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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How to Keep up Your Fitness Motivation this Fall

Kala Duncan, owner of The OMNI FIT, shares her tips on living a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Tubing Your Way Through the Granite State

River tubing is a great way to enjoy water, sun and scenic views.

Tunneling to the Great Bay by Bike

The Rockingham Recreational Trail isn't the fastest way there, but it's worth the ride.

Ride New Hampshire's ATV Trails

ATV tourism is quickly turning into an economic boon for the North Country. Discover why this motorized sport is both a blast and a factor in revitalizing northern communities.

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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Explore Portsmouth by Boat and Water

You’ve probably walked Portsmouth’s charming streets, but have you ever explored it by sea? From kayaking to cruises, water adventure awaits.

40+ NH Museums to Visit This Summer

Don't let a little rain or dreary weather hold you down this summer. Hit the road and discover the many bright worlds to be explored inside New Hampshire's museums.

Nine Not-To-Miss Museums to Visit This Summer

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

Secret Swimming Spots

So maybe "secret" is a stretch, but if you're looking to escape the summer crowds, then here are our suggestions for beaches other than Hampton, swimming holes and serene lake spots.

New Hampshire's Annual Beer Festivals and Events

Don't miss the next great brewfest! Here's a list of annual craft beer festivals happening this summer, plus more happening in the fall.

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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Historic Wonder in Woodstock

Visit the White Mountains Attractions Association and then stop by the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves.

Historic Fun In Sutton

Visit the sandy beach of Wadleigh State Park and then learn about New Hampshire's past at Muster Field Farm Museum.

Discovering Albany

There's much more to this relatively unknown town than you might think, from stylish camping to visiting a ghost town.

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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NH Ice Cream Stands & Shops


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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.

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More>> Cocktails and Food

New Hampshire's Annual Beer Festivals and Events

Don't miss the next great brewfest! Here's a list of annual craft beer festivals happening this summer, plus more happening in the fall.

Exeter Café Celebrates Community and the Importance of Good Food

Eat consciously, live vibrantly and savor the tastes of healthy eating at Laney & Lu Café.

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.
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