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KeeneUnited States of America

Part college town, part quintessential redbrick New England village, this pretty corner of Cheshire County offers activities for the whole family.

Find redbrick buildings, sweeping scenic vistas and friendly locals in Keene. The New Hampshire town sits in the southwest corner of the state. Take advantage of the many cultural offerings, natural destinations and interesting historic spots in Keene.

Keene is home to Keene State College, a liberal arts college and member of the University System of New Hampshire. Every fall, when the school opens for the year, Keene’s population grows by about 5,000 residents. Walk across the manicured campus green or cheer on the Keene State Owls during a home game or match. See a theatrical performance, concert or dance performance in Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond.

Stroll down Keene’s picturesque Main Street. Admire the historic buildings lining the street. At the end, the large white United Church of Christ dominates the town square. Check out the Civil War Monument and fountain in the square.

Watch an art-house film or special performance at the Colonial Theatre, a non-profit historic theater that has been continuously operating since 1924.

Step back in time at the Horatio Colony House Museum. Tour the remarkably preserved Federal-style home, built in 1806 by one of Keene’s historic families. The nearby Horatio Colony Nature Preserve is a sprawling parcel of woodlands and wetlands offering miles of hiking trails, a historic cabin and special education programs.

Visit the Wyman Tavern, a Georgian-style public house that first opened in 1762. It is one of Cheshire County’s best-preserved historic buildings and opens its doors for summer events and tours.

Relax amid nature in Keene’s many parks and natural areas, which include Wheelock Park, Central Square, Robin Hood Park, Otter Brook Dam Recreation Area, Greater Goose Pond and more. A bit farther away, trek up Mount Monadnock. This mountain is a favorite among day hikers, with well-maintained trails leading up to its summit.

Visit Keene in any season. In fall, admire an explosion of color with the changing leaves. During colder months, enjoy a snowy winter wonderland.

Top Hotels in Keene

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Keene Downtown
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Keene Downtown
2.5 out of 5
30 Main Street, Keene, NH
The price is CA $115 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

Located in the heart of Keene, this hotel is steps from Central Square and Colonial Theatre. Horatio Colony Museum and Historical Society of Cheshire County ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (396 reviews)

"Conveniently located right downtown on lovely Main Street."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Keene Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Keene Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Keene Downtown
3 out of 5
75 Railroad St, Keene, NH
The price is CA $110 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Located in the heart of Keene, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colonial Theatre and Central Square. Horatio Colony Museum and Historical Society of Cheshire ...

4.4/5Excellent! (583 reviews)

"excellent"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Keene Downtown
Best Western Plus Keene Hotel
Best Western Plus Keene Hotel
3 out of 5
401 Winchester St, Keene, NH
The price is CA $133 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cheshire Children's Museum and Colonial Theatre. Central Square and Stonewall Farm are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (994 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful and nice room Staff was very polite would stay there again"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2020

Best Western Plus Keene Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Keene

Perfect Getaway Home  In The Monadnock Region of NH
Perfect Getaway Home In The Monadnock Region of NH
Bennington, NH
The price is CA $163 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in a rural location, this family-friendly vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride Area, Harris Center for Conservation ...

5/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
COVID safe experience!

"This was a third visit and will continue to use this as our home away from home to get away from it all. We went during Christmas and there was a tree set up and the hosts were axkng as always and accommodating. Check in is easy and contact free. The house is immaculate and as people who are very ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 7, 2021

Perfect Getaway Home In The Monadnock Region of NH
Beautiful lakefront log home nestled in the pines
Beautiful lakefront log home nestled in the pines
Rindge, NH

Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Jowder's Cove Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Contoocook Beach and Cathedral ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Great family getaway

"Spacious home with lots of nooks for enjoying indoors, outdoors and views of the lake. We especially enjoyed the fire ring, kayaks and nearby bike path. Hiked Mt. Monadnock, which is a short drive away, and checked out a couple of scenic local towns. Good communication with owner."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2020

Beautiful lakefront log home nestled in the pines
Enchanting Rockwood Lakefront Home,Hot Tub, Boats, Bikes, Ping Pong, Pool, FUN!
Enchanting Rockwood Lakefront Home,Hot Tub, Boats, Bikes, Ping Pong, Pool, FUN!
Fitzwilliam, NH

Located in the mountains, this Fitzwilliam vacation home offers ski-in/ski-out access within 3 mi (5 km) of Rhododendron State Park and Little Monadnock Mountain ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (94 reviews)
Perfect 2 family lake house vacation :)

"This house was exactly what we needed for a much needed vacation. Two families- 4 adults, 4 kids, 2 dogs! The house had everything we needed and we loved its lakeside location. We enjoyed local hikes, walks, bike rides and of course kayaking and swimming in the lake! Thanks for an awesome week, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 29, 2020

Enchanting Rockwood Lakefront Home,Hot Tub, Boats, Bikes, Ping Pong, Pool, FUN!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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