There's no shortage of places to visit near Francestown, NH.

When you stay with us at the Blue Bear Inn, you will have plenty of museums, outdoor recreation areas and other sites that will be well worth your time to visit. Make your vacation plans with our guide of places to visit and things to do in southern New Hampshire.

Crotched Mountain Skiing - Distance 1.2 Miles

If you visit Francestown in the winter, you’ll want to stop by Crotched Mountain to partake in some skiing. This mountain features 25 trails with difficulty ratings for all skiers. The summit of the mountain stands at 2,066 feet with slopes dropping skiers down to a base elevation of 1,050 feet across 100 skiable acres. Come experience some of the best of New Hampshire skiing by making plans to visit Crotched Mountain Resort.

Blue Bear Inn is one mile from the ski hill and offers a great place to stay while you ski.

Professional skier athlete skiing at sunset on top of french alps ski resort

Greenfield State Park - Distance 8.7 Miles

Outdoor enthusiasts won’t want to miss Greenfield State Park. This 400-acre park has many natural wonders including ponds, bogs and forests as well as Otter Lake. The park has opportunities for swimming, boating, hiking, fishing and various other water activities. Fees are minimal but do cost $4 for adults and $2 for children 6-11. Be advised that during the offseason, the park is typically not staffed along with other closures.

Address: 954 Forest Road, Greenfield, NH | Hours: Hours vary depending on the season


Franklin Pierce Homestead - Distance 9.4 Miles

Come explore the home of Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the U.S. President Pierce lived in this home from infancy to his marriage in 1834. This two-story museum showcases architecture of the time and provides an interesting look into the 14th president through private and large-group tours. The museum is open seasonally and tickets are inexpensive but depend on if you live in New Hampshire.

Address: 301 Second NH Turnpike, Hillsborough, NH | Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wapack National Wildlife Refuge - Distance 13.1 Miles

Wapack National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 1,672 acres and is a key hawk migration area, providing home for various migratory birds. The refuge is also home to a variety of upland wildlife. Many visitors enjoy taking a trip down one of the four hiking trails, including a four-mile stretch of the Wapack trail. This refuge is an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors year round as popular activities include hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and photography.

Address: 25 Plowshare Lane, Greenfield, NH | Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Mariposa Museum - Distance 14 Miles

Mariposa Museum features hands-on exhibits with artifacts from around the world. It sits in the historic Baptist church and aims to highlight regional culture with exhibits, performances and programs. This is a great place for families or to go simply as adults. The goal of the museum is for visitors to find at least one artifact that speaks to their heritage. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children from 3-16.

Address: 26 Main St. Peterborough, NH | Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pats Peak Ski Area - Distance 22 Miles

Pats Peak Ski Area is a top-rated ski resort in New Hampshire that offers plenty of things to do during the winter. It is home to 28 trails and three terrain parks. All trails range from novice to expert and there are 11 lifts to take you to those trails. There are also opportunities for snowshoeing and tubing. Pats Peak is also a popular spot for weddings and group events. You can book for these events year round.

Address: 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, NH | Hours: Lift hours vary depending on the day throughout the season.