Dover-Durham NH, Guide and Information


Welcome to Dover-Durham NH

Nestled in the scenic Seacoast region of New Hampshire, Dover and Durham are two charming towns that offer a perfect blend of New England charm, historical significance, and vibrant community spirit. Located along the banks of the Cocheco and Oyster rivers, respectively, these towns provide a delightful mix of natural beauty, cultural attractions, and a thriving college scene.

Dover, the oldest continuous settlement in New Hampshire, boasts a rich history that can be explored through its well-preserved architecture and historical sites. Visitors can wander through the downtown area, which features a charming mix of boutiques, galleries, and restaurants housed in beautifully restored brick buildings. The Woodman Institute Museum is a must-visit, showcasing exhibits on local history, natural science, and art. The Children's Museum of New Hampshire offers interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for young visitors.

Durham, home to the University of New Hampshire, is a lively college town known for its vibrant energy and intellectual pursuits. The campus itself is a picturesque setting with its sprawling green spaces and stunning views of the Oyster River. The UNH Museum of Art features an impressive collection of contemporary and modern works, while the UNH Observatory offers public stargazing events and educational programs.

Both towns offer ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary in Dover and the College Woods in Durham provide tranquil trails for hiking, birdwatching, and enjoying nature. The Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located nearby, offers breathtaking vistas and opportunities for kayaking and wildlife spotting.

Culinary enthusiasts will find a range of dining options in Dover and Durham, from cozy cafes and farm-to-table restaurants to lively brewpubs and seafood joints. Farmers markets and local farm stands offer fresh produce and artisanal goods, showcasing the region's agricultural bounty.

With their blend of history, natural beauty, and academic vibrancy, Dover and Durham provide an enchanting New England experience. Whether you're exploring historical sites, enjoying outdoor adventures, or immersing yourself in the college town atmosphere, these towns offer a warm welcome and a true taste of New Hampshire's Seacoast.

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​3 Fun Things to Do in Dover, New Hampshire

Dover, New Hampshire, is the largest city in the state’s Seacoast region and, as it was founded in 1623, the oldest permanent settlement in the state. Given its size, proximity to the ocean and long history, then, there’s lots to do and see here. But what should you do if this is your first visit? Here are three suggestions.

There are several worthwhile museums in the area, with options to pique every interest, no matter if you’re traveling solo and want to explore the regional history or you’re traveling with the kids and need something fun and hands-on.

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3 Things to do in Durham, New Hampshire

Durham, New Hampshire, is hardly a large city, but its status as home to the University of New Hampshire, and proximity to popular tourist destinations like Maine and Boston, make it so that you might just find yourself there one day. But whether you're just passing through or if you're visiting this area of New Hampshire, specifically, for its abundance of history and natural scenery, or even on business, consider stopping and staying a while in Durham. You'll find plenty to do, and here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Agritourism is growing in popularity. If you’ve yet to take advantage of this travel trend that introduces you to a destination’s farms and farmers, now’s the perfect time. Durham boasts several farms that welcome tourists, including Emery Farm, which can trace its roots all the way back to 1660 and now offers a garden center, shop, cafe and petting farm, and Wagon Hill Farm, which is overseen by the town and, in addition to the community garden plots, offers lots of recreational opportunities, including walking trails and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Where to Shop in Dover, New Hampshire

Dover, New Hampshire, is brimming with historic sites and fantastic places to dine and drink, but what about when you want to get in a little retail therapy during your visit? Whether you're shopping for souvenirs, for a loved one back home or just for a fun gift for yourself, here’s where to go.

These works of art (which are every bit as functional as they are beautiful) will make a lovely addition to your home, always reminding you of your trip to Dover, but they would also make an excellent gift for any home cook in your life.

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