- The list below includes 61 free or cheap things to do in or near Peterborough, New Hampshire, including 90 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Bowling, Playgrounds and Movie Theaters.
- From Miller State Park to Adam's Playground, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Peterborough and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Jaffrey, Fitchburg, Keene and Nashua.
Resting on the summit of Pack Monadnock, Miller State Park is the New Hampshire's oldest state park, and offers a non-hiking alternative to viewing the summit, with road access and a picnic area. Three major hiking trails also ascend the mountain.
Adam's Playground is a public playground featuring a number of fun attractions for its guests to enjoy. Playground visitors commonly enjoy playing on the many swings, climbing the monkey bars, or building in the sandbox.
Bowerbird & Friends Antiques is a antique, garden, and gift shop that also has a small greenhouse in the corner. The shop sells antique china, furniture, hotel silver, vintage jewelry, and architectural artifacts.
Housed within a historic Baptist church, the Mariposa Museum of World Cultures features exhibits from several parts of the globe. The exhibits themselves are hands-on in nature with interactive activities, costumes, and crafts.
Peterborough, New Hampshire is proud to feature Ava Maria Handmade Chocolates. This company produces electable chocolate confections and is famous for its enormous gift baskets. Ava Maria Handmade Chocolates ships throughout the United States.
As a volunteer run museum, Monadnock Center for History and Culture showcases regional history with artifacts displayed in its exhibits. The center hosts arts and cultural classes like print making and English Country dance classes.
Located inside the historic Baptist Church building, the Mariposa Museum specializes in hands-on, family friendly exhibits and learning stations. Many of the museum's exhibits are geared to folk culture and local history, with special exhibits regularly rotated through as well.
A bowling center featuring 12 candlepin lanes, Bowling Acres offers open and league bowling along with private event hosting. The center provides arcade game machines and high-definition televisions along with a grill serving food, drinks and adult beverages.
Showing new movies with digital sound, Peterborough Community Theatre is an independent cinema housed in an historic theater, the oldest in the state. The theatre also shows classic movies during its Theme Weeks each month.