If you’ve been reading this blog for some time then you realize that I value the importance of budgeting your expenses but being within a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here’s my top 10 things to do in Southern New Hampshire.
10. Currier Museum
This little gem is located right under our noses in downtown Manchester. It is located on Ash St. and free parking located at the Prospect St. lot. The museum has over 12,000 volumes, periodicals, artist files and auction catalogs focusing on European and American Art. They have the likes of Renoir, Picasso, Monet and Grandma Moses. Free admission to New Hampshire residents on Saturdays from 10am-12pm.
9. Ball Game
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium – Located in downtown Manchester. Check out a game to see the Toronto Blue Jay’s double A baseball team the Manchester Fisher Cats. The stadium was opened in 2005 and very accommodating to all. Tickets are as low as $6 but beware once you get in because food and drink prices are about what they are down at Fenway Park. You could also sit at the Hilton Garden Inn and sit dead center while eating some great food. This is where my wife and I went on our first date!
Holman Stadium – Located in Nashua and features the Nashua Silver Knights. They are a summer baseball team competing in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) consisting of 24 players primarily from New England. To keep with the theme, they also do $1 beer nights every Thursday home game.
8. Go for a Hike
As soon as the weather gets warmer (hopefully sooner rather than later!) my wife and I will start hitting up the local trails. For easy trails we will usually walk the Goffstown Rail Trail. It’s 5.5 miles from the Manchester line to the center of Goffstown. Another great trail is Mine Falls located in Nashua. It butts up against the Nashua High School South and has 325 acres of forest and wetlands. For a little more challenging hike try Mt. Uncanoonuc in Goffstown. There is a North and South mountain both about 1,300 feet high. Once you get up at the to you’ll be able to see the city of Manchester.
You don’t have to drive very far to find a campground in NH! There are many close by like Saddleback Campground in Northwood or Twin Oaks Campground in Epsom. You can’t go wrong for about $25/$30 a night.
My wife and I got some surfing lessons last summer at Summer Sessions in Rye NH. Right across the street is Jenness Beach and the waves were right for our beginning level. We had such a blast and might rent some boards this year and try it on our own. The lessons were $40/pp which included the wet suits, boards and lasted about 30-40mins. If you want to just go for it rentals are $20 for a half day.
5. Brewery Tour
Nothing wrong with sampling some adult beverages! The Anheuser-Busch plant is located in Merrimack and a great way to see how they brew one of the most widely sold beers in the U.S. You can also view their Clydesdales when their around so you don’t have to feel guilty bringing your children. It is free to take this tour.
New Hampshire also has some great micro breweries like Smuttynose Brewing Company in Portsmouth where all they ask is a $2 donation for their tours. You can also finde White Birch Brewing in Hooksett doing tasting events all over the state.
3. Hit up the Beach
The summer and beaches go together like peanut butter and jelly. Hampton Beach is great to check out especially now that they renovated it. I remember as a kid walking up and down the boardwalk and playing catch on the beach. Lots of stuff to do and lots of places to stuff your face. Parking can be a bit tough but if you park at the south beach lot it’s $15 for the day.
I love going out with my buddies to play a round of golf. In no way am I a superb golfer but I enjoy going out and getting the exercise. It only takes 1 shot to make me want to come back. I love to play Green Meadow Golf Club just outside of Nashua in Hudson NH. It has 2 courses the “Prarie” and (the welcome to the) “Jungle.” The price point is great at $43 for 18 holes and the course is maintained well.
Nashua and Manchester have revitalized their downtowns and the benefit of this are the great restaurants. I love to go to new places and try them out. Of course this can get expensive so I often check out NH Dinning 4 Less to get half off coupons.
So what’s in your top 10? Did I miss anything?
[Photo courtesy of DonkeyHotey]