Top Spots in Manchester

Manchester is the largest city in the Granite state and the tenth largest city in Northern New England and has been voted one of the top places to live in the United States.  This is both a family-friendly place to visit and also offers a great night life and dining scene. Here are just a few of our favorites: 


Delta Dental Stadium. Take me out to the ball game!  Yes, that’s right, Manchester is home to the Fisher Cats, minor league baseball team.  All of their home games take place at Delta Dental Stadium right in downtown Manchester.  The games offer a tremendous amount of family entertainment, food, prizes and sometimes even a fireworks show that will make you feel like it’s the 4th of July!  It is a fun and affordable way to see a professional baseball game with the cost and drive of going into Boston.  For the home game schedule, visit


Manchester City Parks.  The City of Manchester takes great pride in the abundance of green space in all of their beautiful parks, fields, golf course and trails.  Residents and visitors as well can enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities throughout the city.  Take time to see and experience new things like disc golf, history squares or the rail trail that now connects the City of Manchester to Goffstown.  The Sky’s the Limit in Manchester, NH! Check out and visit the Parks & Rec section. 


XO. Located at 827 Elm Street, is a fine dining experience yet modern hideaway serving New American fare, tapas and cocktails amid a lounge-style backdrop.  Their new menu features local, preservative-free ingredients and many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.  For hours and reservations visit or call 603-560-7998.  


Piccola Italia. Located just down the street at 815 Elm Street and owned by the same family as XO (the Paolini’s), is a vibrant yet homey authentic Italian restaurant.  In addition to serving many traditional Italian dishes, they have just introduced a new menu featuring lighter options, fresh seafood, vegetarian dishes and greens fresh of the grill.  For hours and reservations visit


Hanover Street Chophouse. Nestled in the heart of downtown Manchester on 149 Hanover Street, is an elegant fine dining steakhouse offering some of the finest cuts of steak and freshest locally sourced seafood.  They have also been recognized every year by Wine Spectator Magazine for the extraordinary 200+ wine bottle collection.  This is a hot and happening place and fills up quick so be sure to call (603-644-6427) before you go or visit


SEE Science Center. An interactive learning center established to promote the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The SEE Science Center was dedicated in April of 1986 and has been engaging visitors of all ages in the pursuit of science discovery ever since. The SEE Science Center is open 7 days a week. Check out hours at


900 Degrees. A pizzeria with two locations, the historic Mills in Manchester, and Brickyard Square, Epping NH. The restaurant’s concept developed around producing pizza as it was originally made in Naples, Italy. Utilizing wood fired brick ovens, an authentic dough recipe, and the freshest ingredients, 900 Degrees embodies the rich tradition of true Neapolitan pizza making. The owner Priscilla Lane Rondeau infuses her belief in protecting the environment into every aspect of running 900 Degrees including creating dishes that highlight New Hampshire’s local farm fresh ingredients. Check out  or call (603) 641-0900 for hours and reservations. 


Cotton. A restaurant featuring the cooking of multi-award winning Chef/Author/Owner Jeffrey Paige. Cotton is known for exceptional food, friendly yet professional service and an inviting, casual upscale atmosphere. Both a classic neighborhood restaurant (“One of the ten best neighborhood restaurants in the Northeast” by Bon Appetit Magazine) and a destination for diners throughout central New England, Cotton features sophisticated and eclectic American comfort food and an extensive wine list. Check or call (866) 470-8382. 


Millyard Museum. Operated by the Manchester Historic Association, the Millyard Museum is housed in Mill No. 3 at the corner of Commercial and Pleasant Streets in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. The story starts with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls 11,000 years ago and continues with displays on the area's early farmers and lumbermen, and the beginnings of industry in the area. Check out  for hours. 


Foundry. This restaurant offers deliciously balanced dishes, unique cocktails, local micro & craft brews, and an eclectic wine and whiskey list that appeals to all tastes. The Foundry is the largest certified Farm to Table restaurant in New Hampshire and with seasonal menu changes there is always something bold and new to try! Nestled on the Merrimack River, experience beautiful views while enjoying everything The Foundry has to offer. They feature live local musicians in our Bar & Lounge area on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. See for details. 


Derryfield Country Club. Located in the heart of Manchester, New Hampshire, Derryfield is a municipally owned 18-hole golf course. Derryfield provides challenging yet forgiving holes, that gives an experienced golfer or a beginner golfer an enjoyable round. For a tee time check out


Central Ale House. A destination for beer aficionados, Central Ale House features local handcrafted beer and over 32 beers on tap, with 20 beers on New England's first of its kind pour-your-own pay by the ounce beer wall. Enjoy the warm, comfortable ambience, friendly staff, and an eclectic menu of popular dishes while you relax with friends and catch a game on one of our flat screens. See for details. 


Murphy's Taproom. This pub opened in April 2007 in Manchester, NH, with 125 seats and 24 beers on tap. Since that time, their Irish pub has added a party room for functions and live music, a two-story deck that seats over 350, and a diner next door. They have also taken their beers on tap draft selection to 120 beers over 176 taps, the broadest menu in the state! They have live music daily during the summer months, as well as on winter weekends, and never have a cover charge. Check out their weeknight specials for some unbeatable deals. See for the endless beer list. 


Sky Zone. This is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. They are the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see.  They have been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” It is also a great experience for kids, providing activity hours and dodgeball games. Experience the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. Check out for hours and programs.

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22 Jun 2016

By Christine Shaw