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Staycation in New Hampshire

April 19, 2018
By: Taylor Salvato
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Kahuna Laguna Water Park offers guests a tropical getaway all year.

Staycation your way.

Skip booking plane tickets this year and explore New Hampshire's own backyard with a staycation. Search the seacoast and its streets lined with eatery options, drive the Kancamagus highway for a picturesque view, or travel back in time with a museum visit. Staycation your way in New Hampshire with an itinerary of activities that will please your budget and the whole family.

Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park

Dive deep into vacation at the Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park. Located at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, the 40,000 square foot laguna delivers family fun for all. Kids can race their friends to the bottom of the four high-speed tubes and play with the water canons in the Bamboo watchtower. Adults can embrace the resort mentallity by lounging on a reclining beach chair or relaxing by the Tiki Tide Cafe. Kahuna's 84-degree tropical oasis is always open for a staycation.

Chuckster's Family Fun Park

Those who live for the thrill of outdoor competition will find Chuckster's Family Fun Park in Chichester has it all. Try your luck at Chuckster's mini-golf course with the longest hole on the planet, swing away in their batting cages, or challenge fellow drivers to a go-kart race. Be sure to reward yourself with a snack fit for a golf champion. Snacks for eating include chicken fingers, personal pizzas, and 36 flavors of Blake's Ice Cream. Continue your outdoor adventure at Chuckster's new Hooksett location. Both locations open mid-April.

Try your luck at the longest mini-golf hole on the planet at Chuckster's Family Fun Park in Chichester, NH.

Try your luck at the longest mini-golf hole on the planet at Chuckster's Family Fun Park in Chichester, NH.

Millyard Museum

Visit the Millyard Museum in Manchester for an educational walkthrough of New Hampshire history. The permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, begins the story 11,000 years ago and transitions into the 20th century. The culture of the Granite State is examined with a focus on industrialization and the immigrants who called the area home.  Download the museum's app for an interactive experience complete with audio and imagery not found in the exhibit. Want to delve deeper into our history? Show your Millyard Museum receipt to the Research Center in Concord and receive free admission to view their collection of photographs and documents from the past.

Strawberry Banke Museum

Staycation around the Seacoast at Strawberry Banke Museum. The 10-acre museum is tourist destination for seasonal and signature events like the Annual American Celebration in July and the NH Fall Festival in October.  The Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke is a staple in April for a staycation activity. Event-goers of all ages will be smiling after animal greetings, the dedicated Children's Breakfast, and the wine and food offerings from the Figtree Kitchen Cafe. Explore Strawberry Banke Museum's calendar of events here.

Pet piglets and other farm animals at Strawberry Banke's Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke event.

Pet piglets and other farm animals at Strawberry Banke's Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke event.

New Hampshire Outlet Shopping

Searching for a bargain this staycation? New Hampshire is known for having the best retail shopping outlets around. Travelers have the choice of the Merrimack Premium Outlets, Tilton Tanger Outlets, and the Settlers Green Outlet in North Conway for deeply discounted retail products. The outlets are open year-round, great for a last minute staycation getaway. Snag an outlet coupon book or a shop and sleep deal at one of these hotels to extend your staycation and budget longer.

McCauliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Spend your NH staycation exploring the solar system. The McCauliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord has two floors of exhibits for stargazers and astronomy fans of all ages.  The planetarium offers immersive shows including Tonight's Sky, a live show that projects what is visible in the night sky each season. The Discovery Center is open on weekends all year with extended hours during school vacation weeks.

Explore the stars and beyond at the McCauliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH. Photo by RJH School via Flickr.

Explore the stars and beyond at the McCauliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH. Photo by RJH School via Flickr.

 

Mount Washington Cog Railway

Bring your camera and capture an unforgettable view of New Hampshire and surrounding states as you ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway. The 19th century train ride through history is narrated as you travel to the summit and back down. Take time to explore the visitor center museum, mail a postcard to family and friends, and purchase a souvenir for a reminder of your travels. The train's season opens in time for school vacation and the warm weather making its way to New Hampshire.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway provides a backdrop of breathtaking views for an unforgettable train ride.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway provides a backdrop of breathtaking views for an unforgettable train ride.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Bask in the sunshine during your staycation with America's favorite pastime, baseball. When the team isn't on the road, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats play at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester beginning in April. The Double-A Team Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays play almost every night with tickets starting at just $12 for adults and $10 for children. If you aren't full from the hot dogs, visit  Strange Brew Tavern in Manchester for gourmet burgers and an extensive craft beer list.

Watch the New Hampshire Fisher Cats take on a rival team at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH.

Watch the New Hampshire Fisher Cats take on a rival team at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH.