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Gunstock Mountain Resort
719 Cherry Valley Rd. (Rt. 11A)
GilfordNH 03249
(603) 293-4341

Ages: 0 - 14+

Gunstock Mountain Resort, located 50 miles from downtown Portsmouth, features a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round:
 
  • Skiing (downhill and cross-country)
  • Snowboarding
  • Tubing
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Zip line
  • Segway
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Various festivals and events throughout the year

Child care is offered for ages 6 mos. through 6 years old during ski season. 
 
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Hampton Beach
Ocean Blvd. (between D and N Streets)
HamptonNH 03842
(603) 926-3784

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Hampton Beach Strip boasts numerous amusements, restaurants, places to stay, and shops. Click here for the calendar of events. There are dozens of concerts and events throughout the year, including:

 

 

There are also fireworks displays throughout the summer, as well as Monday night movies.

The Seashell...

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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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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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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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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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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...

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Sandy Point State Reservation
Parker River Wildlife Refuge Rd.
IpswichMA 01938
(978) 462-4481

Ages: 0 - 14+

Sandy Point is at the very southern tip of Plum Island. The 77-acre park is among the state's most beautiful and popular coastal beaches.

It is also an important nesting area for the piping plover, a threatened species, and the least tern, a species of special concern in Massachusetts. Recreational activities include walking, beachcombing, fishing and birding. Access is through the abutting Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. 

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