Greater Concord Area

New Hampshire’s state capitol is more than a government center. Concord offers visitors a wealth of information about the Granite State, as well as historical buildings, museums and information centers that detail life in the city back to the Colonial times. Concord is also laced with walking, running, hiking and biking trails, as well as a vibrant shopping district and venues showcasing top performing artists. The city that was home to New Hampshire’s “Teacher in Space,” Christa McAuliffe, also features a museum dedicated to her spirit and the achievements and career of New Hampshire astronaut Alan Shephard. Concord is known to many as the city with the gold dome at its center. The dome, which was recently restored, sits atop the historic State House Building, one of the nation’s oldest legislative buildings which offer guided tours and visitor stops each day. The building will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. The city, the place where the U.S. Constitution was officially ratified more than 200 years ago, is home to numerous historic libraries, including the State Library, and historic buildings, like the Mary Baker Eddy House. Most of the historic buildings located are near the State House in the center of downtown Concord, and most offer tours. The Pierce Manse, home to Franklin Pierce, the 14th President, is also open for public tours. The city also is home to a historic B&M Railroad yard site, which has a shop with souvenirs for sale. People looking for outdoor fun can visit one of the six public parks and swimming areas and the miles and miles of public trails, which offer various uses. The city’s website features maps of 31 trails, as well as details of other trails and recreation sites.

 Concord’s entertainment venues are among the best in the state. The Capitol Center for the Arts, one of the largest performing arts centers in the state, features Broadway shows, ballet, and rock bands, as well as other music shows. The Red River Theatres offer movies and video from alternate, independent sources.

For more, visit:

– The city’s website, www.concordnh.gov, which has details of historic sites and outdoor trails in the city.

– The New Hampshire Visitors Center for tours of the State House, at www.gencourt.state.nh.us/nh_visitorcenter

– The Pierce Mans at www.piercemanse.org

– The B&M Railroad Historical Society at www.bmrrhs.org

-The Capitol Center for the Arts at www.ccanh.com

-The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center at www.starhop.com

Just a short ride from the city of Concord is the historic Canterbury Shaker Village and well known New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Canterbury Shaker Village is a historic site and museum.  It was one of a number of Shaker communities founded in the 19th century. It is one of the most intact and authentic surviving Shaker community sites and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993. The village offers visitors a variety of entertaining, educational and engaging experience in a picturesque setting.  You can take guided or self-guided tours of the historic buildings and enjoy family activities, events, and unique shopping. www.shakers.org

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England and hosts the only NASCAR National Series in the region.  NHMS hosts many other family events throughout the season.  The speedway is located just 30 minutes from the beautiful lakes region of New Hampshire. www.nhms.com