It might not be Disneyworld, but children will find lots to entertain them in Concord.

Start with a trip to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, where you and your children can enjoy a planetarium show, hands-on activities and special Friday night events. Children 4 and up will enjoy all that this special place has to offer.

Within a short drive of Concord is the Charmingfare Farm, where children can enjoy seeing traditional farm animals but in a zoo-like experience. Seasonal events include several offered in the fall and a few relating to the December holidays. If you’re staying in Concord, this farm that’s a zoo is only a 20-minute drive away.

If your children don’t think a trip is complete without a visit to an amusement park, head for Canobie Lake Park, located about 35 minutes from from Concord in Salem, NH. This amusement park features rides ranging from a classic tea cup to a modern corkscrew roller coaster.

For a little taste of history, take your whole family to Canterbury Shaker Village, where children and adults alike will be fascinated to learn the story of the Canterbury Shakers. Various events and tours help to bring this history alive, and you and the kids will enjoy hiking around the beautiful open area. You don’t need to pack a lunch before you leave Concord (only about 20 minutes away from Canterbury Shaker Village), because there’s food available on site.