Hiking & Walking
There are plenty of trails to enjoy in the UNH area! See a comprehensive list on the Durham town website.
For a shorter walk, visit what might be the world’s smallest suspension bridge, Wiggly Bridge, in York, ME. For some trails that include birding, visit the local Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington, NH and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge located on the northeast coast of Massachusetts.
There are a wide variety of restaurants within UNH walking distance. See a comprehensive list on the Durham town website.
Nearby Portsmouth is known for its culinary scene and features one of the highest densities of restaurants (per capita) in the US! Some noteworthy places include the Beach Plum, Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, Bridge Street Bistro & Wine Bar, the Oar House, the Dolphin Striker, which features live music every night, and the Library Restaurant, famous for its steak.
In the surrounding area, Bob's Clam Hut and Warren's Lobster House both in Kittery, ME and the Atlantic Grill in Rye, NH offer some great seafood. Dover is known for La Festa pizza, the historic Harvey's Bakery, and recently-opened Garrison City Beerworks. Dover also features some wonderful coffee shops: Adelle's Coffeehouse and Flight Coffee Co.
Music & Arts
Portsmouth’s Prescott Park offers a wide range of events including music concerts, plays, and movies, all available for a suggested donation to the park. For other Portsmouth events, check out activities for Portsmouth visitors. Take advantage of the free Cocheco Arts Festival in Dover, NH for a variety of music, art, and even a children’s series. For a day at the museum, consider visiting the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH.
For some revolutionary history, check out the American Independence Museum in nearby Exeter, NH. Other excellent museums include the Woodman Museum in Dover, NH, the Fuller Gardens (part of the historic Alvan T. Fuller estate in North Hampton), and Strawbery Banke and the Athenaeum, both located in Portsmouth, NH.
Portsmouth visitors can also explore inside the USS Albacore, a research submarine designed by the U.S. Navy.
Kids & Young-at-Heart
For piles of fun, visit the Hilltop Fun Center in Somersworth, NH and explore York's Wild Kingdom to see some amazing animals (including a white tiger!) and enjoy the park’s rides, aimed at smaller children.
The Seacoast Science Center will amaze guests of any age by our beautiful oceans.