The historic town of Exeter, NH represents the best of the past and present of the seacoast area. A stroll through downtown will highlight the historic architecture paired with thriving restaurants, shops, and businesses and is a community you will not want to miss.
The town was originally settled in 1638 and it has been an important location in the New England region ever since. It served as the revolutionary war capital of New Hampshire. In addition, it functioned as a seaport in the late 1600's and early to late 1700's. Primarily along what is now Swasey Parkway, at the mouth of the Squamscott River.
Exeter has many notable locations such as recreational areas, parks, and many indoor and outdoor activities for families. Important town landmarks, such as Philips Exeter Academy (PEA), Swasey Parkway, the Town Hall, Ladd Gilman House, Folsom Tavern, and the American Independence Museum, are great places to visit while in the area.
A restaurant to try: Blue Moon Evolution. Blue Moon Evolution is a popular spot among locals and visitors in Exeter, NH. They are known for serving fresh, local, and organic food from local farmers. Start off with the organic carrot orange ginger soup. For a main course try the local fish tacos. If you still have room after that delicious meal try the flourless chocolate torte for dessert.
A place to explore: The American Independence Museum in Exeter, NH was founded in 1991. Located in Exeter (New Hampshire’s Revolutionary War Capital) the American Independence Museum celebrates what it took to create the freedoms that Americans continue to enjoy today. The Museum features events year-round for people of all ages including regular programs for school aged children throughout the school year.
Looking for a picnic spot? Exeter is home to Swasey Park a waterfront park featuring a walking path, grandstand, benches, and green space perfect for a quiet afternoon picnic. On some days you will hear the sounds of local bands playing from the bandstand. Be sure to bring some lawn games and snacks because you will want to stay for a while.