“year-round recreation on the atlantic”
Hampton Beach State Park provides year-round recreation, with Atlantic ocean-front facilities situated along miles of sandy beach. Activities in the park include swimming, fishing, picnicking, and RV camping with full hook-ups in the campground. Two brand new bathhouses are now located at the North end (near the Marine Memorial) and South end (near Haverhill st.) of Hampton Beach State Park. The new Seashell Complex, Visitor Services and Administration buildings are also now complete and will be open again for the 2013 Summer season.
Not my favorite New England beach. I usually prefer to make the drive up to Maine or down to Cranes in MA. But took my toddler here recently, and he loved it. Tons of sandy beach, even when tide is in, although you should do a quick sweep of your area. I found some broken glass which could have ruined our beach day very quickly.
Definitely a little bit of a party beach. Lots of teenagers swarm the boardwalk, which is kitschy and full of cheap souvenirs and arcades. We had a huge group of teens who set up their blanket nearby, and they were blasting their music and definitely drinking. Luckily they were a good-natured group, very sweet to my son, and didn't really bother us, but I could see they were annoying some of the other beach goers. So not a quiet beach by any means, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.
There are lots of parking options at varying price points. We spent $15 for the day, and didn't have to walk too far.
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