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Bedrock Gardens

For a journey like no other, take a walk through Bedrock Gardens. Started in 1987, this 20-acre (eight-hectare) garden allows visitors to travel on a journey through the gardens. Famed for its landscape design, horticulture and art, there is so much for visitors to do during the couple of hours it takes to cover the garden. The owners have thoughtfully sketched out a journey to follow with starting points, places to go and things to do along the way. With various specimens of flora, fountains, sculptures, wildlife, pond, and even woodland trails, this magical place will definitely take your breath away. The garden is currently privately owned and is only open to the public four days a year.

Bear Brook State Park

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.

Amoskeag Falls

Ensconced in lush greenery on all four sides, the Amoskeag Falls gracefully cascade over the Merrimack River's western banks. Its jewel-blue waters dropping from a height of 50 feet (15 meters) and shimmering in the sunlight make for a captivating sight. Teeming with diverse marine life such as migratory sturgeon, salmon, and alewife, Amoskeag Falls is an angler's paradise. The surging waters of the falls enticed the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company to start their hydropower plant near the falls in 1807, attracting settlers from all over the United Kingdom to its lands—thus making Manchester the megalopolis we know of today.

Livingston Park

Located in the heart of the city, Livingston Park is one of the best parks in the city if you wish to spend some quality time with your friends or family. The park features amenities such as a baseball field, running track and a playground for the little ones. Visitors can also take a dip in the on-site swimming pool or go for leisurely strolls around a pond. The park is also pet-friendly, so don't forget to bring along your furry companions along. If you are looking for a great place to spend the day with your family without burning a hole in your pocket, then Livingston Park is where you need to be headed.

Lake Massabesic

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.

Rock Rimmon Park

Spanning over 100 acres (405 hectares), the Rock Rimmon Park is one of the more popular parks of the city. Home to a massive cliff that towers to 150 feet (45 meters), the park attracts a number of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts in addition to children. There is a tennis and basketball court here, these are used for a number of friendly matches. A special section is dedicated for children's playground and the Rock Rimmon Park is also home to the DuPont Pool.

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