There is nothing better than summer in New Hampshire. The granite state is in its glory during the summer months. There are so many options for great things to do in New Hampshire when the sun is shining and the temperature is up. From camping to boating to just hanging out with friends, here are 11 things that you must do in New Hampshire this summer!
1. Hike to the top of one of our mountains.
New Hampshire has 48 4,000-foot mountains, which offer beautiful views on the way up and even better views from the top. Enjoy the fresh air, and take a hike up one of New Hampshire’s many peaks.
2. Make a s’more.
There’s something wonderful about eating a fresh s’more around the fire, no matter how old you are. This summer, mix it up by using Ritz crackers instead of graham crackers. The saltiness of the crackers with the sweetness of the marshmallow and chocolate will make your s’mores even more delicious.
3. Try water skiing on one of our lakes.
If you’re from New Hampshire you probably love snow skiing, but have you tried skiing on the water? Water skiing is a great physical activity and a great way to enjoy our waterways up close.
4. Go white water rafting.
New Hampshire residents love adventure, but somehow white water rafting often gets over looked. Yet there are plenty of options to get out on our rivers and enjoy the New Hampshire wilderness from a whole new perspective while white water rafting.
5. Drive to the summit of Mount Washington.
If you can’t get out and hike you can still enjoy sweeping views of New Hampshire’s mountains. The Mount Washington Auto Road allows you to drive directly to the top of the 6, 229-foot summit.
6. …. And watch the sun rise there.
On three special Sundays in 2016 (June 19, July 31 and August 28), the Mount Washington Auto Road will open before dawn, allowing visitors to watch the sun rise from the highest vantage point in New England.
7. Rent a jet ski.
Is there anyone who doesn’t like jet skis? There is something so fun – even for people who don’t like boats – about zipping around so close to the water. You can rent jet skis on many of New Hampshire’s waterways and treat yourself to a day of fun!
8. Jump in the ocean.
Sure, the water in the Atlantic Ocean off New Hampshire is down right frigid. But that makes a jump into New Hampshire waters the perfect way to refresh yourself!
9. Go whale watching.
The cold waters of New Hampshire are cold for humans, but perfect for whales, especially Humpbacks, whose scientific name, megaptera novaangliae, comes from the fact that this species was first seen in New England.
10. Go camping.
New Hampshire state parks offer stunning campsites in a variety of environments. Be sure to book early though, as camp sites fill quickly!
11. Visit a waterfall.
New Hampshire is full of beautiful waterfalls (there is even a road trip that will take you to some of the best!). Be sure to visit at least one this summer!