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Seacoast New Hampshire - One Dozen Places To Go On A Rainy Day

it's still rainingIt is yet another rainy day here on the Seacoast of New Hampshire.  If you are one of the lucky ones to have chosen this week for your vacation, you have my sympathy.  At this point, what can you do but make the best of it. 

With a prediction of more rain throughout the week, I thought you could use some suggestions on things to do in the area.

1. The Mall is the obvious choice, but keep in mind that others will have the same idea.  Malls and movie theaters will be crowded.  That said, there are three malls in the area, The Fox Run Mall, The Mall of NH, and The Maine Mall.

2.  Manchester  If you head to the Mall of NH in Manchester, you could also visit the Currier Museum of Art and  SEE   Science Center.

3.  Barrington  For less traditional (and less crowded) shopping, visit The Christmas Dove in Barrington.  A Christmas wonderland, it is one of the largest Christmas stores in the country.  

4.  Dover  Shopping on the Seacoast would not be complete without a visit to Salmon Falls Stoneware and Red's Shoe Barn in Dover.  While there, you could also take the kids to The Childrens Museum of NH and The Woodman Institute.

albacore park




Other historic and educational choices in the area include:

5.  McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord

6.  Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point in Rye

7.  Albacore Submarine in Portsmouth


8.  Kittery, Maine.  In addition to all the outlet shopping, the granddaddy of  shopping experiences on the Seacoast is Kittery Trading Post with three levels of the most extensive selection of outdoor recreational equipment, clothing and footwear in New England.

9.  North Conway   There's tons of outlet shopping at Settlers Green Outlet Village and White Mountain Outlets.  One of my favorite stops, not to be missed, is Zeb's General Store

10.  Local beaches    You can still have fun at the beach when the weather isn't cooperating.  The children will enjoy hunting for shells and driftwood and the boardwalk at Hampton Beach offers great atmosphere and lots of arcade fun.

11.  Weirs Beach in Laconia   Home to Funspot, the largest arcade in the world.  They have over 500 games, indoor golf, bowling, bingo and even a tavern.

 12.  Day Spa

 If a day at the arcades with the kids isn't your idea of "vacation" then maybe some spa time would be appealing to you. 

Adagio Spa Salon & Wellness Center in Barrington offers massage therapies and body treatments that will make you forget the rainy weather outside.


Don't let the weather ruin your vacation.  Get creative and do something you otherwise wouldn't have had the chance to do.  If you have children, the important thing to them is quality time with make some memories!





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Comment balloon 9 commentsSharon Tara • June 29 2009 09:51AM
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