Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, has so many wonderful things to offer. But venture a few hours in any direction and you’ll find that the surrounding area has plenty to offer, too.
If you’re a senior living in Wolfeboro, here are five destinations within a two-hour drive that are well worth the trip. Time to start planning!
5 New Hampshire Day Trip Ideas for Seniors
1. White Mountain National Forest
This eastern New Hampshire and western Maine forest offers breathtaking views of hardwood forests, alpine peaks, and clear mountain. It’s about an hour drive from Wolfeboro to get to the southern point of the forest.
Because it’s so vast, it offers several national parks. Two such parks 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 car trail. Crawford Notch State Park has beautiful waterfalls and spectacular mountain views, as well as the historic Willey House.
2. The Isles of Shoals
Do you have a love for the sea? You might enjoy a trip to The Isles of Shoals, which are about seven miles out from the border of Maine and New Hampshire. You can catch a boat from Portsmouth and visit the small, scenic group of islands, where you’ll find plenty of places to dine at, shop, and explore.
The islands are also a great destination for history buffs, as the famous John Smith arrived there in 1614. They quickly became a busy fishing hub and a rich and fascinating history unfolded from that point on.
Founded in 1997, D Acres of New Hampshire is a not-for-profit permaculture farm and educational homestead located in Dorchester, New Hampshire. Their mission is to research, apply, and teach skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming.
They offer workshops and community potlucks, but you can simply take a walk in the gardens, visit the farm animals, paint, or take pictures if you wish.
4. Canterbury Shaker Village
The Shakers have their roots in 18th century England, when various dissenting religious factions (including Quakers) formed a religious society. In the late 1700s, they made their way to the U.S. and established communitarian societies of their own.
The Canterbury Shaker Village was one such community and has been preserved to educate modern-day visitors. You can visit their museum and tour the picturesque grounds, as well as attend various educational workshops.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens was a 19th Century sculptor well known for his part in the American Renaissance. His home, studio, and gardens are now a national historic site where members of the public can view his artwork, catch a summer concert, or walk a nature trail.
If you’re feeling inspired, you can even join a sculpture class. There’s also a sculptor-in-residence program and park visitors are able to interact with the sculptor, asking any questions they might have.
For more New Hampshire day trip ideas, you can visit New Hampshire’s official tourism site. They have ideas for New Hampshire trips broken down into seasons 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 when fall rolls around.
Cities to Visit Near Wolfeboro, NH
There are many vibrant, interesting cities within an easy driving distance of Wolfeboro. People who live at Sugar Hill Retirement Community especially enjoy visiting the following:
- 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. You can go to 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.
Places to Visit in New Hampshire
No matter what your interests are, there’s a place in New Hampshire to suit them. Besides the day trips listed above, there are hundreds more destinations you can visit for art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and more.
Of course, one of the best places to visit is 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.