Something great is going on in Concord, NH. This state capital is becoming the cultural center of the Granite State. After a $14 million dollar redo of its historic Main Street (Click for our new walking tour), the city seems to have hit the destination trifecta – a host of new eateries, cultural venues and shops. Downtown also boasts a boutique movie theater, performing arts center (with 2 more on the way), music school, art school and a public theater.
Concord is a small city with some big city offerings, not unlike Boston’s Newbury Street with a variety of art-inspired stores, galleries and unique shops with rare finds.
It is a good time to dine in Concord, too. The city’s revived Main Street is drawing in big crowds as a variety of new restaurants open- enriching the city’s dining scene.
The Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, is one of the finest arts centers in the state, and regularly hosts epic, must-see performances. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will satisfy the curiosity of any budding astronomer. While you’re here, be sure to take a tour of the historic State House. Concord is a New England City with lots of art, culture, history and things to do. It is 1 hour from Boston, and 30 minutes from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. It has hotels, dining + culture and the arts – all the makings of a real destination.
Quality of Life
Shopping in Downtown Concord
"Concord's Main Street really is New Hampshire's Main Street"
— U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
The Capital Region offers you enough things to do and see that you could easily spend a lifetime here. Antiques, skiing, hiking, wildlife, covered bridges, canoeing, art galleries, bookstores, museums, historic sites, walking tours, presidential history, farms, orchards, birding, golf, country fairs, community suppers, youth activities and four beautiful seasons are part of the many features that enhance the quality of life in the area. Main Street is an active hub of community activities, commerce, politics and entertainment. One of the anchors to New Hampshire's revitalized downtown is a State House crowned by a gleaming gold, eagle-topped dome which can't be missed by motorists passing through on I-93.