Canoe on the Merrimack River
Throughout New Hampshire and even in a city environment like Manchester where the Merrimack River flows through the city, there is kayaking or canoeing. Please wait until after the water calms down at the end of the Spring thaw though. Unless you're into the white water rafting!
Commercial street has renovated the factories and filled them with, cafes, resteraunts, universites, clubs, pubs, bars, lofts, apartments, gyms, businesses, and museums. It's a bit of old world style with new world commerce at Manchester's Commercial street.
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We were only passing through Manchester on our way to Vermont but I thought it looked like a lovely town and would have liked to have spent at least half a day there. The two things that looked most interesting were the Currier Gallery of Art and a Frank Lloyd Wright house.
One thing we did stop for was a rest area about 10 miles north of Manchester. There was nothing scenic there, just a liquour store with very cheap booze! Dad said the Jack Daniels was about $10 cheaper (for a 1/2 gal) than in Vancouver, WA.