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Catamaran Regatta @ Hampton Beach
Hampton Beach
HamptonNH 03842
(603) 502-7451

Ages: 0 - 14+

Third weekend in June

The Hampton Beach Catamaran Regatta has become a highlight of the summer as champions and (relatively) new sailors alike converge on Hampton Beach for a weekend of sailing.

There are races throughout the day over the course of the weekend, and they are held close to shore for easy spectating from the beach.

If you're interested in sailing at the Regatta, contact Scott Malcolm at (603) 502-7451.

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Island Cruises of Rye
Rye Harbor State Marina (Rt. 1A/Ocean Blvd.)
RyeNH 03870
(603) 964-6446

Ages: 0 - 14+

Island Cruises, Inc. provides Isles of Shoals toursStar Island ferry serviceStar Island walkabouts with lunch and dinner available at the Victorian-era Oceanic Hotel, educational lobster trips, and private charters from Rye Harbor, NH. 

Schedule and fares: Click here

Kingston State Park
124 Main St.
KingstonNH 03848
(603) 642-5471

Ages: 0 - 14+

Kingston State Park, on the shores of Great Pond, is 14 miles from the New Hampshire seacoast and is close to many area attractions, such as Canobie Lake Park, The Fox Run Mall, various antique shops, and fine restaurants.

The park is 44 acres in size and includes fireplaces and picnic areas, a playground, softball field, and three game areas for horseshoes and volleyball. Canoe rentals are also available.

There is a bathhouse with dr...

Lake Winnipesaukee
Alton Bay
AltonNH 03810

Ages: 0 - 14+

Lake Winnipesaukee is a 72-square-mile glacial lake in the heart of central New Hampshire's Lakes Region area. It is a popular spot year-round for boating, swimming, and all manner of water sports, including snowmobiling and ice fishing when it freezes over in the wintertime.
Alton Bay is the closest point on the lake to the New Hampshire Seacoast, about 40 miles from downtown Portsmouth. The other towns bordering the lake are:
  • Gilfo...
Piscataqua Sailing Association
PO Box 4427
PortsmouthNH 03802

Ages: 8 - 14+

The Piscataqua Sailing Association is located on the seacoast at the Maine-New Hampshire border and coordinates and organizes sailboat racing in the area of Kittery, ME to Rye, NH.

Members work with the local fleets, yacht clubs and sailing schools promoting sailing and organizing sailboat competition for PHRF, J24, Lasers and Frosties. The organization was established in 1970.

Membership fees: Click here for details 

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Plum Island
(978) 462-6680

Ages: 0 - 14+

Plum Island is an 11-mile long barrier Island off the shore of Newburyport and Newbury. Once largely a summer getaway, Plum Island is increasingly a year-round community.

The island is home to many residences, a national wildlife refuge, restaurants, an inn on the beach, the Plum Island Lighthouse, and miles of sandy beaches.

For more on Plum Island's recreation opportunities, including walking, kayaking, beaches, fishing, and more, c...

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises
64 Ceres St.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 436-8084

Ages: 0 - 14+

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises' narrated trips are casual, sometimes amusing, and always informative.

Whether discussing the birdlife of the inland waterways, the folklore of the Isles of Shoals, the ship building history of Portsmouth Harbor, or just musing on the ever-changing tides of the Piscataqua, the captains always have something of interest to offer. 

For cruises and tickets, click here

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Portsmouth Kayak Adventures
185 Wentworth Rd.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 559-1000

Ages: 6 - 14+

Portsmouth Kayak Adventures offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours and rentals, as well as bike rentals. They also offer a summertime kids' kayak camp for a variety of ages and skill levels, and various instructional kayak classes
Hours: Daily (seasonal) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Beach Rd. (Rt. 1A)
SalisburyMA 01952
(978) 462-4481

Ages: 0 - 14+

Salisbury Beach is one of the state's most popular ocean beaches, stretching 3.8 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. This 521-acre park offers swimming, boating, fishing, and camping, and is very popular with trailer campers.

Facilities include a 484-site campground with renovated bathhouses, an extensive day-use parking lot, three new comfort stations for the beach-going public with boardwalks over the dunes, and a new playground and pa...

Seabrook Beach
Seabrook Beach
SeabrookNH 03874

Ages: 0 - 14+

Seabrook Beach features two miles of public sandy beaches and associated dune and salt marsh environments. Activities include fishing, seashore recreation, clamming, and related activities in the Seabrook/Hampton Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.

Whale watches and deep sea fishing are available on local party boats. There is a pier facility for pleasure and commercial boat launching available to residents.

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