The Seacoast Region features 18 miles of Atlantic coastline, with long sandy beaches, working ports, offshore islands, and popular resort towns that date back nearly 400 years.
At the hub of the region, the city of Portsmouth (settled in 1623) combines modern day convenience with historic charm. The Olde Port and downtown areas are home to brick-paved streets, historic buildings, art galleries, specialty shops, jazz clubs, sidewalk cafes and award-winning restaurants. Prescott Park features beautiful gardens and hosts concerts and festivals. Strawbery Banke Museum provides an historic recreation of life in Colonial days. A short drive away, Redhook Ale Brewery offers tours and casual dining.
Neighboring towns such as Dover, Durham, Exeter, Greenland, Lee and Newmarket also have much to offer. Tour the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, Great Bay Discovery Center and Great Bay Wildlife Reserve in Greenland, or Flag Hill Winery in Lee. History buffs will enjoy Exeter, one of the first four settlements in the state and its capital during the Revolutionary War. Exeter is home to the American Independence Museum, and Phillips Exeter Academy is one of the nation’s finest preparatory boarding schools.
Hampton Beach offers shopping, dining, and a variety of entertainment beyond swimming. Catch a concert at the Casino Ballroom or Seashell Stage, and free weekly fireworks throughout the summer. For a quieter experience, visit Wallis Sands State Park or Jenness State Beach. Explore walking trails or enjoy a picnic at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. The historic and remote Isles of Shoals, located six miles off the coast, is a great day-trip option.
For more info about the Seacoast Region
Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, 603-772-2411
Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, 603-742-2218
Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-438-2826
Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, 603-610-5510
Points of Interest
- Hampton Beach, Hampton
- America’s Stonehenge, Salem (walking trails)
- Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth
- Prescott Park, Portsmouth (walking, picnicking, outdoor theatre & concerts)
- The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover
- Isles of Shoals, Portsmouth (boat tours)
- Redhook Ale Brewery, Portsmouth
- Water Country Water Park, Portsmouth
- Canobie Lake Park, Salem