Now that the weather has gotten colder, our thoughts are turning to sledding, ice skating and other fun winter activities. New Hampshire has plenty of free (or inexpensive) places to sled and skate with your kids this winter. Bundle up the kiddos – here are some “cool” activities to try this year:
Wagon Hill Farm – Durham – Their huge hill makes it one of the best places to sled (for free) on the Seacoast. As an added bonus, there are also beautiful paths that are perfect for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
The Rinks in Exeter – If the weather outside is too frightful, try the indoor ice arena in Exeter, which features public skating, lessons, camps and clinics, figure skating and birthday parties.
Dover Arena – This indoor rink offers public skating, figure skating, skating lessons, youth and adult hockey programs; pick up hockey games and special events.
Alexander Carr Park – Derry – Have a blast sledding in the park, and then visit the on-site lodge to warm up with some hot cocoa and board games.
Derryfield Park – Manchester – A popular place for (free) sledding, right in the middle of town. The great hills make it a go-to spot for many families, so it does tend to get crowded.
McIntyre Ski Area – Manchester – Features great tubing at (relatively) low prices. Please note that children must be at least five years old and at least 44” tall to go tubing here. Also has skiing and snowboarding lessons for all ages.
White Park – Concord – This gem of a park has a lovely pond for ice skating and great hills for sledding – both at no charge.
James Campion Rink – Hanover – This indoor rink features public skating at reasonable daily rates (season passes are also available), skating lessons and hockey. They also have a store that sells skating supplies.