Top 10 Things to do in Concord, United States

September 9, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Concord's historic Main Street area is home to various sites of cultural significance, including Railroad Square, the Eagle hotel, which hosted such notable guests as Eleanor Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, The Pierce Manse, former home of President Franklin Pierce, and the State House, the oldest state capitol in which the legislature meets in its original chambers. Far more than the sum of its history, Concord boasts a popular planetarium, plentiful performing arts and an international speedway.
Restaurants in Concord

1. Red River Theatres

11 S Main St, Concord, NH 03301-4846 +1 603-224-4600
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 122 reviews

Red River Theatres

Reviewed By GraceMarieGMC - NH

We've been to Red River Theatres a few times now and have not been disappointed. The movies screened are both independent films and first run movies. The staff is friendly, and the seats are comfortable. Prices are reasonable, and there is fresh popcorn, etc. - including wine and beer. The only drawback is the lobby; when the place is crowded, it's a free for all.

2. New Hampshire State House

107 N Main St, Concord, NH 03301-4951 +1 603-271-2154
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

New Hampshire State House

The oldest state capitol building in the United States.

Reviewed By Robert S - Lawrence, Kansas

We took the self guided tour. The tour brochure was very well organized. The New Hampshire government is a little different. The House has 400 members - largest in the world. Their chamber looks like a college auditorium - each Rep represents about 3,000 citizens. The Senate is more standard. That chamber has a set of nice murals. Another NH difference is that there is no Lieutenant Governor, but rather, has a Executive Council that meets with the governor throughout the year.
A lady in the Governor's office gave us a mini-tour and history lesson about that area.
We enjoyed or visit a lot.

3. Capitol Center for the Arts

44 S Main St, Concord, NH 03301-4847 +1 603-225-1111
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Capitol Center for the Arts

The Capitol Center for the Arts is the largest and most successful performing arts center in New Hampshire and has helped position Concord as a cultural destination. Its richly varied programming attracts diversified audiences. Broadway, ballet, rock, and country & western fans alike travel from all over New England to attend performances at the Capitol Center.

Reviewed By Frank D - Concord, New Hampshire

We've seen a number of concerts and plays here over the years and it gets better every time. The facility has some of the old charm, but updated as needed. comfortable sitting and most seats have a good view. Add in the Concord charm and restaurants on Main Street and it's a great night out...

4. Carter Hill Orchard

73 Carter Hill Rd, Concord, NH 03303-4146
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Carter Hill Orchard

Reviewed By 42christophern - Concord, New Hampshire

This is a very popular apple orchard that sells other locally grown fruits and vegetables. It sits high on Carter Hill and features a viewing platform which affords a panoramic vista. Volunteers are there most of the fall to help visitors view migrating hawks. Don't leave without trying their famous cider donuts! It gets very crowded on nice weekends from mid September to mid October for apple picking.

5. Pierce Manse

14 Horseshoe Pond Ln, Concord, NH 03301-5028 +1 603-225-4555
Excellent
42%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Pierce Manse

Greek Revival home once owned by former President Franklin Pierce.

Reviewed By dave2840

Because we were there on a Sunday, we could not get into the house, but judging from the exterior I think I would try to go back again. The building is located in the Concord Historic District, and I highly recommend you take about 5-10 minutes to walk through the district while at the home. The Fourteenth President, Franklin Pierce loved the Concord area and built this home overlooking a horseshoe shaped pond, hence the name of the museum location. Beware, as most GPS units cannot find this street and signs to the museum are not adequate, we passed it several times while searching for the place and only spotted it by luck. Give it a try, looks wonderful.

6. McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301-7400 +1 603-271-7827
Excellent
28%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
8%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 125 reviews

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is an air and space museum dedicated to NH space pioneers Christa McAuliffe (NASA's 1st Teacher-in-Space) and Admiral Alan Shepard (America's 1st astronaut and, as Apollo XIV Commander, one of only 12 human beings to have walked on the Moon). This science museum features an observatory, cafe, interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space science, a full-dome digital planetarium with shows from around the world, summer science & engineering day camps for kids ages 5 - 14, and special stargazing and science talks and workshops the 1st Friday night of each month. Family memberships are $100. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for students & seniors, $7 for kids ages 3 - 12, free for kids ages 0-2. In addition to our regular hours, WE ARE OPEN THE 1ST FRIDAY NIGHT EACH MONTH from 6:30 - 9:30 PM and on Columbus Day from 10:30 AM - 4 PM.

Reviewed By Brittany M - Missouri

We visited the Discovery Center on 7/11/17 with our 4 year old son who loves planets. He really enjoyed looking at the pictures of the planets, and he especially enjoyed all the paper plane experiments. He liked the planetarium show as well. The museum itself is fairly small and we thought that it was pretty pricey for what you get, but our son enjoyed it and that is the reason we went. He even asked to go back today to play with the paper airplanes some more. Overall, we would probably wouldn't go back after seeing it once. I think older kids might get bored quickly there, but it was good for a little one.

7. Susan N. McLane Audubon Center and Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

84 Silk Farm Rd, Concord, NH 03301-8311 +1 603-224-9909
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Susan N. McLane Audubon Center and Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Offers information about New Hampshire sanctuaries and has an observation area and trails.

Reviewed By EnjoyTraveling64 - Tucson, AZ

The center has several interesting and informative things to do. The main building has some exhibits, a classroom and a nice gift shop. The gift shop has a lot of nice things tied to nature including books, t-shirts, cards, souvenirs, etc. The website has a calendar of events that you can explore. In another building, you can see birds of prey including an eagle, owl, hawk and more. There are picnic areas and hiking trails-nice for a sunny day when the ground isn't soaked and there is a trail guide on their website. They also have directions on how to get there on their website which is helpful. Staff are informative and it is a nice peaceful place to be.

8. New Hampshire Historical Society

30 Park St, Concord, NH 03301-6384 +1 603-228-6688
Excellent
27%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

New Hampshire Historical Society

Founded in 1823 the New Hampshire Historical Society is the state's premier organization preserving and sharing Granite State history. Its museum and library offer the most extensive collection of resources and materials related to New Hampshire history that can be found anywhere. The Society's headquarters building at 30 Park Street in Concord is considered one of the finest examples of public architecture in New Hampshire and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reviewed By kzsull01 - Windsor, Connecticut

My husband and I visited the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, New Hampshire on Tuesday, September 26th, while vacationing in New Hampshire. We enjoyed our visit, finding it to be both very educational and interesting.

The building that houses the museum, which is directly across the street from the New Hampshire State Capital, is made out of granite and marble and is very impressive, appearing to be almost like a temple.

The museum contains a variety of different types of objects, documents and photographs that depict the complex history of the state of New Hampshire and its people. This includes items to support the evolving interests and concerns of the people, including their changing perceptions of what was important to them.

Items on display include clocks, furniture, silverware, guns, powder horns, paintings, clothing and much more. These items provide material evidence of the history of the state of New Hampshire and its people. There is even a model of the Mount Washington Cog Railway Engine, which is quite unique.

There is a separate exhibit room entitled ‘White Mountains in the Parlor’ which is intended to bring nature indoors through the use of landscape paintings. The paintings, which are all nicely done, depict the area’s landscape, which is both very beautiful and quite unique.

There is also an interesting exhibit on ‘Revealing Relationships’ through a number of portraits of New Hampshire friends and family members, each portrait telling a special story.

Overall the museum is worth visiting for a very good history of the state of New Hampshire and its people, which is both very educational and interesting.

9. Dimond Hill Farm

314 Hopkinton Rd, Concord, NH 03301-7915 +1 603-496-8218
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Dimond Hill Farm

Reviewed By Cheryl S - Manchester, New Hampshire

Initially, went here only to take advantage as a starting point on west end farm trail. After a good walk, stocked up on their fresh summer vegetables. Big old barn, lots of room for customers, great views.
Despite the drought their tomatoes were juicy and sweet and more importantly ripe. Not picked too soon as many other places do. Corn also fresh. Prices a bit less expensive than hannaford, and quality so much better. It appears to be much loved by locals. The turnover of cars in the parking lot was impressive.
Though I don't live near by, would definitely return if in the area.

10. Litherman's Limited Brewery

126 Hall St, Concord, NH 03301-3447 +1 603-818-9102
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Litherman's Limited Brewery

Reviewed By Nate080411 - Nashua, New Hampshire

I recently visited Litherman's for the first time and had a real great time. They are a small little place, but have such a cool music vibe. There are always great jams being played and you can really have the chance to chat with the team there or with whomever you arrived with. They have a lot of beers on tap, when I stopped by they were pouring 9 different beers. I would absolutely say you should hit this one up when you are in the Concord area. Worth the visit.

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