Tuesday, July 10, 2018

So, you’ve scheduled your UNH visit and you’re ready to roll. That’s great! But do you know, I mean, really know  where you’ll actually be when you get here? Hint: One of the most popular destinations on the eastern seaboard. That’s right, millions of people travel here each year, in all four seasons, because it’s amazing. Whether you’re a shopaholic, intrepid hiker, full-fledged foodie or ocean addict, it’s the place to be. So, don’t come just for the campus tour — make a day of it. Here’s a sample itinerary that we think is pretty, well, dang!


(Note: Plug your morning or afternoon tour into this schedule accordingly.)

7:00 – Follow your nose downtown to find some joe. 

Downtown Durham, NH, with UNH students walking
Downtown Durham

7:30 Shake off the sleep with a run or walk on the outdoor track at Wildcat Stadium. (Pat the cat on your way by.)

8:30Breakfast! Head to Main Street to grab an organic smoothie, or sit down at Young’s, where local ingredients dominate the menu. If you’re up for a short car or bus ride, The Big Bean in Newmarket is legendary, and everything’s made from scratch. (If you can crush The Romeo, you’re Wildcat material for sure.)

10:00Lace up the trail shoes and take an easy hike around College Woods, UNH’s 250-acre wilderness at the edge of campus. Or kayak down the scenic Oyster River and watch the osprey dive for fish. 

11:30Have you picked up your Wildcat swag yet? If not, head to the bookstore and shop 'til you drop. Don’t forget your siblings.

NoonHave a snack under the gingko tree outside James Hall or, if you’re famished, head to the Dairy Bar for a sandwich or salad — the vegetables come straight from UNH greenhouses — or check out the options at the burger joints downtown. 

1:00Go for a swim in the outdoor pool. Don’t worry, it’s heated. 

UNH outdoor pool
The heated outdoor pool at UNH

2:00Grab your wallet, sunglasses, and sunscreen, hop in the car (or on the bus) and head to Portsmouth.

2:20Step onto the streets of one of the oldest (and funnest) cities in the U.S. No further instructions required here, just start wandering. (But don’t miss the Friendly Toast, Macro Polo, or Prescott Park.) 

Downtown Portsmouth, NH
Downtown Portsmouth

5:30Hit the decks for dinner on the water (seriously, you’ll be right above the water) with great views of the sunset. 

7:30Dessert at Annabelle’s (we like a scoop of black raspberry with peanut butter sauce on top) or Izzy’s (salted caramel chocolate pretzel).

Exterior of Annabelle's Ice Cream shop in Portsmouth, NH
Ice cream is always on tap at Annabelle's.

8:00Walk to Prescott Park to take in whatever’s on stage. There’s something every night, from live music to plays, Shakespeare to movies. Take a route that winds through the historic Strawbery Banke neighborhood and look for the moon flowers. 

10:30Let the buskers entertain you in Market Square while sipping a late-night espresso.

11:30Plan tomorrow’s itinerary. Here are some suggestions: Ten Fun Things To Do Within 20 Minutes of the UNH Campus.

MidnightRest. You’ve earned it.