The White Mountains have a long history dating back centuries. From natural wonders like Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to the local legends at the New England Ski Museum, adults and children of all ages can learn something incredible about the region at the following places. 

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Sugar Hill Historical Museum - Sugar Hill, NH

Enjoy a trip to the Sugar Hill Historical Museum! In the Carriage Barn, you’ll find old tools, horse-drawn carriages, folk-style painting of old Sugar Hill, and a Benjamin Morrill tower clock. After, take walk to the Sleigh Shed which displays a vast growing collection of historic public signs and sleighs. In the main building, you’ll find a local history and genealogy library, the Cobleigh Tavern public room, a gift shop and an exhibit that changes annually to reflect the history of Sugar Hill's people and places.

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New England Ski Museum - Franconia, NH

In operation since 1982, the New England Ski Museum has welcomed thousands of visitors each year. The small museum at Cannon Mountain has a permanent exhibition, which presents the timeline of the development of skiing from its prehistoric roots up until the advent of the shaped ski in the 1990's. You’ll also find several of Bode Miller’s Olympic medals!

Old Man of the Mountain Historical Site - Franconia, NH

With the collapse of the Old Man of the Mountain on May 3, 2003, New Hampshire lost a beloved icon. Since that day, friends of the Granite State and beyond, have continued to celebrate its strength and spirit. The Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, with the support of hundreds, has created a Profiler Plaza in Franconia as a lasting monument to Honor the Old Man.

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center - Holderness, NH

Visit and explore open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks which connect to natural exhibits where native animals reside at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. There, you can spot Black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, bob cats, and more! Spend the day and take a self-guided tour of the animal exhibit trial and hiking trails, enjoy a Squam Lake cruise, take in the beauty of Kirkwood Gardens, and shop in the Howling Coyote gift shop.

Katelyn Michaud

Written by Katelyn Michaud


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