What to do in Rye Harbor State Park

Rye Harbor State Park is a seasonal day-use park which opens each year in early May and closes mid-October. The most popular activities include viewing the Atlantic Ocean, saltwater fishing and picnicking. A state marina is located adjacent to the park.

Located near the state line of Maine, Rye Harbor State Park is enjoyed from early May until mid-October by surfcasters and picnickers. A state marina is located nearby which offers access out into the Atlantic Ocean via private boat, charter fishing excursions or whale watch tours. There is a fee for parking and boat launching. Both areas combined total 63 oceanfront acres.

Rye Harbor State Park offers picnic tables, a picnic shelter, restrooms and nearby marina which has a boat launch, charter fishing and whale watch tours. This park does charge a day-use fee of $2.50; children 12 and under are free.

This park is located along the Atlantic Ocean along US 1A near the Maine state line.

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: 603-436-5294

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