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In Rochester, New Hampshire

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome you to the City of Rochester, New Hampshire!

Rochester, located in the northern portion of New Hampshire's Seacoast region offers the convenience of a growing and prospering city combined with scenic delights, a great location and friendly people. Beautiful in all season, Rochester is famous for its lilacs in the spring, blooming flowers in the summer, spectacular autumn foliage and fresh-fallen winter snow.

Rochester offers a whole variety of recreational activities and is fortunate to have valued amenities such as: public parks, playgrounds, sport fields, gymnasiums, picnic areas, pools, indoor skating rink, health clubs, dance studios, golf course, hiking trails, arts and cultural venues and so much more.

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For local and state maps and attractions contact your Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce at (603)332-5080.

 

Rochester Recreation Department:

150 Wakefield Street, Suite #1
Rochester, NH 03867

(603)332-4120

 

Rochester Arena:

63A Lowell Street
Rochester, NH 03867

(603)335-6749

 

YMCA of Strafford County

35 Industrial Way, #106
Rochester, NH 03867

(603)332-7334

 

Skyhaven Airport:

238 Rochester Hill Road
Rochester, NH 03867

(603)332-0005

 

Skydive New England:

40 Skidave Lane
Lebanon, ME 04027

(207)339-1520

 

Rochester Country Club:

94 Church Street
Rochester, NH 03839

(603)332-9892

 

Double Eagle Golf:

30 Rochester Neck Road
Rochester, NH 03839

(603)948-2037

 

Rochester Museum of Fine Arts:

150 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

 

Children's Museum of NH:

6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820

(603)742-2002

 

Rochester Performance & Arts Center:

32 North Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867

(603)948-1099

 

Rochester Opera House:

31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

(603)335-1992

 

 

 

 

Arts & Entertainment

The Rochester Opera House is a non-profit organization, presenting an annual performance season of shows for children, teens, adults, and seniors.  Built within City Hall in 1908, this beautifully restored theater is the only remaining theater in the world with a unique mechanism that raises the orchestra floor at an incline for amphitheater seating and levels the floor for dancing.

The Rochester Performance & Arts Center (RPAC)is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, New Hampshire. Opened in 2017, and just around the block from the historic Rochester Opera House, RPAC is an intimate venue offering affordable entertainment, educational programming, and event spaces for private parties and community gatherings.

The New Hampshire Farm Museum consists of two adjoining farmsteads situated on 50 acres on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire. In addition to a collection of historic buildings and barns, agricultural exhibits, displays, and collections, they are also a working farm. The NH Farm Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and carrying forward NH's agricultural heritage while sharing the authentic beauty of rural farm life.

The Children's Museum of NH, located in nearby Dover, offers many exciting interactions with their various exhibits. They strive to actively engage families with hands-on discovery through their camps, classes and workshops, as well as their Adventure Playground and Exhibits. The Children's Museum offers Online learning and fun sessions for activities and resources to support at-home learning.

The Rochester Fair takes place annually at the Rochester Fair Grounds in September. One and all are invited to come out to see the circus, ride the rides, look at the various exhibits, play fair games, win prizes and taste food from the many vendors present. Farm animals are also present for viewing, Miss Rochester Fair is awarded and the School Bus Derby takes place in the ring.

The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is a community art initiative dedicated to the accessibility of contemporary works made by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. Founded in 2011, the museum works to enrich people’s lives through the presentation of fine art. The museum is located in Suite 135 and the hallways of the Rochester Community Center.

Parks & Recreation

The Rochester Common is a public park, including a playground, walking loop, baseball diamond, and bandstand. It is most recognizable by its large gazebo that summer acts use to give concerts on the Commons. The Commons is located at Rte. 108/South Main Street in Rochester.

Roger Allen Park is a youth sports complex whose mission is to provide a safe environment for the youth of the greater Rochester, NH area to learn, play and enjoy sports. Fields include soccer, softball, baseball and football fields as well as a playground. Roger Allen also hosts the area's first "Buddy Ball" program.

Rochester Country Club is an 18-hole public Golf Club in Rochester, NH offering a challenging and fun golf experience for golfers of all abilities.

Right down the road from the Country Club is Double Eagle Golf, which offers lessons and a driving range.

The Mount Isinglass Recreational Area offers 3 well marked nature trails along the Isinglass River. These trails are part of the Waste Management Turnkey Recycling & Environmental Enterprises and is used for hiking, snow-shoeing, biking, fishing, swimming, picnicking and more.

Hanson Pines, located behind Spaulding High School, is a recreational area that offers an outdoor pool, playground, picnic tables, basketball courts, skateboard park and well-defined walking trails through the woods. This trail also boasts a kayak and boat launch with a transfer chair so that wheelchair bound individuals can get into their boat.

Rochester has several disc golf courses available. Squamanagonic Disc Golf Course is located at the Squamanagonic recreation area at 53 Hansonville Road in Gonic. This popular activity is also available at the Salmon Falls Disc Golf Course, located off of Salmon Falls Road on Bernard Road in Rochester.

Mount Blue Job is a mountain in Farmington NH. It has a fire tower at the top and numerous hiking trails through the woods. The most common entrance to these trails lies on First Crown Point Road in neighboring Strafford.

Gyms, Arenas & Rinks

The Rochester Recreation Center is dedicated to providing programs, services and facilities that promote a healthy lifestyle and foster meaningful community connections. A multitude of community services are hosted in the Rochester Rec. Additionally, the Rec offers a three court basketball gymnasium.

Located at Industrial Way, just off NH route 16, The YMCA of the Strafford County offers a wide variety of exciting activities for kids, athletes, families, seniors, and everyone in between. They encourage good health and foster connections with new and old friends through sports, fun, and shared interests. The Strafford County YMCA offers a wide variety of fun individual and family programs.

The Rochester Ice Arena located on Lowell Street allows for hockey teams to play and practice, figure skating lessons, and public skate times.

Flight instruction is available in Rochester by Rochester Aviation, a general aviation flight school based out of the Skyhaven Airport. Skydiving instruction is offered just over the boarder at Skydive New England in Maine.

Skydiving is offered just over the NH/ME boarder at Skydive New England in Maine. Learning and experienced sky divers are invited to Skydive New England for a thrilling activity in their fun and friendly atmosphere.

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