Merrimack Valley Region
Explore the Merrimack Valley region of New Hampshire which encompasses the southern portion of the state and includes the cities of Manchester, Nashua, Salem and Concord. This area is also the most populated. It is defined by the Merrimack River that runs through it.
The Merrimack Valley is named and defined by the river that runs through it. The Merrimack River was an essential element of early life here and to the development of many surrounding towns. Today, the river provides a home to countless species of wildlife, a recreation area for kayakers and boaters and an arena for fisherman to try their sport.
This southern part of the state is unquestionably the "hub" of New Hampshire, where the largest portion of the population lives and works. The largest city, Manchester, which has a population of over 100,000 residents, is an old "mill town" that has seen a rebirth in recent years. It's where you'll find the Verizon Wireless Arena, home to the Manchester Monarchs hockey team, and the premiere concert venue in the state. It's also home to the State Capital, Concord, where you'll see the golden domed capitol building, circa 1819, towering over the city.
The city of Nashua, which has been named one of the top 5 places to live by Money Magazine, is a border town, popular with shoppers who come from Massachusetts to enjoy tax-free shopping. In nearby Merrimack you'll find the famous Budweiser Clydesdales residing at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. In Salem, the largest amusement park in the state, Canobie Lake Park, attracts visitors who enjoy roller coasters, water rides and cotton candy. In smaller towns, like Londonderry and Deerfield, only a few steps away from the larger cities, you'll find apple orchards, roadside farm stands, and all of the trappings of country life.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon is home to several NASCAR races each year, making it a beloved destination for motor sports fans across the country. Popular swimming spots include the 9,600-acre Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown and Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham.
Wherever you happen to be in the Merrimack Valley, you are never far from the city or the country. You are a short drive away from the big city life of Boston, lakes, mountains and the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean lapping the shore. Whatever your interests, from sports to art to hiking or biking, you are bound to find something here that you'll love. More than any other part of the state, what you'll find here, is diversity.
Explore the Merrimack Valley
A part of this bridge was originally part of the entrance to the Covered Bridge Craft Store in Nashua, NH. When the store...
The Henniker bridge was built by Milton Graton and his son Arnold in 1972 using traditional methods. For example, the framed...
The structure was originally built when the Concord and Claremont Railroad laid its first 33 miles of track from Concord to...
The bridge was built by Horace Childs of Henniker with the help of his brothers Enoch and Warren. The Burr type construction is...
This little known bridge is one of the few located in the Merrimack Valley Region.
State Parks and Beaches
Silver Lake State Park spans 80 acres and its sandy 1,000-foot beach curves along 34-acre Silver Lake. Popular activities in the...
Pawtuckaway State Park offers a variety of landscapes, with something to do and see for everyone. There are many opportunities...
This wooded park with pond and wetlands is excellent for nature walks. Universally accessible trails and fishing.
Located about five miles east of the town of Weare, Clough State Park is located on the shore of Everett Lake, a 150-acre lake...
Bear Brook, with nearly 10,000 acres, is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Located in the southeast region of...
Petals in the Pines is a certified Nature Explore Classroom by Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research...
The Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum is home to one of the finest displays of Scouting memorabilia in the world! Located at Camp...
Liquid Planet is a locally-owned and family-run business inspired by New Hampshire's great outdoors.
The Massabesic Audubon Center sponsors many programs throughout the year.
Come where day magically becomes night.
The Susan N. McLane Center is Audubon's longest established center. In addition to being a program center, the building is also...
The Museum of Family Camping is dedicated to Roy B. Heise (1910-1991), whose dream it was to open a museum to display his...
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire is the home of the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society.
Located in Concord, the State House, made of Concord granite, was completed in 1819, with additions in 1866 and 1910.
Hands-on discovery science center. More than 80 exhibits, including exhibits on sound, light, motion and simple machines.
The headquarters for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is located in East Concord on a bluff overlooking...
Inside of one of the brick Amoskeag Mill buildings in Manchester, NH is a museum that takes visitors back in time through 11,000...
The Currier Museum of Art offers you a unique opportunity to explore the world of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Zimmerman House is the...
The Discovery Room at Fish and Game's Concord headquarters is a window on New Hampshire's great outdoors... complete with a...
The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum featuring European and American paintings, decorative arts,...
Visit the largest collection of agricultural animals and North American wildlife in New Hampshire.
The National Historic Landmark has 25 original buildings situated on a rolling hilltop surrounded by open fields, woodlots, and...
First opened as a street railway amusement facility, Canobie Lake Park was immediately heralded as the finest pleasure resort in...
Year round programs for adults and children.
Quality, tradition and a century-old reputation for brewing the world's finest beers have made the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour a...
The Amoskeag Fishways offers award winning school programs, public programs for all ages, family nights, pre-school programs,...
Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure.
The mission of America's Credit Union Museum is to tell the human side of the credit union story.
Small nature center featuring collections, interpretive exhibits, library, trails, and natural science classes for children and...
The Museum of New Hampshire History offers exhibitions on the state's heritage and traditions as well as a variety of programs...
At their Visitors Center, you can sample their scrumptious yogurt and buy it at discount prices.
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The Taylor Sawmill is situated on the 71-acre Ballard State Forest in Derry, New Hampshire.
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