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Exeter, NH
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Once a bustling state capital, this peaceful town is now known for its serene riverside location and enthralling heritage.

Stroll along Exeter’s streets decorated with rustling trees and spot charming Early American architecture. Wander in lush, open parks and delve into enthralling museums to uncover fascinating artifacts of American independence.

Walk down either of the two main routes running through the heart of town and view stunning historic buildings that predate the American Revolution. One of Exeter’s earliest remaining buildings is Gilman Garrison House. Home to the owners of Exeter’s first sawmill, this 1709 building is now a museum with photos and artifacts chronicling the development of area industries.

Admire the elegant early 20th-century bandstand as you make your way toward the Exeter Historical Society. The peculiar yellow-brick exterior ensures this treasure-trove is easy to find. The team of committed volunteers here will be delighted to show you a selection of Native American garments as well as memorabilia from President Lincoln’s visit to the town in 1860.

Head to the American Independence Museum nearby. View relics from Exeter’s time as the seat of New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War. Step inside the very same tavern that President Washington visited in 1789. The collection’s most fascinating asset is one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence that was found here long ago.

For outdoor enjoyment, take a break in some of the 56 acres (23 hectares) of parkland around the town. Kick your way through leaves and throw a football at Swasey Parkway on the banks of the Squamscott River or get your skates on at two large ice rinks.

Exeter is in southeastern New Hampshire, a 45-minute drive east of Concord. Stay for a night or longer at one of several cozy hotels and guesthouses in town. Select from a variety of restaurants available, with excellent New England seafood on the menus. Don’t miss the farmers market that takes place every Thursday between May and October and stay for the American Independence Festival that is put on each July by the museum.

Hampton Inn & Suites Exeter, NH
Hampton Inn & Suites Exeter, NH
2.5 out of 5
59 Portsmouth Ave, Exeter, NH
The price is NT$3,320 per night from May 13 to May 13
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of American Independence Museum and Phillips Exeter Academy. Exeter Historical Society ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"It was an older Hampton Inn, so it looked a bit rundown. But the staff was excellent which made up for the physical condition."

Reviewed on 2021/5/7

Hampton Inn & Suites Exeter, NH
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Portsmouth Exeter
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Portsmouth Exeter
2.5 out of 5
138 Portsmouth Avenue, Exeter, NH
The price is NT$2,988 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from American Independence Museum and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Phillips Exeter Academy. Exeter Historical ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (267 reviews)
"The property was very clean. The staff were really friendly. Overall nice experience."

Reviewed on 2021/4/25

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Portsmouth Exeter
Exeter Inn
Exeter Inn
3.5 out of 5
90 Front St, Exeter, NH
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Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Exeter Historical Society and Phillips Exeter Academy. American Independence Museum ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (639 reviews)
5 star hotel nestled in NH Prep School Town
"The staff is wonderful and the hotel is spectacular. A must stay if you are visiting the Exeter NH area."

Reviewed on 2020/8/11

Exeter Inn
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Great Island Inn
Great Island Inn
3.5 out of 5
3 Walbach St, New Castle, NH
The price is NT$4,185 per night from May 16 to May 16
Offering direct access to the beach, this New Castle apartment building is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and ...
5/5Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"You're absolutely loved this beautiful old building that's been turned into lovely accommodations. The place was clean comfortable quiet and convenient. I also really loved the decor, it was fresh and modern and just invited relaxation."

Reviewed on 2021/3/11

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Nautical Beach Resort
Nautical Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
147 Ashworth Avenue, Hampton, NH
The price is NT$7,785 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Hampton Beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hampton Beach, Hampton Beach State Park, and Casino Ballroom. Ocean Gaming Casino and ...
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Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
3 out of 5
741 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH
Located in Rye, this beachfront apartment building is in a regional park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Odiorne Point State Park and Wallis Sands State Beach. Jenness ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Owner Doug made every effort to communicate with guests. He has improved this oceanside property beyond words. While still in progress, the reconstruction status was relayed to guests well in advance. The ambiance in the restyled rooms is comfy and cozy. Portsmouth and lovely Wallis Sands beach are ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/21

Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
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Reviews of Exeter

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5/5 - Excellent

Jade

Nov 27, 2019

Town has really gotten busier with the introduction of the train (Nor'easter).

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 22, 2019

quaint town, felt safe, easy to walk only disappointment was how early everything closed even on a saturday night

4/5 - Good

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Jul 14, 2019

Nice hotel and was very quiet!!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 25, 2019

Don't pass up dow town shops and local eateries.

5/5 - Excellent

Reba

May 13, 2019

Beautiful, walkable town with great boutiques & restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 26, 2019

Great place to shop and visit. Historic buildings and antique stores.

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