NH’s seacoast area, as well as its coastline, is small. Settled by Europeans in the 1600’s, the area has a long history and is full of cultural and historical places. If you close your eyes, you can almost imagine the clip-clop of horses’ hooves on cobblestone streets. The area offers great dining, a strong retail corridor, pristine beaches, ocean recreation and several historical and natural science museums. Be sure to visit the renowned Strawbery Banke, featuring more than 40 restored 17th thru 19th centuries buildings built in Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style architecture.

Shopping is popular at Portsmouth's many small boutique shops, the Fox Run Mall, and at the Kittery Outlets in nearby Kittery, Maine. The kids will love the outdoor water park Water Country, and families will enjoy the USS Albacore, a retired Navy research submarine. Of course the area is famous for Hampton Beach, a miles long state park with new bath houses and a very busy outdoor performance center.

Significant events happen here all the time but two are particularly noteworthy: the Annual Sand Sculpting Competition and the Annual Seafood Festival. The latter receives upwards of 150,000 visitors a day.

There are numerous whale watching, deep sea fishing and cruises available. To blend fun and history, try sailing on a Gundalow.

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