There may only be 18 miles of shoreline in our Seacoast Region but this relatively small region offers more than its small size would belie. Sandy beaches, offshore islands, the great bay estuary, historical sites, great night life, and a top university characterize the region along with waterfront estates and gentleman farms.
Begin a beach tour at the southern end at Hampton Beach with its famed boardwalk and top performances at the Casino Ballroom, watch the surf break along the rocks along route one, past Rye Beach and Wallis Sands. Take a cruise to the Isles of Shoals, a fishing expedition, or go on a whale watch. Some of the best dining along the Atlantic is found here including the favored Lobster Bake with steamed lobsters, clams and corn on the cob.
The city of Portsmouth the state’s only port is at the northern end offering a diverse selection of dining from the elegant Library Restaurant to the fun Portsmouth Brewery along with boutique shops set among winding streets and brick sidewalks. History comes alive at Strawbery Banke Museum through its restored houses of a typical historical American neighborhood, and there are numerous events throughout the year such as the Prescott Park Arts festival.
Explore the inland towns of Exeter home to the renowned prep school, Durham a lively college community host to the University of New Hampshire, and Dover, the state’s oldest continuous settlement.
In the heart of the region is the Great Bay, a tidal estuary comprised of 6,000 acres with an outlet into the Piscataqua River and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean. People are drawn to the bay for its aesthetic and recreational value, a wonderful place for boating, fishing, and swimming.
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