Things to do in New Hampshire
Concord - discover ther origins of the universe at Christa Mcauliffe Planetarium
Named after 2 NASA astronauts, one of whom sadly lost his life in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discover Center is more than just a planetarium. It is also a learning center and place of learning, especially for children and young teenagers. In addition to the shows that run daily in the planetarium, explaining the origins of the universe, the night sky center is also home to a number of Star Trek paraphernalia including costumes and props from the TV series and films.
Concord - step back in time by touring President Pierce's historic home
Home to the 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce the Pierce Manse, is a fine, impressive example of mid 19th century construction. It was moved and restored to its current good condition after the area it was standing in, was scheduled for demolition. The interior of the house is laid out just as it would have been when Pierce lived there, this has been achieved by using original artifacts and documents from the time.
Lincoln - have fun at the Whales Tale Waterpark
The Whales Tale Water Park, in Lincoln is an enjoyable, wet place to visit with the family, especially during the hot summer months, when you can relax in one of the many pools or test your nerve on a number of the flumes and rides that the park has to offer. The giant wave pool with its inflatable rings is a great favorite and even the youngest members of the family can enjoy themselves in the special toddlers area.
Lincoln - ride up to see the magnificent views from Loon Mountain
Loon Mountain has something to offer all year around. Skiing in the winter months and hiking, mountain biking and horse riding in the summer months. To facilitate getting to the top of the mountain there is a gondola sky ride that runs all year round, that offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and gives access to the caves that can be found at the summit, along with some hiking trails.
Manchester - go bird watching at the Massabesic Audubon Center
The Massabesic Audubon Center offers visitors to the area plenty to do, with its 130 acres of woodlands and fields with wild plants and flowers. There are a number of trails through the woodlands and marshlands in the park that provide opportunities for bird watching including loons, ospreys and Bald Eagles as well as numerous songbirds, bluebirds and grassland birds.
Manchester - see the wonderful collection of glass at the Currier Museum of Art
The Currier Museum of Art has some magnificent displays of paintings and sculptures on display, but it is the glassware and ceramics that the museum is most renowned for. The museum has over 12,000 examples of American and European works of art on display and regularly hosts visiting collections from around the globe. Two of the more esoteric collections on display are the Lotte Jacobi photographic collection of mid 20th century works and the Henry Melville Fuller paperweight colection.
Meredith - get wet at the Weirs Beach Waterslide
The slides and attractions at the Weirs Beach Waterslide offer you the opportunity to participate in either some excitement or to relax, whilst other members of the family play on them. Unlike other parks only those that play in the park pay, whilst those that just relax and spectate, can do so for free. You can also come and go from the park as often as you like during the period of your day pass. This allows access to the local beach where there are some small restaurants and cafes.
Meredith - soak up the atmosphere racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway, located just outside of Meredith, is the largest racetrack in New Hampshire. It is home to several NASCAR and Indy car races that are held each season. There are events taking place most weekends, tickets are normally available at the track on the day, although big events can sell out, for these, tickets should be purchased in advance.The track also plays home to a number of club events, so check out the website and see if there is a track day event occurring when you are in the area.
Portsmouth - explore Strawbery Banke Museum
The Strawbery Banke Museum offers visitors a unique experience to see what life was like in various buildings dating between the late 17th century and the 1950’s. These buildings were located in and around Portsmouth and have been preserved and restored to their original condition. What is unique about the park, is that many of the buildings have volunteers who play the role of the people that would have lived and worked in the buildings, in the time period that they were built.
Portsmouth - take a day trip to the Isles of Shoals
The Isles of Shoals are a series of 9 small rocky islands, located off the New Hampshire coast, near Portsmouth, and was home to fisherman for over 100 years. Now the area is known for its summer homes and painters retreats, although no one lives here all year round now. Occasionally visible from the shore, a day trip on a sailing boat to the area, makes for a very enjoyable day out.
Introduction to New Hampshire
New Hampshire sits up in the American northeast as one of the original 13 colonies. It boasts bags of tradition and charming towns and also comes with a wide variety of New Hampshire hotels. As far as accommodations go, everything from romantic cabins on the ocean to lodges in the mountains and bed and breakfasts in between can be had. There are sandy Atlantic beaches to enjoy in the summer, busy ski resorts in the winter and delectable scenery to explore any time of year. Manchester is the largest city and lies down in the south of the state and has the majority of the properties. Farther north is Concord, the capital, which has some of the biggest landmarks in the state, such as the North State House. Portsmouth is another popular quarter destination in the area and is known for its trendiness, while the likes of Laconia and Bartlett, roughly in the middle of the state, is best for those into outdoor pursuits.