What to do in Jenness State Beach

Jenness State Beach is a popular summertime swimming spot located above Rye Beach along US 1A. The coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean have been a family vacation destination for generations.

This entire area is dotted with amusement attractions including the Whale and Island Cruises just north of the park and the Fuller Gardens of North Hampton just south of the park. These whale-watching excursions offer sights of the historic Isles of Shoals, which is a nine-island group. Viewing wildlife is usually successful providing sights of finback, humpback, minke and dolphin. Eighteen miles of coastline in New Hampshire offer four-season entertainment amid the picturesque villages and working ports.

Several miles south of Jenness State Beach, visitors will find Fuller Gardens which is one of the few remaining 20th century estate gardens designed in the Colonial-Revival style. The original landscape architect was Arthur Shurtleff. The 1930's saw the influence of the Olmsted Brothers whose work is found up and down the East Coast including the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, New York. The garden exhibits a restored Conservatory, over 1,500 rose bushes, a Japanese garden and numerous award-winning perennials and annuals.

Recreation
Jenness State Beach is a fun-filled swimming and sunbathing destination. The guarded beachfront offers a wonderful opportunity for saltwater swimming, beach combing and picnicking. Beginning weekends in mid-May and continuing into mid-June, this park is open for picnicking, swimming and sunbathing. From mid-June through Labor Day, the park is open daily. The park does have a bathhouse. Parking meters along US 1A charge visitors $1 per hour and only accept quarters. This holds true for other state beaches along the shoreline as well. . Adjacent to the beach is Eel Pond, which is a 30-acre warmwater body of water supporting white perch.

Location
Located along the North Atlantic Coastline, Jenness State Beach rests just above Rye Beach along US 1A.

Climate
Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Address
c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd
Concord, NH 03302

Phone: 603-436-1552


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