Things to do in Manchester

Sure, Boston is the most well-known of New England’s cities – but there’s more so much more the Northeast has to offer. Nestled in along the Merrimack River, Manchester is a cozy and bustling city in New Hampshire — and one of Vinnie Van GO’s favorites!

Manchester Airport has become a great alternative to the hassles of Logan, and whether you're just flying through of visiting Manchester for yourself, Vinnie's tips are here to help!




The TD Bank Summer Fest

This festival is a series of events throughout July and August in downtown Manchester that shows everything that this city has to offer. One of the most exciting events, the TD Bank Concert Series, is free to the public and changes its theme and opening number every night. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, family and friends and enjoy a beautiful night of music! Reserve a festival shuttle in Manchester with GO!

The Manchester Zombie Walk

If you’re in New Hampshire for Halloween, this event is a must-see. Join the zombie-themed parade through downtown Manchester – and don’t forget to practice your moans and groans! This is a great event for kids of all ages.

The Downtown Holiday Market

This series of craft markets held during the holiday season inside the Brady Sullivan Plaza is the first thing to ring in the season. More than 50 vendors, craftsmen and artisans set up stalls to sell homemade products and delicious food. This is also a perfect place to search for items on your Christmas shopping list.


Manchester is home to the SNHU Arena, just a short shuttle ride from downtown. This indoor arena hosts ice hockey, basketball and concert events throughout the year.

Address:
555 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 13101

For baseball, be sure to check out the local Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Reserve your baseball shuttle today!

Address:
1 Line Drive
Manchester, New Hampshire 03101


Zimmerman House

This landmark architectural structure, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has been a New England institution since the mid 20th century. For fans of art history, architecture, and interior design, this modernist house is a must-visit.

Address:
223 Heather St.
Manchester, NH 03104

Millyard Museum

If you want to learn more about New England’s history, then you must take a visit to the Millyard Museum. Located in the historic Amoskeag Millyard, the museum tells the local history of native people, early farms and lumberman, and the beginning of America’s industrialization.

Address:
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Weston Observatory

This historic structure on Oak Hill was originally built for public use in 1897, but was commandeered by the military during World War II. It has now been restored, and is one of the city’s main public attractions. If it’s a nice day, there’s no better place in Manchester to take your friends and family on a walk.


There are plenty of tours to take you around the best of Manchester. Vinnie Van GO loves the mountains, so he especially recommends the full day White Mountain Tour. It lasts approximately eight hours, and takes you through winding mountain roads and to the highest peaks with the best views. This is perfect for nature lovers – or those looking for the best spot to take a photo! If you’re looking for something with more history, you should definitely try out the day trip on the Mount Washington Cog Railroad. Jump on board this authentic locomotive for the day, with stops in the Sherman Adams Visitors Center, the Mount Washington Observatory Museum and the 1853 Tip Top House. This Manchester tour is perfect for families or groups with children.

New England is full of fantastic local foods. Vinnie Van GO has a few restaurants he always stops at when he’s in New England – and he’s made a guide of them just for you!

Red Arrow Diner

This classic diner is fantastic for comfort food. And it gets even better – this spot is open 24/7!

Address:
61 Lowell Street
Manchester, NH 03101

La Carreta

In the mood for some south of the border eats? La Carreta has some of the area’s best Mexican food. This place has fantastic service and reasonable prices – one of Vinnie’s favorites!

Address:
545 Hooksett Road
Manchester, NH 03104

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

This pizza spot has two locations, and the one in Manchester is always buzzing. There‘s no better pizza and pasta around.

Address:
50 Dow Street
Manchester, NH 03101


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