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By MELANIE PLENDA Special to the Sunday News
Agriculture has always been part of NH's fair tradition, but former state agriculture commissioner Steve Taylor says less family-friendly aspects used to be big, too.
Extreme Mount Washington is an interpretive, educational experience that features hands-on, high-tech exhibits to recreate the awe of a Mt. Washington winter.
Experience the Golden Age of railroading on our nostalgic train rides, powered by steam or diesel, departing from our 1874 Victorian Station.
You're invited to visit one of the White Mountain's most outstanding attractions featuring trained North American Black Bears, antique Americana, steam trains and a whole lot more.
Cannon's 80-passenger aerial tramway quickly ascends 2,022' over a horizontal distance of more than a mile whisking you above the timberline to the 4,200-foot summit for spectacular views of the...
Part of the Rocks Estate and owned/operated by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Open all year during daylight hours. Picnicking, hiking, wildlife, and pond. Educational...
Located in the Mount Washington Valley just outside of North Conway, this four season resort offers activities to captivate all interests.
One of the longest and highest zipline canopy tours in the northeast.
Created long before recorded history, when glaciers ground their way across North America.
The Indian Head Rock Profile, a rock formation that resembles the head of an American Indian, sits overlooking Shadow Lake in Franconia Notch.
Stretching from the Pemigewasset River at Lincoln 34-1/2 miles to the town of Conway, this scenic byway climbs to nearly 3,000 feet as it crosses the flank of Mount Kancamagus, featuring many scenic...
A 1798 Grist Mill complex and basic mill workings restored to its original architecture.
Come learn about the wonders of New Hampshire's environment and wildlife.
Nestled in the White Mountains, Loon is New Hampshire's leading mountain resort.
Ride to the top of Mt. Washington—New England's highest peak—on the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway.
The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is an interactive science museum that brings the wonder of the atmosphere right to your fingertips!
Come for hours of fun and entertainment in an educational safe environment where parents and children 0-9 can explore our wide variety of exhibitions where children and parents are encouraged to...
The Mount Washington Auto Road is the oldest man-made attraction in North America! It has been in operation every year since 1861. 250,000 visitors go up the road every summer.
The Museum of American Weather features exhibits devoted to four severe New England weather events: the Blizzard of 1888, the 1938 hurricane, the 1927 Vermont flood and a tornado that hit Worcester,...
On your next trip to Mount Washington, visit the museum on top of it all-- the Mount Washington Museum.
Collection includes possibly the largest collection of ski photographs in the country, over 400 16mm ski films, more than 500 graphic images of the art of skiing, an oral history and an extensive...
Ho Ho OH what fun ... it is at Santa's Village, where exciting rides, live shows, and great food combine to provide an unparalleled family experience.
Ride Go-Karts, get on a runaway train roller coaster, plunge down a water coaster and water slides, take a stage coach ride and more. Enjoy the western-themed rides at Fort Jefferson Fun Park!
Owned and operated by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
Story Land is the children's theme park where fantasy lives! With wonderfully themed rides, lively shows, friendly storybook characters, unique play areas, and so much more, there's a smile and...
The beautiful waterfall at the Basin, has at its base, a granite pothole 20 feet in diameter. It is believed to have been eroded 15,000 years ago while the North American ice sheet was melting. It...
Tip Top House is the last of the original structures built at the summit of Mount Washington that still exists today.
It's not just a ski resort! Waterville Valley features golf, lift-served mountain biking and hiking, Curious George Cottage, indoor Athletic Center and an outdoor skateboard park. Next to the Town...
Located in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Whale's Tale offers the best value for family fun in the sun!
A circular tour that incorporates varying topography, mountain and river views, and the grandest scenery in the eastern U.S.
Wildcat, located in Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire features a 4-passenger gondola skyride during the summer and fall along with a variety of outdoor activities.
Nature program series, lectures, summer day camps and school programs. Fee charged for some programs.
Roger and Nelly Hartmann share their awe-inspiring collection of model railroads and trains with visitors. They have traveled the world collecting and their results are here in numerous displays and...
The Frost Place is a simple farmhouse where New Hampshire poet Robert Frost once lived with his family and where he wrote much of his poetry.
Located in the heart of the popular White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to...
The Franconia Heritage Museum is in an 1880 Victorian House, with exhibits in 10 rooms, a barn and a large connecting shed.
On February 9, 1935, at the height of the Great Depression, a new train arrived in New England to lift people's spirits and take train travel in a whole new direction.
The Flume Gorge is one of America's top ten most beautiful State Parks.
The Great Glen Trails offer activities for all ages and abilities.
All aboard the HOBO and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads.
Before his collapse, The Old Man of the Mountain could be viewed year-round from two different viewing areas on I-93 in Franconia Notch State Park.
Exhibits and programs for children and adults on Atlantic salmon and New Hampshire's dynamic wildlife resources.
The Willey House is at the site of a landslide that took nine lives in August of 1826.
It's known as Moose Alley because it's the best place in New Hampshire to see some of the 10,000 or so moose that find their home here.
Located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, the Northern Forest Heritage Park features a full-scale re-creation of an 1880-1920 logging camp.
The Twin Mountain Hatchery dates back to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s.
The Discovery Room at Fish and Game's Concord headquarters is a window on New Hampshire's great outdoors... complete with a life-sized moose cow and her calf!
The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum featuring European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture. The permanent collection includes works by...
Visit the largest collection of agricultural animals and North American wildlife in New Hampshire.
The National Historic Landmark has 25 original buildings situated on a rolling hilltop surrounded by open fields, woodlots, and ponds.
First opened as a street railway amusement facility, Canobie Lake Park was immediately heralded as the finest pleasure resort in New England.
Candia Springs Adventure Park, formerly known as Liquid Planet, is a locally-owned and family-run business inspired by New Hampshire's great outdoors.
Year round programs for adults and children.
Quality, tradition and a century-old reputation for brewing the world's finest beers have made the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour a favorite among New Hampshire visitors. And of course, the chance to...
The Amoskeag Fishways offers award winning school programs, public programs for all ages, family nights, pre-school programs, vacation series, Saturday workshops with quirky and fun special events.
Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure.
The mission of America's Credit Union Museum is to tell the human side of the credit union story.
Petals in the Pines is a certified Nature Explore Classroom by Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Located in Canterbury, they offer garden tours, workshops and...
The Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum is home to one of the finest displays of Scouting memorabilia in the world! Located at Camp Carpenter in Manchester, NH, the museum was founded in 1969 and is...
The Massabesic Audubon Center sponsors many programs throughout the year.
Come where day magically becomes night.
The Susan N. McLane Center is Audubon's longest established center. In addition to being a program center, the building is also home to the statewide operations of Audubon.
The Museum of Family Camping is dedicated to Roy B. Heise (1910-1991), whose dream it was to open a museum to display his collection of camping memorabilia, along with other treasures depicting the...
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire is the home of the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society.
Located in Concord, the State House, made of Concord granite, was completed in 1819, with additions in 1866 and 1910.
Hands-on discovery science center. More than 80 exhibits, including exhibits on sound, light, motion and simple machines.
The headquarters for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is located in East Concord on a bluff overlooking the Merrimack River.
Inside of one of the brick Amoskeag Mill buildings in Manchester, NH is a museum that takes visitors back in time through 11,000 years of history in Manchester and the people who inhabited this city...
The Currier Museum of Art offers you a unique opportunity to explore the world of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Zimmerman House is the only residence in New England designed by the acclaimed American...
Small nature center featuring collections, interpretive exhibits, library, trails, and natural science classes for children and families.
The Museum of New Hampshire History offers exhibitions on the state's heritage and traditions as well as a variety of programs for children and adults.
At their Visitors Center, you can sample their scrumptious yogurt and buy it at discount prices.
Services are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from the end of June until the beginning of September.
The incredible beauty of the Ossipee Mountains and sweeping views of Lake Winnipesaukee surrounds the historic "Lucknow Estate," commonly known as the legendary Castle in the Clouds!
The Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in America and the official meetinghouse of New Hampshire, featuring an industrial knitting machine, exhibits and concerts.
Barnstormers Theatre is a 282 seat building situated in the center of Tamworth.
The Ashland Railroad Society Museum was opened in 1999.
Experience beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee from the decks of the M/S Mount Washington.
Monkey Trunks is an adventure park that offers a high ropes courses and ziplining for kids of all ages.
Located in the Lakes Region in the town of Northfield, Highland Mountain Bike Park is the world's only lift access mountain entirely dedicated to biking!
The Libby Museum was established in 1912 and is on the registry of national historic places.
Enchanting museum that features over 5,000 dolls, 57 furnished dollhouses, a teddy-bear room, train exhibit and twelve themed rooms for children of all ages.
The Museum, located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, two miles from the center of Wolfeboro near Lake Winnipesaukee features many of the finest examples of vintage mahogany and antique boats,...
Every shelf in every room will bring cries of 'Oh look!' and 'I had one of those!' as the collection ranges from 1850s nesting blocks and children's books to 1960s board games, dolls and beach pails.
Amazing series of caves and passages formed by the falling of massive boulders nearly 50,000 years ago as the third continental glacier moved southward over New Hampshire's White Mountains.
The chores and traditions of agricultural and domestic life are presented in self-guided exhibits in the museum's Visitor Center, as well as through hands-on education programs and workshops.
If you're wild about New Hampshire wildlife, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is the place to visit!
Located in the center of beautiful downtown Weirs Beach. Four fantastic slides including a 75-foot drop, 110-foot dark tunnel, the tallest manmade volcano in the world and waterfalls.
The Wright Museum is a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution dedicated to teaching present and future generations about the significant and lasting impact the years 1939-1945 had on the United States...
This site was the home of Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine.
The railroad takes visitors along Meredith Bay an offers spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee.
A three acre garden at western vista of The Holderness Inn.
Hampshire Pewter offers free guided tours of the factory, where the fine art of hand casting pewter is practiced.
Gunstock has everything from mountain biking, in-line skating, and mountainboarding to paddleboats and kayaks. It also has a full slopeside terrain park.
Funspot is the largest arcade in the world with over 500 games for all ages.
Explore the Ocean World is an Oceanarium located at Hampton Beach.
Explore the fascinating phenomena of reflection and symmetry in the museum's one-of-a-kind Kaleidoscopic exhibit.
A touch-tank and learning center at Hampton Beach
The mission of the Blue Ocean Society is to inspire passion in people to conserve the marine environment, through education and research in New England.
Learn about New Hampshire's role in the American Revolution.
Come aboard the Heritage for an intimate and unparalleled look at the seacoast's most picturesque waterways.
Tour the historic Jones farmhouse and learn about three centuries of rural life in New Hampshire.
Come aboard the Heritage for an intimate and unparalleled look at the seacoast's most picturesque waterways.
The Portsmouth Museum of Art is a community-centered museum presenting the work of emerging and established artists - local, national and international. They are a contemporary art museum dedicated...
Located along the Piscataqua River and across from the Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park is a popular waterfront park featuring extensive flower gardens, including large demonstration beds where...
In 1996, Redhook commissioned its third brewery in Portsmouth.
Self-guided nature trail provides an opportunity to walk through the salt marsh, view exhibits about Great Bay, its history and the wildlife found there.
On the last undeveloped stretch of New Hampshire coastline.
Strawbery Banke Museum provides visitors with the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived throughout four centuries of New England history.
Dedicated to the preservation of natural science, art/furniture and local history, the Woodman is often called a "museum's museum". The Woodman Institute is a true Turn of the Century institute with...
This summer, explore Hampton's history at Tuck Museum, located on Historical Meeting House Green (founded in 1638), 40 Park Avenue in Hampton.
Join TUG ALLEY TOO, its Captain and crew for a customized tour of the Piscataqua River. Now, you and your friends and colleagues can work with her on an intimate tour - the way skippers do!
A forestry education facility open to the general public. Has an extensive trail system, tree identification, salt marsh habitat and numerous landscape and garden demonstrations.
Water Country is the largest waterpark in New England.
Poised high atop a bluff overlooking the ocean and river below, the historic Wentworth by the Sea hotel once again offers its guests a bygone lifestyle of grandeur and elegance.
Buy the map and take a self-guided tour of historic Portsmouth.
A gundalow is a shallow drafted type of cargo ship, once common in the Gulf of Maine's rivers and estuaries, that reached it's highest state of evolution in the Great Bay of New Hampshire and Maine...
An estate garden of the early 20th century featuring over 2,000 rosebushes, a Japanese Garden, a conservatory, perennial borders and more.
Albacore Park is the site of a world-famous submarine, the Portsmouth-built USS Albacore, and of a memorial garden honoring those who lost their lives while serving aboard American submarines.
The ship serves as a research, touring and whale watch vessel.
The Colony Mill is proud to be a part of the history of this country. Originally constructed in 1838 by two local families, the Faulkners and the Colonys, the mill produced fine woolen garments,...
Cathedral of the Pines is a place of spiritual nourishment for people of all faiths.
The MacDowell Colony is the leading artist colony in the United States, attracting writers, visual artists, filmmakers and even architects.
The Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center, housed in a restored Baptist church building in downtown Peterborough, is a hands-on educational museum focused on world culture.
Parker's Maple Barn has been a family establishment since the late 1960's.
This cozy 1786 cottage once inspired a local artist's illustrations in a 1948 version of "Little Red Riding Hood."
Stonewall farm is a working farm and education center dedicated to promoting local agriculture and the stewardship of natural resources.
The Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College will lead in teaching and preserving the moral legacy of the victims of Nazi Germany.
The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery is the dynamic, vital center for the visual arts in the Monadnock Region, encompassing the best of the traditional and contemporary worlds.
1,672 acres of North Pack Monadnock Mountain, northeast of Miller State Park. This mostly timbered area contains a bog, swamp, bare rock ledge and cliff. Popular hawk migration area.
The Harris Center is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to environmental and outdoor education, land protection, and wildlife preservation.
Frye's Measure Mill is a place where the smell of freshly planed wood lingers in the air; where antique water-powered machinery transformed that wood into pantry boxes and Shaker box reproductions.
Farm animals and their young to pet and feed in a natural setting. Chicks hatching; baby animal area; picnic area; gift shop.
This 1804 mansion offers a window to our past, and the world of Franklin Pierce's childhood.
Home of Horatio Colony, descendent of one of Keene's historic families.
The Sharon Arts Center is a fine arts gallery, store and school of arts and crafts.
The Shakers established their Chosen Vale here in 1793, with majestic buildings and gardens. Walking tours of the historic district, exhibits, craft demonstrations, a restaurant and hotel rooms...
The Charlestown Historic District contains 62 structures on and around Main Street.
Experience the fun of a boat ride on the MT Sunapee II.
The Muster Field Farm Museum was established for educational purposes to promote and encourage the history of New Hampshire agriculture and early architecture.
The Barn Playhouse, founded in 1933, is a prominent summer-stock theater that provides nightly entertainment throughout the summer months. The playhouse produces dramas and musicals as well as...
Lake Sunapee summer home of John Hay, private secretary to President Lincoln and Secretary of State under McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Education and Cultural Center is situated on 100 acres of field, wetlands and forest and lies at the foot of Mt. Kearsarge, the home of Rollins State Park, and a...
The Hood Museum of Art is located on the campus of Dartmouth College.
Visit the replica of the fortified village of No. 4, which, in 1740, was the most northwestern settlement in New England.
The Majestic Theatre is vowing to stage “Father of the Bride” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Derry Opera House,...
Lenny Clarke, the Boston-bred comedian and actor known as Uncle Teddy on the FX comedy-drama “Rescue Me” (2004-2001) and films including...
Sixty years ago Grace Metalious published her blockbuster book “Peyton Place,” and the controversy it stirred up continues to swirl...
Mandolin Orange, set to play Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth at 7 p.m. Sunday, serves up a mix of bluegrass, gospel, country, folk and pop.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will play a 6:30 p.m. show Sunday at The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 Main St., Plymouth.
Halcyon Music Festival continues today with “Made in the U.S.A.” at Rye Congregational Church, and “The Four B’s —...
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