Regions: Seacoast

Seacost Region, NH: The Seacoast region has the best of all worlds: ocean views and walks, city life and shopping, and a close proximity to the mountains, beach and Boston. The state may only have a small number of miles along the coast but it takes advantage of what it has.

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Site of the first settlement in New Hampshire, the Seacoast Region is made up of cities and towns dotted along the nation's shortest stretch of state seacoast, as well as inland along waterways such as Great Bay and the Piscataqua, Exeter and Lamprey rivers. The region is home to some of the state's most valued historic sites.

The city of Portsmouth hosts a wide range of restaurants, watering holes, outdoor cafes and unique shops. It is the third-oldest city in the United States. In the summer, Portsmouth is the site of Market Square Day, a street festival with local bands and crafts.

Nine rocky islands off the Portsmouth coast make up the Isles of Shoals, which can be visited via cruises offered by the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company.

The Fort Constitution State Historic Site overlooks the Piscataqua River and Atlantic Ocean in New Castle. The Odiorne State Park in Rye is unofficially titled the “Birthplace of New Hampshire” as the first European settlement was established there in 1623. The Seacoast Science Center, located within the park, describes the natural and human history of the Seacoast area. Whale watches are common off the coast, in Rye Harbor.

Farther south, visitors travel to Hampton Beach for the annual sandcastle competition, the Children's Festival and the Seafood Festival. Beach shops and arcades line the boardwalk, and the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom plays host to nationally known musicians and comedians. Moving inland, the American Independence Museum is located in Exeter and guards two original drafts of the U.S. Constitution. Every summer the museum puts on the Revolutionary War Festival, offering a full day of historic experiences and contemporary entertainment.

Dover, sited along the Cochecho River, has made the most of its milltown heritage by converting old mill buildings into smart condominiums, restaurants and stores.

Next door, the town of Durham is home to the University of New Hampshire, with many of the amenities associated with a college town, including sporting activities, visual and performing arts performances and terrific local eateries.
These Points of Interests are entertaining or educational places that are geared toward children or fun for the whole family.

Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Boulevard
Rye, NH 03870
Ph: 603-436-8043

American Independence Museum
1 Governor's Lane
Exeter, NH 03833
Ph: 603-772-2622

Children's Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03802
Ph: 603-742-2002

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Ph: 603-436-2400

Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Streets
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Ph: 603-433-1100

Water Country
2300 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Ph: 603-427-1111

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