May is for Museums

It is hopelessly unfashionable of me, but springtime is my favorite season. Here in the Valley, it’s our only real downtime. I feel like it’s our collective moment to relax, reground, recreate, and initiate some changes we’ve been putting off. It’s an appropriate time for it while the birds are returning and the trees are budding out. Rebirth for all!

May 1st marks a new season of our Museum Pass season! We have made a few changes this year:

Canterbury Shaker Village opens May the 4th (be with you). If you have never been there it is worth a drive. Beautiful place and interesting history. Check out their events page too. Some really neat things going on there. Our pass will grant free admission to a family of four.

Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough opens May 25th. Activities include: a house tour and history, views of Lake Winnipesaukee, access to wander the gardens, dine on the terrace, 28 miles of trails, waterfalls, trout feeding in Shannon Lake, and a gift shop. Our pass admits one adult and one child for free.

I’ve retained our pass to the Currier Museum of Art because it is so wonderful and they extend a great deal for libraries. If you have never been there it is worth a stop when you are passing through Manchester. It is truly a jewel. I have even been known to offer restaurant recommendations from my days at the Manchester Library. The pass admits two adults and kids younger than 18.

The NH State Parks pass is back and better than ever! This year instead of a physical pass that you have to return to us, they are offering a paper ticket with the date. Whew… what a load off, right? Echo Lake beach opens on the weekends May 11th (Yikes, cold) and full-time on May 25th. White Lake opens on May 25th on weekends and June 15th full-time. Of course, there are many more NH State Parks! Our pass admits two adults and four kiddos. It is popular so reserve in advance!

Squam Lake Science Center opens today! Call it a threat, if you must, but it was not used much last summer and it’s pricey. so it will need more check-outs this summer to justify it. If you have never been there, it is not just for kids. You will love strolling on the paths and visiting the animals. We go several times a summer. Our pass provides two $5 admissions and four $10 admissions.

I’m working on two other big projects over the next month. Stay tuned for those!