The Keene Pumpkin Festival & Other Reasons to VIsit Peterborough

Peterborough is a small town in southern New Hampshire with lots to see, including the Keene Pumpkin Festival. The town is rich in history and traditions and has its share of celebrations and festivals. These activities are just down the road from your Peterborough inn.

Keene Pumpkin Festival
117 Main St.
Keene, NH
www.pumpkinfestival.com

The Keene Pumpkin Festival began in 1991 with about 600 jack-'o-lanterns on display. The 2010 festival counted more than 22,000 lanterns, proving the festival has grown immensely through the years. You will see gigantic pumpkins, cool costumes and lots of food. You can participate in one of the contests such as the costume parade, the largest pumpkin challenge, or the pumpkin eating contest. The festival is held the third weekend in October when the weather is cool and the leaves are changing. Activities kick off Friday night in the town's central square with live music, performances and food vendors. Saturday is a flurry of activities including parades, food, craft booths and more. The festival officially ends Saturday night. Parking is $10 on specified lots for 2011.

Mariposa Museum
26 Main St.
Peterborough, NH 03458
www.mariposamuseum.org

The Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center is located in the historic old Baptist church building in the heart of Peterborough. This three story building serves as a hands-on classroom for visitors of all ages. The museum is handicap accessible and has artifacts from a variety of cultures and lifestyles. You can really experience the world by stepping in the doors of this museum. The staff encourages you to participate in interactive exhibits and try something new, such as playing an instrument, while at the museum. There are special events at the museum from time to time, and the hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is open daily during the summer, and Wednesday through Sunday during the school year.

Miller State Park
Rte. 101E
Peterborough, NH 03458
www.nhstateparks.org

Miller State Park is the oldest park in the state of New Hampshire. You can take a scenic drive to the top of Pack Monadnock Mountain, or hike one of the trails leading to the 2,290 foot summit. From the top, you can enjoy amazing views of the area. Pets are allowed in the park, and it is open year round. There are picnic tables, bathrooms and winter recreation areas also available. The park is easily accessible from your Peterborough bed and breakfast.

Edward McDowell Lake
75 Wilder St.
Peterborough, NH 03458
www.nae.usace.army.mil

The Edward McDowell Lake and Dam is located just west of town. This 165-acre lake is a great place to relax and enjoy the weather. There is a beach with a swimming area, volleyball court, horse shoes and a boat launch. There is a picnic area and habitat maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, which allows visitors to view wildlife, hunt and fish. There are restrooms and water stations to use. The park is closed during the winter.