Squam Lake – see the Chocorua Island Chapel ( Tel: 603 968 7931 churchisland.com . Also see (May to October) Squam Lake Natural Science Center – 23 Science Center Rd, Holderness (Tel: 603 968 7194) See bears, bobcats, owls, otters and other animals.
Weirs Beach – Funstock, Route 3 Weirs Beach. (Tel: 603 366 4377) funspotnh.com 500 games to play, pinball machines, tenpin and more. Also the Waterslide Park (Tel: 603 366 5528) 4 big slides and other water fun, plus mini-golf and a drive-in theater.
Moultonborough – Castle in the Clouds ( Lucknow Estate) – Route 171, Moultonborough (Tel: 603 476 5900). See castleintheclouds.org 5200 acres overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, with hiking trails, Shannon Pond to feed salmon. Also see Loon Center and Markus Wildlife Sanctuary, Lees Mill Rd, Moultonborough. Tel: 603 476 5666 – plants, animals, ponds, forests, upland marshes and more.
Gunstock – Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Rd, Gilford. Tel: 603 293 4341. Mountain Boarding, kayak, paddleboard, Mt Bike, hiking, fishing, Also Cobble Mt. Stables. See gunstock.com
Laconia – Belknap Mill Society – the Mill Plaza, Laconia. See the 1823 Belknap Mill, the oldest Textile Mill in the USA. See belknapmill.org Tel: 603 524 8813. Also cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee – 211 Lakeside Avenue Tel: 603 366 5531 See www.cruisenh.com Also see Monkey Trunks – 579 Endicott Street for ziplines, swing beams, rolling logs and other adventure activities.
Northfield – Here you will find the Highland Hill Bike Park at 75 Ski Hill Drive. Tel: 603 286 7677. See highlandmountain.com A 9100 sq feet indoor training facility for bike riding – downhill, cross country and more.
Tamworth – see Barnstormers Summer Theatre, 100 Main Street. Tel: 603 323 3351. barnstormerstheatre.org . Also see Remick Country Doctor Museum – 58 Cleveland Hill Rd. Tel: 603 323 7591. See www.remickmuseum.org
Wolfeboro - see the Wright Museum at 77 Center Rd. Tel: 603 569 1212 See wrightmuseum.org This is a museum dedicated to showing images, stories and memorabilia from World War II (1939-1945). Also se Libby Museum – North Main Street, Route 109. A natural history museum with Native American Collection. Also at Wolfeboro Falls the New Hampshire Boat Museum . Tel: 603 569 4554 See www.nhbm.org Dedicated to showing the craftsmanship in wooden boats.
Wakefield – Museum of Childhood, 2784 Wakefield Rd. Tel: 603 522 8073. Some 5000 dolls and also doll houses on display in 12 themed rooms inside an 1890 schoolhouse.
North Woodstock – Clark’s Trading Post at White Mountain. Tel: 603 745 8913. See black bears, steam trains, antique Americana and more. Also in North Woodstock see Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. See findlostriver.com Tel: 603 745 8031. There is a 750 feet long boardwalk and a 60 feet suspension bridge to cross over.
Ashland – see the Whipple House Museum (built 1837) 4 Pleasant Street for local history including the Pauline E. Glidden Toy Museum with over 1000 items. Tel: 603 968 7289. Also see Ashland Railroad Station Museum – 69 Depot Street. Tel: 603 968 3902.
Rumney – see the Polar Caves formed by glaciers. Tenney Mountain H’wy, 705 New Hampshire 25, Rumney. Tel: 603 536 1888.
Littleton – Littleton Grist Mill, 18 Mill Street with a great 20’6” high water wheel that dates back to 1798.
Lancaster – See Christies Maple Farm and Museum, 246 Portland Street. Tel: 603 788 4333. A real ‘Sugarhouse’ where they make and sell Maple Syrup.
Berlin – see the National Forest Heritage Park, 961 Main Street, Berlin. A re-creation of the 1880 to 1920 Logging Camp. (Open May to October). The fast flowing Androscoggin River flows through Berlin with the river dropping 200 feet in less than 3 miles, and logs were felled upstream and then floated down the river to the Mill that was here. See northernforestheritage.org Tel: (603) 752 7202.
New Hampshire is also home to some 10,000 Moose (Elks) with the males growing their massive antlers during the summer months each year. It takes about 3 to 5 months for the antlers to fully grow, and Moose graze on grass, twigs and pond weed. The biggest danger they face is being hit by cars on the roads, and usually this will be at dawn or dusk, so you need to take extra care at this time of day, particularly in the northern parts of the State, in what they call “Moose Alley” where more Moose can be seen.
I hope you have a great time in New Hampshire.