Travel Guide - Manchester, New Hampshire
Welcome to Manchester, the destination spot that provides easy access to all of New Hampshire’s scenic locations! Nicknamed the Queen City, Manchester is true royalty among New Hampshire cities. Straddling the banks of the Merrimack River, she's the largest city in northern New England and home to people who love the special lifestyle offered in the Granite State.
Visitors to the Greater Manchester area are only one hour from Boston, the Seacoast, the Lakes Region and the White Mountains, making it an excellent base camp for area excursions. Visitors will discover what residents know -- everything is right there. Shopping, dining, attractions, historic points of interest dating to the Revolutionary War and plenty more that keeps every day filled.
Visitors can enjoy the amenities of the area without the hassle of traffic and crowds. It is possible to fish, hike, golf and even ski without leaving the city. In the Manchester region, “the livin’ is easy”.
Fall tends to be a very busy time of year, particularly on the weekends when visitors come to the area to experience Nature’s transformation from fall to winter and colors abound. With the temperatures near 60 F during the Foliage season, it’s a perfect time for a ride or a walk virtually anywhere. Of course, a glass of apple cider is a must as well. Winter is cold but skiing is available nearby. With snow falling quite often, a quiet meal around a roaring fire is a delightful way to pass the time while watching the snow cascade to earth. Spring brings a rebirth to the area with an array of blossoms and colors. Summers are very pleasant with the daytime temperatures near 80 F, making it an ideal time to visit the many outdoor parks and attractions.
Regardless of the season, there is always something to do in this beautiful town.
One of the most popular sites to visit is the Singer Family Park which was founded by Peter Ramsey, director of Manchester's Palace Theater. Events at the Singer Family Park include the annual River Fest celebration and an old-fashioned Family Film Night. The Park is also the sporting venue for the New Hampshire Phantoms semi-pro soccer team. As the first legitimate-size soccer field in the state, it's the field of choice for high school events and Division II tournaments hosted by New Hampshire College. The field accommodates lacrosse games, as well.
For a taste of the city’s history, take a tour of General John Stark’s House The house was moved to this location from Londonderry, NH, where it was built in the 1730s. It was the boyhood home of Revolutionary War hero John Stark, who fought in the Battles of Bunker Hill, Trenton and Bennington and who coined the phrase "Live Free or Die". The house is now owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
For young children and the young at heart, be sure to visit the SEE Science Center.
SEE has been getting young people from toddlers to teens, excited about science since 1985. Hands-on exhibits dealing with light, electricity, gravity and momentum will engage all learners and show that science is fun and an important part of our everyday lives.
Nearby, there are a host of sites and activities as well from skiing to indoor professional sports, and even farms to visit. The Charmingfare Farm, located in nearby Candia has one of the largest collections of agricultural animals and North American wildlife in New Hampshire. The farm is home to more than 200 animals consisting of 30 different species. The Robert Frost Farm in Derry is another interesting site. Home of Poet Robert Frost from 1901 to 1909, the white clapboard structure is typical of New England homes in the 1880's and features furniture of the period. An interpretive nature trail runs through nearby fields and woods.
Whatever the time of year and whatever the visitor’s particularly interest, Manchester has something for everyone.