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New Castle Beach & Great Island Common
301 Wentworth Rd.
New CastleNH 03854
(603) 436-1992

Ages: 0 - 14+

New Castle's Great Island Common is a lovely 32-acre public park that includes a beach, large grassy area, and a playground. 

Open from 9 am - 9 pm every day year-round, the Great Island Common is a carry-in/carry-out park. There is a small admission fee for non-New Castle residents.

Dogs are prohibited from May 15th through September 15th; leashed dogs are permitted the rest of the year.

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Beaches: York, ME
U.S. Rt. 1A
YorkME 03910

Ages: 0 - 14+

There are three sandy beaches in York, ME, all within easy walking distance of numerous shops and restaurants (listed from south to north): 

 

  • Harbor Beach: Small beach with limited non-resident parking but accessible by trolley. Park bordering the beach has benches and shade trees. Handicap-accessible restrooms and outdoor shower.

  • Long Sands Beach: About 1.5 miles long, with metered on-street parking the whole way down. Ramp access and...
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Four Tree Island
Four Tree Island
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 431-8748

Ages: 0 - 14+

Four Tree Island is accessible via a pedestrian walkway from Peirce Island. It has covered picnic tables, cooking facilities, and public restrooms that are open seasonally. more»
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Hampton Beach State Park
160 Ocean Blvd.
HamptonNH 03842
(603) 227-8700

Ages: 0 - 14+

Hampton Beach State Park provides year-round recreation, with Atlantic oceanfront 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. 

For a PDF map of the area, click here

For more info on the Hampton Strip portion of Hampton Beach and its boardwalk-type amusements and activities, click here

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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...

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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...
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North Beach State Park
920 Ocean Blvd.
HamptonNH 03842
(603) 227-8722

Ages: 0 - 14+

North Beach is a great family location with an Atlantic oceanfront setting - its sandy beach is ideal for swimming and picnicking.

Amenities at the beach include a bathhouse, which is open year-round. Metered parking is available. Parking meters are located along Route 1A and accept quarters. 

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Odiorne Point State Park
570 Ocean Blvd.
RyeNH 03870
(603) 436-7406

Ages: 0 - 14+

At Odiorne Point State Park, picnickers can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and rocky shore, and explorers can uncover evidence of past military occupation. An extensive network of trails wind through the dense vegetation and traverse the park, and there's also a playground.

The Seacoast Science Center, which is located in the park, has exhibits relating to the natural and human history of Odiorne and the Seacoast area (separate fe...

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Peirce Island
Peirce Island
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 431-8748

Ages: 0 - 14+

Peirce Island is a 27-acre island owned by the city of Portsmouth that separates the Piscataqua River from the Portsmouth's South End. It features an outdoor pool, walking paths, playgrounds, and boat launches.
 
The park is open for fishing and boat launching 24 hours a day, year round. For all other activities, park hours are:
 
  • June 1 - October 1: Sunrise - 11:00 pm
  • October 2 - May 31: Sunrise - 7:00 pm

For dog rules, click here
 
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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...

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