Manchester, New Hampshire
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Manchester NH - Overview
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
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