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Things to Do in Concord NH

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Stay at The Centennial Hotel for easy access to the best attractions and things to do in Concord, NH. As the capital of New Hampshire, Concord is a unique blend of timeless charm and cosmopolitan energy. Stroll down Main Street and you’ll find nearly 200 shops and restaurants selling everything from antiques to candy to comic books to the latest fashions. When it comes to cultural pursuits, visitors have their choice: everything from live concerts and off-Broadway shows at the Capitol Center for the Arts to fascinating exhibits at the Museum of New Hampshire History, the McGowan Fine Art Gallery and more. A walking tour of the downtown area takes you past nearly 50 historic sites, including the New Hampshire State House, the Norris Bakery, and several beautifully restored churches.  

Outdoor adventurers can fish for American shad, black crappie, trout, carp and largemouth bass in the Merrimack River or paddle a kayak down the Contoocook River. New Hampshire’s largest state park, Bear Brook State Park, offers hiking, camping, swimming, boating, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, just 45 minutes away. 

If you have any questions about nearby Concord, NH attractions or things to do, or would like assistance booking a tour during your stay at The Centennial Hotel, please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly staff.

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Society For The Protection Of NH Forests Conservation Center

Distance 10 Miles

54 Portsmouth St., 224-9945

The Society is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to land protection, environmental education, and forest management. Bring a picnic and hike along the Merrimack River on 90 acres of nature trails, or enjoy exhibits in its award-winning passive solar building.

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NH Fish & Game Department Discovery Room

Distance 9 Miles

2 Hazen Dr., 271-3421

The Discovery Room at the NH Fish & Game Department Headquarters features hands-on exhibits, educational games and an aquarium with native fish. Open weekdays year-round, the Discovery Room is free and groups are welcome with a reservation.

The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium

Distance 7 Miles

2 Institute Dr., 271-STAR

The 92-seat planetarium features children's activities, exhibits, and free monthly SkyWatch events. Public shows are offered on weekends and some afternoons.

Plausawa Valley Country Club (Public)

Distance 13 Miles

Pembroke, 224-6267

Mojalaki Golf Club (Public)

Distance 31 Miles

Franklin, 934-3303

Loudon Country Club (Public)

Distance 19 Miles

Loudon, 783-3372

Franklin Pierce Homestead

Distance 27 Miles

Hillsboro, NH 478-3165

Operated by the Hillsboro Historical Society, the recently restored mansion of Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, reflects the elegance of affluent living in the 1800's.

Concord On Foot: A Walking Tour Of Downtown

Distance 9 Miles

Concord, NH 224-2508

A self-guided downtown walking tour of more than 50 historic sites, including the State House, New Hampshire Historical Society, First Baptist Church, Eagle Hotel, Phenix Hall, Upham-Walker House and the New Hampshire State Library. Brochures are available at the Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of New Hampshire History gift shop.

Granite State College

Distance 6 Miles

25 Hall Street, Concord, NH 03301

(603) 228-3000

UNH School Of Law

Distance 12 Miles

2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301

(603) 228-1541

Rollins State Park

Distance 6 Miles

Warner, NH

Located just outside of downtown Warner off I-89, Rollins State Park features hiking trails to the peak of Mt. Kearsarge. In the summer, a scenic roadway takes visitors to within a quarter mile of the summit, where there are excellent views of Vermont and Boston.
(603) 456-3808

Elm Brook Park

Distance 17 Miles

Route 127, West Hopkinton, NH

This large U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation area, which encompasses Elm Brook Lake, Drew Lake, Stumpfield Marsh and Stark Pond, offers great fishing, swimming, and hunting on Everett and Hopkinton lakes. Elm Brook Park also has four public picnic areas, making it perfect for an outdoor gathering.
(603) 746-3601

Concord Family YMCA

Distance 10 Miles

15 North State St.

Established in 1852, the Concord Family YMCA is a non-profit organization that offers full child care services, workout facilities, and exercise classes for the entire family.

(603) 228-9622

Granite State Symphony Orchestra

Distance 5 Miles

Greenwood Ave., P.O. BOX 3702, 226-4776

Professional musicians hailing from New Hampshire and northern New England perform a full classical concert season, a Spring Pops Concert, and an Annual Youth Concert.

The League Of NH Craftsman

Distance 9 Miles

205 North Main St.,

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Gallery is open year-round and features different exhibits throughout the year. The League's shop is at 36 North Main Street.

(603) 224-3375

Capitol Center For The Arts

Distance 12 Miles

44 S. Main St.,

A vintage vaudeville-era theater, the Capitol Center has gone through two major renovations in the past decade and now stands as New Hampshire's premier performing arts center, showcasing a wide variety of acclaimed national and international performers.

(603) 225-1111

McGowan Fine Art Gallery

Distance 1 Miles

10 Hills Avenue

McGowan Fine Art, located in historic Concord, New Hampshire, has been serving the art needs of northern New England for more than 25 years. They offer a distinctive selection of New England artists, both emerging and established, in a variety of mediums, styles and price ranges. There is something for everyone, from the first-time buyer to the experienced collector.

(603) 225-2515

Racquet Club Of Concord

Distance 9 Miles

10 Garvins Falls Rd.

Fitness club offering racquet sports, fitness classes, strength training, senior programs, water activities, and childcare

(603) 224-7787

NH International Motor Speedway

Distance 10 Miles

Route 106, Loudon, NH

Located just 10 miles north of Concord, the speedway attracts thousands of race fans from across the nation. The only superspeedway in New England, NHMS hosts a diverse series of races, including two NASCAR Nextel Cup series, the NASCAR Busch series, and more.

(603) 783-4744

Bear Brook State Park

Distance 26 Miles

Allenstown, NH

Bear Brook State Park consists of 9,600 acres of heavily forested land offering swimming, picnicking, playing fields, a nature center, archery ranges, canoe rentals, some of the best mountain biking in the region, and more! The campground features tent sites, a store, and a separate beach.

(603) 485-9874

St. Paul's School

Distance 5 Miles

325 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301

(603) 229-4600

Canterbury Shaker Village

Distance 22 Miles

Canterbury, 783-9511

Enjoy guided tours, exhibits, craft demonstrations, the Family Activity Center, annual festivals, family events, certified organic gardens, nature trails, the Summer Kitchen, the Farm Store, and the award-winning Shaker Table Restaurant at historic Canterbury Shaker Village.

Beaver Meadow Golf Course (Public)

Distance 12 Miles

Concord, 228-8954

Audubon Society Of NH

Distance 6 Miles

3 Silk Farm Rd. 224-9909

Organized in 1914, the independent society conducts wildlife research and monitoring, undertakes sanctuary management, and promotes environmental advocacy. Trails are open to the public.

Canterbury Woods Country Club (Public)

Distance 17 Miles

Canterbury, 783-9400

NH State House And Visitors' Center

Distance 8 Miles

107 N. Main Street, Concord, NH  271-2154

From its Hall of Flags to the portraits of generations of New Hampshire's leaders, the New Hampshire State House represents an extensive legacy of rich political tradition.