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With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages this summer, the NH Heritage Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors in 2017.

“We have a submarine in Portsmouth, working farms, airplanes, army tanks—you name it and we have it on the NH Heritage Trail,” remarked Mike Culver, president of The Trail and executive director of the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro. “We are expecting a big year.”

Jessica Pappathan, executive director of the Aviation Museum in Londonderry, said they are expecting a big year, too. She cited their upcoming aircraft fly-in on July 8 as one of their largest events.

“There will be all kinds of different aircrafts—some will be antique and others homebuilt,” she said. “We will have plenty of activities for kids, too…It’s a great event for families and people of all ages.”

To learn more about the aircraft fly-in, visit www.nhahs.org.

In Portsmouth on July 9, the Portsmouth Historical Society will host the John Paul Jones 270th Birthday Party at the John Paul Jones House. Featuring free admission, the event will include house tours, music with Great Bay Sailor, refreshments, and family-friendly activities.

In partnership with Port City Bike Tours, the Portsmouth Historical Society also offers daily guided and self-guided bike tours that begin at the John Paul Jones House. Tours include a custom fit 21-speed bike, helmet, water and a snack.

To learn more about these and other events at Portsmouth Historical Society’s Discover Portsmouth or John Paul Jones House, visit www.portsmouthhistory.org.

In Wolfeboro at The Libby Museum, kids have numerous opportunities for exploration, including free live animal demonstrations that will take place every Wednesday from July 5 to August 30. In July, the popular Lil Sprouts Summer Program will provide opportunities for children, ages 5-8, to enjoy hands-on creative activities, enviro-science and art.

A museum of natural history, The Libby was founded more than 100 years ago. To learn more, visit www.thelibbymuseum.org.

The Trail
The 17 museums on The Trail include the Aviation Museum, Albacore Park, American Independence Museum, Canterbury Shaker Village, Castle in the Clouds, Currier Museum of Art, Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, Libby Museum, Millyard Museum, Museum of the White Mountains, New Hampshire Boat Museum, New Hampshire Historical Society, New Hampshire Farm Museum, Portsmouth Historical Society @ Discover Portsmouth, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, Woodman Museum, and Wright Museum of WWII.