Guide to Summer in New Hampshire

Summer planner

No matter what you love — the lakes, our sliver of seacoast, splurging, good old-fashioned Yankee thriftiness, historical sites, adventure or antique hunting — we’ve got the summer fun plan for you.

Click here for nearly 200 recommendations for a great summer from the New Hampshire Magazine Staff.

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Take the Plunge:NH Swimming Holes

Cool off this summer by taking a dip in a picturesque swimming hole. Here's a guide (with directions and a map) to some of the best spots in New Hampshire.

NH's Ski Resorts Offer Warm-Weather Adventures

Many of New Hampshire's ski resorts offer summer fun including ziplines, off-road Segway tours and much more. Plus, information about Alpine Adventures and Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure.

Four Great Bike Rides

Our experts recommend scenic bike rides in four different regions of the state. From a covered bridge tour to a route with ocean views, explore the state along these trails.
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NH Ice Cream Stands & Shops

Craving an ice cream cone? We've got you covered! Here's our list of great ice cream shops and stands broken out by region.

Click here for a list of ice cream shops and stands from around the state.

NH Fairs and Festivals

Excited for annual music festivals, the Deerfield Fair, Highland Games, Pumpkin Festival and Hampton Beach Seafood Festival?

Click here for more information and dates for this year's annual New Hampshire Fairs and Festivals from summer food and music to traditional fall state fairs.

an epic summer of fun

Make this summer one for the record books — a vacation that lives on in legend. This summer, go forth and have a blast with the ultimate festivals, hot air balloon rides, hiking and much more!

Click here for recommendations for memorable events and places you should experience this summer.

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Antique and Classic Cars at Castle in the Clouds

Visit the Castle in the Clouds on July 9 to see some perfect vehicles for the stylish time traveler.

Guide to 2016 Summer Theater in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is home to some truly excellent summer theater. Whether you appreciate Shakespeare or Broadway, there's sure to be something happening this season that you'll love.

Take the Plunge:NH Swimming Holes

Cool off this summer by taking a dip in a picturesque swimming hole. Here's a guide (with directions and a map) to some of the best spots in New Hampshire.

NH Restaurants With Outdoor Dining

When the weather gets nice it doesn't get better than al fresco dining! Here are some of our favorite restaurants with outdoor dining and deck areas.

Click here for a list of restaurants in NH with outdoor seating.

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More>> Cocktails and Food

10 Places to Eat Lobster in NH

Here are our favorite casual summer spots to indulge in lobster from seasonal "shacks" to dinner with a water view.

New Hampshire's Iconic Ice Cream Stands

Take a bite of some edible nostalgia.
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More>> Summer Roadtrips

A visit to NH's Star Island

The Star Island Corporation is celebrating its 100th year of “creating an environment that frees all who come to renew spiritually, explore matters of consequence, and gain knowledge about the world as it might ideally be.” Perhaps it’s time you paid a visit to our special island.

Enjoying the Last of Summer in Mason, New Ipswich and Temple

We take advantage of beautiful September weather to explore historic villages close to home.

NH Farmers Markets

Where to find local produce, meat, baked goods, crafts and much more throughout New Hampshire.

Click here for a list of farmers markets from around the state.

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