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Go apple picking at one of several beautiful local orchards: Apple Hill Farm, Carter Hill Orchard, or Gould Hill Farm. Rossview Farm offers homemade maple syrup, pick-your-own pumpkins and Christmas trees, and pick-your-own berries, as does Apple Hill Farm.
Want to try hiking? You'll find hundreds of beautiful trails in the White Mountains (an hour drive north) and elsewhere throughout the state, with difficulty levels suitable for absolute beginners to the most hardcore explorers. Check out the NH Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club for trail info – they also host regular meet-ups and group activities of all kinds.
To take a walk closer to home (but still close to nature), check out any one of Concord's 24 public trails.
Burn off some calories: Here are some other local ways to de-stress: yoga (there are too many studios to list, Google "yoga Concord NH"), martial arts (ditto here), rock climbing, As for local gyms, Planet Fitness is affordable on a student budget, and the Concord YMCA offers financial assistance to those who qualify. Here's a list of fitness centers in downtown Concord.
Go bowling – Boutwell's Bowling Center, at 152 North State St., (603) 224-0941, offers good, old-fashioned Yankee candlepin bowling.
Let your voice be heard: Beijing & Tokyo, 61 S Main St., (603) 228-0888, offers karaoke on Friday and Saturday evenings from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Pub crawls aren't necessarily advised while in law school, but they're possible in Concord, thanks to the many bars and pubs you'll find on and near Main Street: The Barley House, Tandy's Top Shelf, Margarita's, Penuche's, Cheers, The Draft, and Beijing & Tokyo's downstairs bar are just some of the possible stops.
Is the dance floor calling? Try Tandy's Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square, (603) 856-7614, which was voted Best Dance Club in Concord by a local weekly.
Looking for a jazz club? The Purple Pit, 3 Pleasant Street Extension, (603) 744-3234, features a speakeasy vibe of old: "Bring your favorite beverage and we will provide the atmosphere," says its website.
Go out to a movie: Concord is home to Red River Theatres, an independent theater located right on Main Street (at the intersection of Pleasant Street). Order a beer or glass of wine (most of which is from local breweries and wineries) and take in an indie flick, or head down Loudon Road to the Regal Concord 10 theater.
Go see a show: The Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, (603) 225-1111, is home to all sorts of productions, including music, theater, and dance. Recent headliners include Wilco, They Might Be Giants, and Willie Nelson.
Roller derby fan? The Granite State Roller Derby frequently does battle with other teams, and you can sit in the audience or join in – they accept new recruits the first Tuesday of every month.