Hampton Beach

42.909536, -70.810741
69-370 Ocean Blvd
Hampton, NH 03874
(603) 926-8717
Rockingham County

Hampton Beach is New Hampshire's largest and most popular beach located along Route 1A in Hampton, New Hampshire about two miles north of the Massachusetts border. Parking at Hampton Beach varies from public, pay and display, and numerous private lots, to Central Parking, (which accommodates campers, boats, jet skis, trailers, and more http://centralparkinghampton.com/). Rates at the lots vary by season and can be as low as $5 per day and up to $20 per day. Once parked, you'll have to determine where on the vast sandy beach you want to settle. For such a large beach the sand is clean and relatively free of debris. It's great for volleyball, tossing a Frisbee or football or just sunbathing. Depending on where you decide to settle, be aware that on hot summer days the sand gets extremely hot and as a result you'll either have to walk fast or run to the water where the slope to the water is perfect for entering the water. The waves are on the larger side and there can be a strong undertow, warning flags are posted when necessary. Newly updated bathhouses are spread across the beach, some offering lockers and a place to rinse your feet, while others serve as a restroom only. Events for children http://www.hamptonbeach.org/events/children-only-events/ and a fenced-in playground, open from 8am to 9pm, provide entertainment for kids of all ages. The mile long board walk offers various food vendors, dining, shopping/gift shops, lodging, arcades, mini golf, art galleries, casinos, bars and even a water-slide. In addition, there are fireworks every Wednesday in the summertime and free summer concerts. http://www.hamptonbeach.org/events/.

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Hours Of Operation

Sunrise to 1am

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Pay and Display 8am – midnight, including weekends and holidays: $2 per hour 5/1 – 10/1; $1 per hour 10/2 – 4/30
Lot pricing varies by season $5-$20 http://centralparkinghampton.com/

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Life Guard Schedule

Lifeguards are on-duty daily mid June through Labor Day: 9am-530pm.

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Not allowed

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Hampton Beach is a carry in/ carry out beach that has numerous fast food and sit down restaurants to enjoy.

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Lodging is widely available, from hotels/motels to home rentals all within walking distance to the beach.

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No pets allowed, other than service animals.

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Picnic Area

No picnic area however; numerous benches along the boardwalk and plenty of restaurants that have seating available.

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Hampton Beach has a large fenced in playground open from 8am to 9pm.

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Restrooms / Showers

The beach has 4 bath-houses some with showers.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Not allowed

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Walking Trails

There are no walking trails at Hampton Beach; however, runners and walkers use the boardwalk and beach during early and later hours.

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Water Quality

Water quality is monitored during the swim season and, if necessary information is posted. For more information please call (603) 271-0698 or email: beaches@des.nh.gov Hampton Beach Water Quality 


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