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!
Andres Institute of Art, Brookline
Andres Institute of Art blends the serenity of nature with the thoughtfulness of art. The whole family will enjoy the wandering trails of New England’s largest outdoor sculpture park where a collection of ever-changing sculptures decorate 140 acres of verdant forest. With sculptures made by artists from all across the globe, there’s plenty of room for interpretation and education, too.
Cost: Free, donation appreciated
Madison Boulder Natural Area, Madison
Experience the wow factor at this site: home to the largest known glacial erratic in North America. How large is large? The granite rock measures 83 feet in length, 23 feet in height above the ground, 37 feet wide and it weights a whopping 5,000 tons. Stand next to it to really appreciate this magnificent boulder.
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner
If you’re looking for a fun and informative 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: $11 for adults, $8 for children 6-12, $10 for seniors, students and veterans
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 Point 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.
Cost: $10 Ages 12 - 64, $5 Ages 3 - 11, $8 for Seniors and Military
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!
Walldog Murals, Keene
Take a self-guided tour around Keene to see the colorful scenes painted on buildings all around town. The Murals were painted by a group of professional sign and mural artists from all over the world. The murals, done in a vintage advertising style, represent the people, places and events that have made the city what it is today.
Weeks State Park, Lancaster
Weeks State Park is home to the beautiful mountaintop estate of John Wingate Weeks. The park offers 360-degree views of the White Mountains and beyond, and visitors can even climb a stone fire tower for even more breathtaking views. The estate is open for tours during the operating season and the site is the perfect backdrop for a picnic any time of year!
Cost: Admission - $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-17, Tours - $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-17