Happy Valentine’s Day! Tired of getting chocolates and flowers? Sick of picking out which sappy card to give your sweetheart? This year, give the best Valentine’s Day gift ever- a fun, memorable day in a State Park!

There’s plenty of things to do mid-winter in New Hampshire, especially this year. Because of unseasonably warm temperatures, much of the southern half of the state remains snowless, allowing for easy walks along ponds or beaches.

State parks are quiet and beautiful this time of year. Why not take a thermos full of hot chocolate or coffee and go watch the waves?

If you are craving snow, simply head north. I was at Franconia Notch State Park this weekend, and there was plenty of snow for snowshoeing and skiing.

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing too tame for you? Head up to Cannon Mountain at Franconia Notch State Park to hit the slopes. Cannon has had more than 6 feet of snowfall this year- just check out these photos!

Don’t know how to ski? Sign up for a lesson, or give a lesson as a gift. You’ll be hitting the (bunny) slopes in no time.

Looking for an adrenaline rush, but not a fan of skiing? Many snowmobile trails are open this year. Check out this website for more information.

While in the Franconia Notch area, grab some snowshoes and go check out The Flume, a natural wonder. If you visit on a weekend, you’ll be sure to see some ice climbing.

A cool project you could start this Valentine’s Day is a seasonal photo collage. Go to the same place in a State Park several times over the year, then put all the photos together a year from now. It will make a great Valentine’s Day gift down the line!

Before you head out for a snowy adventure, be sure to check out local weather reports and snowfall data… The higher you go in the state, the more likely there is to be snow.

Are you spending your Valentine’s Day outside this year?

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