Capital of the American State of New Hampshire, Concord is a city full of rich heritage, lush nature, vibrant culture, and one-of-a-kind attractions. The town is the third-largest city of the state, with a population of nearly 44,000 residents. It has been popular since the 19th century for its carriage making all over the world. Now, it is a popular tourist destination for people around the globe to experience the culture and to see the history scattered all over the city. You will find a perfect blend of usual and unusual in the city. Concord has several things to do and see. You can spend days exploring all the fascinating museums, spectacular theatres, independent shops, historical buildings, fantastic eateries, delightful breweries, absorbing art, nature trails, rolling hills, and so much more. Here are some of the best things to do and to see in this picturesque city.
Stroll Around The City
Concord is a charmingly picturesque town with a rich history and vibrant culture waiting to surprise you at every turn. This delightful town is ideal for exploring on foot. The magnificent architecture and history of the city will win over your heart. You will also discover the lesser-known cafes, restaurants, shops, and other places by walking around that you would not have known otherwise. Long walks in the clean and beautiful streets of this charming city will make your whole trip worth it.
Learn About Space At McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Located next door to the NHTI campus, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is an interactive science museum honouring the Hampshire astronauts- Alan Shepard and Christa McAuliffe. Alan Shepard was the first-ever American to be in space. Christa McAuliffe was training to be America's first-ever teacher to be in the area but tragically passed away in the space shuttle. The museum offers fascinating interactive and educational programs for visitors to learn about astronomy, space science, Earth, and aviation. Apart from the hands-on programs, displays, and exhibitions, you can see the huge life-sized replica of the Mercury-Redstone rocket and the planetarium and observatory. The premises also has a cafe and a small gift shop where you can grab a quick bite to eat and a souvenir after exploring the museum. Visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to witness the excellent collection of space travel artefacts and to know about the local astronauts.
Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Canoeing At Merrimack River
The mighty Merrimack River flows through Concord, and it offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy its water with kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards. Contoocook River Canoe Company can help you enjoy these outdoor recreational activities on the river. You can rent the kayaks, boats, and paddleboards from the company itself. Their staff helps you enjoy adventurous activities while ensuring your safety and providing all the gears. You can also spot several amazing birds such as Bald Eagle and Osprey from the river. The Contoocook River Canoe Company provides an affordable and adventure-packed day at the Merrimack River, so make sure to rent boats and learn kayaking from them.
Go Back In Time At Canterbury Shaker Village
Located only a 20-minute drive away from Concord in Canterbury, Canterbury Shaker Village is a museum and historic site founded in 1969. It has since reconstructed four shaker buildings, restored 25, and has been designated as National Historic Landmark because of its architectural and historical importance. When you visit this historic village, you can tour all the 25 original shaker buildings and the 694 acres of garden, forests, waters, nature trails, and much more. Apart from all this, you can see live demonstrations of broom making, rug braiding, woodworking, and wool spinning. After touring the premises and watching all the live demonstrations and exploring the green space, you can eat soup and rolls, drinks, and snacks at the cute little cafe that is on-site. Visit the Canterbury Shaker Village to learn about the historic and extinct culture that once thrived here.
Learn Local History At New Hampshire Historical Society Museum
Located on Park Street, New Hampshire Historical Society Museum is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1823. It shares and preserves the history of New Hampshire. The museum and the library consist of the most extensive collection of the state's history with artefacts, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, and so much more. Aside from all of the impressive and immense collection of historical objects and books, the building's architecture is stunning and an example of one of the best public architecture. Make sure to tour and check out all the interesting displays and artefacts when you visit the New Hampshire Historical Society Museum.
Go Hiking At Winant Park
Winant Park is an 85-acre forested park with various trails and signs with cultural and natural information for the visitors to read while exploring the park. There are old-growth trees, birds, butterflies, several vantage points, and trails in the park. The trails are perfect for hiking or mountain biking in the lushly wooded green space away from all the city's hustle-bustle. You can enjoy the splendid views of mountains and the State House's gold dome from the park.
Visit The New Hampshire State House
New Hampshire State House was built in the 19th century and is the state capital building of the state of New Hampshire. The building's architecture is splendid; it is made in Greek Revival style and has a golden dome. The State House accommodates the Governor, Executive Council, and General Courts. The house is open for the public, and it does not even have a gate as it is the "people's house." You can take guided tours of the building guided by passionate and knowledgable volunteers. After the tour, you can head over to the gift shop to buy souvenirs.
Visit The Pierce Manse
Pierce Manse is a historic house where the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, lived short before his presidency. The house is now a tourist attraction and open to the public. There are various artefacts and displays that showcase life in the mid 19th century. There are original furnishing and objects in the house that belonged to Franklin Pierce as well. You can take a guided tour of the house to know more about President Pierce and the house. Visit the Pierce Mans to know more about President Pierce and his life in the 1800s.
Browse Through Books At Gibson's Bookstore
Founded in 1898, Gibson's Bookstore is a haven for bibliophiles. The independent bookstore is the oldest store in Concord and is still thriving. You will find all kinds of books here to enjoy reading while sipping coffee or tea and eating treats at the True Brew Cafe in the store. You can also browse the extensive collection of the store for hours. What else do you need on a perfect day?
Catch A Movie At Red River Theatre
Red River Theatre is a non-profit theatre located in Downtown Concord that was founded by the local community for the community. This state-of-the-art cinema was established in 2007 and cost around $1.8 million. It has three screens that play regional indie movies and art-house productions along with the classics. Apart from this, the theatre has a gallery, concession stand, and a cafe that serves locally brewed beers and food. The theatre provides every-thing to make your experience there worthwhile.
Hand-pick Apples At Carter Hill Orchard
Nestled in the rolling hills of Concord, Cartell Hill Orchard is a family-owned orchard that grows apples, peaches, blueberries, plums, and pumpkins. They also make in-house maple syrup and apple cider. You can hand-pick your own produce in the orchard to make sure you get what you want. There is a bakery on the site as well that serves different types of pies, cookies, doughnuts, and sweetbreads made from fresh fruits and ingredients. Along with everything delicious, the views from the orchard are spectacular. There are birdwatching towers where you can climb to watch birds. Make sure to visit the Carter Hill Orchard to pick fresh fruits and enjoy the fantastic views of the city and the hills.
Attend A Show At Capitol Centre For The Arts
Capitol Centre For The Arts is the most premiere venue in Concord to see theatrical shows, broadway shows, concerts, and other such entertaining shows. It can accommodate 1304 people and offers amenities to make sure you have the best experience as possible. The inside of the venue is designed with Egyptian Motifs, which makes it very beautiful to look at as well. Make sure to catch a show at the Capitol Centre when you visit Concord.Go Antiquing At Concord Antique Gallery
Located in the Downtown area of the town, Concord Antique Gallery is a treasure trove of antiques in Concord. It was opened in 1997 and is the largest antique group store in the Capitol area. More than 155 dealers offer charming antiques in an area of over 10,000 square feet. Each vendor offers something unique and different. Visit the Concord Antique Gallery to buy the best antiques the town has to offer.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth At The Granite State Candy Shoppe
Opened in 1927, The Granite State Candy Shoppe is a family-owned candy business in Concord. They make the finest confections, gourmet chocolates, and homemade ice cream. It has been a staple of the locals since it opened. Make sure to try the milk chocolate, coconut snowflake, ice cream, and make your own sundae.
Susan N. McLane Audubon Center
Formerly known as the Silk Farm Center, Susan N. McLane Audubon Center is a natural green space with hiking trails, indoor animal displays, a raptor exhibit, and much more. There are several vantage points on the hiking trails with lakefront views. You can also spot several birds on the estate. You can also enjoy a lovely picnic in the designated area for picnics. The centre also offers various programs to educate visitors of all ages about the environment. Visit the Susan N. McLane Audubon Center to see the beautiful greens space and learn a little about nature.
Mouth-Watering Grub At Granite
Located on Pleasant Street, Granite is a restaurant serving classic American food with local fresh ingredients. It caters to its wide customer base by serving vegan and vegetarian food as well. The menu's seasonal items are influenced by various cuisines such as Mediterranean, French, Asian, and more. The service is excellent, and the staff is attentive and friendly. Make sure to try the crab cake, the Idaho trout, and pan-seared scallops.
Eat Delectable Burgers At The Barley House
Located in the Downtown area of the city, the Barley House is an award-winning gastropub that serves delicious food and great drinks. It serves American cuisine with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options with a setting of an upscale tavern. The restaurant is known for its burgers, so do not forget to try the Dublin Burger when you dine at The Barley House.
Drink Chilled Beer At Concord Craft Brewing Company
Concord Craft Brewing Company is the first nano-brewery of Concord, and it serves flavorful locally crafted beer. You can even get a tour of the brewery to see how the beer is made. You can try the samples of different beers to choose your favourite from the selection. We recommend you to try the Jalapeño Ale and the double IPA.
Try Weird And Unique Beers At Litherman's Limited Brewery
Opened in 2016, Litherman's Limited Brewery is a brewery that serves seasonal classics as well as experimental beers. You can try some weird types of beers, such as sour ale inspired by fruitcake. The staff is friendly and informed and will answer all of your questions. The brewery has outdoor seatings where you can enjoy your chilled beer.
Stay At The Centennial Hotel
The Centennial Hotel is a boutique hotel that provides comfortable amenities to make your stay worthwhile. The architecture of the Victorian era inspires the hotel's architecture. It is located at a very convenient location in the downtown area where you will have access to the significant popular attractions on foot. The hotel provides various amenities such as a fitness centre with gym, Aerobics, baggage storage, fireplace, complimentary breakfast, and much more. The service is excellent, and the rooms are very spacious and neat with comfortable beds. Stay at The Centennial Hotel and treat yourself with a luxurious experience and numerous amenities.
With rolling hills, sparkling water, historical buildings, vibrant culture, amazing food, and best breweries, Concord is the perfect destination for your next vacation. What are you waiting for? Visit Concord, and do not forget to tell us your favourite thing from the list and make sure to do all these things when you visit this delightful city.