At Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theatre see this summer’s production of Little Women (Aug. 5-28). Seacoast Repertory also offers a number of youth classes throughout the summer. Lakes Region Interlakes Theatre 1 Laker Lane, Meredith; www.interlakestheatre.com For family-friendly live theater along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee head to the Interlakes Theatre in Meredith where this summer’s Broadway-style musical productions include 9-5, The Musical (June 28 to July 10), The Producers (July 12 to 24) and Footloose (Aug. 9 to Aug. 14). Merrimack Valley & West Palace Theatre 80 Hanover St., Manchester; www.palacetheatre.org Manchester’s Palace Theatre is celebrating summer in the city with live plays and musicals
just for families (their Summer Children's Series), including A Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tail, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz. The Palace also welcomes magician BJ Hickman to their main stage for two special shows on Aug. 30 and 31. Majestic Theatre 922 Elm St., Manchester; www.majestictheatre.net Elsewhere in the Queen City, the Majestic Theatre comes alive this summer with crowd-pleasing productions of Father of the Bride (July 29-31) and The Spitfire Grill (Aug. 19-21) performed at the Derry Opera House. The Majestic also offers week-long summer theater camp for kids. New London Barn Playhouse 84 Main St., New London; www.nlbarn.org If your summer travels take you to the Lake Sunapee area, check out the 2016 Children’s Theater Series at the New London Barn Playhouse for performances including The Tempest and Sleeping Beauty. ❂
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Best of the West FIND ADVENTURE ON ROUTE 101 FROM MANCHESTER TO KEENE BY JACQUELINE TOURVILLE
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oute 101 bisects the state from east to west, with Manchester located smack in the middle. If you’re traveling along the highway’s western section on the way to Keene or one of the other small towns in between, check out this roundup of the best spots to stop for families. Cruising from Manchester on Route 101, the highway turns quickly from a road filled with an abundance of stores and strip malls to a byway filled with an abundance of what New Hampshire may be best known for: nature. To sample some of the state’s great outdoors, follow the signs to Benedictine Park in Bedford. The park comes with two nature trails that pass through fields and forest to explore this prime recreation area. Pets are welcome, making
this a great destination for those times when everyone needs to stretch their legs. www.bedfordreconline.com For more outdoor fun, look for the sign directing you to the Peabody Mill Environmental Center, which is a few more miles down the road in Amherst. The peaceful Joe English forest trail leads you past rushing streams and to tranquil ponds. Stop by the PMEC interpretive center for family nature programs and rentals including fishing equipment and GPS devices for geocaching. www.amherstrec.org If you have worked up an appetite, stop by the Black Forest Cafe at 202 Route 101 in Amherst. The familyfriendly restaurant offers classic comfort foods mixed with finer dining options and delicious baked goods and desserts, and plenty of choices for kids. If you are stopping by on a Sunday, check out the special children’s breakfast menu. www. theblackforestcafe.com In Milford — Amherst’s next door neighbor — the buy-local choices are hard to pass up. As the highway brings you to Milford, take Route 101A as it passes through the Milford Oval’s bustling downtown shopping district. One of the gems here for families is Stork Organic Baby Boutique
where you can stock up on organic cotton baby and toddler clothes, non-toxic nursery items and “green” toys and gifts for all ages. www.storkorganicbaby.com Following Route 101A as it heads west to rejoin Route 101, look for the small strip mall just outside downtown that is home to Toyland. Packed to the rafters with off-beat and hard-to-find brands, educational toys, plus all the latest from the big toy makers, this is one of those toy stores that parents end up loving every bit as much as their kids. For book lovers, just down the road is the Toadstool Bookstore. With locations here in Milford and in Keene and Peterborough, this local favorite brims with everything from the latest bestsellers to books by local authors. With a wonderfully large section of the shop devoted to books for kids, this independently owned bookstore is a book browser’s paradise. www.toadbooks.com Now back on Route 101 and cruising west, next up is the rural town of Wilton. Take a detour off Route 101 to explore Wilton’s downtown shopping area or head further along 101 west to the Isaac Frye Highway. Here you will find Andy’s Summer Playhouse, an innovative children-only summer theater. Check the theater’s calendar for this summer’s productions, including an innovative take on Little Bo Peep. www. andyssummerplayhouse.org Pushing west again on Route 101, look for the sign for Miller State 93
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Park as you cross into Peterborough (www.nhstateparks.org). It’s the oldest state park in the New Hampshire and home to 2,290-foot Pack Monadnock mountain (“pack” is thought to mean little in an old Algonquin dialect). Drive the winding 1.3-mile paved road to the scenic summit or take one of three main hiking trails, best for kids who already have BEDFORD: some hiking experience. On a clear day, views here stretch for Benedictine Park miles, made even better with a climbable fire tower. Back in the car again, take a slight detour at the intersection with Route 123 for a visit to Rosaly’s Farmstand. One of the oldest organic farms in the state, you can pick your own strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in season, or pick your own herbs and flowers. For a quick pit stop, stop by the well-stocked farmstand store stocked with fresh produce and other local foods from throughout the region. Eat your snack at a picnic table before continuing on your way. www.rosalysgarden.com Once Route 101 brings you into Peterborough, there are plenty of places to eat and stores to browse in this idyllic small town. Popular spots for families include the Mariposa Museum, a hands-on museum of artifacts from around the world, including clothing from other cultures to try on and marionettes and puppets kids can entertain themselves with for hours. www.mariposamuseum.org One very worthy detour in this area is PETERBOROUGH: Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey (www. Rosaly’s Farmstand nhstateparks.org), home of the mountaintop that you have probably seen at various points in your travels. At 3,165 feet, Mount Monadnock provides views all the way to Boston on a clear day. The climb to the summit is rocky and suited for kids with hiking experience. Easy-to-moderate hiking trails on the mountain lead to points of interest including rock formations, waterfalls, springs, a mine and a reservoir.
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Heading west again on Route 101? Next up you’re in Dublin. Can you spot the big red barn that’s home to Yankee Publishing? The local landmark sits at the intersection of Route 101 and Dublin Road. For a “step back in time” treat, follow Dublin Road to Harrisville, a small village centered on a uniquely preserved and historic 19th-century industrial mill complex. In the quaint setting, you will find a traditional New England general store and a summer farmers market, and a wealth of
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working artists and artisans eager to show off their skills. How about some animal adventure? Just west of Dublin Lake some of the friendliest animals you will meet live at the aptly named Friendly Farm. Located on five sprawling acres, visitors to the farm can pat bunnies, feed baby goats and sheep, scatter corn for the chickens, watch cows frolic in their own field and more. www.friendlyfarm. com Route 101 may end in Keene but it’s not the end of your family fun. After
exploring the downtown area, head to Mills Falls Marketplace, home to the Cheshire Children’s Museum (www.cheshirechildrensmuseum.org). Hands-on exhibits and play areas focus on learning more about the local region, New Hampshire and the world around us. Because isn’t learning about something new what family travel is all about? ❂
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TAKE A DETOUR TO NASHUA VIA ROUTE 101A The Gate City is the second-largest city in the state with about 87,000 residents and was once named the “Best Place to Live in America” by Money magazine.
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Annual events: Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, Winter Stroll, Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition Must-see places: Mine Falls Park, Holman Stadium, Fun World, Nashua National Fish Hatchery, the Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum For more information: Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce: www.nashuachamber.com
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f you love all things strawberry, check out these strawberry festivals held across New Hampshire in June. For a list of where you can pick your own strawberries, go to www.parentingnh.com.
Saturday, June 18; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local artists and vendors, live performances, fire and police display, face painting, bounce house and obstacle course, treasure hunt, and of course, strawberry shortcake. Rain date is Saturday, June 25.
Annual Strawberry Festival Pelham Senior Center 8 Nashua Road, Pelham
Annual Strawberry Festival First Congregational Church 6 Church St., Kingston
Saturday, June 18; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music and entertainment including Irish dancers at 10 a.m., magician BJ Hickman at 11 a.m., and DJ Tommy Demers. Also, hot dogs and hamburgers, fresh strawberry shortcake, bake sale and raffles.
Saturday, June 18; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy lunch and plenty of strawberry shortcake for dessert as well as a church-wide yard sale.
Strawberry Festival 2016 Performance Stage and Town Pool Corner of County and Nashua roads, Bedford
Strawberry Festival Town Green Main Street, New London Saturday, June 25; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring children's activities, local vendors, live entertainment with the UNH Little Red Wagon Traveling Theater and, of course, plenty of strawberry foods and desserts.
8th annual Strawberry Festival Bow Mills United Methodist Church 505 South St., Bow Saturday, June 25; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission and festivities include delicious food including strawberry shortcake, local vendors with demos and activities, balloon artist and kids craft castle, Peanut the Llama, Titus chickens and rabbits, massage therapy, live music, entertainment and more. Annual Strawberry Festival Union Episcopal Church 133 Old Church Road, Claremont Saturday, June 25; 5 to 6:30 p.m. This annual event has been happening for more than 60 years. $10 for adults and $3 under 12-years-old admission includes a full, delicious meal served with plenty of strawberry shortcake for dessert.
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Strawberry Festival Memorial Square Downtown Hollis Sunday, June 26; 2 to 4 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Hollis Town Band and Hollis Woman’s Club. There will be musical entertainment and plenty of strawberry shortcake and sundaes. If it rains, event is held at Hollis/ Brookline High School. ❂
Cheshire Children’s Museum Located on the 2nd floor of The Colony Mill in Keene, NH 603-903-1800 www.cheshirechildrensmuseum.org
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North by Northwest RURAL BEAUTY AND SMALL-TOWN CHARM MAKE THE LAKE SUNAPEE REGION A SUMMERTIME MUST-SEE BY JACQUELINE TOURVILLE
nterstate 89 between Concord and Lebanon leads to shimmering lakes, windswept mountain tops and plenty of cultural destinations, too. Here is an exit-by-exit guide to family-friendly adventures found along this northwest corridor.
past the McLane Audubon entrance to Center the McLane Center, pick up the Silk Farm Road Bike Path, a paved 1.3-mile stretch that passes fields and forest and crosses a foot bridge. For a map, go to www. concordnh.gov. As you can probably see out your car window, this region is home to many farms. If you want to visit one, take Exit 4 to visit local favorite Gould Hill Farm (www.gouldhillfarm.com) in Hopkinton, where you can pick your own blueberries starting in mid-July and your own apples later in the season — the farm grows 80 varieties. The views of the surrounding countryside from this hilltop orchard are stunning no matter when you visit. As a bonus, visit the farm’s Little Nature Museum where kids will enjoy the hands-on nature activities. For more time in the great outdoors, take Exit 6 to Contoocook’s Elm
Picking up I-89 at its very beginning in Concord, take Exit 2 to the McLane Audubon Center on Silk Road to visit the headquarters of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Audubon Society. The learning center offers live animal exhibits, including the rehabilitated hawks, owls and a bald eagle who call the place home. Elsewhere, find picnic areas, several miles of hiking trails and a nature store stocked with bird seed, books, clothing, jewelry, gifts and more. www.nhaudubon.org Do you have your bikes with you? Just
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Brook Park Recreation Area. Here you will find a sandy swimming beach, picnic area, nature trail and boat ramp. Elm Brook Pool is a popular fishing spot for walleye and brook trout, so if you have an angler in the family, don’t forget to pack the fishing poles. As I-89 starts to enter hillier terrain, take Exit 8 in Warner to visit one of the region’s towering giants, Mount Kearsarge (elevation 2,900 feet). Follow Route 103 to Kearsarge Mountain Road and the entrance to Rollins State Park on the southern slope of the mountain. For a small fee, you can drive along a 3.5-mile-long scenic auto road that rises from the park entrance through woodlands to parking and a picnic area just below the summit. From the parking area, follow the trail to the summit’s fire tower for
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panoramic views in all directions. Back at the base of the mountain, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum pays homage to Native American tribes from New Hampshire and throughout North America. Stop by to enjoy the Quest museum scavenger hunt to learn more about the region’s first inhabitants. www.indianmuseum.org Off Exit 10, the clean and quiet waters of Kezar Lake beckon. To access this local gem head to Wadleigh State Park in North Sutton. Go for a swim in Kezar Lake, play along the narrow stretch of beach and have a waterside cookout in the pine-shaded picnic area. Lifeguards are on duty in season. Cruising into the heart of the Lake Sunapee, take Exit 11 to Newbury and the Adventure Park at Mount Sunapee. In summer, the Mount Sunapee ski resort offers canopy zip-line tours, an aerial challenge course, chairlift rides, an 18-hole miniature golf course, airbag jump, climbing wall, mining flume and bike park. Be prepared to make a day of
it because your kids won’t want to leave. www.mountsunapee.com Nearby off Exit 12, visit New London and enjoy its lakeside charm and laid-back summer vibe. You will find plenty of shops, restaurants and artisan galleries. EXIT 4:
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Families also flock to the New London Barn Playhouse for live kid-friendly summer theater including performances this year of Sleeping Beauty and The Wizard of Oz. www. nlbarn.org For something completely different,
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famously known as the home of Dartmouth College. Stroll the leafy college campus, then visit the surrounding downtown area filled with cafes, bookstores and other college town favorites. If you are in Lebanon on a Thursday this summer, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy free children’s entertainment at Colburn Park/Lebanon Green. Performances include children's theater, music, storytelling and more. The free weekly events run from June 30 through Aug. 11; performances start at noon. www. recreation.lebnh.net ❂
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follow Exit 17 to the Shaker Museum of Enfield to learn more about the peaceful religious group who once lived here. Shakers are known for their simple way of living and excellent craftsmanship in making everything from brooms to furniture. All summer long, stop by to take part in craft activities and other 1:05 PM hands-on learning activities for all ages. www.shakermuseum.org Before your journey on I-89 crosses the Connecticut River and enters Vermont, take Exit 18 toward Lebanon, a small town most
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Summer fairs and festivals
Food and drink events
Best of NH Party
Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24 Stratham Hill Park Route 33 in Stratham www.strathamfair.com
Master Sand Sculpting Competition
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
June 15-18, 2016 Hampton Beach, Ocean Boulevard Watch sculptors transform sand into magical works of art. This three-day event also features sand sculpting lessons, live music and fireworks. www.hamptonbeach.org; 926-8717
Saturday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 14 Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury More than 350 crafts-people showcase their work at the Craftsmen’s Fair. If it’s made by hand, you can find it here – jewelry, textiles, wood, furniture, glass, pottery and more. www.nhcrafts.org; 224-3375
Thursday, June 16 Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive in Manchester The annual Best of NH Party is a tasting event that celebrates New Hampshire Magazine's readers' poll and editor's pick winners. More than 60 booths will have award-winning food and beverages; also live music and entertainment. www.bestofnh.com
Festival of Fireworks
Saturday, Aug. 20 Jaffrey Airfield in Jaffrey Live entertainment, food, games, 35-minute firework show; pricing varies and attendees are encouraged to buy tickets online. www.atlaspyro.com
Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Merrimack Rock’n Ribfest has local “ribbers” serving up barbecued ribs and other specialties, competing for the New Hampshire State Barbeque Champion title; live music, activities for kids. www.ribfestnh.com; 589-2333
Saturday, July 30 Baptist Road in Canterbury www.canterburyfair.com
Hillsborough Balloon Fest & Fair
Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10 Grimes Field in Hillsborough More than 30,000 people attend the annual balloon festival and fair. Balloon flights, carnival midway, parade, road race, food, live entertainment and fireworks. www.balloonfestival.org; 464-0377 Fairy Land Festival
Saturday, July 9 Cate Park in Wolfeboro Cate Park in Wolfeboro turns into a magical and enchanted place for the annual Fairy Land Festival. www.wolfeborochildren.org Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally
(formerly the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally) Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7 Drake Field on Route 28 in Pittsfield This is a free event with free entertainment. Check out the hot air balloons, super night glow, pancake breakfast, carnival and midway rides, food, live entertainment and fireworks. www.facebook.com/Pittsfield RotaryBalloonRally
Hampton Beach Children’s Festival
Monday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Aug. 19 Ocean Boulevard (Hampton Beach boardwalk) in Hampton A week's worth of free fun and events for the kids, leading up to a costume parade on Friday. More information: www.hamptonbeach.org/events/childrensevents/ North Country Moose Festival
Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 28 Downtown Colebrook The North Country Moose Festival weekend-long event includes craft booths, classic car show and a moose-calling contest along with food and live entertainment. www.northcountrychamber.org; 237-8939
Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest
Sunday, Aug. 21 Pat’s Peak Ski Area, Flanders Road, Henniker Head to Pat's Peak for a celebration of all things spicy and hot. This is an annual fundraiser for the Henniker Rotary Club. http://chilinewhampshire.org Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11 Hampton Beach, Ocean Boulevard This festival features 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serving everything from fried clams to lobster along with ribs, onion blossoms and desserts; vendors, music and fireworks. www.hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com; 926-8718
Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair
Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11 15 Hill Dale Lane in New Boston www.hcafair.com ❂
North Haverhill Fair
Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, July 31 1299 Dartmouth College Highway in Haverhill www.nohaverhillfair.com
Wednesday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 7 Monadnock Highway in Swanzey www.cheshirefair.org Belknap County 4-H Fair
Saturday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 14 Mile Hill Road in Belknap www.bc4hfair.org Cornish Fair
Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21 Town House Road in Cornish www.cornishfair.org Hopkinton State Fair
Friday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5 State Fairgrounds in Contoocook www.hsfair.org Lancaster Fair
Thursday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 5 516 Main St. in Lancaster www.lancasterfair.com/ SUMMER 2016
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ere’s a list of several public pools located in the Granite State. Before you head to the pool, be sure to check to make sure they have opened for the season and to confirm their daily schedule.
Seacoast area Peirce Island Outdoor Pool 99 Peirce Island Road Portsmouth 427-0717 www.cityofportsmouth.com/ recreation Spend a hot, lazy summer afternoon at Portsmouth’s Peirce Island Pool, a local swimming institution that has
Cool off at the pool kept kids and families cool since first opening in 1945. Located steps away from Prescott Park and downtown, the pool’s swimming space is 33 yards wide with depths ranging from 14 inches to 6 feet. Open seven days a week, weekday mornings at the pool are reserved for children's swimming lessons. Afternoon, evening and weekend recreational swim hours are open to everyone, including six lap lanes for serious swimming. Portsmouth residents with ID pay reduced pool admission prices. Portsmouth also has the Portsmouth Indoor Pool located across from the high school on Andrew Jarvis Drive. This pool is open all year long. Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool 140 Portland Ave. Dover 516-6085 www.dover.nh.gov The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool is a 50-meter competition pool and is used for competitive and recreational swimming, as well as occasional lessons during the summer. The Jenny Thompson pool is a favorite destination
of many summer camps during the hot summer months as the pool also has a large grassy area for kids to play on. Manchester Livingston Park Pool 955 Beech St. 624-6568 www.manchesternh.gov With its kiddie splash pool, water slide, racing lanes and shower fountain, Livingston Park’s oversized outdoor pool is easily mistaken for a resort water park. A welcome relief from the city heat, the urban oasis offers swimming lessons, recreational pool time and lap swimming. Don’t live in Manchester? Nonresidents are welcome during certain open swim hours. Call ahead for weekly schedule and cost. More public pools and favorite spots to swim in Manchester include: RacoTheadore Park off of Head Street in Manchester, Dupont Pool on the West Side of Manchester off of Mason Street, the Hunt Memorial Pool located off of Maple Street (by the Adam Curtis Skateboard Park) and Crystal Lake off Bodwell Road. Nashua The Nashua pools and wading pools are open Sunday
through Saturday, weather permitting. Swimming lessons are held in the mornings and there is open/general swim time in the afternoon. For more information, go to www.nashuanh.gov. Centennial Pool Sargent Avenue 589-3370
Keach Park 2 Newton Ave. Kimball Park 171 N. State St. Merrill Park 25 Eastman St. Rolfe Park 79 Community Drive
Crown Hill Pool Burke Street (located near Girls Incorporated) 589-3370
Rollins Park 33 Bow St. White Park 1 White St.
Rotary Pool Cleveland Street 589-3370 The Rotary Pool also has a wading pool
Keene Season passes available at the Keene Recreation Center. For more information, go to www.ci.keene.nh.us.
Greeley Park Wading Pool Concord Street 589-3370
Robin Hood Park Off of Roxbury Street Wheelock Park 101 Park Ave.
Splash Pad National Street 589-3370 Concord There is no charge for Concord and Penacook residents but there are additional fees for non-residents. Non-resident passes can be obtained from the Parks and Recreation office. Go to www.concordnh. gov for more information. Garrison Park 31 Hutchins St.
Derry For more information, go to www.derry.nh.us. Derry Splash Pad at Don Ball Park 14 Humphrey Road 432-6078 Free of charge and open to everyone (registration required) Gallien's Town Beach 39 Pond Road 432-6136 Open to Derry residents and their guests
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