Guide to Summer in New Hampshire

85+ things to do this summer


Photo by Karen Booth.

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 85+ 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.

Where To Take an Easy Nature Walk

Take advantage of New Hampshire's easy trails for enjoying the great outdoors.

Summer Guide for Adventure and Outdoors Lovers

This summer we want you to get outside and choose your own adventure
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NH Ice Cream Stands & Shops


Photo by Susan Laughlin

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.

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10 Reasons Why YOU Should Visit the NH Motor Speedway

Need a good reason to go to a NASCAR race in Loudon? Here are 10 of them. If you still refuse, then, to quote New Hampshire’s Sarah Silverman (speaking about something entirely different), “You’re being ridiculous.”

Our Favorite Ways to Stay "Cool"

Have fun and be cool — literally and figuratively — in New Hampshire this summer.

9 Not-To-Miss Museums to Visit This Summer

This summer, we think you should learn a thing or two

Art and Science Collide at Appledore Island

Visit the famous island to channel its artistic past and its scientific present.

Guide to 2017 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.

NH Restaurants With Outdoor Dining


Photo by Susan Laughlin

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>> Summer Roadtrips

Where to Find Big Fun in Littleton

There's always gladness in this big little city.

Step Back in Time in New London

Enjoy a weekend getaway to a town with quite the knack for preserving the past.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane in Fitzwilliam

The southern New Hampshire town is a window to the past.
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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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How to Celebrate NH Eat Local Month

August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month. Here are a few tips for which farmers markets to check out in each region of the state to get your locavore habit started.

Where to Find Lobster Inland

There are plenty of great options for lobster throughout inland New Hampshire.

10 Places to Eat Lobster in NH

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

Cool Treats and Hot Eats

An ice-cold sipper, snacks from the sea and good old-fashioned ice cream can chill you out
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