Our local area is rich with recreation, activities, historical sites and fun for locals and visitors of all ages.
On this page we highlight some of our favorite things to do and see in the area. Let us know some of your favorites and we will definitely add them to the page to share with everyone.
Manchester Parks & Recreation
The Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, also known as the “Rec Park” encompasses more than 95 acres and houses the Park House, 6 lane swimming pool with diving board, three baseball diamonds, softball field, multipurpose athletic fields, three playgrounds for kids of all ages, one-mile walking path, a dog park, a skateboard park, three outdoor basketball courts and three tennis courts. A trail in the northeast corner of the park leads to Riley Rink. Restrooms are available at the Park House.
The Park is open daily until 10:00PM and is located off Bonnett Street (Route 30) on Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center.
For more information about activities, hours and to register for programs, visit their site at manchester-vt.gov/town-parks-info/
Factory Point Town Green
The Town Green is located in the heart of Manchester on Depot Street near the intersection of Main Street. The nearby waterfall provides for perfect setting for sitting on the grass and enjoying the sun or throwing a frisbee with friends. Here you can see two historic items, a local history interpretative marker and a marble monument from 1912 that was part of the original Center Bridge. There is also a stage where summer concert series are held.
This park is a small park located at the intersection of Main Street and Center Hill Road, just north of the downtown area. Between June and October, on Thursdays between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Adams Park hosts the Manchester Farmers’ Market.
Looking to get our on your bicycle? See the beauty of the area from two wheels!
There are many terrain and route options for those looking to get out on the trails or roads. Whether going out on your own or taking the whole family, you’ll find a trail or route that’s just right for your skill level.
Check out the BikeManchesterVT.com website for information on local trails and routes and don’t forget to wear your helmet and be safe.
Northshire Civic Center – Riley Rink
Northshire Civic Center is a 35 acres recreation complex on Route 7A in Manchester Center. With 22,000 square feet of open floor space and an Olympic-sized indoor skating rink, it is Southern Vermont’s premier civic center for sports, events and exhibitions.
Northshire Civic Center is a community, non profit civic center for sports, events & exhibitions that provides quality athletic, cultural and social programming for children, teens, adults and families.
Offering public and private ice skating. Skate rentals are available. Enjoy all the action from the Paul Schimpt Warming room. Private party space is available too.
Learn more about Riley Rink on their website.
All Trails Vermont
If you like hiking and seeing the best of Vermont by foot or bike, this is the website for you. With 518 hand curated trail maps, detailed reviews, photos and more from hikers, campers and nature lovers you are going to be able to find exactly what you are looking for.
You can search by categories like kids, birding, waterfalls, no dogs, fishing, partially paved, strollers and so much more to find exactly what fits your activity level.
Check out All Trails website today.
Vermont Association of Snowmonbile Travelers (VAST)
VAST is responsible for the organization and the sport of snowmobiling, maintaining and grooming over 5,000 miles of trails throughout Vermont. VAST has 127 clubs statewide with over 24,000 members.
The network of trails covers the entire state through the cooperation of thousands of landowners. If you like to get out of the snow on a “sled” then you have to check out VAST and their trail system.
Check out the VAST website.