When you think of Hampton, New Hampshire, your mind might immediately head straight to the beach. We don’t blame you—ours does too! Hampton Beach is one of New England’s most famous beaches located along New Hampshire’s 17-mile coastline.

Hampton Beach draws visitors from near and far during the busy summer months, where volleyball, surfing, fireworks, and live music take place almost daily in the peak season, lasting from June through August.

Things to Do in Hampton + North Hampton, New Hampshire

The town of Hampton Beach sits right on the Atlantic Ocean and is packed with arcades, motels, and beach bars every inch of the way. One of the biggest draws to the area, for locals and tourists alike, are the famous musicians that headline at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. Just a few miles inland is the town of Hampton, New Hampshire that is the year-round neighborhood destination for locals. Here you’ll find the headquarters and visitors center of Smuttynose Brewing Company, the first craft brewery in New Hampshire, started in 1994!

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While we can’t get enough of the beach year-round, there’s so much more the Hampton area has to offer! Head a few miles north to the town of North Hampton where you’ll find a more neighborhood-y, local, laid-back atmosphere. Home to mansions that wind along the ocean, and a dedicated surf culture, North Hampton also has beautiful beaches and a stunning natural landscape.

While visiting North Hampton, be sure to hop on a bike and ride along the waterfront pathways where you’ll see some of the most breathtaking views in the whole seacoast area! While in town, be sure to plan a trip to the beautiful Fuller Gardens Estate brimming with immaculate gardens, an inspiring history, and the occasional summer soiree!

Hampton Beach is located just a stone’s throw from Rye, New Hampshire which draws more locals, and a short drive from the charming downtown area of Portsmouth, New Hampshire!


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North Hampton Beach

Smuttynose Brewing Company

Fuller Gardens

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