Top things to do

Top Choice Arts Center in Peterborough

MacDowell Colony

This century-old art colony draws more than 250 poets, composers, writers, architects and playwrights to the Peterborough area each year. Playwright Thornton Wilder wrote Our Town, a play openly inspired by Peterbor…
State Park in Peterborough

Miller State Park

New Hampshire's oldest state park, Miller revolves around Pack Monadnock, a 2290ft peak not to be confused with its better-known neighbor, Mt Monadnock. The park has three easy-to-moderate paths to the summit; you c…
Museum in Peterborough

Mariposa Museum

This museum, which exhibits folk art and folklore from around the world, implores visitors to 'please touch.' It's a wonderful place for kids, who are invited to dive into the collections to try on costumes, experim…
Modern American in Peterborough


For riverside charm, step into Waterhouse's bright wood-floored dining room and grab a table beside the floor-to-ceiling windows directly overlooking the rushing Nabanusit. The lunch menu abounds in revisited Americ…
Gallery in Peterborough

Sharon Arts Center

This arts center consists of two parts: a fine-art exhibition space with a rotating array of paintings and crafts by some of the region's many artists, and a gallery-shop selling art, jewelry and pottery made by loc…
Live Music in Peterborough

Peterborough Folk Music Society

This active group attracts nationally known folk musicians to perform in a wonderful barn-style theater about 3.5 miles from Peterborough center. Recent shows have included the Jonathan Edwards Trio and renowned New…
Pub in Peterborough

Harlow's Pub

This local pub has a good selection of draft beers, including New England brews. It also serves Mexican and pub fare until 9pm, but the real reason to come here is for the convivial wooden bar and to catch live musi…
Cafe in Peterborough

Aesop's Tables

Tucked inside Toadstool Bookshop, with a few patio tables, this cafe sells coffee, quiches, salads and sandwiches.
Cafe in Peterborough


A long-time Peterborough favorite, Nonie's serves excellent breakfasts as well as fresh bakery items. In the summer grab a table in the tiny front garden.
Books in Peterborough

Toadstool Bookshop

This indie bookstore has a welcoming vibe, a good selection of books and a small cafe with wireless access.