New Hampshire is one of the smallest states in the country if you are going to go by total land area. It is home to more than 1.3 million people, making it one of the least peopled states in the United States.
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There is so much to do and see in the Granite State. It earned its nickname from the many granite quarries and formations that you see all around the state. More than that, there are a lot of natural beauty to go around. There are ski mountains here, as well as other natural and manmade attractions.
So be sure to charter a bus rental in New Hampshire and see all these recommended sites!
Mel's Funway Park is where you could treat the kids to a whole day's worth of driving range fun, laser tag, batting cages, mini golf, and laser maze. You can have unlimited fun for less than $50! The facility also offers the top go-kart track in the entire state.
Or, you can go to Story Land, where the kids would love getting on rides and attractions based on their favorite fairy tale and story time characters, while adults can have a nice nostalgic trip back to their childhood years. Check out the rides here, including Bamboo Cutes, Crazy Barn, and Alice and Wonderland Tea Cup. You can also watch the Royal Circus, too.
Daytona Fun Park in Laconia gives you the standard amusement park fare: go-karts, bumper boats, trampoline bungee jumper, and mini golf. Then you have Santa's Village, which is an amusement park with a Christmas theme. The Jefferson theme park has more than a dozen rides, including a roller coaster and three different water rides.
Meanwhile the Fort Jefferson Fun Park has something for everyone, including Tumbleweed Speedway Go-Karts, Gold Rush Express Runaway Train Roller Coaster, Prospectors' Plunge Water Coaster, Tomahawk Run Water Slide, Cheyenne Falls Water Slide, Timber Hollow Sawmill Ride, Log Boats, Stage Coach Ride, Giddy-Up-Corral Merry-Go-Round, Ice House Pond Bumper Boats, Kiddie Bumper Boat Ride, Papoose Pond Pedal Boats, horse rides, and a wading pool.
But if there is only one amusement park you can go to when you vacation in New Hampshire, make it the Canobie Lake Park. This amusement park has close to 50 rides including four roller coasters and three water rides. This is also where the ScrEEEmfest haunt weekends on some weekends during September and October.
Thrill rides here include:
Then you have the kiddie rides as well: Alpine Swing, Autobahn, Boats, Fire Engines, Flower Power, Helicopters, Jeeps, Jump Around, Jungle Bounce, Junior Sports Cars, Kiddie Canoes, Kiddie Carousel, Mini Dinos, Mini-Skooter, Pony Carts, Sea/Land Rescue, Sky Fighters, and Tanks.
You also have FunWorld, where you can enjoy the amusement park or the arcade center. The Nashua Amusement Park is housed inside a building that looks like a castle. There is the Playground and kiddie rides such as the Double Decker Venetian Carousel, Himalaya, and Orient Express Roller Coaster. Then there are the video games that you can play with, including Batman, Crisis Zone, Gauntlet Legends, DDR Extreme, Deadstorm Pirates, Maximum Tune 2, Maximum Tune 3, In the Groove 2, Fix it Felix Jr, DDR 5th Mix, Transformers Human Alliance, and Star Trek: Borg Contact.
Water parks. Check out Whale's Tale Water Park in Lincoln. The water park covers 17 acres of space and has several rides including six different water slides: the Banzai Pipeline, the Poseidon's Voyage, Harpoon Express, the Beluga Boggin, the Plunge and Downpour. You could have fun at Shipwreck Island, Willie's Wild Waves, and Jonah's Escape.
Another water park you can go to is Water Country, which prides itself as being the biggest, cleanest, safest and friendliest in the entire New England area. Attractions here include: Triple Giant Slides, Adventure River, Double Dive Boggan, Whirlpool, Black Hole and Warp 8, Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel Of Terror, Pirates' Lagoon, Tahiti Tree House, Double Geronimo, Racing Rapids and The Plunge, Dragon's Den, Shoot and Screamer, Giant Wave Pool, Thunder Falls and Wild Canyon, and Ollie Octopus.
The Currier Museum of Art has several American and European paintings, photographs, sculpture, and decorative arts. You can find some works here created by Monet, Picasso, John Singer Sargent, Matisse, Calder, O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Scheier and Goldsmith. The art museum is located in Manchester.
In Hanover, you have the Hood Museum of Art, which dates back to the 1770s. The museum currently holds more than 65,000 objects in its exhibits, the most notable of these are the Assyrian stone reliefs that they got from Iraq. Some of the paintings you would find here include those by Luca Giordano, Perugino, Nicolas Rene Jollain Pompeo Batoni, Claude Lorrain, Jan Davidszoon de Heem, and Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun, as well as newer European and American painters such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Sisley, John French Sloan, Picasso, Joseph Blackburn, and Rockwell Kent. The museum also has the Arthur M. Loew Auditorium where you could watch feature movies.
You also have the Portsmouth Athenaeum, which brings together a gallery, library and museum all in one place. You could enjoy around 12,000 photographs here, as well as at least 40,000 books. The Athenaeum has special focus on shipbuilding and maritime history.
Further, you can go to the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, where you could find the works of both seasoned and new artists. The museum's permanent collection is composed of contemporary artworks given to them by several artists from the world over. With more than 150 works, you could view a variety of paintings, photographs, sculptures, digital prints, works on paper and drawings.
Then you should visit the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Located in Cornish, the museum is housed inside the former home and studio of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. You could still find original statues here.
The Woodman Institute Museum, on the other hand, has displays related to the arts, history and science. Some of the best exhibits here include a set of samurai armor, war relics, an old American flag and other similarly interesting exhibits.
Other museums you can go to include:
Aside from these museums, you also have a number of galleries that display arts and crafts, such as Village Goldsmith Gallery, Frye's Measure Mill, Wilbert Art Studio, McGowan Fine Art, East Colony Fine Art, The Cider Mill Gallery, Kebel Galleries, LLC, White Birch Fine Art, LLC, Rowland Studio, White Mountain Photography & Photo-Gallery, Main Street Art, three Graces Gallery, the Queen City Lampworks, the Underground Gallery, Aletta Devork Gallery, The Metropolitan Coffee House / Italian Gelato and Fine Art Gallery, The Art Gallery at Rivier University, Kennedy Gallery and Custom Framing, The Old Print Barn-Art Gallery, Gibson Pewter, Paddle Fancy LLC, Londonderry Arts Council, and Studio Buteo, among dozens of others.
Performing arts. From the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, to Bedford Off Broadway, to Peterborough Players, to the Actor Slingers in Nashua, you have a selection of performance groups in the state, so catch a show or two while you are vacationing here.
The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra brings you the best classical and pops musical performances in the central New Hampshire region. They often feature a soloist who hails from the state, as well as affordable concerts for the entire family. You could catch them at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium. You could also hear the Strafford Wind Symphony as they perform their Summer Concert Series, as well as other performances. The group has been around for more than two decades. Then you also have the Granite State Symphony Orchestra, which could rival the orchestras that you would find in other larger cities. They perform at the Concord City Auditorium. Other orchestras you should not miss include the North Country Chamber Players, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.
If you prefer music that celebrates the beauty of the human voice more, then you should not miss the choral groups and choirs that perform in the state. There is the Manchester Choral Society, which is one of the most highly regarded choral groups in the state. While you can hear the old great barbershop style of music with the Cheshiremen Chorus. Other choral groups you can watch are the Kearsarge Chorale, Clearlakes Chorale, and Greater Keene Pops Choir.
You can also hear the Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire perform.
Venues. The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music is where you could catch the Apple Hill String Quartet, as well as other musical groups. Meanwhile, you can catch some great concerts under the stars at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook. The outdoor amphitheater has a capacity of more than 8,000 people.
The Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord is a performing arts venue where you could catch musical concerts and theater performances. While the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom gives you more than 70 concerts and comedy shows every years.
The Music Hall in Portsmouth seats more than 900 people and is regarded as the oldest theater that is still in operation in the state and one of the oldest in the country. Around 90,000 visitors annually come here for music concerts, readings, dance performances and film showings. Meanwhile, the Palace Theatre is a 1,100-seater venue for stage productions and the Rochester Opera House seats at least 800 people, and is the last remaining building with a fully moveable floor.
Other venues you should go to include Hopkins Center for the Creative and Performing Art, the Tupelo Music Hall, the Stone Church.
Festivals. Most of the festivals in the state honor flowers, produce and other agricultural products. For example, the Celebration of Lupines in June gives tribute to the beautiful wildflowers that bloom during this time. You can enjoy watching the flowers, the butterflies, and three mountain ranges: the Franconia, Kinsman and Presidential. You can buy lupine seeds as well as participate in a variety of recreational activities. There is also the Keene Pumpkin Festival, where you can find the most number of lit jack-o-lanterns in one place. They also have a craft fair, food stalls, live music, dance performances, and other activities.
There are also festivals that touch on art and culture. The Newmarket Heritage Festival brings together musicians, artisans, and local businesses together to offer you a range of experiences such as art workshops, musical concerts, dance demonstrations, tutorials on how to make barrels, metalworks, pottery, and other crafts. Other than that, there are also exhibits that touch on the history and culture of the area. Then you have the Great Waters Music Festival, which gives your eight different classical, pop, and chamber performances that involves a variety of genres: jazz, Broadway, choral, folk, dance, and pop, among others.
You could also go to Prescott Park Arts Festival, which has been around for four decades now. The festival gives you theater and dance performances, art displays, and musical concerts on the banks of Piscataqua River in Portsmouth. The festival includes a juried art exhibit featuring the works of local artists.
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair is the United States' longest running craft fair, and features the finest craftsmen and artisans in nine days of exhibits. There are at least 200 craft booths here, as well as the Living with Craft exhibits, a sculpture garden exhibit, and workshops.
Meanwhile, the Canterbury Artisan Festival pays tribute to traditional arts with a craft fair, farmers market, artisan food, music performances and a lot of demonstrations.
The Rochester Fair is regarded as the oldest fair in the state, being around for close to 140 years now. It has several attractions such as carnival rides, rabbit and dog shows, musical performances, bands, clowns, animal-related events such as contests, shows and circus.
Then you also have the New Hampshire Highland Games, which is considered as the biggest Scottish cultural festival in the entire Northeast. It features the Gathering of the Scottish Clans, where more than five dozen societies and clans get together. There are musical concerts, fiddle contests, sheepdog shows, and other events here as well.
Other festivals here include:
The state's restaurant scene brings you the best dining places. Here, a mix of local flavor to national chains gives you the best plates of most delicious food you would ever encounter.
If you are craving for the best hamburger, then you should go to the Barley House in Concord, or go to the local chains such as T-BONES Great American Eatery and 99 Restaurants. You could also go to Five Guys Burgers & Fries. For the best French fries, go to Boardwalk French Fries in Hampton, while you can go to KC's Rib Shack, Wings, 3 Guys Basement BBQ, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Puritan Backroom, Petey's Summertime Seafood & Bar for more of the all-American favorites you are craving for. If you are looking for the juiciest and most delicious steaks, go to Hanover Street Chophouse in Manchester, or LongHorn Steakhouse.
Gilley's PM Lunch serves the best hot dogs, while some of the best seafood dishes are served at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café, the Common Man Family of Restaurants, Petey's Summertime Seafood & Bar, Weathervane Seafood Restaurants, Surf, and Beach Plum.
On top of these, New Hampshire also offers you the world on a plate with its variety of authentic ethnic restaurants. Check out:
Other restaurants you should check out include:
It is easy to splurge and binge here, but do save some room for dessert! You can get the best sweets, breads, ice cream and other wonderful delights from Small Batch Baking Company, L.A. Burdick, Black Forest Café, Finesse Pastries, Ian's Wicked Good Donuts, the Mill Fudge Factory, Moochie's Macarons, the Juicery, and Vintage Baking Company.
Farmers markets. New Hampshire has a variety of farmers markets that dot the entire state, giving you the chance to buy the freshest food and vegetables, as well as dairy products and baked goodies. And unlike in other states, New Hampshire farmers markets are open all year round.
In fact, why don't you check out some of the best winter farmers markets happening here. Check out the Atkinson Farmers' Market Holiday Food and Craft Fair, Henniker Community Market, NH for the Holidays, New London Market on the Green Winter Market, Rindge Winter Farmers' and Crafters' Market, and Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers' Market, as well as the winter markets at various cities including Raymond, Peterborough, Danbury, Deerfield, Derry, Lebanon and Milford.
Aside from these, you can also pick your own fruits and vegetables at one of the many pick your own farms that are open to the public. Pick strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, peaches, apples, and others for you to enjoy.
Shopping. New Hampshire is one of the few places where you could enjoy tax-free shopping, which means lower prices for everything you would love.
What better way to spend the afternoon than window shopping at the mall? Check out the state's biggest shopping mall, the Mall at Rockingham Park with more than 1 million square feet of space that holds more than 140 stores. Located in Salem, it has four anchor stores: Lord & Taylor, Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears.
The state's second biggest mall is Nashua's Pheasant Lane Mall with a million square feet of space and is anchored by Sears, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's and JCPenney. It has more than 150 retailers and restaurants. You could also go to the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester, where you have more than 120 retailers and restaurants, including its four anchor tenants: Best Buy, JC Penney, Macy's, and Sears.
Settlers' Green Outlet Village has a wide variety of tax free outlet stores including Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Champion Outlet, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew, Maidenform, Rue21, Tommy Hilfiger, and Van Heusen. There are also shoes, accessories, jewelry, home furnishing, and toy stores here.
Other shopping malls you might want to visit in New Hampshire include Steeplegate Mall, which has around 80 stores and anchored by the Bon-Ton, J. C. Penney, Sears, and Old Navy. While the Mall at Fox Run in Newington has more than 603,000 sq. ft. of space that currently holds around 100 stores and restaurants.
Then there are the local businesses as well. Check out:
The best golf courses in New Hampshire includes:
Baseball fans would have several fields to choose from. There is the Alumni Field, which can accommodate more than 4,000 people. You also have the Gill Stadium, which is regarded as the oldest sporting stadium in the New England area and features baseball and football games. Other baseball fields you can go to includes the:
Meanwhile, football fans can go to the 8,000-seater Cowell Stadium where the University of New Hampshire Wildcats play their home games. Or they can go to the Dartmouth College Memorial Field where the Dartmouth Big Green plays. Then you can go to the New England Dragway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway or Star Speedway for some motorsports.
In the winter, there are several ski resorts and ski areas you can go to, including:
There is so much history in New Hampshire, being one of the first 13 states of the country. It was also the ninth state to ratify the country's constitution, as well as the first to come up with its own state constitution. The stage is rife with the all the trappings of a place that every history buff would love.
The state reminds you of what rural New England looked like, and there are towns and cities here that give you authentic New England experiences. Then there is the industrial age, especially the mills of Manchester. The state, at one time, had around 30 mills and a bustling manufacturing industry. You can visit Littleton Grist Mill, Inc., Historic Belknap Mill, and Frye's Measure Mill.
One of the wonderful offshoots of that era was the migration of French Canadians into the state, which led to the infusion of French culture into the daily lives of Americans here. Today, you can still feel the French connection at these places: Sainte-Marie Parish, St. Mary's Bank, Amoskeag Mills, the American-Canadian Genealogical society, Franco-American Centre, Richard's Bistro, and the Red Arrow Diner.
Then you can also try to trace the places where Abraham Lincoln visited in 1860, which will take you to Concord, Manchester, Exeter, and Dover, among other places. It will take you to the New Hampshire State House, New Hampshire Historical Society, the Millyard Museum, Amtrak Downeaster, American Independence Museum, Exeter Historical Society, Millworks Building, the Fells, and the Children's Museum of New Hampshire.
Further, check out the historical organizations here. First there are the historical societies such as Epping Historical Society and Museum, Hampton Historical Society & Tuck Museum, Gorham Historical Society and Railroad Museum, New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society-Aviation Museum, and the Washington Historical Society and Museum. Then there are the smaller local historical societies as well, such as those in the Penacook, the Berlin & Coos County, Stratham, Salisbury, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Ashland, Brentwood, Bradford, Bedford, Campton, East Kingston, Conway, Charlestown, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, Gilmanton, Rochester, Raymond, Plymouth, Northumberland, Nashua, Lancaster, Hopkinton, New London, Newmarket, Rumney, Warner, Walpole, Upper Pemigewasset, and Warren.
Then you have the many historical museums such as:
You will also appreciate these historic sites: Governor Wentworth Historic Site, Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site, Fort Constitution Historic Site, Daniel Webster Birthplace Historic Site, Fort Stark Historic Site, Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site, Taylor Sawmill Historic Site, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, and Robert Frost Farm Historic Site.
History will also take you to these outdoor sites: Albacore Park, Crawford Notch State Park, Weeks State Park, Wakefield Heritage Park, PSNH Energy Park, Northern Forest Heritage Park, Mount Washington State Park, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Inc., Portsmouth Harbour Trail, and Horatio Colony Nature Preserve.
Other historic sites that you can go to include several interesting places. There are the houses such as Tip Top House, Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth Historic Houses, Kimball Jenkins Estate, Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, Wentworth Lear Historic Houses, William Damm Garrison House, Jackson House, Governor John Langdon House, Gilman Garrison House, Zimmerman House, and Colonel Paul Wentworth House. It would also take you to various government and public buildings such as the NH State House Visitors' Center, New Hampshire State Library, and the Old Meeting House.
Other sites that have significant history include:
More than 80% of New Hampshire is covered by forest and the state has at least 300 ponds and lakes. There are simply a lot of places that give you the chance to enjoy the outdoors.
Umbagog Lake State Park is the best place to go canoeing or kayaking in New Hampshire. It has more than 30 campsites that you must access by boats, and another 27 sites at the base camp. There are also wildlife such as osprey, bald eagles, and moose here that you could watch. The pristine waters of the lake is an added bonus. Meanwhile, Pawtuckaway State Park is a popular outdoors destination in the area, as it combines outdoor activities with natural beauty. You can go kayaking or canoeing here if you want to get away from the crowds. Hikers love the tails here, while rock climbers can have their fill at the many boulders that dot the park. There are close to 200 campsites here as well as five cabins.
If you want a fun swimming, time check out the Seacoast Beaches:
Other activities you can do at any one of the many state parks here include: hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, ATVing, mushing, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Some of the best you could go to include Mount Washington State Park, which covers 59 acres of space where you could have a great view of surrounding areas, including New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Quebec, the Atlantic Ocean, and Maine. Then you have Odiorne Point where you can find different habitats and the Seacoast Science Center. Lastly, you have Franconia Notch State Park, where you could see the Old Man of the Mountain.
The state has more than 70 state parks that you can go to, including:
Charmingfare Farm in Candia has several farm animals that your kids would love petting in its Oakhurst Dairy Discovery Barn. There are also wildlife exhibits where you could find several predators found in the continent of North America. While the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is both a zoo and an environmental education center. Open since the late 1960s, the zoo features live animal displays.
Three other zoos you should not miss are the Loon Center, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Preserve, and New Hampshire Audubon.
Apart from these zoos, you also have several animal and wildlife sanctuaries:
There are several scenic routes that you could enjoy in New Hampshire, and these will introduce you to some of the most beautiful places in the state. Get on a bus rental in New Hampshire and explore these scenic routes: Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee, Monadnock, Merrimack Valley, Lakes Region, Seacoast, White Mountains, Great North Woods, and Connecticut River Scenic Byway.
Also, the state has a high concentration of covered bridges. Close to six dozen of the total 750 remaining in the country are found here. You can spend a weekend trying to see them all!
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