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NH Seacoast Guide


New Hampshire's seacoast region has a lot to offer. The NH Seacoast is only 18 miles long but it is filled with fun and exciting things to do. The NH seacoast is filled with shopping, sightseeing and restaurants. To best place to sightsee on the New Hampshire Seacoast, is the ride along Rt. 1A. New Hampshire's Rt. 1A runs right along the ocean in most places. Whether you decide to travel by car, bike, motorcycle or on foot, here is your guide to the must see items on the NH Seacoast. See the Colonia NH Seacoast Ride (Scenic Drive).


NH Seacoast Educational & Historical Attractions


Seabrook Education and Cultural Center

The Seabrook Education and Cultural Center exhibits focus on life in the 1940’s and 1950’s. They focus on farming, people and community life. Some of the exhibits include a large scale model of Seabrook Village in the 1950’s and cultural artifacts. The museum also focuses on the history of the NH Seacoast area which revolves around the Japanese Americans, the largest ethnic group in the area during World War 2.



Ordiorne Point State Park

Ordiorne Point State Park, located on New Hampshire's Northern Seacoast is a 135 acre park. Many school field trips are enjoyed here as it is an educational park with lots of history, a nature preserve and the indoor Seacoast Science Center.  Enjoy the playground or self-guided historical walking trail. There are several natural habitats within Ordiorne State Park. Also within the park are woodlands, uplands, salt marsh, freshwater and salt ponds and non-swimming beach.



Fort Stark

The Fort Stark Historic Site is located in New Castle, on the NH seacoast. Fort Stark is strategically placed on a peninsula called Jerry's Point on the southeast corner of New Castle Island and overlooks the mouth of the Piscataqua River, Little Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Stark was named in honor of John Stark who was a commander of New Hampshire forces at the Battle of Bennington  in 1777.

More about: Fort Stark



Fort Constitution & The Portsmouth Lighthouse

The Fort Constitution and Portsmouth Lighthouse is on the Piscataqua River. The fort was established in 1631 and is located on 3 acres on the NH seacoast. Fort Constitution includes the Portsmouth Lighthouse. The original name of the fort was the Fort William and Mary, named after the king and queen of England. The Portsmouth Lighthouse and Fort Constitution were featured on the TV hit show Ghost Hunters in October 2009. This NH seacoast location is listed as an historic place by the National Register of Historic Places.

More about: Fort Constitution | Portsmouth Lighthouse



Strawbery Banke

The Historic Site at Strawbery Banke is a must-see for people of all ages. It is one of the oldest historical sites in New Hampshire. Take a trip back in time in this amazing outdoor museum! Check out our detailed information about Strawbery Banke.


NH Seacoast Beaches


Hampton Beach

Hampton Beach in NH is the most popular beach in New Hampshire. During the day is it filled with sunbathers and swimmers of all ages. At night Hampton Beach transforms into an active and exciting nightlife destination with the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom where many concerts are held, an arcade, hotels right and motels on Hampton Beach strip, restaurants and small shops. NH state beaches do not allow pets, glass containers, alcohol or fires on the beach.



North Beach

North Beach is perfect for swimming and picnicking. The beach has a bathhouse and a lifeguard on duty. The beach is open weekends only from Mid May-Mid June and daily from Mid-June through Labor Day.  NH state beaches do not allow pets, glass containers, alcohol or fires on the beach.



North Hampton State Beach

North Hampton State Beach is the perfect seacoast location for swimming and picnicking and with a bathhouse on the beach. Metered parking is available along Route 1A. The beach area is open from May 1-October 1 from 8am-6pm. Across the street from North Hampton State Beach is The Beach Plum, they serve hamburgers and hot dogs and well as ice cream along this quiet stretch of Rt. 1A. NH state beaches do not allow pets, glass containers, alcohol or fires on the beach.



Wallis Sands State Beach


Wallis Sands State Beach is one of the larger beaches on the NH seacoast. There is plenty of parking, a bathhouse, a snack bar with a store to buy kites, Frisbees and other beach items. Wallis Sands Beach also offers dressing rooms and showers. Wallis Sands State Beach is the perfect place for families and a quieter alternative to Hampton Beach. There are many houses and cottages near Wallis Sands that can be rented by the week. Most of these Summer beach rentals in the area overlook Wallis Sands State Beach and the ocean. NH state beaches do not allow pets, glass containers, alcohol or fires on the beach.



Jenness State Beach


Jenness State Beach is another generally quiet location with a clean well-kept beach. The beach offers a bathhouse with changing rooms and outdoor shower and bathrooms. Parking is limited, but that can be a benefit by keeping the amount of visitors to a minimum and avoid overcrowding on those hot summer days. There are private beaches nearby with cottages that are generally rented by the week. These cottages and houses rentals are oceanfront rentals. NH state beaches do not allow pets, glass containers, alcohol or fires on the beach. View of a list of available oceanfront rentals in NH.



NH Seacoast Attractions


Hampton Airfield

Hampton Airfield is a must-see stop along the NH seacoast. The airfield was built in the early 1900’s and lasted until World War 2. A new one was built in 1945. The airfield has aircraft rentals for $80-$100 an hour. Seacoast sightseeing rides are also available for $75 for a bi-plane or a helicopter.



Fuller Gardens

Fuller Gardens has hundreds of tulips and thousands of roses over two acres of beautiful flowers. Rates are $7/adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and $3 for children under 12 and infants are free. The garden has a gift shop.



Rye Harbor State Park


Rye Harbor State Park offers amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Isles of Shoals and Rye Harbor.  Activities to do at the beach include salt water fishing and picnicking with picnic tables and restrooms. It is open daily May 28-Labor Day Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm and on weekends from 8:30pm to 6pm. The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11 and children under the age of 5 and NH residents over the age of 65 are free. More about: The Isles of Shoals



NH Seacoast Hotels


Wentworth by the Sea

Wentworth by the Sea is New Hampshire’s oldest settlement with 161 guest rooms and suites, nestled on the island of New Castle, the smallest town in New Hampshire. This seacoast hotel was built in 1874 and has undergone major improvements over the years. Wentworth by the Sea offers fine dining with 2 restaurants, spa services, an indoor and outdoor pool, WIFI, business center and fitness center. There is a spa that covers 6,300 feet of the hotel with a treatment room, saunas, whirlpool and indoor pool. The suites are 1,000 square feet with a bedroom, full kitchen, dining area and balcony that overlooks the marina. See NH Hotels for more listings

NH Seacoast Restaurants


The Oar House

The Oar House is located in the seacoast's historic Merchants Row at the edge of Portsmouth Harbor. Fine dining establishment.



Dolphin Striker

The Dolphin Striker restaurant was built in 1974. They serve customary New England cuisine. The restaurant offers live music on Sunday nights at 7pm and Tuesday though Saturday nights at 9pm. One of their most popular dishes is the Seafood Jambalaya which is made with lobster, shrimp, scallops, haddock, mussels and sausage with Cajun rice and tomatoes, onion, garlic, celery and spinach.



The Purple Urchin

The Purple Urchin offers many activities such as fireworks on Wednesday nights, daily lunch specials from 11-4 and mini-golf lunch combos.



Muddy River Smokehouse

The Muddy River Smokehouse was voted the Best BBQ from New Hampshire Magazine in 2005 and was voted Best Pulled Pork from the Phantom Gourmet. You can choose from pulled pork, smoked sausage, ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken at this NH seacoast location.



For more information about NH seacoast restaurants, see our NH seacoast restaurants section.




NH Seacoast Shopping


Eno and Dave's

Eno and Dave’s Seacoast Bargain is a cross between Building 19 and The Christmas Tree Shop.



Harbor Lights

Harbor Lights has 13 show rooms filled with thousands of stunning lamps and chandeliers.



Cinnamon Rainbow

 Cinnamon Rainbow is an upscale shop that is a great place for beach items, beach wear and surfing gear.



C'est Cheese

C’est Cheese sells the finest cheese such as goat’s milk, Gouda and sheep’s milk and they also offer the finest wines from domestic vintners.



NH Seacoast Nightlife & Entertainment


Hampton Beach Casino

The Hampton Beach Casino and Ballroom was established in 1900. The ballroom features hundreds of concerts and musical acts such as B.B. King, Eddie Money and Bonnie Raitt. Concerts at Hampton Beach Casino and Ballroom last all summer long. The Casino Ballroom overlooks Hampton Beach right on the seacoast.



The Music Hall

Each summer The Music Hall offers a three month program which showcases foreign, independent and blockbuster movies. There are 900 seats in The Music Hall. The building was built in 1878 and showcases performing arts from concerts to movies. The hall was designated by the Senate as an American Treasure.



And that concludes the tour of the New Hampshire seacoast region. Be sure to check out the related links below for more information about the NH seacoast. 




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