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Historical Attractions in CANTERBURY

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Canterbury, New Hampshire!)

Canterbury is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Granite State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Canterbury’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Canterbury when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Canterbury Shaker Village

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    (4 miles) Canterbury

    A National Historic Landmark museum with 25 original Shaker buildings and 694 acres of nature trails to explore. Families will find hands-on activities scattered throughout the Village ranging from ...

  • McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

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    (8 miles) Concord

    Take a journey to the stars: where the sky is no limit, it is just the beginning! Kids can participate in a rocket-making workshop, make a comet, land the space shuttle, try the amateur satellite ...

  • The Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center

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    (24 miles) Manchester

    The center houses an impressive interactive exhibit hall that allows visitors to explore the Merrimack River. The exhibits focus on the Merrimack River watershed, historical use of the Amoskeag area, ...

  • The Robert Frost Farm

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    (36 miles) Derry

    The Robert Frost Farm was home to Robert Frost and his family from 1900-1911. Frost, one of the nation's most acclaimed poets whose writings are said to be the epitome of New England, attributed many ...

  • Americas Stonehenge

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    (39 miles) Salem

    Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure. A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, America's Stonehenge is most likely the ...

  • America's Stonehenge

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    (39 miles) Salem

    A mysterious historical attraction - possibly the oldest man-made attraction in the entire country - our very own Stonehenge! Right in New Hampshire.

  • 19th Century Willowbrook Village

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    (42 miles) Newfield

    Take a trip back in time to experience 19th century America, with over 10,000 artifacts depicting the crafts and trades, as well as a fascinating 1894 carousel! History can be fun at this unique ...

  • The Fort at No 4 Museum

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    (44 miles) Charlestown

    Travel back in time to Charlestown, New Hampshire in the 1740's and have an unforgettable experience in an authentically reconstructed fortified settlement.

  • Strawbery Banke Museum

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    (44 miles) Portsmouth

    Visitors to Strawbery Banke have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical American neighborhood throughout four centuries of history. Through its ...

  • Billings Farm and Museum

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    (52 miles) Woodstock

    The farm dates back to 1871, when native Vermonter, Frederick Billings, set out to build a farm and forestry operation that would serve future generations as a model of wise stewardship. His farm ...

  • The Mount Washington Observatory

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    (54 miles) North Conway

    Tours are available of the working weather station at the summit where kids can meet the scientists, explore the equipment and learn about working 6,288 feet up. Why not go by snowcat?

  • Phillips House

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    (66 miles) Salem

    Experience a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family with this historic 1821 house in Salem.

  • The House of the Seven Gables

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    (66 miles) Salem

    Uncover 359 years of Salem's history at this collection of historic buildings, and museum. A great family historical experience in Massachusetts!

  • Maritime Gloucester

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    (68 miles) Gloucester

    Features include an aquarium with touch tanks and maritime exhibit gallery with interactive stations plus summer classes and programs aimed at families. Plus go sailing or lobstering!

  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium

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    (73 miles) Boston

    Walk though the world of 1937, quite literally, as you step into a one-of-a-kind, three-story, painted-glass globe. Once inside, watch a sound and light presentation, experience the unique acoustics ...

  • St Johnsbury Athenaeum

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    (78 miles) St Johnsbury

    The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a private, nonprofit public library and art gallery.

  • Old Sturbridge Village

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    (89 miles) Sturbridge

    A fascinating 1830s New England living history museum - one of the largest in the country! With 59 antique buildings, costumed historians, and a working farm, kids can enjoy year round fun at this ...

  • Dr Seuss National Memorial

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    (100 miles) Springfield

    In the centre of Springfield there is a park called The Quadrangle which contains sculptures of some of your favourite Dr.Seuss characters - great for photo opportunities

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  • Museum of New Hampshire History

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    (9 miles) Concord

    The New Hampshire Historical Society serves thousands of children and adults each year through its Museum of New Hampshire History, research library, educational programs, and award-winning ...

  • Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum

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    (13 miles) Warner

    Exhibits of Native American objects, special events,and programming. 2.5 acre Medicine Woods Nature Trail. Tipi and Northeast Woodlands lodge frame on grounds. Shop for souvenirs in our giftshop.

  • Currier Museum of Art

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    (24 miles) Manchester

    The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keeffe, Wyeth, and LeWitt with exhibitions, tours, and programs ...

  • The Millyard Museum

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    (25 miles) Manchester

    The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. The story starts with the ...

  • The Wright Museum

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    (25 miles) Wolfeboro

    The Wright Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to celebrating Americans' sacrifices and achievements during WWII.

  • Klickety Klack Railroad

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    (25 miles) Wolfeboro Falls

    An incredible hands-on experience within this museum and hobby shop for those families and kids who just love trains!

  • Scouting Museum

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    (26 miles) Manchester

    The Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum/Max I Silber Scouting Library represents an exciting, unique, and colorful repository for an exceedingly large collection of Boy Scout memorabilia and an ...

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