Entertainment – Manchester is particularly good for NH entertainment. From the 10,000 seat Verizon Wireless Arena on down, the city has several venues for productions of all sizes. There is always something going on. Your best option is to locate a copy of the Hippoupon arrival (distributed in more than 1200 locations) and scan the numerous listings. Their print vs. online versions have no comparison – pick up a copy!
If you are dying to use French language skills, or would enjoy knowing more about the culture, check out the many programs, lectures and informal gatherings offered by the Franco-American Centre.
If you have kids, you may want to visit Livingston Park, or travel to 6-7 miles north to Hooksett, and visit the Cinimagic & IMAX theater, Space Center or Cowabunga’s or 10-12 miles east to Charmingfare Farm or Liquid Planet Water Park. For sky-high adventure, travel 15 minutes south to SkyVenture and be sure to try their new wave pools, etc.
Museums - The city has several diverse museums, the largest two being the Currier Museum of Art and the See Science Center. Kids will especially enjoy the latter with their many 'hands on' exhibits. Others include:
The Amoskeag Hydro Station sponsors the Amoskeag Fishways, an environmental learning center featuring a 54 step fish ladder.
Sports – Manchester is home to a small ski area, and two semi pro sports teams, the Manchester Monarchs and NH Fisher Cats. 22 Miles northwest will bring you to Pat’s Peak, a quite nice ski area.
If you are still looking for more, and are willing to travel out a little further, consult www.tripbuzz.com or www.DirectoryNH.com.
Manchester is NH’s and Northern New England’s largest city with a population of about 110,000 and is often found in lists of ‘most livable’ cities, etc. It’s located on the banks of the Merrimack River and is near Massabesic Lake. Envisioned, planned and built as a great industrial center, in large part because of river enabled turbine power, Manchester became home to the largest cotton mill in the world. Other products included shoes, cigars, paper, rifles, sewing machines, fire engines and railroad locomotives. The many factories were immigration magnets for worker hungry factories. French Canadians were the predominate respondents.
Today most heavy manufacturing has left the city but the numerous historic mill buildings have been reborn as offices, museums, light manufacturing and retail spaces. Now a commercial, cultural and education center, Manchester's economy is quite vibrant and hosts several colleges, museums, the 10,000 seat Verizon Wireless Arena, a large mall and several shopping centers. The downtown area is heavily trafficked and quite diverse.
Almost all the Metro Manchester lodging is ‘national brand,’ typical accommodations. With high real estate costs, and few nearby bodies of water, area cabin and cottage offerings are few.
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