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19 March, 2020

5 Incredible New Hampshire Day Trips for Seniors

If you’re living in Wolfeboro and looking for the perfect senior day trip, here are five destinations within a two-hour drive that are well worth the trip. Start planning your next adventure! 

1. The Isles of Shoals

Do you love the sea? The Isles of Shoals are just seven miles from the border of Maine and New Hampshire. Catch a boat from Portsmouth to visit this small, scenic group of islands, where you’ll find plenty of places to dine, shop, and explore.

The islands are also a great destination for history buffs. John Smith arrived there in 1614, and the area quickly became a busy fishing hub that now has a rich and fascinating history.

Beachfront hotel on Star Island in the Isles of Shoals

2. Maine Wildlife Park

Maine Wildlife Park is home to more than 30 species native to the Maine area. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the 90-minute drive from Wolfeboro. During weekends from May to October, the park provides special wildlife presentations and events, as well as guided tours. 

Explore numerous trails, gardens, and even a fish hatchery. Snacks and rustic shelters are available to rest and enjoy the nature all around you. 

3. White Mountain National Forest

This eastern New Hampshire and western Maine forest offers breathtaking views of hardwood forests, alpine peaks, and clear mountains. Discover it all... just an hour’s drive from Wolfeboro!

This vast National Forest contains several National Parks. Two of these are Echo Lake State Park and Crawford Notch State Park. Both offer walking trails and picnic areas. For the more adventurous, Echo Lake State Park has canoeing, kayaking, and mountain biking, as well as a scenic byway. Crawford Notch State Park has beautiful waterfalls and spectacular mountain views. While there, be sure to take the time to explore the historic Willey House. 

4. Canterbury Shaker Village

The Shakers have their roots in 18th century England, when various dissenting religious factions (including Quakers) formed a new religious society. In the late 1700s, they made their way to the U.S. and established communities of their own.

The Canterbury Shaker Village was one such community and has been preserved to educate modern-day visitors. Visit their museum, tour the picturesque grounds, and attend various educational workshops to learn more about the fascinating history of this village.

Fields and buildings at Canterbury Shaker Village

5. Seashore Trolley Museum

This museum celebrates the golden age of the trolley and features restored vehicles and artifacts from this period. It is the world’s oldest and largest electric railway museum.

Explore how those in the past created and used these once ubiquitous modes of public transit to get to and from work, school, and recreation activities. Enjoy numerous exhibits and take a narrated ride on the 1.5-mile interpretive railway, which runs on the same roadbed as the original Atlantic Shore Line.  

For more New Hampshire day trip ideas, visit New Hampshire’s official tourism site. Get suggestions for New Hampshire trips by season to help you enjoy everything the state has to offer all year long. There’s even a section for scenic drives, which you’ll find particularly helpful during the brilliant autumn season. 

Bell and trees in Concord, New Hampshire

Cities to Visit Near Wolfeboro, NH

There are many unique and vibrant cities within easy driving distance of Wolfeboro. People who live at Sugar Hill Retirement Community especially enjoy visiting:

  • Concord, New Hampshire. Visit New Hampshire’s capital city and see the state house, sites rich with historical significance, and art hotspots.
  • Manchester, New Hampshire. Take in the sights of bustling Manchester and enjoy cultural landmarks, dining, and shopping destinations.
  • Portland, Maine. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pursuits in Portland, Maine, which offers both artistic destinations and outdoor adventures — and excellent restaurants and breweries.
  • Boston, Massachusetts. Come to Massachusetts’ capital and immerse yourself in history, sports, dining, and recreation.

group of seniors in front of historical landmark

More Places to Explore in New Hampshire

No matter your interests, there’s a place in New Hampshire just for you! There are hundreds more destinations for art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and more.

One of the best places to visit is, of course, Wolfeboro, which offers fishing and boating, bird watching, golfing, specialty shopping, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about the area, download our free guide, “Why Retire in Wolfeboro?”

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