Merrimack Valley

A step back in time—to a day in the life of a Shaker community or a thrilling ride on the 85-year-old Yankee Cannonball wooden coaster … A look inside an architectural masterpiece … A close encounter with the Budweiser Clydesdales … A chance to fly like a superhero without leaping from tall buildings … A farm to remind you of Earth's bounty … A planetarium to spark your dreams of distant stars. New Hampshire's Merrimack Valley will entertain and enthrall you.

Vacation time should be about expanding your boundaries, and in the Merrimack River Valley, where waterpower fueled a booming 19th-century textile industry, it's easy to get into the flow of new possibilities.

Our biggest, most vibrant cities make the Merrimack Valley Region New Hampshire's commercial, cultural, and culinary hub. Be sure to check the calendar of star-quality performances at Capitol Center for the Arts in our capital city, Concord. Explore the cosmos at the McAuliffe–Shepard Discovery Center, which honors two New Hampshire space heroes. If you're flying into Manchester–Boston Regional Airport, don't fly off without participating in some of locals' favorite pastimes. Manchester—the largest city in New Hampshire—is home to our sports teams, and after cheering with us for the Manchester Monarchs AHL team at Verizon Wireless Arena or for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Double-A baseball team at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, you can join us in agonizing over the selection of 100-plus draft beers at Strange Brew Tavern.

Nashua rounds out the Merrimack Valley's "Big Three," and yes, it's a city, but with distinct country pleasures like a cross-country ski area and a 325-acre city park. At SkyVenture, you can "fly" in a vertical wind tunnel, then rock-climb or surf the waves indoors year-round.

Make one of our energetic cities your vacation home base, then choose your own Merrimack Valley adventure: Treat the kids to a day at Canobie Lake amusement park; contemplate the mysterious megaliths at America's Stonehenge; photograph Hopkinton’s covered bridges; savor the tranquility of poet Robert Frost’s farm in Derry.

Each new experience will fully engage and delight you: Now that's entertainment.