Whether you live in Manchester or are just visiting, there’s always something to do in Manchester, Vermont! With over forty restaurants in Manchester, and even more in the surrounding towns, Manchester is sure to have a restaurant to suit your tastes. Manchester is home to countless national and locally-owned stores, too. Stay connected while touring Manchester. The Town hosts a downtown Wi-Fi network that extends through most of the commercial core. Make sure to stop into the new Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, located at 39 Bonnet Street, just off the button roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Bonnet or follow the blue question mark signs to the Welcome Center.
There are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities in and around Manchester. The Town hosts the areas largest and most exciting Fourth of July fireworks celebration at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. In the summer, the Town closes historic Main Street for the night for StreetFests, which features music, food and drink and local vendors.
The Town’s parks and recreation facilities are open to residents and visitors alike. The 88 acre Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park includes the newly erected Park House and Activity Room, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and one-mile jogging path and the Town swimming pool is open during the warmer summer months.
Check out a professional soccer game during the summer months when our own Vermont Voltage takes to Applejack Field at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. During the fall and spring seasons Applejack Field plays host to Burr and Burton football, soccer and lacrosse.
The Town also has two great downtown parks — Adams Park and Factory Point Town Green. Both parks are great for picnicking or enjoying a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper on a park bench. The Factory Point Town Green hosts the summer concert series while Adams Park hosts the Manchester Farmers’ Market on Thursday afternoons between June and October.
Manchester hosts some of the most beautiful areas of the Green Mountain National Forest. Hike up Lye Brook Falls Trail, in the Lye Brook Wilderness, or get a bird’s eye view of Manchester from Prospect Rock Trail, located off of Rootville Road, a town trail. Beartown Road, another town trail, extends from Three Maple Drive to the Town of Sandgate. The Equinox Preservation Trust provides a vast network of trails on Equinox Mountain for all ages and abilities, including a trail to the summit.
During the snowy winter months Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home offers cross country skiing. Year round, Hildene is open for tours and offers a variety of cultural and educational programs. Riley Rink, a not-for-profit organization, offers “open skate,” figure skating, hockey, curling and broomball.
Southern Vermont Arts Center, located off of West Road, celebrates visual and performing arts. Manchester Music Festival offers classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. And Hills Alive is a collaboration of arts and culture organizations in and around Manchester.
Want to catch the most recent Hollywood flick or a documentary? In 2013 the Manchester community banded together to save its two-screen movie theater. Residents and frequent visitors raised over $200,000 to purchase new digital equipment for our two screen movie theater, the Village Picture Shows.
For more information about upcoming events in Manchester contact The Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce at (802) 362-6313 and the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at (802) 362-1439.