Summer on the New Hampshire Seacoast
The New Hampshire seacoast stretches for no more than 13 miles, yet those who dare venture the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the summer will find themselves caught between the everchanging turquoise waters and the blue sky.
The New Hampshire coast provides a balanced combination for the most demanding tourist. Is it possible to feel free, peaceful, and adventurous all at once? Regardless if you are having breakfast on the Seacoast or spending the evenings discovering the local culture, you always find yourself enjoying that comfortable mixture of pleasant feelings. Here is just a glimpse of what the NH Seacoast has to offer.
Beaches on the NH Seacoast
That’s an obvious activity you might think, but take your time and walk all the way to the beach. Feel the warm sand underneath your feet and listen to the sound of waves tenderly crashing onto the shore as if wanting to get closer and closer to what they are not meant to reach. Take the opportunity to unplug and relax on some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. Hampton Beach, Jenness Beach in Rye, and Seabrook Beach are the best spots for a swim, plus you can have an amazing photoshoot at sunset or sunrise at any one of them.
Water sports on the Coast
When was the last time you felt thrills and your heart skipped a few beats? There are a bunch of interesting and breathtaking water sport activities you can do on the New Hampshire beaches. Since some tourists prefer (love!) having an active vacation, surfing and diving are the best choices. The Atlantic Aquasport have a big inventory of equipment to offer. Conquer the waves for a few hours and have fun (make sure you don’t end up on YouTube!).
The NH coastline offers quite a few whale watching cruises. The sight of dolphins and whales swimming so close to the boat is definitely a thrill. Of course the wildlife you encounter always depends on the day and the time of the year you are visiting, but you are sure to get some treasured memories and a couple of #instaperfect shots.
Summer Festivals on the Coast
New Hampshire is well known for its summer festivals. You are sure to get a healthy dose of seafood, music, and local farmers’ fairs throughout July August and September. Definitely check out what’s on during the days you will be visiting . The Food Festivals will entertain you with appealing food (such as the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival), while farmers’ markets will delight you with local home grown products. Oh, and the music festivals are quite a separate topic and subculture here in New Hampshire. From family events to days of nonstop music and parties – there is a tremendous range that suits any preferences.
Breakfast on the Seacoast
The New Hampshire Seacoast is famous for its gastronomic delights, especially the seafood, but save that for the evening. In the morning, make sure you try the best breakfast on the Seacoast at The Country View. This gemstone is a local favorite, and its breakfast has won awards for years in a row for a reason. The secret is in the perfectly cooked steaks and eggs, the flavored bacon, as well as the sandwiches. Everything on the menu is available to go as well, so you can order ahead of time.
A State Full of History
New Hampshire is definitely the place to go if you are a history buff. It was one of the original Thirteen Colonies, rebelling against the British rule during the American Revolution and a leading force behind the newly established American republic. Visit the unique Strawbery Banke Museum, a one-of-a-kind outdoor museum that showcases how a neighborhood in Portsmouth NH has developed over a span of 300 years. With its historic houses, gardens, archaeological exhibitions and educational activities, this place will transport you back in time and you will get to understand how this American cultural treasure has been built.
There are many things you can do here in the evenings. Like we’ve said before, definitely taste the delicious New Hampshire seafood. After dinner, catch a play at one of New Hampshire’s magical theatres or get lost in the stories on stage at one of the following theatres: Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Pontine Theatre, West End Studio Theatre.
After the play is over, if you are up for some dancing, stumble upon one of the nightclubs in downtown Portsmouth or try out the wide range of pubs and historic bars in the area.
Whatever you seek in a summer vacation, you are sure to find it on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Have a blast during your visit and please let us know if you would add anything to this list by contacting us here.