Concord has been rated one of the safest and best places to live, not only in New Hampshire, but in the country.
With over 30 public hiking and biking trails, access to the Merrimack River, and proximity to some of New Englan's best skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, kayaking and mountain biking locations, Concord is the ideal location to explore the outdoors.
The Capital region (and beyond!) offers you enough things to do and see that you could easily spend a lifetime here. Antiques, skiing, hiking, wildlife, covered bridges, canoeing, art galleries, book stores, local shops, museums, historic sites, walking tours, presidential history, farms, orchards, birding, golf, breweries, wineries, country fairs, community suppers, youth activities and four beautiful seasons are part of the many features that enhance the quality of life in the area.
The successful revitalization of Concord's Main Street into an active hub of community activities, commerce, politics and entertainment was the result of mutual support by the city, businesses and the community. One of the historical gems along Main Street is a State House crowned by a gleaming gold, eagle-topped dome which can't be missed by motorists passing through on I-93. Contact the NH State House Visitor Center to arrange for a guided tour full of New Hampshire historical and political intrigue. The NH State House celebrated its bicentennial in 2019 and is always a special place to see in the state capital!
Capitol Center for the Arts has tremendous success as a venue for nationally and internationally acclaimed performers as well as local performers. Other popular destinations for live entertainment include Bank of NH Stage, Concord City Auditorium and Hatbox Theatre. Concord is proud to host the Concord Community Music School, the largest community music school north of Boston, and Symphony NH, the oldest professional orchestra in New Hampshire. Both put on world-class performances.
Our thriving arts community features Art on Main which includes Concord's permanent public art collection and the City's Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition showcasing area artists, the Concord Arts Market, The Crumpacker Gallery at St. Paul's School, Kimball-Jenkins Estate and Art School, the League of N.H. Craftsmen Concord Gallery, The New Hampshire State House Art Collection and the Currier Museum of Art in nearby Manchester.
Other popular destination points include the NH Historical Society, Pierce Manse, Mary Baker Eddy Historic House - Longyear Museum, New Hampshire Audubon, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, New Hampshire State Library, New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Canterbury Shaker Village all of which are not mere attractions but learning experiences.
Kids love Altitude Trampoline Park Concord on Loudon Road or a round of mini golf at Chuckster's Family Fun Park in Chichester! Concord's McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center was recently named one of the top family trip destinations in New England by Yankee Magazine. Yankee also named Red River Theatres as one of the Top Five Cinemas in New England. Reader's Digest voted the Susan N. McLane Audubon Center a "Best free tourist destination in N.H."
Another neat experience is cruising Concord's old train tracks on pedal bikes with Scenic RailRiders. The easy to propel bikes make exploring New Hampshire's beautiful countryside both fun and relaxing.
If you plan your trip during the right summer weekend, you can watch the world's best drivers compete at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during NH's annual NASCAR race before heading over to the nearby North East Motor Sports Museum.
Stop in at the Chamber Visitor Center to browse information racks and see the newest exhibits by the New Hampshire Art Association and NH Furniture Masters. The Gallery at League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters is just a few steps from our door! We also have information for our members in the Lakes, White Mountains and Great North Woods regions of New Hampshire.
Concord's central location in both New Hampshire and the Northeast makes it an ideal location to enjoy a variety of ski resorts, trails, glades, bumps and snowboard parks. Whether you're new to the sport, looking to get your kids started on the slopes or ready to carve some fresh trails while taking in glorious views, New Hampshire is a premier destination for winter sports enthusiasts. As our friends at Pats Peak Ski Area like to say, "People from New Hampshire learn to crawl, then walk, then ski, right? It's a way of life around here!"
A mere 16 miles from the state capital, Pats Peak Ski Area and Banquet Center in Henniker is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard. Tubing is also very popular for families and teens looking to get outside and have some fun. Pats Peak has 28 trails, 11 lifts, 3 terrain parks, a snowtubing park, night skiing and 100% snowmaking. Founded in 1963 and locally owned by one family, Pats has taught generations of families to ski. Learn more about this gem in Concord's back yard on WMUR's episode of New Hampshire Chronicle: The Making of Pats Peak.
North of Concord, lie New Hampshire's famed White Mountains. The most rugged mountains in New England offer exceptional skiing and boarding. We're proud to recommend Greater Concord Chamber members Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln and Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville Valley.
Loon Mountain Resort is New England’s most-accessible mountain resort destination, located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains just 60 miles north of Concord. Offering NH's biggest skiing with 2100' vertical, 55 trails, 6 tree skiing areas and 5 award-winning terrain parks. Loon Mountain is a fantastic location to ski or ride. It also boasts New Hampshire's longest scenic gondola ride with jaw dropping views!
Nestled in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest 60 miles north of Concord, Waterville Valley Resort is a four season destination featuring world-class skiing & snowboarding, nordic skiing and much more. It offers a unique combination of a major ski-mountain with 52 trails and 12 lifts, complete nordic ski-touring center and self-contained village packed with family friendly activities including indoor skating, restaurants, lodges and shops. Set on 540 private acres surrounded by 360° of National Forest, Water Valley Resort is an outstanding place to for you and your family to enjoy the slopes.
Another favorite New Hampshire pastime is night skiiing. If you haven't whizzed along a white trail under the stars you're missing out. And for those who could ski and ride all day AND all night, you're in luck! Our members are ready to welcome you for as long as you can go. Head to Pats Peak Ski Area and Waterville Valley Resort to enjoy a refreshing night away from the television where you and your friends and family can make memories that will last for a lifetime.
Ski and board rentals are offered by ski resorts and shops for the day, your vacation and even seasonally—a great option for families with growing kids who need to replace their skis and boards regularly. Call ahead for availability as winter sports have become a very popular way to enjoy the outdoors.
Outdoor gear including jackets, pants, helmets, gloves, googles, etc., is available for purchase at S & W Sports. They offer an excellent selection of skis, boards, boots, bindings, alpine touring, nordic skis, boot warmers and more from from brands like Rossignol, Volkl, K2, Dalbello, Salomon, Lange, Marker, Dynafit, Burton, Gnu, Libtech, Neversummer, Roxy, Gnu, Vans, Oakley and more. Why purchase new ski or board gear in New Hampshire? You won't need to lug it on your flight, your boots will be professionally fitted, shop employees use this equipment on NH's slopes and will be able to readily advise you on what you need to enjoy a day, or week on the mountain and your purchases are tax-free. Welcome to New Hampshire!
The Viking House carries a fun assortment of exceptionally warm winter garb for men and women—stop by for beautiful nordic and irish wool sweaters from Dale of Norway and IrelandsEye, colorful woolen scarves, fantastic hats from Starling and Mucros Weavers, and Helly Hansen ski jackets and totes.
The exquisite natural beauty of New Hampshire is exemplified in the natural areas and walking/hiking trails of the Capital region.
Naturalists of all ages can explore hundreds of acres of protected wildlife, pocket-sized parks and dozens of recreation trails for hiking, biking and jogging. Many of these trails are also open for cross-country skiing in winter.
The Merrimack River meanders through the center of the city and provides a multitude of opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. The abundance of multi-use natural areas means that outdoor enthusiasts can explore dense woods, open fields and a wide range of wildlife habitats in close proximity to the city.
Maps and area hiking guidelines are updated often— visit the City of Concord’s trail page for the latest trail regulations and safety information.
Surrounded by lakes, ponds, and five rivers - an amazing landscape of waterways defines the Capital Region - Concord is the perfect place to get out on the water. And with two local outfitters, equipment is easy to find. Prefer to rent? You’ll find canoe and kayak rentals just minutes away at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown. Whitewater enthusiasts can challenge themselves in nearby Henniker on the Contoocook River, or in Warner on the Blackwater River; both attract world-class kayak and canoe enthusiasts. Those seeking a more peaceful glide past fields and forests will find it in Pembroke – both the Suncook and Soucook rivers flow through the town.
Anglers can launch a boat into the Merrimack River or one of Concord’s many local ponds, such as Turkey or Hot Hole. Drop a line from the dock or row out to the middle for a day of relaxation. Or get in an enjoyable workout on your stand-up paddleboard. During the winter months, Turtle Pond is a favorite among ice fishing enthusiasts for its good ice conditions and abundance of fish.
If you’d rather relax with friends on a pontoon, or tow the kids behind a bow rider, Greater Concord offers public-access sites like Northwood and Franklin Pierce Lake where you can launch a larger boat. Local dealers offer everything from powerboats to trailers, tubes – tow the kids! - and winter storage.
With almost a dozen golf courses in and around Concord, this is a great place to enjoy the links. With America’s oldest public course right here at Beaver Meadow, night glow ball golf at Pembroke Pines, the full amenities at Concord Country Club and the endless links of Canterbury Woods just a short ride away, Greater Concord has a wide array of excellent golf courses for every level of play.
Other areas of the state offer outstanding golf options. Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club serves up stunning post-play views on the patio, and Loudon Country Club is just a mile south of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Enjoy a round (or two!) of golf up in the White Mountains at Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club in Jackson or the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield.
Whether you're a local who plans to hit the links on opening day, a parent looking for youth golf camps, a novice looking for golf lessons, a "snowbird" back for summer, or an amateur enjoying the beauty of fall, when nature paints our courses in glorious foliage colors, there are plentiful course options to enjoy throughout the Capital region and beyond. Die-hards can golf year-round using one of the region's many virtual PGA simulators. There are even winter leagues to join, so get out there and go "fore" it!
Players looking for tournament information or local golf history can visit New Hampshire Golf Association ’s website.
Concord is a city surrounded by parks and forests – ready to explore by mountain bike. With two major outfitters in the city, S&W Sports and Trek Bike Concord, this is the perfect base to ride and explore. Try the paved trails around Silk Farm Road or take the kids to the beginner trails around Meadow Lake in Northwood Meadows State Park. Looking to up the adrenaline level? The dirt trails of Fox State Forest in Hillsborough, Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown and Hopkinton-Everett Reservoir in Dunbarton will challenge and excite more advanced riders. Here there are trails for all skill levels, from families to hardcore mountain bikers – all a short ride away from downtown Concord.
Each year, bicycle riders from all over New England come to Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker to participate in its annual Mountain Bike Festival.
NH State Park Maps, detailed historic highway marker maps and more are available online through the NH Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources: