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Spanning across more than 2500 acres (1011 hectares), Lake Massabesic is nature's gift to the cities of Auburn and Manchester. Surrounded by pristine, green landscapes, this lake is at its picturesque best during the on-set of Autumn. A number of leisure activities like boating, kayaking and sailing are allowed at the lake. Swimming and fishing can also be carried out. For outdoor enthusiasts, Lake Massabesic and its environs are perfect for a hike as there are numerous trails running across the region. Lake Massabesic is also the major source of water supply for both the cities it calls home.
130 acres of rolling woodlands, ponds, and marshes is a good reason to visit the Massabesic Audubon Center. With over 5 miles (8 km) of trails, it is a great way to experience nature and reconnect with the earth. Located on the banks of Lake Massabesic, many different types of wildlife, especially birds visit or make their homes in the area. Different educational opportunities are available year round for both adults and children.
One of the largest in New Hampshire, this sprawling state park boasts a vivid tapestry of bogs, marshes and drapes of charming, forested expanses. A wonderland for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, this 10,000-acre (4046-hectare) park is delightfully cleaved by winding, crisscrossing trails. Home to campgrounds (of which the Bear Brook Camp is part of the National Register of Historic Places) and spaces for archery, the park is traversed by a meandering stream called Bear Brook. The park also harbors a stunning museum ensemble which includes the New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. This expanse of wooded wilderness is the crown jewel of New Hampshire.
High 5 Ballooning promises you an exhilarating experience with their exciting hot air balloon rides. Standing over 80 feet tall (24 meter) these massive balloons can be spotted from afar and their mere glimpse gets your adrenaline pumping. After paperwork and formalities, your ride begins under the able guidance of pilot Tony Sica who has an impressive 20-year experience of navigating hot air balloons. Soaring more than 2000 feet (609 meter) above the ground, this one-hour ride lets you soak in beautiful views of neighboring mountains, lakes and forests while brushing off tree-tops. After the ride, you are treated to a scrumptious picnic where you can narrate your experiences and leave with a wide grin. This is a special experience for you and your loved ones.