No Plane, No Parachute, No Problem!
SkyVenture New Hampshire is a new state of the art indoor vertical wind tunnel where you can experience the freedom of flight! There is no falling sensation, you just float above the trampoline floor with ease. The indoor vertical wind tunnel is not only used by the world’s best skydivers to train in but it was also designed for the general public to experience the sport of body flight.
SkyVenture completely immerses visitors in the world of high adventure skydiving, without ever having to pack a parachute, pull a ripcord, or jump out of a perfectly good airplane. No experience is necessary.
Virtually anyone can fly ages 3 and up.
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The Conway Arena is New Hampshire's newest state-of-the-art ice rink facility, outfitted to meet all your skating needs. Some of our great amenities include:
200' x 85' state of the art ice rink
7 Locker rooms
Seating for 1050 people
Large lobby and seating area overlooking the ice rink
Figure skating room
Indoor Baseball and Softball Training
Extra Innings Nashua is recognized as New Hampshire's premier baseball and softball training facility - dedicated to fulfilling the needs of players of all ages and abilities. Extra Innings state of the art, year round, indoor training facility has over 12,800 square feet of training area, 8 indoor batting tunnels, pitching tunnels, a fully stocked Pro Shop, batting stations, and birthday area.
Nashua's Annual Holiday Stroll
Nashua’s official kick-off to the holiday season is held the Saturday evening following Thanksgiving. Each year, close to 30,000 people from across New England to attend this event. Much of the downtown is closed to traffic for the evening, allowing Strollers to wander to different performances, sample offerings from street vendors, dine in downtown’s fine restaurants and do holiday shopping at our unique specialty shops and boutiques.
In keeping with the holiday spirit, the Winter Holiday Stroll also features a collection at City Hall where strollers can drop off items such as canned goods, disposable diapers and new, unwrapped toys for local charitable organizations.
Apple Picking in the Fall
There is nothing like the scent and taste of a fresh apple in the fall.
The 1st weekend the public is allowed to pick apples I am standing under my favorite tree at Lull Farm in Hollis, NH bag in hand. Sometimes we bring a picnic and wine and relax while giving instructions to the kids about which apples to select for us.
I stock up each and every week by making an apple run to the farm. So good.
Great American Cow Maneuver
Annual Nashua Country Fair featuring The Great American Cow Maneuver. This year's fair will include games for kids, entertainment, raffles, crafts, a farmer's market, craft tables, Cow Maneuver, and other fun filled activities for the whole family.
The Nashua Country Fair would not be complete without the Great American Cow Maneuver. For a mere $10 deed purchase, you have the opportunity to win a whopping $5000 or other cash prizes. This deed entitles you to a plot of land measuring one yard by one yard on a football-sized grid. A computer-generated program randomly scatters the plots over the entire field. At the appointed time 3 cows are led into the pen and allowed to do what cows do. The 1st two plops are worth $500 to the 2 lucky deed holders. The 3rd and final plop is the grand prize of $5000. Other deed holders can look forward to other cash prizes picked through a random drawing. Only in Nashua!
Read The Telegraph
Read about the history of the Nashua Telegraph
The local paper is a great way to stay in touch with goings on in the city.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become the day that Nashuans gather to celebrate the start of the December holiday season. Main Street is closed off and decked out in lights, street vendors, and ice sculptures.
The main event is the stroll to the lighting of the Christmas tree. Everyone in the crowd takes a candles and strolls up Main Street toward the tree. It is quite an impressive spectacle.
After the stroll you can stop at the local establishments and enjoy local entertainers. You can typically hear a barbershop quartet, listen to a storyteller, catch a comedy routine, see a magic show, watch a dance performance, or catch a short play.
It's good, wholesome, community fun. Something that's hard to come by these days.
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Head to the gym
I am a member at 2 gyms in town. Work Out World (WOW) and Best Fitness.
Both are huge with so much equipment you never have to wait in line because there are choices.
I love the class schedules as well.
Something for everyone.
Monadnock State Park is home to regionally famous, 3,165-foot Mount Monadnock. Under two hours from Boston and about one hour from Nashua, NH, Monadnock is the world's second most climbed mountain, after Mount Fuji. The park contains 40 miles of trails, many leading to the mountain's peak.
As you approach the top of Monadnock, the thick woods gradually give way to an alpine environment, then finally a bare rocky peak. In the winter, it can be 40 degrees and sunny at the bottom, but windy, icy and frigid at the top, so dress appropriately.
On a clear day you can see 100 miles in each direction, into all six New England states!
Admission is $3.
The Nashua Pride Baseball
The Nashua Pride baseball team plays in the independant leagues and is comprised of young kids, wanna-bes, and has-beens. They combine to form a hard playing & fun-to-watch team that has been entertaining Nashua since 1998.
They play at historic Holman Stadium that was built in the 1940s, and was greatly remodeled in 1998. Holman stadium was also the home field of black catcher Roy Campanella and black pitcher Don Newcombe when they were still minor leaguers in a newly-desegregated sport.
I took my parents to a game on 2 July 2002, on what had to have been the hottest day of the year. Just sitting in the stands we were sweating. I think the temp hovered about 100 degrees Farenheit that day!
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Milford Drive-In Theatre
Want to experience a good old-fashioned drive in movie theater? Nearby Milford has a 50 year old theater that shows all of the latest family-friendly PG and PG-13 movies. Admission is only $20.00 per car for up to 6 occupants. Movies show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights throughout the summer months.
If the weather is good, the theater gets very busy. The shows start at dusk (which obviously various throughout the summer) and the ticket window opens around 6pm. On busy nights, the traffic sometimes backs up 3/4 of a mile. Plan to get there early so you can park before the movies begin.
When I lived in Nashua, NH, I made at least 8 or 10 trips up into the White Mountains, mostly to show off my beautiful new state to friends and family. My favorite time of year is fall when the leaves are changing and the weather is still nice, just avoid the busy weekends. Kancamagus Scenic Byway is a favorite drive for many leaf peepers. I always enjoyed trying to see Mount Washington, home of the world's worst recored weather, but I could rarely see the top through the thick clouds. Another unique area was the Old Man of the Mountain; he has since lost his head, but he managed to get his mug on the quarter for eternity. See below for more details.
Mount Washington is certainly New England's most famous mountain. Standing at 6,288 feet it is the tallest mountain in the northeast US. Mount Washington is known for having some of the worst weather ever recorded in the world including winds of 231 mph in 1934 and hurricane-force winds an average of 110 days each year. The peak of the mountain has hosted a weather observatory off an on since 1870. Ascent can be done on the cog railway or the auto road. This is also a great hiking area, with the Appalachian Trail crossing the summit. Skiing Mount Washington is popular each Memorial Day, as are the road race (running not driving) and the bicycle race.
The old Man of the Mountain. Where to begin? Little known outside of New Hampshire, somehow this great state thought it was important enough to include on their state quarter. I'd love to know how many people saw the quarter when it was first issued and had no idea what the image was...I'd bet close to 90% of the country. Even today people still probably have no idea what the old man is. He was discovered around 1805 towering some 1,200 feet above Profile Lake, which I'm sure he used for shaving. His massive head was some 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide, but from a few thousand feet away it looked like a speck on the horizon. I'm sure his stone head was heavy and in 1916 cables were installed to keep his forehead from dipping and keep his chin up. We wouldn't want the Old Man to hang is head, they said. In 1958 the crack in his head had widened, so the state of NH authorized $25,000 to further secure his head and create a water diversion ditch along his now rapidly receding hairline. In 1972 his crumbling ear was patched, but his hearing never improved. In 1991 his Adams apple was glued together, but the Old Man never spoke another word after that. In 2002 one of he former caretaker's ashes were implanted in the Old Man's eye, causing his to cry in pain. Finally the tired Old Man collapsed in May 2003.
The White Mountains are a favorite destination for people from across southern New England to see the leaves change each fall. One of the favorite drives is the Kancamagus Scenic Byway across the southern end of the park. 34. miles of scenic road wind along the Rocky Gorge and over a 2,855 foot high pass offering stunning views.
Opened in 1902, the Mount Washington Hotel is in Carroll, NH, but the area is generally known as Bretton Woods after the local ski resort of the same name. The list of famous guests this hotel has hosted is long and distinguished, including President Warren Harding, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, , oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, baseball player Babe Ruth, inventor Thomas Edison, author Carl Sandburg, director Alfred Hitchcock, and businessman Joseph Kennedy. The hotel's most famous and far-reaching event was the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944. Near the end of World War II, delegates from 44 nations gathered to determine the rebuilding process for the world economy after the war ended. It was here that the gold standard, pegged to the US dollar was determined, and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank were created to encourage trade and development. Rooms at the Mount Washington Hotel start around $200 for accommodations only, and some of the large suites are closer to $800 per night (and probably more for high-powered guests). Luckily nearby hotels such as the Bretton Arms Country Inn and the Lodge at Bretton Woods offer rooms for under $100 per night.
Sled at Roby park. If you are...
Sled at Roby park. If you are staying with friends or family, and there is more than two inches of snow on the ground, have them take you to Roby park to go sledding. Great for kids! I recommend a snow-tube or saucer. The hill is lighted at night, so don't skip it just because you think it is too late! Some of the better sledding takes place at night, actually, when the snow starts to get icy.
Free fun! If you come from somewhere without snow, this is something you should try. It's more reckless than going snow-tubing at a mountain. :)
Specialty wine shop
Jasper's is owned by a man named Jeff, who is passionate about wine..actually, passionate about anything he talks about. He makes his own wine and also sells kits and is eager to share his knowledge with you. They also have a great selection of hard to find beers and even coffee's roasted right in NH. It's good to see an independant business man so completely knowledgable and passionate about his work. Rumor has it Jeff has grape stomping parties every September.
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