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Concord's 2015 Outdoor Adventures Guide

Jun 19, 2015 05:15PM ● Published by Kevin

In our Summer 2015 issue, we explore some fun family adventures in New Hampshire. As we turn up the heat and prepare for some much needed R&R, why not take advantage of all Concord has to offer? These events and activities are right here in your hometown. Check them out and share your own in the comments below!


Granite State Music Festival - start Jun 20 2015 1200AM

Granite State Music Festival - start: Jun 20, 2015 12:00AM

Now in its fourth year, the Granite State Music Festival is a two day, non-camping, non-profit festival held in Concord, New Hampshire. The 2015 festival will take place June 20 & June 21... Read More » 


41st Annual Market Days Festival Returns to Downtown Concord - Jun 04 2015 1039PM

41st Annual Market Days Festival Returns to Downtown Concord

Free event features food, shopping, music, 140+ vendors, 36 hours of community fun Read More » 


Live Music on the Lawn Series - start: Jun 30, 2015 06:00PM

Live Music on the Lawn Series at CPL – This year we’re closing Prince Street and bringing local food vendors for a festive block party atmosphere! Bring the whole family for free enterta... Read More » 


Twig Garden Tour - start Jul 11 2015 1200AM

Twig Garden Tour - start: Jul 11, 2015 12:00AM

TWIG Horticultural Consulting of Concord NH will be presenting guided tours of six gardens, starting in Merrimack and proceeding to Bedford, Henniker, Concord and will wind down with a ga... Read More » 


Paddling in Concord and Around Northern New England - start Jul 21 2015 0600PM

Paddling in Concord and Around Northern New England - start: Jul 21, 2015 06:00PM

Learn about paddling in and near Concord. Paul Berry of AMC-NH will show you places to kayak, canoe, and paddle board. The presentation will include calm places like Turkey Pond and white... Read More » 


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Explore the Monadnock Recreation Rail Trail

This 7 mile trail begins at the NH/MA border and goes North to scenic downtown Peterborough.  The trail goes by many beautiful ponds and wetlands, but also crosses busy Route 202, so use caution at those road crossings.

Permitted uses in the summer include hiking, cycling and horseback riding.

Click here to learn more.

Enjoy the Contoocook River

Do you need to spend time together as a family or a couple? If you answered “yes” then the Contoocook River is calling you! 

Come spend the day relaxing on the river either in a rented kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board. Contoocook River Canoe Company is equipped with 12’ single recreational kayaks, 14’-6” single light touring kayaks and double (tandem) kayaks. If you prefer canoeing they have 15’ and 17’ canoes to rent. If stand up paddling boarding is what you are looing for they have 10' to 12' paddle boards to rent. 

Contoocook River Canoe Company offers a 9-mile trip that begins in Contoocook Village just down from a historic railroad station and wooden covered railroad bridge. The paddle back to our shop is a down river leisurely paddle on flat water. Paddling time is approx. 3 to 5 hours. During your trip you will paddle through the Mast Yard State Forest and through the City of Concord Lehtinen Park. As you paddle down river you will find places to picnic, swim and great spots to fish for bass, pickerel and trout. The scenery along the river is forested with beaches here and there. You will enjoy the abundance of wildlife such as osprey, otters, ducks, blue herons, king fishers, beaver, deer, bear and many other beautiful creatures that make their home along the Contoocook River.

Click here for more information.

See Wildlife Up Close and Personal

Located within 7 miles of the state capital, on the Merrimack River Wildlife Trail, Hoit Road Marsh Wildlife Management Area area is a great place to view wildlife. In the spring and early summer, wood ducks and hooded mergansers use the wood duck nest boxes. Look for wading birds such as green and great blue herons along the marsh edges. In the fall you can see American black ducks, mallards, green-winged teal and Canada geese. You may also see moose, deer, otters and beavers.

Click here for more regional spots to view wildlife.

Have a Golf Outing

Beaver Meadow Golf Course operated by the City of Concord is a full-service golf facility.  From the standard outing packages, which include green fees, cart fees, and range balls; to the great meals we will address all your needs.  When it comes to golf, the professionals at Beaver Meadow know just what it takes to conduct a smooth event.  Their years of experience will be evident from the moment you begin planning your event.

Click here for more information.

What are you doing this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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