Hampton Beach proper is where all the action is if you’re people watching or board walking. Plus, a $14.5m project begun in 2012 spruced up the bathhouses, stage and even the blue and red flags that mark freshly painted crosswalks and parking meters. Yes, there is parking (and you’ll pay $2 per hour for it). If you haven’t been to Hampton Beach since 2011, you simply haven’t been to Hampton Beach.
Hampton Beach is a very busy state park, and has all the amenities that go along with that: Fishing, camping, park store, picnic area and pavilion, playground (a very clean and modern playground complete with merry-go-round and plenty of equipment to climb on), restrooms and a bathhouse.
Did we mention swimming? Yes, that’s key. And, lifeguards are on duty full time June 11- Sept. 5. Lifeguard hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.