One of the oldest towns in the state of New Hampshire, Peterborough was founded in 1737 and is full of history, as well as many things to do. The town has been able to retain its charming small town feel and is marked by beautiful natural scenery and lush forests. From outdoor recreation opportunities at Temple Mountain and Miller State Park to theatre productions put on by the Peterborough Players, there is a variety of activities possible in and around Peterborough, New Hampshire. There are several great restaurants in town as well. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Miller State Park
Miller State Park sits at the flank and nearly 3,000-foot summit of New Hampshire’s Pack Monadnock and the state’s oldest state park. A paved, 1.3-mile winding road leads to the summit and its scenic surroundings, open to visitors daily during the summer and on the weekends during the spring and fall months. Hiking and picnicking are popular outdoor activities at Miller State Park, with three of the main hiking trails ascending to the summit of Pack Monadnock. The most well known of the trails is the Wapack Trail, extending a total of twenty-one miles from Mt. Watatic to North Pack Monadnock.
13 Miller Park Rd, Peterborough, NH 03458, Phone: 603-924-3672
2.Peterborough Players, Peterborough, New Hampshire
© Peterborough Players
Established in 1933, the Peterborough Players brings high quality professional theatre productions to the quaint town of Peterborough, New Hampshire. The theatre company has built a reputation as a leading destination for theater in the region. Performances are held in a small theater that has been converted from a historic barn dating back to the eighteenth century at Stearns Farm, only a few miles from downtown Peterborough. The state-of-the-art, yet still intimate theatre features 250 seats and air conditioning. Not only are the Peterborough Players the region’s only professional producing theatre they are one of the country’s oldest summer stock companies.
55 Hadley Rd, Peterborough, NH 03458, Phone: 603-924-7585
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3.Peterborough Town Library
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The Peterborough Town Library is the result of an 1833 town meeting, during which the residents of Peterborough in New Hampshire made a decision that a “pursuit of knowledge” was so important of a civic good that they would pay for a library “in perpetuity.” This “free public library” was established and became the world’s first library to be entirely “supported by taxation.” The permanent home of the Peterborough Town Library was constructed in 1893, housing a growing collection of books. In 1914, an elegant portico was built and the town library has expanded even more since then.
2 Concord St, Peterborough, NH 03458, Phone: 603-924-8040
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4.Temple Mountain, Peterborough, New Hampshire
A ridge stretching more than two thousand feet across south central New Hampshire, Temple Mountain is part of the Wapack Mountain Range around the town of Peterborough. The Wapack Trail, which extends approximately twenty-two miles, traverses the scenic Temple Mountain. Along the northern face of the mountain is the 350-acre, state-owned Temple Mountain Reservation Area, which was formerly known as the Temple Mountain Ski Area and boasts rather spectacular views. Temple Mountain features several different summits, with three being the Whitcomb Peak, the Burton Peak, and the highest one, Holt Peak. Along the mountain’s ridgeline are long scenic vistas.
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5.Peterborough Town House
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The Peterborough Town House serves as Peterborough’s town hall, situated at Main Street and Grove Street in the downtown district. The historic building dates back to the year 1918 and is a significant example in the local area of the Colonial Revival architectural style, which has led it to be added in 1996 to the National Register of Historic Places. Featuring a gabled roof and a front facade consisting of round-arched openings, the two-story building’s design resembles closely to that of Boston’s famous Faneuil Hall. The upper level of the Peterborough Town House often hosts concerts and other events.
1 Grove St, Peterborough, NH 03458, Phone: 603-924-8000
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6.Bantam Grill, Peterborough, New Hampshire
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Bantam Grill in Peterborough is an upscale restaurant serving classic American and Italian fare. With Chef Harris at the helm, the restaurant takes great pride in making every dish from scratch, as well as using modern cooking techniques to provide innovative bold flavors and using local ingredients as much as possible. Open daily for both lunch and dinner, highlights of the menu at the Bantam Grill include the Grass-Fed Burger, the Grilled Ribeye and the French Onion Soup. The restaurant also offers a full-service bar, along with a specialty cocktail menu, several varieties of wine, and a beer list.
1 Jaffrey Rd, Peterborough, NH 03458, Phone: 603-924-6633
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7.The Peterborough Diner, Peterborough, New Hampshire
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The Peterborough Diner still stands today in the New England town of Peterborough, New Hampshire as a historic Worcester Lunch Car Diner from the 1950’s. Well known for being the region’s first Worcester Lunch Car that was made with “green and cream,” the historical Peterborough Diner embraces its famous historical character in modern times, while also stepping up to meet the challenges of the competition of present day. The locally owned and operated eatery offers a variety of options and is open seven days a week for both breakfast and lunch from seven in the morning until two in the afternoon.
10 Depot St, Peterborough, NH 03458, Phone: 603-924-6202
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8.Cooper's Hill Public House, Peterborough, New Hampshire
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Cooper's Hill Public House is an Irish-inspired pub located in the downtown area of Peterborough, New Hampshire. The local dining establishment serves a European pub-style food menu and dishes are made using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Guests can choose to sit inside or outdoors on the patio. In addition to the food options at Cooper's Hill Public House, an extensive whiskey collection can be found at the local pub, boasting more than two hundred different whiskeys. The historic space has been renovated by owners Cassandra and Kyle Sullivan to offer a welcoming and warm atmosphere.
6 School St, Peterborough, NH 03458, Phone: 603-371-9036
9.Nature's Green Grocer Market & Cafe, Peterborough, NH
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Nature's Green Grocer Market and Cafe in Peterborough is the Monadnock Region’s largest full-service natural food grocery store, offering more than fifteen thousand products. The market offers one of the best all-organic selections of produce, featuring in-season local products, as well as a butcher department with all-natural fresh-cut meats, a gourmet cheese selection, a bakery department, and fresh seafood delivered six days out of the week from Boston. The cafe serves a variety of food options made with organic ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Nature's Green Grocer Market and Cafe is open seven days a week until 7:00pm.
374 Union St, Peterborough, NH 03458, Phone: 603-924-2233
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10.Parker House Cafe, Peterborough, NH
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The Parker House Cafe has been handcrafting high quality coffee through traditional roasting methods for many years and still maintains a high standard for the coffee served and sold today. All of the coffee is responsibly sourced and premium roasted. The Parker House Cafe is open from 7:00am until 4:00pm, Monday to Saturday. The coffee shop is known as the “place to go” in the quaint, small town of Peterborough, New Hampshire for a great coffee beverage, providing a cozy atmosphere for people to relax or talk with friends. The staff are also known for being friendly.
166 Hancock Rd, Peterborough, NH 03458, Phone: 603-784-5597
10 Best Things to Do in Peterborough, New Hampshire
- Miller State Park, Photo: NorthEastPhotog/stock.adobe.com
- Peterborough Players, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Photo: Peterborough Players
- Peterborough Town Library, Photo: Peterborough Town Library
- Temple Mountain, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Photo: photoschmidt/stock.adobe.com
- Peterborough Town House, Photo: Town of Peterborough, New Hampshire
- Bantam Grill, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Photo: Bantam Grill
- The Peterborough Diner, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Photo: The Peterborough Diner
- Cooper's Hill Public House, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Photo: Cooper's Hill Public House
- Nature's Green Grocer Market & Cafe, Peterborough, NH, Photo: Nature's Green Grocer Market & Cafe
- Parker House Cafe, Peterborough, NH, Photo: Parker House Cafe
- Cover Photo: Town of Peterborough, New Hampshire
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