An historic and thriving downtown area, Exeter offers a delightful array of independent retailers and restaurants

Explore the Seacoast Life

"My idea of a perfect summer evening is browsing the locally-owned shops on Water Street, before going to an outdoor concert at the band stand."
-Lee Fortescue, resident since 2006

A New England Retirement

RiverWoods is located in Exeter, New Hampshire on the Seacoast region of New Hampshire; a place steeped in rich history and endless natural beauty. From charming downtown shopping to big city adventures- RiverWoods offers access to all that New England has to offer. For nature and epic scenery, RiverWoods is twenty minutes from the beach and about an hour from the White Mountains.

  • 20 minutes from NH’s scenic Atlantic coastline

  • One hour from Boston, MA

  • One hour from Portland, ME

  • 30 minutes from Manchester, NH

A Charming Town

The Exeter community is a charming, small New England town located in the heart of New Hampshire’s seacoast region, just minutes from the beaches of Rye and Hampton, and about 20 minutes from the bustling, entertainment-rich historic City of Portsmouth. Located on a tidal basin, the Exeter River flows right through the town, offering beautiful views and walking paths. The river is a popular spot for kayakers and boaters.

Exeter is also home to Phillips Exeter Academy, which gives the town a distinctly collegiate air, with its ivy-covered brick classrooms, broad lawns and winding paths. The downtown area offers a wide range of services, from bookstores, coffee shops and restaurants, to gift, apparel and retail stores.

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A Superior Healthcare Resource

The town of Exeter also boasts an exceptional resource in The Exeter Hospital, which provides leading edge health care services through its network of affiliated physicians some 1,500 employees. Exeter Hospital is received a "Best Acute Care Hospitals Award" from Total Benchmark Solution for ranking in the top 100 acute care hospitals in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia care. In addition, the acute care hospital has working affiliations with the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center for radiation oncology; Massachusetts General Hospital for the Telestroke program; and the Dana-Farber Cancer Center, through the hospital’s medical oncology group, New Hampshire Oncology Hematology Professional Association. Exeter Hospital has received many awards, and offers support and health information for seniors.

Seacoast Area Links

Points of Interest in Exeter:

The American Independence Museum
Exeter Historical Society
Phillips Exeter Academy ( and Art Gallery)

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Exeter Country Club
Apple Hill Golf
Kingston Fairways Golf
Abenaqui Country Club
Wentworth by the Sea Country Club

Points of Interest in the Seacoast Region:

University of New Hampshire
SPNEA Houses
Seacoast Repertory Theater
Strawberry Banke Museum
Prescott Park Arts Festival
Button Factory
Odiorne Point
Players Ring
Seacoast Science Center
Historic town of Newcastle
Kittery Factory Outlets


Littlefield Tennis
Great Bay Club

Points of interest in the Boston area:

RiverWoods is located about a one drive hour from Boston. Amtrak’s Downeaster Train also departs multiple time daily from Exeter. Groups of residents also take trips to Boston, Portland and other points of interest aboard RiverWoods’ shuttles.

The Citi Center
Boston Red Sox
Boston Celtics
New England Patriots
Boston Bruins
Huntington Theater
ETC Theaters
Museum of Science
Museum of Fine Arts
Gardner Museum
Fogg Museum at Harvard