New Hampshire is home to thriving small cities that offer big attractions and nature-themed activities perfect for college groups and families alike. Soak up the state’s history with museum tours in Concord, enjoy the breweries and clubs in Manchester, or hit the ski slopes in Hanover. Treat the kids to a day at the Woodman Institute Museum in Dover. Most New Hampshire vacation rentals put you in proximity to the most exciting activities and attractions in the New England area. Consider one of these New Hampshire cities for your next spring break getaway.

1. Hanover

Trees lining a snow covered road

Opt for a vacation rental that overlooks the Connecticut River when you make Hanover your vacation destination for spring break. Hanover is home to snow-filled adventures that last into the spring, so you and the kids or your college roommates can head to the Dartmouth Skiway and spend your days sliding down the slopes. If your trip times into late spring, get up and close with nature with a hike in the Appalachian Trail or a kayak ride with rentals from the Ledyard Canoe Company. After dark, head to Molly’s pub for some happy hour special or top in at the Salt Hill Pub for bar bites and drinks.

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2. Dover

blooming pink flower
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Shop until you drop when vacationing in Dover in the spring with access to the downtown district that hosts specialty shops such as Just the Thing gift shop. Dover features a variety of activities for families and spring breakers that range from paddling down the Cocheco River with Seven Rivers Paddling to experimenting with the unique hands-on exhibits at the Woodman Institute Museum. Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire or get in a game of bowling at the Dover Bowl Family Fun Center.

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3. Keene

green grassland

The small New Hampshire town of Keene is the perfect spot for families or groups seeking peace and quiet on their spring break trip. Let the kids explore the exhibits at the Cheshire Children’s Museum before hopping over to Penuche’s Ale House for some fresh hops. The Central Square area offers colorful sculptures that create the ideal setting for a photo. When you want to get outdoors and explore Keene, hike the Mount Monadnock trails or spend an afternoon touring Stonewall Farms.

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4. Portsmouth

lights reflecting off the water
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History buffs enjoy spending spring break in Portsmouth, primarily because the historic city is home to the American Independence Museum and the Discover Portsmouth Center. See the history of the city firsthand when exploring the Lighthouse trail or while on board a whale-watching tour with Portsmouth Harbor Cruises. Family-friendly attractions include the Children’s Museum and the submarine tour of the USS Albacore. When you’re craving a night out with your college friends, head to the Portsmouth Brewery or the Thirsty Moose Tap House.

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5. Nashua

creek surrounded by trees

If you’re a history enthusiast, then Nashua is the perfect hub for your spring break vacation. Spend your days exploring the Nashville Historic District to see homes from the 1800s or stop in at Greeley Park to see a historic cannon. Mine Falls Park offers hiking and biking trails for the adventurous types or fish along the shore of the river to catch your dinner. Happy hour options include O’Brien’s Sports Bar or the Peddler’s Daughter, so you can wind down before heading back to your luxurious vacation rental.

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6. Manchester

water rushing over the dam
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Head to the big city for your next spring break and get cozy in a vacation rental in this thriving business capital. Enjoy a play or musical at the Majestic Theatre and the Palace Theater or browse the artwork at the Currier Museum of Art. Manchester also hosts a historic walking tour that passes by the Zimmerman House and the St. Joseph Cathedral. If snow is still falling during your spring break, head to the McIntyre Ski Area before popping in at the Jewel Music Venue or Element Lounge for some lively nightlife.

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7. Concord

rugged and rocky hillside

Concord is a thriving city for the arts and for families seeking out educational opportunities during spring break. Start your trip with a visit to the Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden to see the blooming spring flowers or head to the Winant Park Hiking trails for an athletic challenge. You can continue your educational quest with a trip to the Capitol Center for the Arts before taking a relaxing canoe ride with Quickwater Canoe. Dive into some American cuisine at Granite Restaurant and Bar or dance the night away at Area 23 with friends.

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8. Salem

brick path through the woods
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Book a vacation rental in a small town bordering the big city of Boston when you make Salem your vacation destination. Salem Town Forests offer you the chance to get in touch with nature while Canobie Lake Park offers family-friendly rides and festivals. Snap a selfie with your college buddies near America’s Stonehenge or spend your break shopping at the Mall at Rockingham Park. Opt for a cozy, yet intimate dinner with friends at Jocelyn’s Mediterranean Restaurant or enjoy some rowdy nightlife at The Cloud Palace.

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