Manchester Nh

Finding family fun in Manchester, NH, is definitely not going to be a problem! There are year-round opportunities for fun here, as NH is a four-season state. Not only will you find a lot of interesting things to do and see, to entertain all age groups, your visit will prove to be an economical one as well. How? NH has no sales tax, so if you are in the mind to shop at the Mall of NH, or at any of the 60 downtown stores, you can buy more and pay less!

Here is a partial list of family-fun places to visit:


This interesting children’s museum is geared for ages 1 through 5. A small fee is charged for kids age 2 and up, but parents get in free. The Kaleidoscope is located at 250 Commercial St., in Manchester and their theme is “Creative Thinking Starts With Play.” There are tons of things to explore and touch.


The JFK Coliseum is an excellent ice-skating rink. Here, as a family, you can ice skate from September through April of each year. You can take lessons for figure skating and/or hockey, if anyone is interested. Phone for further info (603) 624-6565.


This venue provides indoor entertainment all year round. Here you will find a great variety of shows and concerts. Such big-name entertainers as Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, the Boston Pops and Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Big Top, to name just a few. This is the largest entertaining venue North of Boston, and features many well-known entertainers you would only expect to see in big cities, like Boston, New York , Chicago or Hollywood.


This is an excellent place to explore. It is a hands-on science discovery center for all ages. It was designed to make science interesting, educational and enjoyable all at the same time. Here you can spark children’s interest in scientific matters and discover new, fascinating things as a parent.


Here is where you will be able to witness the migration of wild fish during the months of May and June. Learn about the Merrimack River watershed and how important protecting our water resources are, no matter where we live. There is a fun and educational exhibit hall with easy-to-understand programs, teaching about the importance of protecting the environment and wildlife for future generations.

Incidentally, the Indian word,” Amoskeag” means “good fishing waters” and touring around in Manchester, you will see the name often, it is commonly used throughout the city on business doors.


Investigate the world’s largest LEGO replica of how the city of Manchester looked in the year 1900. It took 3 million lego bricks, approximately 8,000 mini figures, in and around the minuture city, and was created over a 2 year period. None of the LEGO’s were custom-made and if they were to form a line, end to end, they would reach Boston, which is an hour’s drive away!


Here on Holt Avenue, there is a wonderful display of the world’s largest Scouting memorabilia. A great collection of books and artifacts from national and world jamborees.


This art museum displays many renowned international paintings, sculptures and art pieces from the United States and Europe. Located at 201 Myrtle Way, Manchester.


If you are here in the Fall, there are Farmer’s Markets galore, offering their fresh summer grown vegetables and fruits. However, during late September and early October, traditionally you will find most folks who live in Manchester attending the oldest agricultural fair in the Northeast. The Deerfield Fair is just a few miles east of Manchester and features antique and modern farm implements, tractors, the biggest grown pumpkin and all things agricultural.

The fair has horse shows, amusement rides, the Miss Deerfield Fair contest, strolling musicians, tons of food, pig scramble contests, patchwork quilts, home-made jams, pies, cow, sheep and horse barns. Lots of animals being judged for ribbons and much more. And all this in the crisp, colorful Autumn surroundings, makes for a memorable day here in New England. Deerfield Fair is a tiny community, a few miles east of Manchester.


Again, located less than 20 minutes from Manchester, this is another must-see for the whole family. Open year-round, this working farm has domestic, and wild animals. The domestic animals are for touching and you can view black bears and mountain lions and other wild life safely in their habitat on the farm.

In the winter, sleigh rides through the “Winter Wonderland” are refreshing and/or romantic, complete with a bonfire, smores and steaming hot chocolate. Other tours are hayrides in summer and spring, or ride a horse on guided trails. Never been on a horse before? Not a problem, says the folks at Charmingfare Farm. Picnics and scenery and nature at its best is what your whole family will enjoy and remember for years to come.

Manchester, NH has a regional airport. Manchester has a wonderful location. It is in the center of one hour’s distance to the magnificent White Mountains, one hour from the hub-bub of Boston and one hour to the beautiful Atlantic beaches of the Hamptons and Rye.

Manchester has all the advantages of a modern-day city, with a lot of old fashioned blended architecture. No skyscrapers here in this city, however, you will not find miles of congested traffic and smog. Instead you will find a fun city in which to walk around in and enjoy.

As for the food in Manchester or at the Deerfield fair, in a word, YUM!

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