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Hampton Beach New Hampshire s beaches are, by far, the biggest attraction for the area. You can swim, enjoy sunbathing or sand castle building, search for shells, go parasailing, jet skiing, and sea kayaking, boating and deep-sea fishing. Just about any type of beach activity imaginable is available here, along with non-beach activities such as golf, tennis, biking, shopping and dining. A spectacular fireworks display is held every Wednesday evening throughout the summer months at Hampton Beach, and over 80 free concerts are held at the Seashell Beach bandstand, May through September. Hampton Beach is also home to a casino and ballroom that features some of the most well known names in show business. Listed below are the main beaches, as well as a couple of the historical landmarks found in the area:

Hampton Beach (Seashell Beach) This is the main beach in Hampton Beach and adjoins "the Boardwalk" and Ocean Boulevard, which runs north along the coastline from the Massachusetts border into Rye. Home of the famous "Casino and Boardwalk," it has centrally located public restrooms and is just across the street from the strip of sub and pizza stands, seafood restaurants, lodging establishments, retail shops and arcades and water slide.

Hampton State Beach located on Route 1A. Located just by the Hampton Beach Bridge, this state park offers convenient parking, rest rooms, convenience store and snack bar. The beach sand is soft and white and often experiences tide pools which are great for the kids to play in or look for sea life on the massive natural wall of rocks. Parking $5 midweek and $8 weekends, per carload.

North Beach, located on Route 1A. North of Hampton Main Beach, often referred to as "where the wall begins." North Beach offers limited metered parking, bathhouse facilities and lifeguards.

Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. Entrance fee is $2.50 per person. Home of the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point.

Salisbury Beach is located just across the border in Massachusetts, Salisbury Beach offers a variety of amusements rides, games, food stands, shops, sailing, boating and fishing, go carts, activities, and accommodations.


The Old Meeting House Green where the first settlers built their first meeting house in 1638. Here, the first homes were built in Hampton (then called "Winnacunnet.) The Green also contains buildings belonging to the Hampton Historical Society, the Tuck Memorial Museum, the Fire Museum, the Farm Museum and the one-room district schoolhouse.

NORSEMAN'S ROCK was originally located off Thorvald Avenue in the area known as Surfside Park off Winnacunnet Road. The rock was later moved to the Meeting House Green at 40 Park Avenue. This rock is thought to mark the burial site of Leif Erickson's brother, Thorvald, who was killed by Native Americans in 1008 A. D. Legends of local Indians and Viking mythology support this belief, and markings on the rock are thought to be of Viking origin.


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