Image via Flickr by kthrn

Image via Flickr by kthrn

If you’re in the New England area, there is plenty of history for the entire family to enjoy. Whether you want to visit a petting zoo or go to the highest peak in New Hampshire, you have your options. These five landmarks or historical sites offer an interesting look at some of America’s storied past.

Shaker Community: Canterbury

Canterbury, New Hampshire is home to one of the oldest intact and surviving Shaker communities in the United States. Founded in the 19th century, the Shaker community is now a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can experience the forests, fields, and ponds surrounding 25 original buildings and four reconstructed Shaker buildings. Through tours, programs, and exhibits, families and individuals can come experience a Shaker lunch or dinner and learn about this historic place.

Rochester Opera House: Rochester

Head to Rochester, New Hampshire and support the arts at the Rochester Opera House. Designed by Rochester native George Gilman Adams, this historic site was revealed in 1908 along with City Hall. By the 1980s, this once-iconic masterpiece was essentially in ruins; however, in 1996 the mayor launched a restoration project, and the Rochester Opera House is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Families can watch live theater productions while enjoying the historical significance of the ROC.

Albacore Park: Portsmouth

Portsmouth, New Hampshire is home to the world-famous submarine USS Albacore. Albacore Park honors those who have lost their lives while onboard American submarines. The park features a visitor’s center with a museum filled with artifacts from the Albacore and other submarines, as well as a gift shop for families to bring back memories from their experience. The USS Albacore was the original prototype for current submarines, and it was also the first nuclear-powered submarine. It was used to run tests and has been essential to the creation of future submarines. The USS Albacore is a National Historic Landmark as well as a Historical Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

Emery Farm: Durham

Durham, New Hampshire is home to Emery Farm, one of the oldest farms in the country. Emery Farm has been in the same family since 1655 and operates now as a farm as well as a popular tourist attraction. Customers can enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables as well as enjoy the corn maze and hay rides. Guests can also pick out pumpkins, pick their own blueberries, and even pick out a Christmas tree. Emery farm also has a petting zoo where families can personally meet and pet the animals on the farm.

Mount Washington Cog Railway: Bretton Woods

Head to Bretton Woods to experience the world’s first mountain-climbing cog train. The Mount Washington Cog Railway takes guests to the highest peak in New England, providing views of the Northeast. It will be an exciting adventure for the family to take a three-hour round trip on the steepest train tracks in North America. There is also an audio tour on the train, and your family will also receive free admission into the observatory museum at the summit of the mountain.

There is plenty to do and see for the entire family throughout New Hampshire. The beautiful state offers lots of history with incredible views for the entire family to enjoy.