Greater Plymouth Area

The Greater Plymouth Area, which lies at the base of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, is one of the state’s primary education communities thanks to its centerpiece, Plymouth State University. PSU is enjoyed by students and visitors with the beautiful Main Street energized with arts, music, shopping, dining, cafés and sporting events for all to see.  The theatre at the PSU Campus (Silver Cultural Arts Center) has a fabulous line up of music, theatre performances, and dance.  You can enjoy the summer season of the NH Music Festival of Classical Music, offering an engaging, immersive festival experience by presenting a world-class performance of symphonic choral and chamber music.

But the region is also home to the Baker and Pemigewasset rivers, Mount Stinson and Tenney Mountain, and numerous warm- and cold-weather recreation spots known and loved by generations of visitors. Known to one group especially is the Rattlesnake Mountain area of Rumney, which features the nooks and crags that makeup one of the top rock-climbing sites in the Northeast. The climbs are at various skill levels and heights, are maintained by a local climbing association and are open to the public.

Also in Rumney are the well-known Polar Caves, a set of glacially formed granite caves and boulders – including one cave that stays at winter temperatures in the summertime – that make for a fun and educational walks (and a few climbs). Among the public offerings from the university is the Museum of the White Mountains. The museum, which opened in 2013, was built to preserves and promotes the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the region. It provides unique collections-based, archival, and digital learning resources that serve students, researchers and the public. Other summer attractions include the Livermore Falls Recreation Area, a park area

below the falls and their historic Pumpkin-Seed Bridge, summer concerts on the Plymouth Town Common, and rafting events held on both rivers during the warm months. One of the area’s hottest spots is the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center. Owner Alex Ray renovated the closed Plymouth Theater into a hugely popular concert hall that attracts top performers like Graham Nash and Booker T. Jones. There is so much to do year-round in this community as well as being very close to hiking, biking, and skiing.

For more, visit:

– The Rumney Climbing Association at www.climbrumney.com.

– Polar Caves at www.polarcaves.com.

– The Museum of the White Mountains at www.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains.

– The Livermore Falls Recreation Area at www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/livermore-falls-recreation-area.aspx. The Plymouth Summer Concert Series at 536-1697 or www.plymouth-nh-org.

– The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center at www.flyingmonkeynh.com.