New Hampshire is full of great things to do. There are so many, in fact, that sometimes it can be hard to keep track of the best activities in the state. No fear! We’ve compiled the ultimate and definitive bucket list for everyone in New Hampshire. From winter sports to summer relaxation, here is everything you need to do before you call yourself a true New Hampshirite. Time to get started on your bucket list!
1. Hike Mount Monadnock.
The second most hiked mountain in the world is right here in New Hampshire. The fairly easy hike with beautiful views is great for beginners.
2. Go apple picking.
Whether you are taking the kids or just enjoying the orchards by yourself, apple picking is an activity for all New Hampshirites.
3. Play ball at a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game.
The minor-league baseball team that calls Manchester home is the perfect place to introduce the family to baseball, or to catch a game that is much cheaper than Fenway.
4. Drive the Mount Washington Auto Road.
The views are absolutely amazing, even by New Hampshire standards. If you're too nervous to drive, take the Cog Railway.
5. Bite into an apple cider donut.
And then, argue passionately about which farm stand has the best apple cider donuts in the state.
6. Watch the fireworks at Hampton Beach.
This is the only place in New Hampshire where you can sit in the sand and listen to the waves crash while you watch the sky on fire.
7. Visit the Isle of Shoals.
They sit just a few miles off the New Hampshire coast, but these islands are a world away. Plus, getting there on a ferry from Portsmouth is half the fun!
8. Watch the stars at the McAuliffe-Shepard Planetarium.
The Concord science center will teach you about the galaxies, as well as about two of New Hampshire's greatest explorers, Christa McAuliffe and Alan Shepard.
9. Cheer on a Thanksgiving football game.
One day a year, high school football is king. Cheering on your local team is the perfect way to prepare for turkey.
10. See the sights along the Kancamangus Highway.
Sure, it's popular with the tourists, but that's true for a reason. The Kanc has is truly stunning.
11. Go to the shooting range.
Even if your New Hampshire home doesn't have guns, many do. A day at the range can be a great way to expand your horizons and blow off some stream.
12. Swim in an isolated swimming hole.
There's nothing like plunging into a a cold, clear New Hampshire swimming hole in the middle of the woods. Bonus points if you go skinny dipping.
13. Walk along a rail trail.
New Hampshire is criss-crossed by rail trails that are safe, flat hiking spaces. The trails often follow rivers or streams, and are really beautiful.
14. Catch a show at the New Hampshire Film Festival.
Each year a little piece of Hollywood comes to New Hampshire with the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth.
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