UNH Family Weekend Guide


It is hard to believe that nearly two months has passed since UNH classes began. Durham would like to welcome back everyone returning for Family Weekend. Hopefully the weather is nice, and you have an opportunity to explore both the university campus and the Town. Here are some tips to help during your visit.

Durham Restaurant Guide

While the UNH food service is excellent, your kids are going to expect you to take them out to eat. Your choices range from craft burgers and beer to Asian street food. They are all within walking distance of campus. You can find a complete listing at the Celebrate Durham Restaurant Guide.

Shopping Guide

No trip to UNH would be complete without a purchase of some school clothing. I've managed to avoid the dad of my kids' college t shirt, but a nice sweat shirt comes in handy this time of year. Celebrate Durham put together a Student Town Guide that has addresses and links to things both you and your students might need.

We don't have a magnet for the fridge, but if your are looking for a Durham business directory, you can find one here.

Activities

UNH has a full slate of activities planned for Saturday. Registration begins at 8:30 AM on Thompson Hall Lawn and ends with a 9 PM Thinkfast Gameshow at the MUB. There really is something for everyone. You can find a complete schedule of events here. Don't forget kickoff for the UNH vs Delaware game is 3:30 PM.

One of the highlights of attending Family Weekend at my kids' colleges was spending some quality time catching up. Durham has some wonderful trails that are a short drive from the campus, and if the weather is nice, they provide an opportunity to walk, talk, and enjoy a New England Fall day. You can find more information on our trails here.

If you make your way to Wagon Hill Farm, don't forget to stop by Emory Farm and pickup an apple cider donut.

Parking

When we have large events in town, parking can be an issue. The University has reserved D lot, B Lot, and the Strafford Avenue lot for Family Weekend attendees. B lot is the largest and is closest to the downtown businesses. If your planning on attending the football game, D lot and the Strafford lot are closer.

Directions to B Lot

  • From Route 4, take the NH-108 exit toward Durham/Newmarket.

  • Turn left onto 108 S/Dover Rd.

  • Turn left onto Newmarket Rd.

  • Turn right onto Mill Pond Rd. Turn right onto Faculty Rd.

  • Turn left onto Mill Rd.

  • Turn right on McDaniel Drive.

Directions to D Lot

  • The D next to the Elliot Alumni Center.

  • From Route 4, take the NH-108 exit towards Durham/ Newmarket.

  • Turn left on NH-108S

  • At the traffic light stay right on Main Street.

  • At the stop sign, go straight on Newmarket Road.

  • Turn left on Edgewood Road.

  • Turn right on Strafford Avenue.

Directions to Stafford Avenue Lot

  • From Route 4, take the NH-108 exit towards Durham/ Newmarket.

  • Turn left on NH-108S

  • At the traffic light stay right on Main Street.

  • At the stop sign, go straight on Newmarket Road.

  • Turn left on Edgewood Road.

  • Turn left on Stafford Avenue.

  • The Lot is on right.

Durham Town Parking

In addition to UNH parking, the Town of Durham has both street parking and a lot ( number 7 on the map) on Pettee Brook . Saturday parking meter fees apply from 10 AM to 4 PM. Get a ticket at the kiosk and display it in your window.

A word of warning. The Mill Plaza is a great place to shop and eat, but it is a private lot. It is reserved for customers and not a full day parking option. The lot is patrolled, and they do boot.

Have a great weekend. Go Wildcats!!!!

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