Looking for something to do with the family that's not going to break the bank? Check out our top ten list of fun places to visit that don't charge for the pleasure of having a good time with your kids.
221 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
Quality, tradition and a century-old reputation for brewing the world's finest beers have made the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour a favorite among New Hampshire visitors. And of course, the chance to see the legendary Budweiser Clydesdales up close adds to the fun. In one hour, you'll learn about the slow, natural brewing process Anheuser-Busch has been using for more than 100 years. The tour is highlighted by historical displays and Anheuser-Busch memorabilia that reveal important stages of progress along the way to becoming the world's largest brewer. The tours are offered free of charge.
170 Ocean Boulevard
Hampton, NH 03842
Check out live marine animals and plants in our touch tanks, artifacts such as whale bones and baleen, and more. The Blue Ocean Society also does regular beach cleanups and offers special events and school programs.
The Audubon Society of New Hampshire, a nonprofit statewide membership organization, is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and habitat throughout the state. Independent of the National Audubon Society, ASNH offers programs in wildlife conservation, land protection, environmental policy, and environmental education. ASNH maintains both visitor centers and sanctuaries around the state.
Franconia Notch State Park
The Basin is a large granite pothole, 20 feet in diameter, that was carved out of the ice age. Walking paths follow waterfalls, smooth rocks and the scenic beauty of the edge of the White Mountains National Forest.
The Mill Plaza
Laconia, NH 03246
Open year round. The Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in America and the official meetinghouse of New Hampshire, featuring an industrial knitting machine, exhibits and concerts.
199 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431
This old-time New England home is filled with original family furnishings and fabulous collections which offer a gracious view of a vanishing lifestyle of culture, refinement and travel. The Horatio Colony Nature Preserve is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. Three and one half miles of well-marked trails with numbered stops that point out dramatic geological features, historical ruins, and plant communities are located across the preserve.
Depot Road, off Route 33
Greenland, NH 03840
Self-guided nature trail provides an opportunity to walk through the salt marsh, view exhibits about Great Bay, its history and the wildlife found there. Programs are scheduled throughout the year. Open weekends starting Mothers Day Weekend. Open June 1 through October 31, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Open all year weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tours of the State House or guided group tours by reservation. Hall of Flags, Representatives Hall, Senate Chambers.
45 Elwyn Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
A forestry education facility open to the general public. Has an extensive trail system, tree identification, salt marsh habitat and numerous landscape and garden demonstrations.