18 Miles of Smiles

What’s in 18 miles? A whole lot of wonderful when it comes to the New Hampshire’s seacoast. In addition to stunning sunsets and beautiful beaches, visitors of all ages enjoy entertainment and outdoor activities, a rich history, phenomenal food and delicious drink options from Hampton and Portsmouth to Seabrook and New Castle.

Recreation

Summer is for fun and soaking up the sun, which makes New Hampshire’s seacoast a prime destination. From surfing, sea kayaking and deep sea fishing to sailing, nature walks and paddle boarding there’s something to suit everyone’s downtime dreams.

Food

Lined with lobster shacks, clam stands, ice cream spots and fried dough joints, Hampton Beach has got the goods. The deliciousness continues up the coast to Portsmouth where you can dine at dozens of culinary gems that have been long-time local favorites and nationally recognized restaurants.

History

As New Hampshire’s oldest city and one of America’s earliest, Portsmouth is full of fascinating historical sites dating back to the 1600s for visitors to take in. The people, places and events that shaped the seaport can be explored along the Harbour Trail, at the Strawbery Banke Museum—where dozens of historic houses and actors portray early American life—and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, which dives into African American history and culture in the state. Lighthouses and the Isles of Shoals are also popular attractions.

Shopping

Popping into shops along the New Hampshire coastline is a true treat. Hampton Beach’s string of street vendors and stores are great for scoring souvenirs, while Portsmouth’s boutiques are perfect for gifts, summer clothing and locally made goods. The best part? It’s all tax free.

Entertainment

Sure, outdoor fun with friends and family may be the name of your summer vacation game. But entertainment on the New Hampshire coast is much more than just exciting whale watches, harbor cruises and Water Country. You can also explore the Seacoast Science Center, or scope out the stellar arts and culture scene at Seacoast Repertory Theater, The Music Hall and other performance centers.

Breweries

Nothing like a crisp, locally-brewed beer to go along with all the fresh seafood the New Hampshire coastline has to offer. And there are plenty of breweries in the area to quench that thirst.

Clearly, the New Hampshire seacoast is where you need to spend (at least part of) your summer.