Close your eyes, and picture a beach. We have that! However you envision sand meeting water, New Hampshire can fulfill your dreams. We have lively oceanside and lakeside beaches with family amusements galore. An RV park where the surf will lull you to sleep. Curves of sand along hundreds of lakes, where swimmers will feel they've discovered secluded coves all their own. Even a sea glass-strewn island beach that may be the prettiest place you've ever picnicked.
Landing the catch of a lifetime isn't the only reason to consider a New Hampshire boating excursion. With 1,300 ponds and lakes in our state, you can find the perfect natural pool for everything from waterskiing to escaping the world. Marinas on our largest lake—Winnipesaukee—rent a variety of watermobiles, from Jet Skis to pontoon boats.
In New Hampshire, you can always make a splash... in any weather. On sunny summer days, plunge down a steep waterslide, bodysurf in a giant wave pool, watch your kids jump and squeal at a spray-ground or float along an adventure river on an inner tube at Whale's Tale Waterpark or Water Country.
The rivers and streams that crisscross New Hampshire frequently tumble down thanks to our mountains. Some of our more than 100 waterfalls, like Silver Cascade and Flume Cascade on the north side of Route 302 in Crawford Notch, are visible from the road. Others reward you at the end of a hike. Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park has lured travelers since the early 1800s. A spectacular waterfall awaits all who venture along wooden walkways through this river-carved chasm.
Waterfall seekers should wear sturdy footwear: no leather soles or flip-flops. Use caution when walking on wet rocks or across streams. Plan ahead with these guides to waterfalls in the White Mountains and Great North Woods.
When you climb into a canoe or kayak, you take the pace and pulse of your adventure into your own hands. In New Hampshire, you can paddle down a pristine lake or lazy river. Or, you can try sea kayaking or take on Class IV whitewater rapids if that's how you roll. There are many places to try Standup Paddleboarding (SUP), too! Test your balance with a SUP Yoga class on Lake Winnipesaukee.
From an oceangoing charter boat, an island sightseeing vessel, a whale watch ship or a throwback paddle wheeler, you'll see gorgeous scenery and spy wildlife underwater, overhead and ashore. Which type of cruise suits you?
Wade into our rivers, and fly fish for trout and largemouth bass. On northern lakes lure prized landlocked salmon. Paddle out to the middle of a serene pond, and wait for a pike to bite. Teach a child the joys of casting from shore. Or book a deep sea fishing charter, and try to reel in a massive striper or bluefish.
New Hampshire Fish & Game provides detailed information and guidance for anglers including fishing reports, stocking updates and consumption guidelines. Many local outfitters and guides and marinas statewide can also lead you to where the fish are biting. Purchase a New Hampshire fishing or fishing/hunting combo license online day or night. No license is required for children under 16.