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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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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

Facebook page: New Hampshire St...

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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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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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Prescott Park
Marcy St.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 431-8748

Ages: 0 - 14+

Prescott Park is a lovely 10-acre stretch of walkways, gardens, grassy areas, and bench seating right along Portsmouth's waterfront. It's directly across the street from Strawbery Banke and the home of the summertime Prescott Park Arts Festivalmore»
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Prescott Park Arts Festival
105 Marcy Street (mailing address: PO Box 4370)
PortsmouthNH 03802
(603) 436-2848

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Prescott Park Arts Festival offers a glorious, dizzying array of events and performances throughout the warmer months, many of them family-friendly and low-cost or free. There's also a summer theater camp for kids, Camp ENCORE!

As the name implies, all events take place in or near Portsmouth's Prescott Park

Click here to view the main seasonal calendar.

Facebook page: Prescott Park Arts Festival 

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Rye Harbor State Park
1730 Ocean Blvd.
RyeNH 03870
(603) 227-8722

Ages: 0 - 14+

Rye Harbor State Park affords scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Isles of Shoals, and Rye Harbor (also called Ragged Neck). Favorite activities enjoyed in the park include saltwater fishing and picnicking with ocean breezes. Park amenities include picnic tables and restrooms.

Facebook page: New Hampshire State Parks

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