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What’s Life Like in Concord, NH?
New Hampshire’s capital city, Concord, is a gem of New England. With approximately 40,000 residents, the small city has a tight-knit, neighborly feel, where residents know one another. Something that often surprises visitors to Concord is the ready access to nature, which is rare in a capital city. The city maintains over 80 miles of hiking trails, which vary from hill hikes to flat walking trails that provide wildlife viewing opportunities. The riverfront brings additional nature opportunities, and you’ll find so much to do close by.
While Havenwood Heritage Heights has all of the charm of a secluded New England village, we are minutes away from the arts, cultural and shopping opportunities of a bustling city. Explore the region by joining our group trips to concerts, theatrical performances, lectures, restaurants, museums, beaches, parks, day cruises, historic sites and overnight excursions.
Top Places to Explore in Concord
Capitol Center for the Arts
At the biggest performance arts center in the state, you'll find everything from ballet and Broadway musicals to country bands.
Red River Theatres
This arthouse cinema screens independent flicks and offers stadium seating.
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Perfect for a trip with the grandkids, this science museum offers planetarium shows, aviation exhibits, and stargazing opportunities.
New Hampshire State House
Enjoy a free tour of the oldest state capital in the U.S., with stunning architecture.
Stop by the former home of U.S. President Franklin Pierce, a Concord native.
Susan N. McLane Audubon Center and Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
This hidden gem offers hiking trails, a nature pond, and a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Everyday Life in Concord
With so much to do in our very own backyard, the weather rarely keeps Concord residents from exploring their city – no matter the season. Like much of New England, Concord has long winters and shorter summers. Spring and fall are generally temperate, and they are visually spectacular.
Today, Concord’s Main Street continues to be a vibrant downtown community with arts, dining and shopping options. The Steeplegate Mall offers additional shops, and Concord residents will also enjoy year-round farmer’s markets.
While New Englanders may be thought of as taciturn, in Concord you’ll find that people are friendly and welcoming. If you seek a small-town atmosphere with city amenities and easy nature access, you’ll love the vibe in Concord, NH.
Destinations to Visit Around Concord
Adventure awaits a short drive from Concord. While Havenwood Heritage Heights offers trips to nearby attractions, you’re also free to explore the surrounding area on your own.
Concord is close to beaches throughout New England. Gems of the New Hampshire coast include Portsmouth. Both Massachusetts’ North Shore beaches and Maine beaches (including Wells, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport) are situated slightly over an hour away. You’ve got your pick of sand and surf. Closer to home, New Hampshire lakes and rivers are the ideal place to relax, try your hand at fishing, or paddle around in a canoe.
With an hour’s drive to the north, you’ll reach the White Mountains. Whether you are an avid hiker or simply enjoy watching the leaves change come fall, the White Mountains have so much to offer.
To the west, you’ll find Vermont, which brings additional outdoor recreation opportunities. No matter which way you go, you can explore other great New England towns quite easily. Antiques enthusiasts will find charming antiques dealers as well as some of the major shows, like Brimfield, while active adults will find year-round recreation opportunities, from boating and golf to hiking, walking, and birding.
With easy access to the Manchester/Boston Regional Airport, less than 30 minutes from downtown Concord, the sky’s the limit on where you can go!
Learn About Retirement Living in Concord, NH
Havenwood Heritage Heights is an active community with a full social calendar, events and unparalleled amenities. Set on 48 acres located 10 minutes outside of downtown Concord, our two campuses Havenwood and Heritage Heights have everything you need to stay active during your retirement. You’ll find movie rooms and games, education events and arts studios, walking trails and places for quiet reflection. If you’re looking for adventure, look no further. Our busy resident calendar includes an Adventure Series where residents explore the greater Concord area together. To see all the perks of living at Havenwood Heritage Heights and explore housing options, contact us today.