Best of New England: New Hampshire
Family Amusement Park
CANOBIE LAKE PARK
Harking back to a quieter, less-corporate era of amusement parks, Canobie has more than 85 rides, games, live entertainment, and attractions, including the splashy Boston Tea Party ride. The grounds are immaculately clean — none of the honky-tonk clutter you’ll find at so many other small parks — and there are plenty of options for everyone from toddlers to teens. // 85 N. Policy St., Salem, 603-893-3506, canobie.com.
Most people are surprised to learn New Hampshire boasts a genuine Frank Lloyd Wright–designed house. The Zimmerman was built in 1950 for a local doctor, and is now owned by the Currier Museum of Art. It perfectly expresses Wright’s design principles, specifically in the diminutive entrance that opens to a dramatic main room, and in the easy blend of indoor and outdoor space. Tours leave from the Currier. // 150 Ash St., Manchester, 603-669-6144, currier.org.
Spot for Art Lovers (and Gardeners)
SAINT-GAUDENS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
The 100-plus creations by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens aren’t the only works of art here. The terraced garden sports countless peonies, delphiniums, and asters, while displays of water plants decorate an outdoor atrium and pool. The views are stunning, and special events include outdoor concerts on Sundays and sculpture workshops from the artist in residence. // 139 Saint-Gaudens Rd., Cornish, 603-675-2175, nps.gov/saga.
FRANCONIA NOTCH STATE PARK
Nestled among the peaks of the Whites, Franconia Notch State Park offers something for all levels of outdoorsiness, whether you’re a rugged backwoods type or a reluctant dabbler. Experienced hikers can take on the Lincoln-Lafayette Loop, which has nearly nine miles of woodland terrain and great views. Newbies should check out the New England Ski Museum as well as the Flume Gorge at the base of Mount Liberty, a natural wonder with 70- to 90-foot-high walls of granite that hug the fast-flowing Pemigewasset River. // I-93, Exit 34A, Franconia, 603-823-8800, franconianotchstatepark.com.
Spot for Tots
A New England childhood isn’t complete without a trip to Story Land. Nursery school favorites jump off the page at this classic amusement park: Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach, the Huff Puff and Whistle Railroad, Bamboo Chutes water coaster, Alice’s Tea Cups…. Go ahead, roll your eyes; we know you’re secretly craving the chance to take a voyage on the Buccaneer Pirate Ship. // 850 Route 16, Glen, 603-383-4186, storylandnh.com.