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Anheuser-Busch Brewery (Lisa Martineau - Correspondent for Union Leader)

NH Free Attractions


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.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery


221 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
Ph: 603-595-1202
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.

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Blue Ocean Discovery Center 


170 Ocean Boulevard
Hampton, NH 03842
Ph: 603-431-0260

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.

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Audubon Society of New Hampshire Visitor Centers & Wildlife Sanctuaries


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.

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The Basin


Franconia Notch State Park
Franconia, NH
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.

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Belknap Mill Society


The Mill Plaza
Laconia, NH 03246
Ph: 603-524-8813
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.--------


Horatio Colony Museum & Nature Preserve


199 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431
Ph: 603-352-0460
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.

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Sandy Point Discovery Center


Depot Road, off Route 33
Greenland, NH 03840
Ph: 603-778-0015


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.

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State House and Visitor's Center


107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Ph: 603-271-2154
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.

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Urban Forestry Center


45 Elwyn Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Ph: 603-431-6774
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.