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Marginal Way
OgunquitME 03907

Ages: 0 - 14+

Ogunquit's Marginal Way is a breathtaking shoreline footpath that runs a little over a mile, connecting Perkins Cove with Ogunquit Beach.  

There are several access points and nearby parking options; click here for a map, courtesy of the Marginal Way Fund. 

There are numerous benches along the way, perfect for taking a breather or capturing a photo op. The path is narrow and a bit hilly, and it can get crowded in the peak summer months...

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Castle In the Clouds
455 Old Mountain Rd. (off Rt. 171)
MoultonboroughNH 03254
(603) 476-5900

Ages: 0 - 14+

Castle in the Clouds (aka the Lucknow Estate) is a gorgeous 16-room arts-and-crafts style mansion built by eccentric shoe magnate Thomas Plant in 1913-14.

Nowadays, a visit to the Castle in the Clouds, located high in the Ossipee Mountain Range, offers sweeping views, self-guided tours of the mansion, and horseback riding and hiking opportunities, as well as various events

Hours and admissionClick here 

Facebook page: Castle in the...

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Gunstock Mountain Resort
719 Cherry Valley Rd. (Rt. 11A)
GilfordNH 03249
(603) 293-4341

Ages: 0 - 14+

Gunstock Mountain Resort, located 50 miles from downtown Portsmouth, features a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round:
 
  • Skiing (downhill and cross-country)
  • Snowboarding
  • Tubing
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Zip line
  • Segway
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Various festivals and events throughout the year

Child care is offered for ages 6 mos. through 6 years old during ski season. 
 
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Lake Winnipesaukee
Alton Bay
AltonNH 03810

Ages: 0 - 14+

Lake Winnipesaukee is a 72-square-mile glacial lake in the heart of central New Hampshire's Lakes Region area. It is a popular spot year-round for boating, swimming, and all manner of water sports, including snowmobiling and ice fishing when it freezes over in the wintertime.
 
Alton Bay is the closest point on the lake to the New Hampshire Seacoast, about 40 miles from downtown Portsmouth. The other towns bordering the lake are:
 
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Plum Island
(978) 462-6680

Ages: 0 - 14+

Plum Island is an 11-mile long barrier Island off the shore of Newburyport and Newbury. Once largely a summer getaway, Plum Island is increasingly a year-round community.

The island is home to many residences, a national wildlife refuge, restaurants, an inn on the beach, the Plum Island Lighthouse, and miles of sandy beaches.

For more on Plum Island's recreation opportunities, including walking, kayaking, beaches, fishing, and more, c...

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Sandy Point State Reservation
Parker River Wildlife Refuge Rd.
IpswichMA 01938
(978) 462-4481

Ages: 0 - 14+

Sandy Point is at the very southern tip of Plum Island. The 77-acre park is among the state's most beautiful and popular coastal beaches.

It is also an important nesting area for the piping plover, a threatened species, and the least tern, a species of special concern in Massachusetts. Recreational activities include walking, beachcombing, fishing and birding. Access is through the abutting Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. 

The ...

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Seacoast Day Hikers

Ages: 0 and up

Seacoast Day Hikers is an informal club that meets throughout the year for day hikes (in the winter, the group adds snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to the mix). All ages are welcome, as long as everyone is sufficiently fit for the hike.

Membership is free; it costs $10 per year to receive the online newsletter. Click here for more info. 

Current schedule: Click here 

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Urban Forestry Center
45 Elwyn Rd.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 431-6774

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Urban Forestry Center is used as a tree farm to demonstrate proper forest management, a bird and wildlife sanctuary, a garden and landscape demonstration site, and as a learning center offering information and programming in community forestry planning, forest management, ecology, tree and plant identification, and wildlife stewardship. 
 
The Urban Forestry Center offers a series of self-guided trails used for walking, cross-count...
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