New Hampshire

Things to do in New Hampshire

Whether you’re traveling on a family holiday or whisking away a romantic weekend, there are many things to do in New Hampshire, especially for nature lovers. In the summer, a visit to the seaside can be a lovely way to spend the day. Eat some fresh lobster at a beachfront café or pack a picnic and Pack a picnic and head out to Hampton Beach, Rye and Jenness Beaches, and North Hampton State Beach are favorites. For some of the best bird watching in New England, hit Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. Take the two-mile trail through tide pools, pebble beaches and salt marshes to catch a glimpse of cormorants, loons and eiders.

If you’re wondering what to do in New Hampshire upcountry, then steer toward the White Mountain National Forest or Lake Winnipesaukee. There is nothing that is more American than a summer dip in a swimming hole and you can get that experience Jackson Falls, a series of rushing cascades, granite ledges, and rock-bowl pools on the Wildcat River. Mount Monadnock isn’t the tallest peak in the Whites, but it is the most popular. The exposed summit offers unobstructed views in all directions. On a clear day, you can see a hazy glimmer of Boston, 60 miles away, along with the Berkshires, the Green Mountains, and the snow-capped Whites.

For more intellectual things to do in New Hampshire, visit the homes of famous authors like E.E. Cummings or Robert Frost. Daniel Webster’s birthplace is open for tours that give you a fascinating window into American farm life of the 1700’s. For a snapshot of modern farm life in, catch a farmer’s market to sample local produce and specialty items, like maple syrup, goat’s milk soap, seasonal jams or apples fresh off the tree. The farmer’s market in Portsmouth is one of the longest running markets in the country—on a foodie’s must list when planning what to do in New Hampshire.

The outdoor chapel sits on a bluff and overlooks Mount Monadnock. There's a beautiful altar made of stones donated from every state in the nation.

This once-fading New Hampshire family ski mountain has linked with Eastern Mountain Sports to create an extraordinary outdoor adventure playground.

Set atop an elongated ridge overlooking the Connecticut River, this 450-acre property is as prized for its gorgeous grounds as it is for its apples. The views, wooded surroundings, and sweeping manicured lawns have made it a popular spot for weddings.

Cast for bass on this pond, north of Keene (hike there from the trailhead on E. Surrey Rd.).

Hike this national monument.

This farm, founded in 1655, is the perfect autumn stop for apple-picking.

Coastal New England has one of America's largest collections of working lighthouses (138). New Hampshire native Jeremy D'Entremont leads five-hour land-and-sea tours of the most enchanting locations. Top stop: Portsmouth Harbor, allegedly haunted by its former keeper.

Take the kids up the Northeast’s highest mountain, an excitingly steep ride on 1869 steam trains

Whirl on the Crazy Barn and other rides.

The once-haunted inn is now closed, taken over by the nearby Enfield Shaker Museum. Beginning in April, visitors can tour the Great Stone Dwelling in search of ghosts.

Hike the boardwalks at The Flume gorge inside the park