What to do and see in Somersworth, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 8, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Somersworth is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,766 at the 2010 census. Somersworth has the smallest area and third-lowest population of New Hampshire's 13 cities.
Restaurants in Somersworth

1. Children's Museum of New Hampshire

6 Washington St, (Gps Setting for Parking: 10 Henry Law Ave), Dover, NH 03820-3814 +1 603-742-2002
Excellent
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Children's Museum of New Hampshire

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire invites families to explore amazing creative exhibits that make learning fun. Discover dinosaurs, submarine, aerodynamics, brain waves, music, art, nature and more. Special area for babies and toddlers upstairs. Riverfront setting with playground, benches and picnic tables. Open year round with special events, classes, performances and workshops. Fall/Winter/Spring Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. Summer Hours (mid-June - Labor Day): Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm.

Reviewed By Gail M

We were planning a trip to Boston's children museum. We then figured that our three-year-old might do better at a smaller and closer venue for her first museum trip. This is not a small museum. We were all thoroughly entertained with so many exhibits for younger children. It was a rainy day, so it was a bit crowded. We plan on coming back soon when it might be less crowded. Fun day!

2. Hilltop Fun Center

165 Route 108, Somersworth, NH 03878-1116 +1 603-742-8068
Excellent
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4 based on 11 reviews

Hilltop Fun Center

4 Go Kart Tracks, 18 Hole Mini Golf, 5000 sq foot Laser Tag, Batting Cages, Driving Range, 50+ Arcade, Rock Wall, Bungee Jumpers. Groups and Fully Catered Corporate Events. Birthday Parties

Reviewed By GEOFFREY A - Miami, Florida, USA

If you have kids and time to spare (or make time) and are in Somersworth, Dover or driving on I-14 in the area do try this out.
We took took our grand children 13 & 10 on Spring Break in Boston (but not in NH) and so had lots of room and even more fun for four plus hours.
We bought the Golf-Laser-Go karts Pass and they could exit one end and re-enter at the other (Go-Karts). There were always a few others so they had some competition.
All the equipment was in good shape and the mini golf course well laid out and challenging as well.
They have the 'gambler' games as well, but we avoided them, the kids eyes focused on better entertainment. Good choice of food and not over-priced

3. Hamilton House

40 Vaughans Ln, South Berwick, ME 03908-1711 +1 207-384-2454
Excellent
70%
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Hamilton House

Shipping merchant Jonathan Hamilton built this striking Georgian mansion c. 1785. Its picturesque situation on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River made it an ideal location for Hamilton’s shipping business and, more than a hundred years later, for the summer retreat of Emily Tyson and her stepdaughter Elise.Today, Hamilton House reflects the occupancy of the Tysons in the early twentieth century and is recognized as one of the region's quintessential Colonial Revival-style country estates. The house features two whimsical murals commissioned by the women as well as antique furnishings and handcrafted decorative arts they collected. The elaborate perennial garden, with its charming garden cottage, provides visitors with a place to stroll and picnic overlooking the river. Please visit nearby Jackson House, Governor John Langdon House, Rundlet-May House, Sarah Orne Jewett House, and the Sayward-Wheeler House.

Reviewed By eminker - New York, New York, United States

Our visit to Hamilton House was part of a larger venue visiting Historic New England properties in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. All in All, a great adventure touring some of the grandest and most significant properties detailing New England's glorious past.

Hamilton House is a 1780's Georgian mansion built on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River. The rooms are beautifully architectural masterpieces and representative of this period for those from an affluent nature. the attached grounds themselves are even more spectacular and you can spend many hours just wandering the grounds enjoying the gardens and river front. For me, the fireplaces in the Hamilton are just magnificent as well as the lovely garden/fountain.

The two young ladies who were manning the properly were wonderful docents and quiet knowledgeable re: the property and the family histories associated with the property. There is a tie in with the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick regarding her association with The Tyson family and its purchase of the house.If you visit the Hamilton House (and you must!), the Sarah Orne Jewett house should also be on the agenda as well. Both properties as well as many more are part of Historic New England and are very worth touring/supporting.

Make sure you call to get current schedule as we were told by others that Hamilton House was closed but when we called, we were told its open for tours by Historic New England.

4. North Country Hard Cider

3 Front St, #160, Rollinsford, NH 03869-7001
Excellent
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5 based on 14 reviews

North Country Hard Cider

Reviewed By handyru

Bitter brothers and cranbarrel were our favorites for the newer flavors. Berry Brett was like drinking wine and we couldn't taste the berries. The bitter brothers bourbon barrel was just ok. We always buy growlers of original press and honey badger. This time we also got a growler of bitter brothers

5. Hackmatack Playhouse

538 School St, Berwick, ME 03901-2828 +1 207-698-1807
Excellent
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Hackmatack Playhouse

Reviewed By Matt R - Nottingham, New Hampshire, United States

We are frequent visitors here and thought it 'bout time' to let people know about this little gem.

Located in a rural country setting lies the Hackmatack Playhouse. You'll enjoy the quaint layout of the barn, concessions, and seating. We saw 'Once Upon a Mattress'.

You won't find air conditioning here, but are always offered a Hackmafan to cool down with. They have a very low carbon footprint here, so greenies will love it. We have yet to have an issue in the heat area.

Grab a snack at intermission, you'll love the entire experience.

Peace, Matt

6. Rochester Opera House

31 Wakefield St, Rochester, NH 03867-1916 +1 603-335-1992
Excellent
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Rochester Opera House

Reviewed By Tracie P

Went for the entertainment that night in the center balcony,great seats,yet being short we did move during intermission to the side balcony,seats and floor are on a slant so if you have balance issues it could be a problem.I will say the historic charm and stage is fantastic.I plan to go to more events,maybe on the first floor.Truly a great place.

7. Skydive New England, LLC

40 Skydive Ln, Lebanon, ME 04027-4359
Excellent
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5 based on 47 reviews

Skydive New England, LLC

2017 marks our 33rd year of operation in southern Maine. Skydive New England is known for it’s fun and friendly atmosphere and our passion for the sport. We employ state-of-the-art training methods and use only the latest technology in skydiving equipment. We boast an excellent safety record, and all of our instructors are licensed through the United States Parachute Association (USPA). Each of our instructors has completed an intense training program to ensure the best possible methods of instruction. Our AFF student training program is among the best in the country and continuously evolves to meet the advances in our sport. We are very proud of our program; we’re sure you will be too!

Reviewed By skewd

Staff was super friendly, courteous & professional. Felt completely safe in their hands despite being scared outta my mind. The facility was comfortable & complete. Even offers campsites if u wanna make a weekend out of it.
I highly recommend getting the video, especially if it's your first jump. I've watched mine three times in the last two days, and still get goosebumps!

8. Woodman Institute Museum

182 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820-4058 +1 603-742-1038
Excellent
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4.5 based on 86 reviews

Woodman Institute Museum

Museum campus has four buildings, featuring natural scince,local history,decorative arts, and contemporary art. Considered NH,s most eclectic museum. Yankee magazine award for best small museum in New England. Founded in 1916.

Reviewed By James V

The Woodman Museum is a gem with a surprising array of fine exhibits. Examples include the last saddle President Lincoln rode, fascinating history of world-famous Cochecho prints, and the story of John Wilkes Booth's fiance at the time of his crime. The Garrison House dates from the early 1600s and is worth the visit for that alon.

9. Wiggly Bridge and Steedman Woods

Old Mill Rd, York Harbor, York, ME
Excellent
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4.5 based on 171 reviews

Wiggly Bridge and Steedman Woods

Reviewed By FamilyGuy02184 - Braintree, MA

We went to the Wiggly Bridge for something to do other than the beach. It is a short walk to the bridge, and the Steedman woods walk is beautiful. Great little hike for a family or couples.

10. Sarah Orne Jewett House

5 Portland St, South Berwick, ME 03908-1203 +1 207-384-2454
Excellent
49%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Sarah Orne Jewett House

Writer Sarah Orne Jewett, author of THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS, spent much of her life in this stately Georgian residence, owned by her family since 1819. Jewett drew on the house for inspiration for her novel DEEPHAVEN and often wrote at the desk in the upper hall overlooking the active town center.Jewett and her older sister Mary inherited the house in 1887. Decorating the house for their own use, the sisters expressed both a pride in their family's past and their own independent, sophisticated tastes. The result is an eclectic blend of eighteenth-century architecture, antiques, and old wallpapers with furnishings showing the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Reviewed By bcnett - Stoneham, Massachusetts

We have enjoyed being members of Historic New England for many years. We have visited the Jewett house several times. This time we discovered that there is a new visitor's center with art exhibits, a restroom, and a store. The house used to be South Berwick's town library. A couple of years ago, the library moved to a new location. What I hadn't realize was that this building also belonged to Historic New England. This is the actual house where Sarah Jewett lived when she was growing up. The path is still there that connects this house to the house that is now called the Sarah Orne Jewett House.


The Sarah Orne Jewett House originally belonged to Sarah's grandfather. After Sarah and her sister inherited it from their uncle, they moved in. Their nephew donated it to Historic New England. Unfortunately he did not donate the furnishings (except for Sarah's room which remains unchanged). Through photographs, Historic New England has done a great job of refurnishing this magnificent house. Some of the wall paper is original. Some, like the wonderful wall paper in the hall, has been reproduced.

The price of admission for both house is $8.00. I highly recommend that you join Historic New England. It is only $50.00 a year for an individual membership and $60.00 year for a family membership (2 adults and children under 18). Then you can visit this fantastic house as well as Historic New England's other 35 interesting houses as many time a year as you want.

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