Our location offers more for students to do than simply admire the campus scenery. Students of Thomas More College often venture out to sample the local culture, which combines the native New Hampshire talent and the spillover from nearby Boston. The neighboring town of Nashua hosts both theatre and opera companies, a ballet troupe, and concerts performed by both the Nashua Symphony and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra. The city, Manchester, has a minor league baseball team, frequent classical and pop concerts at major arenas, Irish folk music bars, and a wide array of ethnic restaurants, architectural gems, and historic churches. Thomas More students receive special discounts at most events. Check The Hippo, the local arts paper, to get a feel for the lively cultural scene in Southern New Hampshire.
Driving time to Boston varies. On most weekends it is a quick 35-45 minute trip; on weekdays or during traffic the journey can be as long as two hours. Some students will drive 30 minutes to Alewife and catch the T-line in order to avoid city driving. Those who do not wish to drive can take an inexpensive shuttle bus that leaves just a few minutes away from the college. One of America’s greatest and most historic cities, Boston is home to Harvard, M.I.T., Boston College, a world-famous symphony orchestra, more than a dozen museums, and every variety of music, food, and culture.
The White Mountains
New Hampshire’s White Mountains are home to some of the largest mountains east of the Rockies – and it is only an hour and a half drive from Thomas More College’s campus in Merrimack. Students regularly visit the mountains where they can tour small towns and villages, go moose watching at sundown, or simply be mesmerized by the play of summer sun and shadows chasing each other across the steep slopes of this beautiful range. During the winter, the White Mountains offer some of the best skiing in the country, and during the warmer months you can ride scenic railways, take sky rides to the summits of Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain, visit the Lost River and Flume Gorges, and traverse the Boulder Caves. The possibilities for fun and exploration are endless.
New Hampshire offers some of the best hiking in the world. There are thousands of miles of scenic trails, including 1,200 miles in the White Mountain National Forest and a section of the Appalachian Trail. For peak-baggers, the state has 48 4,000-footers, while many other hikes offer spectacular views for moderate or little effort that are ideal for less experienced hikers. Just a half hour drive from Thomas More College’s campus is the 3,165 foot Mount Monadnock – the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world. New Hampshire is also home to some of the finest rock and ice climbing in the East-and some of the best climbing schools and guides.
Lakes and Beaches
With a series of pristine lakes and idyllic ponds, New Hampshire offers a wide array of water sports and activities. You can Jetski on the ocean, take a boat tour, hike to a waterfall, or just relax and take in the beautiful water views. New Hampshire is home to more than 100 waterfalls, and there are more than 200 sites in the state where you can fish and swim. New Hampshire also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country with countless places to discover, from water parks to miniature golf. The coastal trails and marshes of New Hampshire’s beaches offer bird watching and kayaking opportunities, along with plenty of places for seaside picnicking.
Just a one hour drive from our campus, Portsmouth is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States – and it puts 400 years of history at your feet. You can visit the John Paul Jones House to meet the “Father of the American Navy” who led a crew of local New Hampshire men against the British on the high seas during the Revolutionary War. You can also visit Strawbery Banke, a 10 acre museum of restored houses, featured exhibits, and historic landscapes and gardens. Strawbery Banke tells the stories of the many generations who settled in the Portsmouth, NH, community from the late l7th to the mid-20th century. You can also take a boat tour of Portsmouth Harbor or the Isle of Shoals, or simply visit an array of local shops and eateries.
New Hampshire Primary
While presidential elections occur once every four years, New Hampshire is never more than two years away from regular visits by candidates seeking the presidency. For students interested in politics, Thomas More College’s location offers an array of opportunities for involvement, including internships and face-to-face conversations with national leaders. During the 2008 campaign, our campus was visited by Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, John Cox, Sam Brownback, and Tom Tancredo.