Next time you have an out of town guest, you should plan to take them off the beaten track. Sure, the White Mountains are stunning, and Lake Winnipesaukee is amazing, but you’ll find real New Hampshire charm – and avoid the crowd – by taking your visitor to places that are underrated, or downright forgotten. But that doesn’t mean they are any less fun, and as a bonus, you may not have been to them either. Pack your bags, and start crossing these underrated places off your New Hampshire bucket list!
1. Cathedral of Pines
The Cathedral of Pines in Rindge is a national monument dedicated to Americans who have lost their lives in service of the country. Visitors are invited to lay a stone in remembrance. Every president since Truman has left a stone, and there are rocks from all 50 states.
2. A Fisher Cats Game
New Hampshire doesn’t have any major league sports teams of its own, but our minor league teams are much loved in The Granite State. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, put on a great game, and a family-friendly show right in Manchester. If hockey is your preferred game, be sure to check out the Manchester Monarchs.
3. The Isle of Shoals
A lot of people visit flashy Hampton Beach or historic Portsmouth while they are on the Seacoast, but few make the extra effort to get to the Isle of Shoals, an outcrop of rocky islands that is accessible by ferry from Portsmouth. The islands have a rich history, and you get to enjoy a lovely cruise where you could see dolphins or whales enjoying the New Hampshire Seacoast.
4. A Local Speedway
Many people know about NASCAR at Loudon, but did you know that the state is dotted with smaller local speedways? These local races are accessible and fun for the whole family, and with many tracks throughout the state including in Claremont, Lee, and Wentworth, it should be easy to find a race happening while your out of town guest is here.
5. The Mount Kearsarge Native American Indian Museum
New Hampshire has a history that extends much further back than the arrival of the first settlers. Learn all about New Hampshire’s original residents at this museum in Warner. With galleries, guided tours and much more, you and your guest will leave knowing about a part of New Hampshire history that many people overlook.
6. A Sugar Shack
Many New Hampshire natives take great maple syrup for granted, but having an out of town visitor is a great excuse to learn more about the process. Sugaring tours are available throughout the state in late winter and early spring, and are an authentic New Hampshire experience.
7. Amoskeag Fishways
You’ll leave this learning center in Manchester thinking that you never knew fish migration could be so interesting! Underground windows allow you to peek below the surface of the Merrimack river, seeing hundreds of fish returning to their breeding grounds. The best time to visit is May and June.