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Things to Do in New Hampshire

Heavily wooded New Hampshire is a recreational playground. Things to do include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking and boating in summer and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Natural attractions are the White Mountains with Mt. Washington and the largest state lake, Lake Winnepesaukee and the coast from beaches to Portsmouth. Discover small villages, historic houses, small farms and markets, antiques, colonial history, maple syrup and fall foliage, as well as Franklin’s Daniel Webster Homestead and Manchester’s Currier Museum of Art and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Zimmerman House. Restaurants offer chowder to lobsters or try the Canterbury Shaker Table Restaurant. Visitors stay in hotels, inns and B&Bs.
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Currier Museum of Art

150 Ash Street
Manchester, New Hampshire
603-669-6144
The Currier is an internationally renowned art museum featuring European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture from the 13th century to present day. The permanent collection includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, Homer, Wyeth and Calder. A lively schedule of exhibitions complements the Currier's commitment to regional art. The Currier also owns Frank Lloyd Wright's Zimmerman House* (*see separate listing).
Hours & Admission
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; first Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission. Children under 18 free.
Photo Courtesy: Currier Museum of Art

SEE Science Center

200 Bedford Street
Manchester, New Hampshire
603-669-0400
From toddlers to teens, SEE has been getting young people excited about science since 1985. Hands-on exhibits deal with light, electricity, gravity and momentum engaging visitors, showing that science is fun and an important part of our everyday lives.
Hours & Admission
Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: SEE Science Center

Zimmerman House by Frank Lloyd Wright

201 Myrtle Way
Manchester, New Hampshire
603-669-6144
The Zimmerman House was designed in 1950 by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is listed on the national register of historic places. It is the only Wright house open to the public in New England. It features the original furnishings and the owner's fine art collection.

The home is part of the Currier Museum of Art's collection*. (*see separate listing)
Hours & Admission
April to December. Admission; reservations required.
Photo Courtesy: Currier Museum of Art

America's Credit Union Museum

418-420 Notre Dame Avenue
Manchester, New Hampshire
603-629-4553
America's Credit Union Museum is the national museum for credit unions and their history. Monsignor Pierre Hevey, pastor of St. Marie's Church, founded the very first one in 1908 in Manchester, New Hampshire. St. Mary's Cooperative Credit Association's office was in the home of its first president, attorney Joseph Boivin that now houses the museum. Several rooms have been restored to the original period. Exhibits, artifacts and a video present the history of the credit union movement and its leaders from its early beginnings in Europe to present day.
Hours & Admission
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free.

Charmingfare Farm

774 High Street
Candia, New Hampshire
603-483-5623
Visit one of the largest collections of agricultural animals and North American wildlife in New Hampshire. The farm is home to more than 200 animals of 30 different species.
Hours & Admission
November to April, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., May to October, daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Fitts Museum

74 High Street
Candia, New Hampshire
603-483-5573
The Fitts Museum was once known as the Captain Jesse Eaton's place. The original one-room home (now the kitchen) and the loft above, was the first dwelling on the site. The Federal style front section was added in about 1820. The Fitts Family donated the home, and adjoining grounds, to the town of Candia in 1901 to house a library and museum. The collection contains many artifacts passed along by Candia residents of the 18th to 20th centuries - furniture, glass and china, musical instruments, paintings, books and documents, tools and items of everyday life.
Hours & Admission
July and August, Saturdays. Free. Donations welcome.

Manchester City Library/Carpenter Memorial

405 Pine Street
Manchester, New Hampshire
603-624-6550
The historic renaissance-style building occupied by the Manchester City Library was designed by Edward L. Tilton of New York and Edgar AP Newcomb of Honolulu, 1913, and given by Frank Pierce Carpenter in memory of his beloved wife Eleanora. The Manchester Garden Club oversees the gardens. They offer many children's programs throughout the year. This is one of the largest public libraries in New Hampshire.
Hours & Admission
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed the third Saturday June to September. Free.

Massabesic Audubon Center

26 Audubon Way
Auburn, New Hampshire
603-668-2045
All 135 acres offer miles of scenic trails for hiking, snow shoeing and skiing. A bird sanctuary, there's a bluebird trail, as well an as osprey viewing area available in spring and summer. The center has large nature store, refreshments, live animals, exhibits, snowshoe and binocular rentals and program information.
Hours & Admission
Grounds/trails dusk to dawn; center Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

Millyard Museum

200 Bedford Street
Manchester, New Hampshire
603-622-7531
Visit the Millyard and discover the city's history. The museum offers visitors a view of Manchester's 11,000-years from Native Americans, who settled at Amoskeag Falls, to the employees of Manchester's famous Amoskeag Manufacturing Company to present day. In addition to the interactive main exhibit, the gallery offers a variety of changing exhibits. Operated by the Manchester Historic Association.
Hours & Admission
Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Robert Frost Farm

22 Rockingham Road
Derry, New Hampshire
603-432-3091
This was the home of poet Robert Frost from 1901 to 1909. The white clapboard structure is typical of New England homes in the 1880s and features furniture of the period. An interpretive nature trail runs through nearby fields and woods.
Hours & Admission
Grounds open year-round; farmhouse and barn July to August daily; May to June and September to mid-October, Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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