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New Hampshire State Parks:
Alabama State Parks: Alabama is a southeastern U.S. state that’s home to significant landmarks from the American Civil Rights Movement. The Rosa Parks Museum, dedicated to the activist, can be found in the capital of Montgomery.
New Hampshire State Parks – This state is in New England, is defined by its quaint towns and large expanses of wilderness. Also in the White Mountains are moose, black bears and part of the Appalachian Trail. New Hampshire is home to 20 State Parks and 5 State Forests.
Franconia Notch State Park: This Park is a public recreation area and nature preserve that straddle eight miles of Interstate 93 as it passes through Franconia Notch, a mountain pass between the Kinsman Range and Franconia Range in the White Mountains. You will find this Park amazing with stunning views! The Flume Gorge, which is located within Franconia Notch State Park is particularly beautiful with all the rushing water. There was plenty of space for parking. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance or make a reservation prior to entering the park. The tickets are well worth the experience. The trail is very well kept and clean. There are stairs and pathways that take you to the gorge and waterfalls. You will love the panoramic views and clear sounds of the running water from the gorge. They have a gift shop that you can visit once you have completed the loop. You will find this park in Lincoln.
Pawtuckaway State Park: Lovely beach with picnic tables and grills for you as well as a campground store, snack shop and lifeguards on duty. The campgrounds here are spacious and nicely distanced. Great walking terrain, mountain biking trails. Granite deposits or “islands” adorn the lake. This is an excellent kayaking, canoeing spot. If you are into fishing then come prepared for largemouth bass, smallmouth, yellow perch, white perch, and crappie. You will find this park in Nottingham.
Hampton Beach State Park: This Park is located on the southeastern edge of New Hampshire on a peninsula where the Hampton River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean Boulevard forms the western edge of the park. This is considered one of the best beaches in the Northeast. Its long, wide and pristinely clean and beautiful! There is so much to do here also. There is also plenty of bathrooms and some cool rock formations to climb on at the Northern side. There is a reason why you are in the top 10 of rated beaches in the United States. Great job Hampton Beach. Keep up the great work.
Monadnock State Park: This Park is 1,017-acre located on and around 3,165-foot Mount Monadnock. The Park is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands, is open to hiking, picnicking, camping, backpacking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. One of the most hiked mountains in the northeast! Lots of different trails get you up to the summit. The rangers are most helpful giving advise as to which trail to take. Found near Jaffrey.
Mt. Washington State Park: This Park is a 60.3-acre parcel perched on the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Summer seasonal amenities include a cafeteria, restrooms, gift shops, the Mount Washington Observatory and its museum. It is a fun place to be but be prepared for cold temps and higher winds even in the summer. Hike or Cog, the views are great. The view is best if the weather is clear but even if it not your experience will be amazing. You will find this Park near Sargent’s Purchase.
Wellington State Park: The state park features the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire state park system. Activities include swimming, fishing, non-motorized boating, hiking and picnicking. This Park is a stunning lake/beach with trails, boat rentals, restrooms, picnic tables and wildlife. It is also quiet and serene. Found near Bristol.
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New Hampshire Museums – One of the New England states which has much to offer. By reading further you will be surprised that this small state is big on museums.
American Independence Museum: For a history buff, especially Colonial America, this is a must stop! And wonderful for children also. It is not large, but there is a lot to see in this building. And the staff are very friendly and keen to impart their knowledge. The guides are dressed in period costume and talk about the Gilman family that had lived in the house and about many aspects of the American Revolution. There are many interesting facts that we did not learn in the history courses we had in school. The accounts of the Boston Massacre and the causes of the Revolution (It was not just “Taxation without Representation”) are interesting. George Washington really was there back in the day in Exeter.
New Hampshire Telephone Museum: This Telephone Museum houses a tangible history of the country’s telecommunications which can be viewed either with a guide or on your own. The knowledgeable staff provides engaging commentary highlighting important moments in telephone history, such as the race to the patent office, the undertaker who invented the dial system, and much more. The enthusiastic staff and the collection of over 1000 artifacts, have made the New Hampshire Telephone Museum one of the must-see attractions in the state, as well as an important educational resource. Stop by and see why people say “WOW!” when they walk through the door in Warner.
Woodman Institute Museum: What a treasure of historical things from our past! Even the buildings are part of the collection, with the Garrison house, the original Woodman house, and the Hale mansion you have all kinds of trivia and fascinating collections of historical items. Yes, POTUS#16 did sleep in Dover-several times. When you are in the Hale house look for the piano that Lucy used to play. The Victorian taxidermy collection is a huge hit with kids. There are multiple buildings open for viewing. There is also a colonial bunk house preserved on site. Ask questions: every item has a story some are humorous, and some will stop you cold, but cause you to think about what was the 10th busiest seaport at the time while you are in Dover.
Millyard Museum: A wonderful way to learn about the history of Manchester for the young and old. It is not a big museum but packed with first class exhibits telling the story of the mills and the workers of Manchester including excellent coverage of the rise and fall of the mills, examples of equipment, mill products, as well as non-textile products like the production of fire engines, locomotives, etc. You leave with a good education about mill life and the community that sprung up around the mills. Well worth the time in Manchester.
Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm: Explore over 200 years of self-sustained living and the agricultural way of life in New Hampshire. Discover agricultural practices, domestic customs, sustainable living traditions and the important contributions of the country doctor for a combined 99 years as they served the rural community in which they lived. Observe how Remick’s uniqueness extends beyond its village setting and role in history. As a working farm, the buildings are an integral part of the Museum and include milk, ice, and maple sugar houses, a stable and a woodsman’s shop. The story of the farm comes to life as you tour the property, engage with farm animals and witness daily chores. Tour the Captain Enoch Remick House, built in 1808 and on the National Register of Historic Places, which contains antique furnishings of the Remick family, the original doctors’ office, an apothecary and murals attributed to the American painter John Avery (early 19th century). All ages enjoy workshops, classes, lectures, demonstrations, farm-to-table and evening events. On site museum store, walking trails, picnic spots and a fishing pond (bring your own fishing pole). This is a working farm that includes a farm stand (seasonal), Farm-fresh eggs and farm-raised meats (while supplies last). This is a great place to see how a farm operates even today. Open year round in Tamworth.
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New Hampshire Festivals:
New Hampshire’s Festivals will give you a taste of the New England flair that often times accompanies them. You’re in for a wonderful surprise as we look at the festivals of this region. Be prepared for good food, music and very artful crafts.
Manchester Brewfest: Our mission is to support Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center by raising funds for cancer research and patient supportive services by increasing awareness of our NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and by acting as ambassadors for the Cancer Center and the communities it serves. Norris Cotton Cancer Center is a world-renowned cancer treatment and research facility affiliated with The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Volunteers raise money, produce events, and facilitate community outreach to find a cure for cancer. Usually held at the end of July. in Manchester.
SoulFest: Celebrating Music, Love & Action, this fest is held the first full weekend in August in the picturesque mountains and lakes region of Gilford, at the Gunstock Mountain Resort. Gunstock provides an idyllic setting for this one-of-a-kind celebration gathering 8,000 attendees and more than 100 artists and speakers. As New England’s largest Christian music festival, SoulFest has become a summer staple to numerous families throughout the New England area. “The purpose of SoulFest is to celebrate God’s love and encourage all who attend to live from the inside out as soul-connected, risk-taking Believers in God’s love.” Dan Russell, Co-Founder of SoulFest.
8th Annual Blueberry Fest: Join us Saturday, August 3 for this event which includes a Cornhole Tournament, Face Painting by Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum, Blueberry Pie Baking Contest, and Eating Contest, and an assortment of Blueberry BBQ, Treats, and Elixirs. All this is topped off with a live performance by CRUSH, a Dave Matthews Tribute Band. It is free to attend, although tickets to the Attitash Resort Summer Attractions Park are an additional cost. Attitash Mountain Resort, in Bartlett.
27th Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Festival: The Village Shops and Town Green along Main Street in Lincoln will burst into color and flavor for this Craft Festival. Over 100 artisans will display and sell their traditional American-made works. A variety of delicious specialty foods will also be available to try. There is free admission and held rain or shine. Friendly pets on leash are welcome. August 10 – 11.
6th Annual New Hampshire Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival: Food Truck Festivals of America is heading back to Portsmouth for the 6th year at Cisco Brewers! Featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites; along with the dozens of craft beers the Cisco Brewers offers. This ultimate food truck experience will be in Portsmouth only on Sunday August 18 from noon to 5pm.
New Hampshire Highland Games: This event displays the largest and most diversified games in the country! You’ll witness Massed Bands, Sheepdog Trials, Celtic World Music Concerts, the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship, International Scottish Athletics, New England Highland Dance Championships, New England Solo Piping Drumming Championships, Scottish Harp other instrumental competitions. Held at the Loon Mountain Resort, Sep 20 – Sep 22.
Outlaw Music Festival: This is a great chance to hear artists like Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss and others. This is a free event, depending on where you choose to sit, but if you are a fan of these wonderful performers just let us know and we will be able to help you. Witness this country music festival at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, on Sept. 6
PLACE OF INTEREST
Portsmouth is a New Hampshire port city on the Piscataqua River. Nearby, the 1855 North Church presides over downtown’s Market Square. Prescott Park has riverside gardens and boat docks. Northwest, former research submarine USS Albacore is in a park, alongside a visitor center. Don your walking shoes, breathe in the ocean air and set out to discover this picturesque maritime town. You can join one of several organized walking tours or explore on your own. Portsmouth is filled with old homes and museums, and you’ll have your pick of fascinating historic sites. View an 18th-century garden, striking stairway and period furniture at the Moffatt Ladd House, the home of William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence If you know architecture, Portsmouth’s array of Colonial, Federalist and Neo-classical styles will dazzle you. Weary of walking? Sit down for a meal at one of Portsmouth’s fine eateries or relax on a narrated harbor or whale-watching cruise.
Strawbery Banke: This museum located in the South End historic district of Portsmouth, where costumed staff demonstrate traditional crafts. It is an open-air museum consisting of numerous old, historical houses – most of which were always there, a couple were moved there. In the space of an afternoon one can experience over 300 years of life in Portsmouth, with houses from each era faithfully restored and filled with period pieces. One will also find guides often dressed in period clothing and they are all very knowledgeable. The convenience store is the cutest of all with all the candies, can foods, and convenience items that one would find from the old days. You will totally enjoy your visit! The grounds are particularly nice to stroll as well.
USS Albacore Museum: Kids love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle. The Albacore is why subs look the way they do today. It’s a cozy little museum and park tucked away on the fringe of Portsmouth NH that offers a glimpse at how submarines developed. Perfect way to fill a few hours for those interested in historic Naval architecture. Great self-guided tour with recordings at stations throughout the submarine. This was the cutting edge of technology when it was in service. This museum is outstanding for anyone who wants to get a feel of what life on a submarine feels like, or for anyone interested in modern Naval history or the history of the Seacoast area.
Portsmouth Harbor Trail: Among other must-see sites are Market Square, Moffatt-Ladd House, USS Albacore, 1817 U.S. Custom House, Prescott Park, Strawbery Banke, Governor John Langdon House, City Hall, Wentworth-Gardner House, John Paul Jones House, Rundlet-May House, Warner House, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Point of Graves. Check out the Portsmouth Harbor. It is lovely! A band may be playing right by the harbor and people bring their lounge chairs and sit nearby the calm water! Nearby there are local restaurants, bars, boutique shops, spas, ice cream shops and a bakery shop! Amigos is a great place for dinner and had a chicken quesadilla with rice and beans! They also have a kid’s menu — tortilla chips are awesome!! The views of the bridge and the Kittery coastline are wonderful.
Prescott Park: This park is great, there are picnic tables and benches to rest, and there are some nice little beach and wood trails. It’s a special place with beautiful gardens off the Portsmouth harbor. In the summer months there are various types of entertainment including plays, outdoor music, and summer theater camps for young people. Wonderful!!
Warner House: The Warner House, also known as the MacPheadris-Warner House, is a historic house museum located in Portsmouth. Built in 1716-1718, it is the oldest urban brick house in northern New England and one of the finest examples of early Georgian brick houses in New England. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The house, which was built for Captain Archibald MacPheadris, a Scottish/Irish sea captain who settled in Portsmouth, is a 2 1/2-story brick structure with walls 15 inches thick laid in Flemish bond. The interior follows a typical Georgian four-room plan with an added kitchen wing in the rear. The walls of the central hall and stairway are decorated with four murals that are the oldest extant Anglo-American wall murals in the country. This historic home has Delft and English tiles, the family’s original furnishings and serving pieces, and portraits documenting 300 years of history from 1700s Whig to American Revolution Era. Tour guides are very knowledgeable, and the one-hour tour is enjoyable.
You are going to fly from Tampa into Manchester, rent a car and drive to Portsmouth. Give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make this a special vacation for you and yours.
Alabama Gardens- Come witness the beautiful colors and varieties of flowers and plants as we travel to Alabama for a look. There are 13 varieties of gardens located all over the state. Call us to help you create that springtime Alabama adventure! Or maybe you would rather witness the fall colors instead.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens: A cherished place of respite and inspiration since 1962, these Gardens promote a passion for plants, gardens, and the natural world. Located in the heart of Birmingham, this 67-acre urban oasis offers beautiful blooms, glorious specialty gardens, and opportunities to grow your green thumb throughout the year. The Gardens are free and open to the public every day of the year. A facility of the Parks and Recreation Board, these Botanical Gardens are the result of a public-private partnership between the city the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Beautiful gardens with lots of incredible plants and water features and benches to sit and take it all in and it’s also right across from the zoo. It’s a beautiful place to take a walk, read a book, have a picnic, or take photos. The gift shop is lovely as well. Found in the city of Birmingham.
Dunn Formal Rose Garden: This Rose Garden is an official All-America Rose Selection Display Garden. It features tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, climbers, miniatures and shrub types that bloom in glorious colors from late April until frost. You’ll see old favorites such as ‘Peace’, ‘Chrysler Imperial’, and ‘John F. Kennedy’ mingle with newcomers like ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Dolly Parton’ and ‘Fourth of July’; our bounty of roses has made this spot a mainstay attraction since The Gardens first opened in Birmingham.
Hess Camellia Garden: Another beautiful site, this Shade Garden and the Japanese Garden are found at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Come and enjoy the diversity these gardens offer.
Huntsville Botanical Garden: The 112-acre Botanical Garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, and wetlands, as well as a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections. The Mathews Nature Trail contains the largest accredited trillium collection in the U.S. and the Anderson Education Center is home to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. The Native Plants Teaching Garden is a public space that highlights the way local plants, soil, pollinators, and birds create distinct communities and how they interact to form a diverse, sustainable, and attractive landscape. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Garden is a member of the American Public Gardens Association of North America. Discover this garden in Huntsville.
Dothan Area Botanical Gardens: Serene retreat featuring 50 acres of lush, manicured gardens with ponds & shady walking trails. It is on the smaller side but for $5 a person it was well worth the money! There is a gorgeous Asian garden and tropical plant house. You can see a good variety of roses, camellias, and herbs, too. There are paved walkways for a very peaceful and quiet stroll on a Sunday morning. For the children, there is a kid zone which everyone loves. Found in town Dothan north of Atlanta.
Aldridge Gardens: This spot is amazing. Wonderful accessible walking trails, a hands-on bonsai educational opportunity, a Veterans Memorial Arbor and Pentagon Plaza with beautiful views of the lake, also a great place to take a run in the park – and just adorable geese or ducks! They also have a venue you can rent for events. Come experience the beauty and hospitality the city of Hoover has to offer.
Cornerstone Gardens: This garden is a beautiful hidden gem! You might very well love all the Bible verses throughout the garden! Cornerstone Gardens and Arboretum was created as a place of meditation, rest, and reflection for Carriage House Repose & Restore, Inc., a Christian support ministry for ministers, missionaries, and evangelists. The Carriage House is situated on the property close to the gardens, and the pastors and others come to stay there as a short-term respite. The caretakers and stewards of the Carriage House ministry have opened the gardens to the general public to share the natural beauty and wonder of over 5,000 plants and trees comprised of over 150 different species. Travel to Mobile to enjoy this garden.
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New Hampshire State Capital: Concord
Concord was named and founded in the spirit of conflict resolution, and refers to the desire for harmony between the feuding towns of Bow and Rumford. In the 18th century, when the two towns were founded, New Hampshire and Massachusetts were a little bit hazy on their official state boundaries, so when Bow and Rumford were founded on the border between the two states, conflicting land grants from the two states created some confusion about what land belonged to which town. Eventually, New Hampshire carved a bit of land out of the town of Bow, creating a new parish town called Concord to promote peace and harmony.
New Hampshire State House: Other state capitols are much grander but this one is old and beautifully proportioned. It is the opposite of grandiose and ostentatious. Be sure to stroll over to the John P. Hale statue on the grounds. Beautifully kept state house. Friendly staff make a nice tour of the place. Just a wonderful place to bring young folks to learn how our Govt works, and sometimes doesn’t. Staff are always great even with the challenges of today’s world they are super, and the building is steeped with thought provoking icons of our country’s beginning. Nice job NH would expect nothing less from the Live Free State! Tours are offered and it features the Hall of Flags – very old flags on display. The statehouse is in the heart of downtown Concord, nearby the NH Museum, NH State Library, and many other great historic buildings. Great dining and shopping can round out a day in downtown.
Red River Theatres: They show a wide variety of films. They have the best popcorn which you can enjoy with a glass of wine or a beer or other refreshing drinks. Red River Theatres is a non-profit theater located in downtown Concord, NH. There are 2 theaters showing first rate movies, most of them new productions. Very comfortable fairly steep seating, allowing a good view of the screen instead of heads in the next row. Tickets can be purchased on line which is nice for popular movies. Nice food concession. A nice change to the typical Movie chain experience.
Carter Hill Orchard: If you want to disconnect from Wi-Fi and spend some face time “old school” with your loved ones. Carter Hill is the place for you! Not only can you pick your own seasonal fruit you have a gazebo to sit in while the kids play in the GIGANTIC play area. The store is open and airy with excellent customer service. Great parking as well. Pick you own apples in a beautiful setting with views over the entire area. Also has a nice store with apples, produce, yummy pies. Also great hiking trails are located at the back of the property (the West End Trails). The store also sells hot cinnamon donuts, fudge and homemade pies. They also have a large playground for the little kids.
Susan N. McLane Audubon Center and Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary: 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.
Kimball-Jenkins Estate: Free and open to the public art galleries located in a historic mansion and carriage house. Frequent public events, art shows, lectures which are offered at no charge.
Pierce Manse: The Manse is the only home ever owned by Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States. Fortunately, the house was moved from downtown Concord to this more park-like setting. A small visitor center offers a video and exhibit about Pierce. An informative guided tour provides history about the house and the Pierce family–their triumphs and tragedies.
President Franklin Pierce Tomb: The graveyard is interesting for the early gravestones, some dating back to the 1700’s.
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center: An awesome time is to be had here. Admission is very reasonable, and the planetarium show ‘The Little Star That Could” is fun for children. The show teaches about difference in star colors and tells the story of a little ‘average’ star that is born and how he seeks to find a name and planets. Some of the characters were a little weird for adults but the kids learn something. The exhibits were cute and the kids had a good time. This might be even better for a little older age group that could read some of the signs, but there were still plenty of things for the kids to be excited about seeing since they have an interest in outer space. The display about The Challenger, and what happened is well done. It is a small museum and they currently have an experimental fighter jet that has as like the one Alan Shepard tested before being selected to be an astronaut. Very cool!
Manchester Municipal Airport (MHT) is the service airport to Concord. Fly from Orlando, rent a car and you will be on your way to Concord. Give TravelKatz a call and we will giv your vacation our special touch. 352-277-2700.
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