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Your Manchester, NH Area Guide

Ah, New England. Millions travel here every year to witness the amazing jewel tones of red and golden leaves in the fall, the pristine white snow blanketing the mountainous landscapes and rolling hills in winter, the sweet green of flowers and verdant farmland in the spring, and the just-warm-enough weather and vibrant lush greenery and farm-fresh produce of summer.

Manchester, NH Area Guide to Local Attractions, Sites and Points of Interest

Best Western Plus Executive Inn is just two miles from the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and offers courtesy shuttle service to and from the airport from 5 a.m. to midnight with a reservation. If you're flying in and have the time and desire to peruse the greater Manchester area, you will likely want to rent a car to see all that this picture-perfect area has to offer. Given the short-drive proximity to so many amazing attractions and points of interest, not to mention the scenic-by-nature routes to get there, this is definitely a state small and beautiful enough to warrant a road trip if you have the time.

Local Attractions

New Hampshire International Motor Speedway

Opened in 1990 amd located in Loudon, the speedway hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events each year and is about 30 miles away. The multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England and features a 1.058-mile oval speedway, with a total capacity for 105,491 spectators, and a 1.6-mile road course.

Aside from NASCAR race weekends, the speedway features several other events, including the FANtasy Drive Open House, when fans may drive their own car on the track, the Loudon Classic, the oldest motorcycle race in the country, and the Gift of Lights during the holiday season. 

  • Verizon Wireless Center (Concert Venue and Home of the Manchester Monarchs Indoor Football), 5 Miles
  • Mac’s Apple (Apple Picking!), 5.5 Miles Away
  • Gill Stadium (Baseball Games, Football Games and Concerts), 6 Miles Away
  • Currier Gallery of Art (Includes European and American Paintings), 7 Miles Away
  • Charming Fare Farm, 13 Miles Away
  • Christa McAuliffe Mueseum and Planetarium, 18 Miles Away
  • Historical Museum of New Hampshire, 18 Miles Away
  • Canobie Lake Park Amusement Park (May through September), 20 Miles Away
  • Rockingham Park Thoroughbred Horse Racing (June through September), 21 Miles Away

Local Sports Teams

New Hampshire Fisher Cats Baseball 

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are proud to serve the entire state of New Hampshire. Since October of 2003, the Fisher Cats have established themselves as a high profile business in the New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts market.  For more information check the New Hampsire Fisher Cats Website.

Manchester Monarch Hockey

The Manchester Monarchs offer exciting professional ice hockey action and family entertainment at affordable prices. Fans of all ages will enjoy the entertainment experience that the Monarchs offer the Manchester community! For more information call the Monarchs Front Office at (603) 626-7825 or visit the team online at

Colleges and Hospitals

  • Elliott Hospital, 4 Miles Away
  • St. Anselm College, 10 Miles Away
  • Southern New Hampshire University, 10 Miles Away

Nearby Cities

  • Derry, NH—2 Miles Away
  • Londonderry, NH—2 Miles Away
  • Bedford, NH—5 Miles Away
  • Hooksett, NH—5 Miles Away
  • Merrimack, NH—5 Miles Away
  • Concord, NH—17 Miles Away
  • Nashua, NH—19 Miles Away
  • Portsmouth, NH—30 Miles Away
  • Kittery, ME—40 Miles Away
  • Boston, MA—49 Miles Away

The Largest City in New Hampshire

Close to Londonderry and Concord as well as numerous other small New Hampshire towns, Manchester is just one of many cities or towns you'll be visiting when you come to our fair state. To that end, we're offering a comprehensive Manchester, NH area guide to encompass all that the area offers—both in Manchester and its surrounding areas.

A Few Helpful Details About Transportation

A free local shuttle from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. is available upon request. We're a mile from the Greyhound Boston Express terminal, which provides daily transport to Boston along with numerous stops throughout the East Coast. We're 48 miles from Boston Logan International airport, in case you're flying in or out of Boston and we provide complimentary shuttle services to the terminal from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 at night.

Manchester, NH Area Guide to Nearby Beaches  

Hampton Beach State Park

The most popular beach in the region, Hampton Beach State Park, located on Route 1A in Hampton, has been drawing visitors by the hundreds of thousands since the turn of the century. The beach is extremely wide and the water is invitingly warm. Amenities include a bath house and lifeguards.

Jenness State Beach

Located on Route 1A in Rye, New Hampshire, this is a great family beach with an ocean front setting, complete with lifeguards and a bath house.

North Hampton State Beach

Situated in the heart of the short New Hampshire Coast on Route 1A in North Hampton, North Hampton State Beach features a wide sandy shore with a small parking lot, bath house and life guards.

Sandy Beach

This small, picturesque beach in New Castle, New Hampshire is just 10 minutes from Portsmouth and features the U.S. Coast Guard Station at one end and a large seaside park—known as New Castle common—at the other. The beach is beautiful, with a rockier terrain and colder water than most Seacoast Beaches. Parking is available at New Castle Common, where there is an admission charge.

Seabrook Beach

Just down the road from Hampton Beach in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Seabrook is perfect for those seeking a quieter setting and has the added benefit of a beautiful expanse of sand dunes.

Wallis Sands State Beach

Just 15 minutes from Portsmouth in Rye, New Hampshire, this beautiful, sandy beach curves against the Atlantic Ocean, offering a gorgeous view when looking south from Route 1A. Featuring a large parking lot, showers, restrooms, a bath house, lifeguards and a store, this state park requires an admission fee.

These are only the highlights of all the many things to do in and around Manchester, NH. We hope you use our area guide as a starting point to discovering all the amazing experiences, sites, attractions and things to do in and around our gorgeous New Hampshire city.


Where Natural Beauty Meets Industrial Productivity

When you visit Manchester, NH—whether you're in town for a conference, a business meeting, a social event or are just traveling through the gorgeous New England terrain—you're always in for a harvest of natural wonders. Of course, Manchester began as a mill town, one of the most productive and important manufacturing cities during the industrial revolution.

That business, production and hard-work ethic has remained a proud part of Manchester's heritage. Countless corporations and businesses thrive in this area, welcoming professionals in all kinds of fields from all over the world. Additionally, this eclectic city is the largest in New Hampshire and is a perfect spot for conventions and conferences.

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