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The Ultimate Guide to the Strafford, New Hampshire Area

The Ultimate Guide to the Strafford, New Hampshire Area

Strafford KOA is nestled between two beautiful regions. The Seacoast and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Both have so much to offer including dining, shopping and family fun. We’ve put together a guide of all the top things to see and do in the local area when you visit Strafford KOA.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Eat and Drink

The Farmer’s Kitchen

This local favorite serves breakfast and lunch in Farmington, New Hampshire. Their hearty food and generous portions will keep you fueled for a day of campground fun.

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Lilac City Grille

Visit downtown Rochester, New Hampshire for delicious food and drinks at Lilac City Grille. Fill up on steak, seafood, sandwiches, pasta or comfort food.

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Windjammer’s 

If you’re craving fresh seafood look no further. Sample everything from lobster tails to fish and chips. There’s plenty of comfort food if you’re not a seafood fan. Treat yourself to a date night with their two for $22 menu.

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Bad Lab Beer Co.

This sleek, modern brewery is serving up delicious food and a nice selection of craft beers in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

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Garrison City Beerworks

This nanobrewery specializes in East Coast IPAs, but you’ll find plenty of sours, saisons, stouts and lagers too. You can also grab a snack to pair with your beer.

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North Country Hard Cider

North Country’s ciders are known for being slightly sweet with a touch of tartness. Try their flagship cider or branch out with flavors like cinnamon, honey or hops.

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Things to do

Outdoors

Canobie Lake Park

This amusement park is a one-stop-shop for fun in Salem, New Hampshire. There are over 85 rides, a water park, roller coasters, games and entertainment. It has everything you need for a fun day trip.

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Enjoy some educational, outdoor fun at this amazing park. Walk the live animal exhibit trail and see black bears, foxes, raptors and so much more. Take a cruise on Squam Lake, see beautiful flowers at Kirkwood Gardens or hit the hiking trails.

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Blue Job Mountain

Pack a picnic lunch and head just a few miles down the road from the campground to this beautiful spot. It’s an easy hike that all ages can tackle and the views from the top are breathtaking.

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Kids Activities

Water Country

This sprawling waterpark in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a perfect place for a day trip. Parents can chill out in the lazy river and kids can splash and play all day on slides, splash pads and wave pools.

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Hilltop Fun Center

Visit the area’s biggest attraction center in Somersworth, New Hampshire. They have laser tag, mini-golf, go-carts, an arcade and so much more!

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Smitty’s Game Lab

Head to Smitty’s for bowling, arcade games, food and fun. There are over 30 games in the arcade including ski ball, air hockey and basketball. Load a fun card for the kids and let them go.

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Museums

New Hampshire Children’s Museum

Kids can enjoy hands-on fun at this interactive museum. Play with a sound sculpture, work in a post office or explore the ocean in a yellow submarine.

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Strawbery Banke Museum

Experience over 300 years of history through the lens of one New England neighborhood. Check out restored, furnished houses, period gardens and costumed interpreters.

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Rochester Museum of Fine Art

View the works of regional, national and international artists at this local museum. You’ll find everything from paintings to sculpture and photography.

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Shopping

Kittery Premium Outlets

Shop your favorite brands at discount prices! Choose from stores like Columbia, Kate Spade and Old Navy.

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Mall at Fox Run

If you want to spend a classic day at the mall look no further. Shop stores like Hollister, Loft and Macy’s before hitting the food court.

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