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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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YMCA of the Seacoast
550 Peverly Hill Rd.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 431-2334

Ages: 0 - 14+

The YMCA of the Seacoast is a great spot for family recreation, offering a variety of camps (both summer camps and school vacation camps), open swim opportunities and swim lessons, kids' yoga, classes, and more. Click here for current info.

Free child care is available during certain hours while mom and dad work out, too, and there are parents' nights out for (potty-trained) kids ages 3 and up.

Hours: Click here for current hours


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...
Daniel R. Healy Outdoor Pool
4 Hampton Rd. (Rt. 27)
ExeterNH 03833
(603) 773-6151

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Daniel R. Healy Outdoor Pool in Exeter features open swim hours, a concession stand, a playground, and a splash pad that's perfect for younger kids.

Hours and rates: Click here 

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.

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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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Jenness State Beach
2280 Ocean Blvd.
RyeNH 03870
(603) 436-1552

Ages: 0 - 14+

Jenness State 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. Metered parking is available for 67 cars. Parking meters are located along Route 1A and accept quarters.  

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Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool
110 Portland Ave.
DoverNH 03820
(603) 516-6085

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool is a 50-meter competition pool located at 110 Portland Avenue, next to the Dover Ice Arena.

The pool is mainly used for competitive and recreational swimming as well as occasional lessons during the summer. There is also a large grassy area for kids to play on, and the pool can be rented out for private parties.

As the pool is often closed for swim meets, call to confirm hours before your visit.

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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...

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:
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