What to do in North Hampton State Beach

North Hampton State Beach is a popular summertime swimming spot located above Hampton along US 1A. The coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean have been a family vacation destination for generations. The entire area is dotted with amusement attractions including Fuller Gardens to the north and the four-mile entertainment strip of Hampton just south of the park. Eighteen miles of coastline in New Hampshire offer four-season entertainment amid the picturesque villages and working ports.

North Hampton State Beach is a fun-filled 2.1-acre swimming and sunbathing destination. Several picnic tables are provided. A lifeguard is on duty during park hours: weekends, mid-May through mid-June; weekdays, mid-June through Labor Day.

Visitors to the area might be interested in several nearby attractions including 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. Another nearby attraction is the four-mile recreation and lodging ocean strip called Hampton Beach. Visitors will find motels, arcades, restaurants and a boardwalk. Annual events include a Seafood Festival and a Hobie Cat Regatta.

The guarded beachfront offers a wonderful opportunity for saltwater swimming, beach combing, kite flying 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.

Located below Rye Beach, North Hampton Beach State Park may be found on US 1A, ocean side.

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.

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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