Explore the mysteries of New Hampshire's ancient past
The forests near Salem, NH are wondrous, but there's more to see here than just the trees. At America's Stonehenge off Rte. 111, you could be following in the steps of an ancient tribe of mystery men. In the woods you'll find a maze of rocks, stone chambers, and megaliths they may have left behind. Who were they? Native Americans? Or Old World voyagers who crossed the Atlantic well ahead of Columbus, people with knowledge of astronomy and stone construction? The questions have stymied scholars for generations. Our museum includes an orientation film, and our gift shop includes books with more information. In winter months our one-hundred-plus acres are also great for snowshoeing. And sharing the property is a small herd of gentle alpacas who love greeting visitors.
Two Great LocationsChichester and Hooksett, NHPhone: 603-798-3555
Everything is at play at Chuckster’s two New Hampshire locations
The only thing small about the mini golf courses at Chuckster’s two New Hampshire locations is the name. The courses themselves are huge, with water in play, some with multiple levels (at the Hooksett Chuckster’s you tee off from a fire tower) – and, of course, each location has the world’s longest mini golf hole. Over at Chuckster’s Family Fun Park in Chichester, you can also zip from tree to tree in our TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park, jump and flip up to 18 feet on the Jumpster, scale a 27-foot climbing wall, spin around a go-kart track (or pedal it on a handlebar-free Chuckcycle) or prepare to get doused playing Shoot-N-Shower or Balloon Blast. Also: batting cages and trampoline volleyball/basketball. Little ones will love the kids paddle boats.
85 North Policy StreetSalem, NH, 03079Phone: 603-893-3560
Reopening on July 16th - An historic amusement park that keeps it going 100 years later
One of New England’s premier family attractions for more than a hundred years has lots to offer kids of every age just 30 miles north of Boston. Start with your day’s special needs. There’s an ATM, lockers, available services for expectant mothers, and accommodations for all physical abilities. Bring your own or rent a wheelchair, electric scooter stroller or double seat stroller then get rolling. There are breathtaking thrills, amusements, prize games in three arcades, more than 50 rides, a dedicated kiddleland with kiddie rides, a water park and entertainment on two stages and the renown Dance Hall Theater. You’ll love the special events, lots of great food choices, nearby lodging packages, tax free shopping and free parking every day. Canobie Lake Park was ranked as one of the 2018 top ten amusement parks in the U.S. by Time’s Money Magazine.Click here for 2020 park information.
McAuliffe–Shepard Discovery Center
3 Institute DriveConcord, NH, 03301Phone: 603-271-7827
This space exploration center and memorial to astronaut Alan B. Shepard and teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe is designed to inspire people of all ages with the wonder of space exploration, through detailed and high-tech exhibits, including a planetarium, . See full description at our science and nature pages.
Contoocook River (Concord)
River Road to Island RoadConcord, NHPhone:
Parking: trailer, 6 a.m.- 8 p.m., no fee. Caution: varying current, keep craft under control. Restroom: none. Information: New Hampshire Fish & Game Department at 603-271-3511.