Fun & Affordable Ways to Explore NH
These low-cost activities are the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the Granite State. From museums and indoor attractions to unique outdoor activities that can only be found in New Hampshire, there are plenty of ways to get out and explore what the state has to offer. With so many affordable activities—there’s no excuse to miss out!
Cost: $14 for adults, $8 for children aged 5-12, $12 for seniors aged 65+
America’s Stonehenge, Salem
The origins of America’s Stonehenge remain a mystery still today, but experts suspect its construction may have been the efforts of Native Americans or perhaps a migrant European population. Regardless, this impressive structure was determined to be an accurate astronomical calendar that was—and still can be—used to decipher specific solar and lunar events throughout the year. Trek out to this impressive spot and experience the mystery of the unknown for yourself.
Cost: Free, donation appreciated
Andres Institute of Art, Brookline
Explore an outdoor sculpture garden and marvel at the impressive works of talented artists. Spend the afternoon deciphering the profound meanings of the artistry before you and enjoy an outdoor exhibit combining the imagination and nature that makes this spot so memorable.
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner
If you’re looking for a premier way to engage with Native American history, Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum is the place for you. Find yourself immersed in the Native American culture that once ruled the land as you learn about their traditional customs, values, and earthly ways of life.
Cost: $9 for adults, $7 for children 6-12, $8 for seniors and students
Mt. Prospect Ski Area, Lancaster
Mt. Prospect Ski Area stands to offer no-nonsense skiing with all the charm of an era long ago. One long before terrain parks, sprawling ski resorts or even chairlifts entered the picture. Offering just three runs, one towrope, a mere 250 foot vertical descent, and more nostalgia than you can soak up in a day—it’s the ideal place for both novice skiers and families.
Cost: Free, donation appreciated
New Hampshire Children’s Museum, Dover
As New Hampshire’s most visited educational and cultural institution, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has served over two million people from New Hampshire and beyond—offering fun, hands-on learning experiences for kids of all ages. Founded in 1983, the museum offers a blend of art, science and cultural experiences for families.
Cost: $11 for children and adults aged 1+, $9 for seniors aged 65+
The Old Country Store and Museum, Moultonborough
This small-town country store in Moultonborough is perhaps the oldest in the entire country. At 239 years old, this storied establishment has seen more than a lifetime’s worth of business and visitors from far and wide. Stop in to browse an extensive variety of country keepsakes and local products, or simply marvel at the antique fixtures and regional wares. Upstairs is a museum that is fun to explore and definitely worth a visit!
Seacoast Science Center, Rye
Located in scenic Odiorne State Park, the Seacoast Science Center is a hub for learning about ocean life and indigenous ecosystems. Stroll through immersive exhibits that offer educational opportunities for both kids and adults. Brave a touch tank, discover the significance of reefs and how we work to protect them, and embrace the wonders of our Blue Planet all in a single visit to this informative attraction.
Cost: $10 for adults aged 13+, $5 for children aged 3-12, $8 for seniors and military
Stonewall Farm, Keene
Looking for a farm experience that has it all? Stonewall Farm offers a variety of free, educational activities that are fun for the whole family. Embark on a self-guided tour where you can explore the grounds of the picturesque farm, listen in on the hum of bumbling bees in the Learning Center as you observe an active hive, or partake in a storybook hike through the forest! Experience all this, and more.
Cost: Free to explore the farm, structured activities range from $5-$10 per person
UNH Observatory, Durham
Let the twinkling stars and mesmerizing planets of our universe dazzle you during a free observing session at the UNH Observatory. Peer through powerful telescopes and communicate with knowledgeable volunteers as you stargaze and partake in an educational experience geared towards the sky.
Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, Whitefield
Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge is an all-season destination for outdoor adventure. Visitors can enjoy the refuge’s expanse of 166 acres where over 9 miles of trails wind through unspoiled landscapes. Bring your bike and pedal the refuge’s most popular trail: The Pondicherry Rail Trail, or simply hike along dirt paths and make your own adventure. In the winter, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and cross country skiiers are invited to enjoy this natural escape into nature!