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How to Have a Laid Back NH Summer

This summer, why not make your vacation a relaxing one to rest and recharge? Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and take advantage of New Hampshire’s stunning scenery and slower pace. Need some inspiration? Read on—and get started planning your next summer getaway!

Pick a Lake, Any Lake

Lake Winnipesaukee

New Hampshire is home to 944 lakes. That means you have seemingly endless opportunities to find the perfect place to soak up the sun and dip your toes in some cool waters. With so many spots to choose from, you’ll first want to narrow down your options. Figure out where you’ll go for your lakeside escape and then scope out a nearby cozy cottage or lavish hotel/resort.


Hit The Road

Hermit Woods Winery, Meredith, NH

One of the best things about spending your summer vacation in New Hampshire is that you can be soaking up the sun or savoring a wine, cheese and chocolate tour in the Lakes Region by day, and enjoying fireworks on the beach or LOLing through a Monty Python’s Spamalot show on the Seacoast by night! Want to hit the arts and culture scene? A quick trip to the Merrimack Valley will do the trick.

Shop and Stroll

Spend a day over in the Dartmouth/Sunapee Region where you can stroll quaint streets and shop antiques, and local, handmade goods, gifts and treats. While you’re there, be sure to scope out Dartmouth College’s beautiful Ivy League campus and the fantastic Hood Museum. Hungry? You’re going to want to try Market Table or Murphy’s on The Green in Hanover.

The above recommendations are from the VisitNH Social Media Communities that provided their favorite New Hampshire hot spots.


Kayak With a View

See some of NH’s spectacular scenery this summer from the water. From rapids to leisurely kayaking, paddle your way at these 6 spots. Don’t forget to enjoy the views!   
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Mountain Biking Trails to Try

Rugged terrain or easy riding New Hampshire offers riding for all levels and abilities. Here are 9 mountain biking trails to try this summer.
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Benefits of Kayaking

Paddle your way around NH’s waterways for adventure, scenic views and, did we mention kayaking has a whole lot of physical and psychological rewards too! Learn more now.
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Refreshing Lakeside Escapes

There’s nothing quite like heading to the lake during the summer in New Hampshire. So we’ve rounded up 7 lakeside escapes where you can relax and refresh.
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Kayaking for First Timers

Ready to try kayaking for the first time? Here from our local kayaking expert what you need to know to get started paddling in New Hampshire this summer.
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How to Have an Epic Summer in New Hampshire

This way to a NH itinerary packed with adrenaline-filled activities, must-see shows, scenic drives, arts and culture too! Hit the road and start your adventure today.     
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Summer Biking Showdown

Trade riding on city streets for mountain bike trails this summer. Here’s what you need to know to start exploring New Hampshire’s mountain bike trails this season.   
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Essential Summer Craft Beers

What better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with a NH craft beer. Let’s get you started with these 5 essential summer beers sure to satisfy your thirst.
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5 Best Kept Swimming Hole Secrets

Need to cool off on a hot NH summer day? We’ve got refreshing news: here are 5 of the best swimming holes in the state. Learn more!
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5 Reasons to go ATVing

There's no reason to be intimidated by ATVing! Pull back the curtain a bit and take a peek at all that this exciting sport offers. Here are five reasons you should give it a try this summer.

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Summertime on the Seacoast

Beautiful beaches, a bustling boardwalk, entertainment, outdoor activities, history and a phenomenal food and drink scene too! Get your summer on NH’s Seacoast started here!
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5 Ways to Stay Entertained on the Seacoast

Just because the sun sets doesn’t mean the fun stops on NH’s Seacoast. Fireworks, outdoor movies and live performances are a few ways to stay entertained after hours.  
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