A shot of Livingston Park

Southern New Hampshire University is fortunate to be situated on the outskirts of New Hampshire’s largest city, while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the granite state. With Manchester only ten minutes down the road, there are many local destinations of enjoyment for college students. Whether you want to get off campus or explore what Manchester has to offer, here is a list of the best hang out spots near campus.

Ben and Jerry’s

Who doesn’t like ice cream? Ben and Jerry’s is America’s favorite ice cream parlor as they offer dozens of delicious flavors at reasonable prices. From Chunky Monkey to Phish Food, Ben and Jerry’s has a flavor for everyone, even sorbet and dairy-free options for lactose free customers! Located at 940 Elm Street, Ben and Jerry’s is a hub spot on warm fall and spring days. Grab some friends and grab some delicious, refreshing ice cream!


Located just five minutes away from campus, Tucker’s restaurant is one of Hooksett’s most prized breakfast spots. Customers will be greeted with a smile before entering the cozy atmosphere of Tucker’s. They offer everything from coffees to teas to omelets to pancakes, and all  oftheir food is made from homemade recipes. So, when you’re not feeling Dining Hall food, head on down to Tucker’s, located at 1328 Hooksett Road, for tasty homemade delights.

Red Arrow

Ever wanted the opportunity to sit in the same seat as blockbuster superstar Adam Sandler? Well, if you go to Red Arrow Diner at 61 Lowell Street in Manchester, you may be able to do just that! Red Arrow Diner is one of the nation’s most notable diners. They have won several awards and Guy Fieri has featured them on his hit Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Drives.” They are open 24 hours a day, so when you crave French toast at 3 a.m., take a drive over to Red Arrow for a hearty, satisfying meal.

Mall of New Hampshire

In need of a dress or chocolate platter? Take a trip to the Mall of New Hampshire at 1500 South Willow Street in Manchester. The Mall of New Hampshire is New Hampshire’s largest indoor mall and has approximately 80 stores. Stores include Forever 21, Apple, Charlotte Russe, Express, Lindt, Pandora, Sears, and Verizon. They also have a large food court and a Buffalo Wild Wings for when you crave wings or just want to watch the latest football game on the big screen. The Mall of New Hampshire is open from 11-8 daily, with some stores and restaurants open longer. Head to the Mall of New Hampshire for current fashions and good food. You might even score some good deals!

Sky Zone

Need to burn off some energy? Head to Sky Zone for some jumping fun! Sky Zone is a trampoline park located at 500 Valley Street in Manchester. Attractions and programs include freestyle jump, which features massive wall to wall trampolines for endless aerial action, ultimate dodgeball, sky slam basketball and a foam zone for when you want to show off your inner gymnast. They also have special glow in the dark nights most weekends for extra trampoline enjoyment. Buy tickets online or at the door. It costs $10 per person for a half hour session and $15 for an hour-long session. You will also need to purchase special SkySocks for an additional $3, but these can be reused every time you go.

Spare Time Entertainment

Practice your bowling skills at Spare Time Entertainment located at 216 Maple Street in Manchester. Grab a group of friends and face off in casual competitive games and get food from their own fast food restaurant. Go on Tuesdays for a discounted price (only $2 per game!). Otherwise, pay $5 per game. Check their website for special events.

Livingston Park

If you’re in the mood to relax and escape from the daily grind, take a stroll through Livingston Park at 156 Hooksett Road in Manchester. Livingston Park is the city’s largest park and has a running track, baseball diamond, playground, swimming pool and boardwalk around a pond. The park is an ideal location for sitting back with a book and enjoying nature. It also has a variety of locations to take pictures, especially around the pond and boardwalk.

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