Author: Gillian Barnes/Monday, January 8, 2018/Categories: Golf, Dining, Golf Academy
We get it, you are feeling completely tapped out after the winter holidays. We are too! However, the best possible thing you can do during the cold weather is to get out and be active (even if being active just means socializing). To help you have fun and save some money, we’ve created this master list of ten things to do in and around Atkinson, New Hampshire for less than $25!
1. Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing
Here at the Resort we offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in a beautiful setting for as low as $5! And, if you don’t have equipment, it’s just an additional $8 to rent. A $13 investment gets you fresh air, enviable views and a killer workout.
Simply check-in at the Merrill’s Tavern Game Room with a Pro Shop attendant to get started.
2. Bend and Stretch
The towns around Atkinson, New Hampshire are alive with yoga studios. Here are two we found and their respective pricing:
· Giving Tree Yoga and Wellness Drop In - $10 / New Student, 2 weeks - $25
· Yogamatters Drop In $15
3. Walk on the Wild Side
Quiet Atkinson has many neighboring forests and farms. Right here in town we have all of the following for you to explore:
· Ruth Stickney Land/Canoe Launch
· Marshall Town Forest
· Sawmill Swamp Area
· Crown Hill Forest/Noyes Rock
· Marshall Trust
· Pope Road Land
· Christa Slade Town Forest Lot
· Sawyer Nature Area
· Carolyn Orr Conservation Land
A full list of location descriptions, features and trail maps can be found here.
In Haverhill you can visit the Winnekenni Park Conservation Area, which includes Haverhill’s first public park, the Winnekenni Basin (which allows ice skating), trails and the Winnekenni Castle! Per their website, “The Winnekenni Park Conservation Area is open to the public for hiking, jogging, nature study, photography, x-country skiing and other activities that do not damage the land or disrupt other people's enjoyment of it.”
You can also visit the Salem Town Forest, which is open each day 30 minutes before the sun rises and 30 minutes after it sets. A list of rules and allowances can be found here.
Though it’s not really a park or a museum, you can always walk around beautiful America’s Stonehenge. It’s very affordable, historical and it comes with alpacas!
Seniors (65+): $10.00
Ages 6-12: $7.50
Ages 5 and under: free
If you drive over to Haverhill, you can visit Tattersall Farm, which will provide you with a historical education and a walking trail experience. And, per their website, it was even designated as one of just five Haverhill Cultural Treasures!
4. Park It!
In Atkinson, we are lucky enough to have many nearby parks to walk and play in.
If you’d like to stay hyper-local, consider visiting either Collins Park or the Dow Common. We’ve included a Google Map screenshot below so that you can plan your visit.
You can also venture out further to places like Manchester, Windham, and Derry. Here are some of those options:
· Livingston Park, Manchester, New Hampshire
Features: Baseball area, playgrounds, soccer field, track, and a picnic area.
· Griffin Park, Windham, New Hampshire
Features: Play structure, walking trail, basketball and tennis courts, and a concessions stand (also – please note that this park is located right next to Johnson’s Highland View Farm, which has animals and ice cream available – yum!)
· Derry, New Hampshire has a host of parks available for purposes ranging from dog walking and splashing around (in the warmer months) to playing tennis and baseball. You can check out the whole list here.
5. Make History
Delve into local history by visiting one of these close by museums.
The closest option by far is the most relevant to Atkinson, the Kimball House Museum. This museum was originally Atkinson’s first library (in 1907), but was later converted to a museum when the Kimball Library was formed. The museum offers many interesting events where residents and tourists can learn the history of the town, see historical reenactors (such as a visit with Abraham Lincoln), and even go on scavenger hunts! You can learn more about their events here.
If you’d like to venture further, consider The Buttonwoods Museum / Haverhill Historical Society, which offers viewers the opportunity to see Native American artifacts and a wide variety of shoemaking tools (as Haverhill used to have downtown shoe manufacturers).
Adults - $7
Children - $3
Senior - $5
Children under 5 free!
6. Gallery Hop
Spending a day around art is never a mistake, and here in Atkinson it’s easy to find local galleries.
The Art3 Gallery in Manchester is free to visit during the following hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The current exhibit is “A Welcome Diversion.” A picture from their website is below.
The DeClerk Gallery is conveniently located in Plaistow. This gallery is not only a great place to view art, but also an avenue to help you consider buying some new clothing or décor!
While it’s not a gallery per say, Creatorpult is a creative hotspot; in other words, it’s a makerspace. If you’ve ever been curious about joining one, consider dropping by on a Thursday when they have their recurring open houses.
7. Take in a Show
The Timberlane Performing Arts Center is conveniently located in Plaistow, New Hampshire. Currently, they have shows such as "An Afternoon of Jazz", "The Lion King," and the "Timberlane Guitar Festival Concert", all of which are very affordable. You can book tickets here.
8. Taste Local Wines
Just over in Hampstead is Sweet Baby Vineyards where you can go wine tasting for just $3! And, for an additional $5 you can take home a souvenir glass. Red, white, fruit – they have it all!
9. Try a New Beer
Not a wine enthusiast? No big deal! There are many local breweries around Atkinson. Here are a few of the many nearby options:
· Kelsen Brewing Company, Derry, New Hampshire
· 603 Brewery, Londonderry, New Hampshire
· Brewery Silvaticus, Amesbury, Massachusetts
· Oak and Iron Brewing Company, Andover, Massachusetts
10. Game Local
While we believe our Resort is the perfect place to game (play virtual golf) and drink a beer, there are other local options for those who prefer a retro machine or an arcade game. If the latter describes you, head on down to The Gamepad in Haverhill where they have PS4 games on all systems! Learn more about their rates here.
What are your favorite Atkinson area haunts? We hope it’s us! Visit atkinsonresort.com to learn about all the fun things you can do right here at our Resort.
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