Check out these convenient, budget-friendly activities
Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes lots of things to do and see in the Manchester area. After a busy week of classes and studying, you’re probably looking for ways to relax and enjoy the weekends. We’ve got ideas for a few budget-friendly destinations and events. Try something new—they’re sure to help you unwind and recharge.
If you love history, science, or art, there are several museums that are perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
- The Currier Museum of Art houses American and European works, as well as special exhibitions. Students admission is $10.
- The Millyard Museum explores the history of Manchester and its people and the story of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. Students pay $6 admission.
- The SEE Science Center is a hands-on, interactive museum for all ages. Admission is $9.
- New Hampshire Antique Co-op in nearby Milford is showing From Diners to Detectives: American Vintage & Antique Signs, a retrospective exhibit and sale of advertising signs from the 1800s to the present. Open every day through September 30. Admission is free!
There’s no shortage of outdoor recreation opportunities in Manchester. Lake Massabesic and parks such as Livingston Park offer natural settings to see the gorgeous New England foliage. Hike, walk, run, bike, boat, picnic, or play baseball, flag football, and Frisbee with friends. Start with this list of trails and recreational facilities.
Take a mini road trip
- Spend a Saturday meandering the Concord Farmers Market, one of the oldest in the state. Pick up locally grown and/or organic items, including meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, honey, plants, flowers, and body care products. The market is located on Capitol Street next to the State House.
- While you’re in Concord, stop by the Mill Brook Gallery for a stroll through the Sculpture Garden, which features work by regional artists. Admission is free.
- What would fall be without pumpkins? Just a short drive from Manchester, Goffstown features the Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Regatta on October 14–15—when people ride their giant pumpkins down the river! There’s also a 10K run, a relay for kids, and pumpkin catapults and races. Admission is free.
Get your foodie groove on
- Check out the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, September 8–10. A quick drive to the coast and a $5-10 entry fee provides access to all kinds of scrumptious food. Think of it as a big, tasty beach party!
- Strawbery Banke historic site in Portsmouth is always worth a visit, but make the drive on October 8 for the 28th Annual WHEB Chili Cookoff. Adults pay $7. It's part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival. Register to run in the 5th Annual Memorial Bridge 5K that same day (to make room for all those calories) and enjoy free admission!
There’s almost an endless list of events and places to explore in and around Manchester. Once you’ve finished your studying, get out and see all that the area has to offer!
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