New Hampshire Summer August 03, 2021
by Michelle There’s No Better Place To Spend Your Summer Than These 9 Hidden New Hampshire Spots
Summer in New Hampshire is in full-swing and that means tons of opportunities for fun! Whether that means local attractions like amusement and water parks or getting lost in the depths of nature, it’s not uncommon to find yourself busy each and every weekend before the leaves begin to change. If you have kids that are home for the summer you might even find your weekdays packed to the brim! Here are a few more things to add to your list. Each of these are a bit lesser-known, so you might even find them easier to add to your must-see list!
1. Fletcher Cascade Trail, Sandwich Range Wilderness
This 3.2-mile out-and-back trail is rated moderately challenging, but it's a beauty to undertake. The hike follows a small stream, which is a fun way to build excitement before you reach one of the prettiest cascades in the state. You can learn more about the trail and how to find it
2. Benson Park, Hudson
What used to be a small zoo has been converted into a quirky little park in Hillsborough County. The trails running throughout the property pass former enclosures for animals like bears and there are plenty of other fun structures to explore, too. You can learn all about it
3. Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum, Warner
Perfect for a visit
time of year, this important museum gives visitors tons of insight into the history of Native Americans in New Hampshire. You'll find lots of great exhibits inside, but if you visit in the summer you'll have the chance to enjoy special events as well as the arboretum and walking trails. You can learn more about it by visiting their
4. Andres Institute of Art, Brookline
One of our favorite outdoor spots doubles as an art museum! The area is full of both sculptures and trails, which means you can meander through nature while taking in a bit of man-made beauty as well. Be sure to take some time to enjoy the views of the Monadnock Valley during your explorations!
5. Mollidgewock State Park, Errol
There are plenty of state parks in New Hampshire, but that doesn't mean the traffic is evenly distributed. Some are quite busy on beautiful summer days, while others can be far more quiet. This is one of the more peaceful parks! Located right on the Androscoggin River, this spot is perfect for those who love to kayak and canoe. It's also said to be a great place to see a moose! Learn more about it by checking out
6. Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site, Cornish
The former home of renowned American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to spend the day. While certainly not hidden, the state's only national park property might not be on your go-to list of attractions to visit. But when you do you'll be rewarded with the most beautifully manicured grounds full of blooming flowers and plenty of greenery. You can learn more about it by checking out
7. King Ravine, Randolph
This area is not great for the beginner hiker, but for those with some more experience who want a quieter way to test their strength, this is a great option! The mossy streams that follow the trail give it an otherworldly feel and when you reach the top you'll be proud! This is a nice way to explore the White Mountains if you'd like to really challenge yourself.
8. Frost Point, Rye
We all know and love Odiorne Point State Park, but there's more to explore than the obvious. For some added peace and quiet head to the back section of the park where you'll find a small rocky beach between the Gulf of Maine and a small harbor. This is a great place to beach comb before watching the sunset!
9. Distant Hill Gardens, Walpole
There might not be a more colorful place in the state than this beautiful garden. This is especially true in the summer! The husband and wife team that care for it on their own private property take great pride in the way this place looks and feels and you can experience it once a month when they open to the public. You can learn more about it and check out the schedule by visiting
What are some of your favorite hidden gems locations throughout the state? We know you might not want to share them with everyone, but we promise that you’ll feel good for sharing some kindness!
all of what you do this summer needs to be off-the-beaten-path. We love camping with friends and family at large beloved campgrounds, too. And the new(ish) Jellystone Park may just be the Disneyland of New Hampshire campgrounds!
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Address: Sandwich Range Wilderness, North Sandwich, NH 03259, USA Address: Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Rd, Hudson, NH 03051, USA Address: Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd, Warner, NH 03278, USA Address: Andres Institute of Art, 98 Rte 13, Brookline, NH 03033, USA Address: Mollidgewock State Park, 1437 Berlin Rd, Errol, NH 03579, USA Address: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, 139 St Gaudens Rd, Cornish, NH 03745, USA Address: King Ravine, Randolph, NH 03593, USA Address: Frost Point, Rye, NH 03870, USA Address: Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Rd, Walpole, NH 03608, USA