Sandwiched between New Hampshire’s first and second largest cities, Merrimack is the perfect in between point between Nashua and Manchester. Close enough to get to either city within 10 minutes, yet far enough away to enjoy a quiet rural setting. This is what lures many people to choose Merrimack, New Hampshire as home. Once you are in Merrimack, there is plenty to do to keep you and your family busy!
Best things to do in Merrimack
Enjoy the Outdoors:
Enjoy the beautiful Wildcat Falls Park and Conservation Area which is located off Baboosic Lake Rd at the intersection of Currier Road and Hemlock Road. There is a small parking lot at the trail head but be aware that over flow parking is not allowed as it is adjacent to a residential neighborhood. The area includes 87 acres of pine and hardwood forest that runs along the Souhegan River. Bird watching, blueberry picking and hiking are the favored activities here. Bring a lunch and enjoy a snack along the sandy banks of the river.
Shop till You Drop:
If you are in the mood to go shopping, you have lots of choices at the Merrimack Premium Outlets. With over 100 outlet stores, including Nike, Banana Republic, Coach, Reebok and dozens of others, you are likely to find whatever it is you’re looking for at the Outlets. It is also an open air mall, so it is a great way to enjoy the fresh New Hampshire air while you get the best deals on your shopping days.
Merrimack is also home to one of the Anheuser-Busch Breweries. If you have ever been curious to learn how your favorite beers are made, they offer complementary tours daily. You can even go more in-depth into the beer making process with their “Brew Master” tours. Tours last about 1.5 hours and include time to visit the hospitality room, gift shop and the grounds.
Craft Beer fans also love a visit to the Able Ebienezer craft brewery. This veteran owned spot produces excellent red ales, a smoked IPA that is worth the trip alone and a distinct offering of seasonal beers too. Take a tour and find out how the owners started with a stainless steel pot and a hot plate in their garage. The Tap Room offers indoor and outdoor seating with heaters and is dog friendly. In the warmer months food trucks offer a variety of snacks and light meals.
Festivals and Events:
You also don’t want to miss out on the Great American Ribfest which is held annually on the Anheuser-Busch grounds in Merrimack. This festival runs for 2 days in the spring and features great BBQ food, live music, beer, corn hole and lots of family fun.
Enjoy festivities sponsored by the town at various points in the year too. The annual 4th of July parade, road race, concert and fireworks are fantastic. The Merrimack Premium Outlets in Merrimack sponsor several craft and artisan shows throughout the year. Check out their website for the details.
Speaking of great food and drink, Merrimack has no shortage of places to grab a bite to eat and a beer! If Steaks are on your mind, Buckley’s Great Steaks is the place to go! Looking for classic American food? Then the Homestead Tavern is worth a visit. You can’t miss the Lobster Boat which literally has a boat sticking out of the front of it, but you wouldn’t want to miss the seafood and lobster dinners and lunches that are served inside. Hands down this is the best lobster roll in the area.
Movies and Bowling:
There is also no shortage of activities to do in Merrimack. If you are in the mood to catch the latest new release movies, Apple Cinemas is conveniently located right off the Everett Turnpike. If you are looking for something more active, Merrimack Ten Pin or one of Merrimack’s many Parks and Recreation areas will appeal to you.
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