Take some time off to absorb some spectacular European and American art. The Currier Museum of Art presents a fine collection of paintings, photographs as well as sculptures. It is however most known for its Impressionist paintings, which feature the works of greats such as Picasso, Monet and O'Keeffe. There is also a good collection of glass paperweights, which includes some priceless French glass pieces. Exhibitions, tours, and concerts are organized through the year for the true enthusiasts. Don't forget to pick up a unique souvenir from the gift store on your way out.
For a journey like no other, take a walk through Bedrock Gardens. Started in 1987, this 20-acre (eight-hectare) garden allows visitors to travel on a journey through the gardens. Famed for its landscape design, horticulture and art, there is so much for visitors to do during the couple of hours it takes to cover the garden. The owners have thoughtfully sketched out a journey to follow with starting points, places to go and things to do along the way. With various specimens of flora, fountains, sculptures, wildlife, pond, and even woodland trails, this magical place will definitely take your breath away. The garden is currently privately owned and is only open to the public four days a year.
A museum which details the history of the area in which Manchester was formed, the museum tells the story all way back to the origins of human civilization in the area 11,000 years ago. Then visitors are taken on a ride through time focusing on the years when Manchester with the Amoskeag Millyard were a industrial force to be reckoned with. Exhibits continue all the way up to the present day with Manchester as a great place for people to move to, live, and work. Artifacts on display make the past seem more real, and there are a number of exhibits to peak the interest of children. A way to understand Manchester's past.
How often do children sit in a science classroom, bored by what their teachers are explaining? Much too often! This will never happen at the SEE Science Center where exhibits, demonstrations, and displays help children and adults understand the world around us. Robots, gyroscopes, lights, electricity - all can be experienced at the Center. One of the most popular exhibits combines history with science and fun. The largest permanent LEGO minifigure structure in the entire world resides in the SEE Science Center. It depicts the Amoskeag Millyard at the height of its power as the largest producer of textiles in the world. The scale, 55:1 matches the scale of the LEGO people to make the exhibit as accurate as possible.
One of the largest in New Hampshire, this sprawling state park boasts a vivid tapestry of bogs, marshes and drapes of charming, forested expanses. A wonderland for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, this 10,000-acre (4046-hectare) park is delightfully cleaved by winding, crisscrossing trails. Home to campgrounds (of which the Bear Brook Camp is part of the National Register of Historic Places) and spaces for archery, the park is traversed by a meandering stream called Bear Brook. The park also harbors a stunning museum ensemble which includes the New Hampshire Antique Snowmobile Museum, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. This expanse of wooded wilderness is the crown jewel of New Hampshire.
Ensconced amid lush greenery from all four sides, the Amoskeag Falls gracefully cascades over the Merrimack River's western banks. Jewel-blue waters dropping from a height of 50 feet (15 meters) and shimmering in the sunlight make for a captivating sight. Teeming with diverse marine life such as migratory sturgeon, salmon, and alewife, Amoskeag Falls is an angler's paradise. One of the main reasons why Manchester is the megapolis that world knows today, the surging waters of the falls lured the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company to start their hydropower plant in 1807 near it, attracting settlers from all over the United Kingdom to its lands.
Culturally rich, the city of Manchester also gives a lot importance to literature and associated skills. This is proven by the fact that the city provides for two public access libraries to its people. The Manchester City Library located in the interiors is the main library and the West Manchester Community Library is its branch. Both are located in huge city council owned buildings and are open to all. The West Manchester Community Library, though is a branch of the main city library, houses a massive collection of books offering a lot of variety. Also, its hall serves as a common venue for events like readings, books releases, discussions and so on.
The Lafayette park, one of the many beautiful sites in Manchester is truly a sight for sore eyes. A stroll, sitting on the benches, poetry writing, being pensive, trying to get away from it all or just watching the kids play; Lafayette park brings a sort of calm over you. So if you're ever in Manchester don't forget to drop by into this little park where smiles and joy is galore.
A combination of fun-filled sports is what Raco-Theodore Park has in store for you. With the all access Raco-Theodore pool located right in the center, the park also provides for a few sports facilities including a playground. At the outdoor pool, one can not only enjoy but also take some serious swimming lessons. Besides, the place has ample of greenery and wide trails to exercise your way out. Raco-Theodore Park surely makes for one of the happening recreation grounds in the city with calm and relaxing environments.