Located in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, Claremont is a little town with a pretty long history attached to it. The area was first inhabited by Algonquin peoples but it largely displaced when European settlement came to the area. The area was settled in 1764 by European settlers and because of the era the town was established in, there are a lot of old colonial-style buildings still standing around the town. The area is quite picturesque with wooded forest areas and green pastures. The city has even been featured in quite a few areas of popular culture including movies, novels, and TV shows. If you’re planning a visit, book an Airbnb vacation rental and keep reading for the best things to do in Claremont, New Hampshire.
1. Enjoy an evening at Claremont Opera House
The Claremont Opera House was opened on July 22, 1897, at a cost of 62,000 USD. Built in an Italian Renaissance Revival, the historic building is placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally, the building housed a meeting area and place where balls and events took place until the 1900s when it officially became the Claremont Opera House. In the 1960s, it went into disuse and was about to be demolished until a committee of locals saved it and restored the interior. And it is now once again a home of the arts in Claremont.
Claremont Opera House
Address: 58 Opera House Square, Claremont, NH 03743, USA
Website: Claremont Opera House
Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)
Price: 10 - 60 USD
2. Stroll through Moody Park
Retired businessman William H.H Moody donated this plot of land to the city of Claremont in 1916 and today, it is a Claremont local landmark. The park is pretty big and is usually host to some events like mountain biking and races but generally, people come here to hang out, go for a jog or a walk with the dog and enjoy nature. In the winter, there is a public skating rink and in the summer, there are picnic areas with grills and tables. This is a great spot to see the natural beauty of New Hampshire.
Address: 152 Maple Ave. Claremont New Hampshire
Website: Moody Park
Opening hours: 8am - 8:30pm (daily)
3. Learn about Claremont's history at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
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Founded in 1909, the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church mainly served the Russian population of Claremont at the beginning of the 20th century. Many Russian immigrants settled here because of the need and demand for factory workers in Claremont, so they needed their own place of worship. Since then, the site has maintained its importance not only in the Orthodox community but in the community of Claremont as a whole.
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Address: Claremont, NH 03743, USA
Website: Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Opening hours: 9:30am - 6pm (daily)
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4. Try an escape-room challenge at Escape Factory
The recent trend of escape rooms has made its way to Claremont with the Escape Factory. For the uninitiated, an “escape room” locks you in a room with a group of your friends and you have 60 minutes to find and follow clues to escape. Each room has a different theme to it so there is definitely a good incentive to come back and try the other rooms. There’s even a VR arcade on-site as well as a restaurant if breaking out of rooms gives you an appetite.
Address: 101 Mulberry St, Claremont, NH 03743, USA
Website: Escape Factory
Opening hours:Wed - Sun: 4pm - 9pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
Price: 25 USD
5. Go skiing in Arrowhead Recreation Area
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Owned and operated by the city of Claremont, the Arrowhead Recreation Area is the best place to go for an outdoor activity day in the winter. New Hampshire gets its fair share of snow and what better way to enjoy it than to put on some snow pants and head to the Arrowhead Recreation Area. Go skiing, tubing or skating with some friends or family and enjoy a day out on the snow. This is perfect for the whole family.
Arrowhead Recreation Area
Address: 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, NH 03743, USA
Website: Arrowhead Recreation Area
Opening hours: Sat: 10am - 12am (closed from Sun - Fri)
Price: 10 - 15 USD
6. Have some family fun at Family Fun Zone
If you’re out in Claremont with the kids and you want to give them a grand time then head over to the Family Fun Zone. This giant indoor playground is full of spots for kids to bounce, jump, dive and play. Let them loose on the bouncy castles or the arcade area and watch them have the time of their lives. This is the best spot in New Hampshire for letting kids burn off some of that excess energy in a safe and fun place. They also have birthday packages if it’s your little one’s special day.
Family Fun Zone
Address: 22 Pleasant St, Claremont, NH 03743, USA
Website: Family Fun Zone
Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 10am - 7pm (closed from Mon - Wed)
Price: 20 USD
7. Go bowling at Maple Lanes Bowling Alley
Get your friends together for a night out with some drinks and bowling. Maple Lanes Bowling Alley is a spot to go in Claremont for bowling and any bowling enthusiast will not be disappointed here. They also host a bunch of events like tournaments and they’re also equipped for different kinds of bowling like the classic 10-pin, candlepin, and even a games room. Packages are also available if you’re a big group.
Maple Lanes Bowling Alley
Address: 125 Maple Ave, Claremont, NH 03743, USA
Website: Maple Lanes Bowling Alley
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 12pm - 9pm (closed on Sun)
Price: 15 USD
8. Savor local cuisines at The Common Man Restaurant
The Common Man Restaurant is a chain that is proudly New Hampshire. Starting their first business in the 70s, the owner soon expanded the Common Man name to a few restaurants and places around the state. The Common Man brand now even has a spa and two inns so if the restaurant doesn’t do it, there are other options. The Common Man Restaurant’s humble beginnings from its small 35-person seating has come a long way and they are as quintessential New Hampshire as you can get, so if you’re feeling hungry make sure to stop by.
The Common Man Restaurant
Address: 25 Water St, Concord, NH 03301, USA
Website: The Common Man Restaurant
Opening hours: 4pm - 9am (daily)
Price: 5 - 30 USD
9. Enjoy a burger at Time-Out Americana Grill
After your adventure in the Escape Factory, why not head to the Time-Out Americana Grill? Located right next door to the escape rooms, Time-Out Americana Grill is a perfect spot to grab a quick bite before or after your time at the Escape Factory. But if that doesn’t appeal to you, you can always hang out and have a few beers or play pool, which is free at the Time-Out Americana Grill. They also have a games room and board games night so it’s a great way to spend a low-key evening with some friends.
Time-Out Americana Grill
Address: 101 Mulberry St, Claremont, NH 03743, USA
Website: Time-Out Americana Grill
Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 4pm - 9:30pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
Price: 5 - 20 USD
10. Splurge at Claremont Plaza Shopping Center
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There’s nothing wrong with a little retail therapy and the Claremont Plaza Shopping Center is the place to go to get your fix. Hang out and get some food at the food court after your day out shopping or simply just browse the stores and find something you like. It’s a great way to spend a snowy or rainy afternoon.
Claremont Plaza Shopping Center
Address: 216 Washington St, Claremont, NH 03743, USA
Website: Claremont Plaza Shopping Center
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)
Enjoy your Claremont trip
Claremont has everything in a neat little package. Have fun outdoors no matter what time of the year it is. Enjoy the winter or the summer or enjoy an evening out or head to one of the Claremont’s many good restaurants.
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