Things To Do in New Hampshire: Scenic Drives and Outdoor Adventures


New Hampshire may be small when compared to other scenic destinations found throughout the United States but what our great state lacks in size, we definitely make up for in natural beauty. For seniors living at Havenwood Heritage Heights, the warmer months present the perfect excuse to get out and explore everything that NH and the greater Concord area has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a great excuse to get out of town with family or you’re interested in becoming involved in an outdoor adventure club, you’ll find plenty of great activities to enjoy in New Hampshire this year.

5 Scenic Drives and Fun Outdoor Activities to Explore in New Hampshire

1. Great Gulf Wilderness Trail

The White Mountain National Forest is home to incredible views year round. While each season features beautiful scenery, you’ll love the red and yellow leaves during the fall months and wild flowers that begin in late spring through early summer. Perfect for an epic photo session, be sure to stop off at Pinkham Notch and stretch your legs for a scenic walk along the Great Gulf Wilderness Trail.

2. Nature Walking the Gardens at Prescott Park

Located in Portsmouth, Prescott Park is home to a variety of scenic gardens that are ideal for a nice day trip out of town. You’ll love the grand mountain views and quaint bridges located throughout the park. If you have time, be sure to catch an outdoor theater performance or stay later in the day to watch an outdoor movie in the summertime.

3. Conway Scenic Railroad

Learn more about the rich history of the railroad system across the US by exploring this heritage railway. Traveling from North Conway to Fabyan, the Conway Scenic Railroad features beautiful views of the White Mountains. Hop on board for a ride on the train and plan for lunch in the dining car while you and your pals enjoy an informative commentary describing points of interest that you pass by on your journey.

4. Take a Cruise in Portsmouth

Want to get away for a lovely day out on the water? Take a cruise out on the Atlantic with one of the many different Portsmouth Harbor cruises. You’ll love the scenic views on the water that include lighthouses and historic bridges, while seasoned tour guides explain the history of the harbor. Make a day out of it and grab an authentic coastal lunch by sampling some of the local seafood specialties before heading home and planning your next adventure.

5. The Lighthouses at Isles of Shoals

With so many interesting and beautiful historic lighthouses around the Isles of Shoals, seniors in New Hampshire shouldn’t miss a chance to see them firsthand. The short ferry rise to the island is reason enough to head out for a day of exploration. If the weather cooperates, we suggest taking a short walk around the island or simply explore the area from the comfort of your car. If you enjoy fishing, this is also a prime location for anglers, no matter the season.

6. Kancamagus Highway

If you’re looking for a long, leisurely and truly memorable drive, you’ll love spending your day exploring out along the Kancamagus Highway. Cutting through the beautiful White Mountain National Forest, this epic drive is dotted with plenty of breathtaking view points, hiking trails, fishing spots and a great visitor’s center that will provide plenty of extra inspiration if needed! If you feel like stretching your legs after the drive, stop at Sabbada Brook Trail for a short nature walk to the falls or stop to take a few photographs at one of the many roadside pull-offs.

Enjoy the Natural Beauty New Hampshire Has to Offer at Havenwood Heritage Heights

Making the most of your golden years is something that should be fun and interesting! Spending time out in nature is a great way to lift your mood, get some easy exercise and have fun with your friends and family.

At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we believe that enjoying all of the natural beauty that New Hampshire has to offer is one of the biggest benefits of life at our continuing care retirement community. No matter the season, there is something interesting and beautiful out there just waiting to be discovered.

Interested in learning more about the life you could enjoy at our welcoming continuing care retirement community in Concord, NH? Contact us today – we’d love to hear from you.