Spring has sprung in Londonderry and more and more families are looking for reasons to escape the house. As the weather brightens, events, activities, and outdoor adventures “spring” up and families may be left asking, “What should we do today?” Here’s a list of ten local activities that’s sure to feature something for everyone.
1. Walk the Blossoms
With acres and acres of fruit trees, the blossoms that sprout each spring are almost as popular as the fruit that is picked each fall. From light and dark pinks to whites and greens, these flowers last only a few short weeks before they disappear and are replaced by the fruits of nature. Stop by one of the four orchards in town, walk the rows of trees, and take time to “stop and smell the flowers.” Just beware the bees; they’re buzzing busily this time of year!
2. Watch the LAFA Parade
Each year, hundreds of children, parents, and coaches parade on Mammoth Road dressed in uniform and led by a Londonderry firetruck. The early morning march takes the baseball and softball players from the Londonderry High School to the LAFA fields. Here, the first pitch of the season is thrown and the announcement to “play ball!” is made. This ceremonious event kicks off the season of LAFA games.
3. Satisfy the Sweet Tooth with Ice Cream
Opening mid-April, Mack’s ice cream stand boasts locally made Richardson’s Ice Cream from Middleton, Massachusetts. Flavors range from the simple vanilla to the complicated Death-by-Chocolate and Crunch-a-saurus and can be topped with a variety of extras. Located at 230 Mammoth Road, the ice cream stand is open daily from 12 to 9 PM.
4. One-Stop-Shopping with Deals for All
The Londonderry Flea Market opens each April as dozens of bargain hunters and sellers flock to the deals. From lightly used to handcrafted items and food and drink, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Visitors can expect to find new and used clothing and toys, antiques, wood carvings, furniture, and more! The flea market is open, weather permitting, every Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM until 3 PM.
5. Experience Art Take Life Before Your Eyes
The beginning of each May, visitors can watch as dozens of artists paint, sculpt, sketch, and more during Art-in-Action. Guests can mingle, ask questions, and purchase or just enjoy various aspects of art culture. Art-in-Action is held at Mack’s Apples Farm Stand each year.
6. Visit Adams Pond Day
The Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center‘s annual event, Visit Adam’s Pond Day encourages families to get out of the house and spend time in the great outdoors. Visitors can enter a raffle, learn more about the local trails, and take a hike into the woods of Londonderry.
7. Bike the Musquash Trails
Established in 1979, the Musquash Conservation Area has nearly 10 miles of trails on over 900 acres. Maintained by volunteers through the Londonderry Trailways, trails are open to walkers, joggers and bikers, but closed to all motorized vehicles. The Musquash offers a great place to “get lost” for the day.
8. Buy a Plant, Support a Local Cause
Treat Mom to something special on Mother’s Day by stopping by the Londonderry Grange Hall’s plant sale. Various flower and vegetable plants will be available and proceeds will benefit the Grange Hall. The sale takes place at the Grange Hall on Mammoth Road from 9 AM until 3 PM.
9. Cruise Cars of All Makes and Models
Though Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, visitors can come to the annual Memorial Day Car Show hosted by the Rotary Club. Featuring old fashioned, new fashioned and unique cars and motorcycles, visitors can vote for their favorites while snacking on delicious fair-style snacks. The show is held each year at Londonderry Square on Route 102.
10. More Shopping Popping up in Town
Throughout the spring, as houses are cleansed, yard sales become ever popular. From the small, one family homes to community-wide sales, Londonderry has some of the best stops for yard sale enthusiasts. Peruse around town, but come early, the best deals go first!