Lifestyle

Those relocating to Southern New Hampshire will find the quiet country lifestyles New Hampshire has become known for. However, they can also take advantage of the many cultural and fall recreational activities which are within close proximity. Outdoor enthusiasts will discover themselves just a short drive from some of the best summer and winter attractions and resorts that New Hampshire has to offer.

Shopping


New Hampshire is well-known for its tax-free shopping and, as a result, is home to not only traditional shopping centers but outlet malls as well. There are also many local markets.

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Winter Sports


With some of the highest mountains in the Northeast, New Hampshire has over 60 Alpine and Nordic ski areas and many miles of excellent snowmobiling trails. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice fishing or snowmobiling, New Hampshire's the place to find it.



Summer Sports


Beaches, lakes, ponds, boating! New Hampshire's 18 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline are lined with rocky shores and sandy beaches. Inland, there are more than 2,000 lakes and ponds and 40,000 miles of streams. Together, these natural resources provide ample opportunities for fresh or saltwater, motor and sail boating; swimming; fishing and other water sports.

Parks & Recreation


The Bow Parks and Recreation Department offers activities for ages 3 to 93 year-round. Click on the link above for detailed information on Bow Recreation' s programs, call us at 228-2222 or stop by the office in the Bow Community Building on Logging Hill Road.

Bow Pioneers Snowmobile Club


Year-round adventure can be enjoyed on the extensive Bow Pioneers Snowmobile Club recreational trail system in Bow. Throughout the year, all are invited to use the snowmobile trails for the following permitted recreational activities: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The fall season brings club members and non-members together to maintain, repair, and occasionally expand the trail network for the extensive use in winter.

Cultural Resources


The Bow Garden Club was founded in 1964 and has enhanced many of the town's parks and municipal buildings by adding and tending flower gardens in these locations.

The Rotary Club of Bow, New Hampshire, is committed to serving our home community and the greater world community. We are part of a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The New Hampshire Historical Society, which is located in nearby Concord, NH, manages museums and a library which preserve and display artifacts of the state's heritage. The Museum of New Hampshire History is one of northern New England's finest history museums. It offers exciting exhibitions on the state's rich heritage and traditions. The museum offers a variety of programs for children and adults throughout the year, and the museum store features a wonderful selection of NH's books, products and crafts. Located at 30 Park St. Concord, NH, the Historical Society's Library houses a collection of printed, manuscript, and pictorial materials relating to NH history. The holdings are particularly strong in the areas of genealogy, biography, New England regional and local history, American fine and decorative arts, and the history of technology. Subjects range as well from sports to religion, literature to music, education to agriculture.

Also in Concord, are the Capitol Center for the Arts, a 1,300-seat theater, presents dramatic, comedy, and musical programs throughout the year. The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, has a 92-seat theater which presents astronomy shows and skywatch events.

In Manchester, you can find a similar array of cultural and educational facilities including the Palace Theatre, Currier Gallery of Art, the New Hampshire Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras. Many local colleges supplement these organizations offering high caliber theatrical and musical productions.

Libraries


The Baker Free Library boasts over 47,000 volumes and offers many activities. The Library is located at 509 South Street in Bow. The Director of the Library is Lori Fisher and Jennifer Ericsson is the Children's Librarian. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 224-7113. Built in 1914, the Library has grown considerably over the years. The land on which it stands was donated by Congressman Henry M. Baker, cousin of Mary Baker Eddy.

The State Library in Concord is just minutes away, offering two museums and on-going art exhibits, in addition to a wealth of information for old and young. The State Library is open to the public Monday - Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Places of Worship


Bow offers most religions a house of worship in, or nearby, the town. Some of the churches in town are also historic sites. A lovely building that was once a church now serves as a meeting house for several town functions