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Applecrest Farm Orchards
133 Exeter Rd. (Rt. 88)
Hampton FallsNH 03844
(603) 926-3721

Ages: 0 - 14+

Applecrest Farm, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013, bills itself as New Hampshire's oldest and largest apple orchard. It's a great place for a day of outdoor exploring and picking in spring, summer, and fall. Seasonal festivals feature live music, pie-eating contests, and more.

Click here for info about their fall festivals, held every weekend through September and October. 

Throughout the growing season, Applecrest boasts...

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. 
Harris Farm
280 Buzzell Rd.
DaytonME 04005
(207) 710-1540

Ages: 0 - 14+

The farm has been in the Harris family since 1942. It offers its own line of glass-bottled milk products, as well as beef and seasonal vegetables, and pumpkin picking and hay rides in the fall. 
In the wintertime, come to Harris Farm for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding, as well as an annual Maple Weekend event every March. 
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:
  • Gilfo...
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 

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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