New Hampshire’s Seacoast shines in the summer. Explore the region with its sandy beaches, ocean views, amazing culinary and craft beverage scene and arts and culture too!
Little Harbor Trail
(375 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth) This loop trail is a great nature walk for all ages. Access the trail at the historic Wentworth Coolidge Mansion, then follow the pathway as it wanders through a wooded forest and along the water with several viewpoints into the bay along the way.
(175 Fleet Street, Portsmouth) A Seacoast landmark that’s been serving up burgers and steamed hotdogs for decades. Originally Gilly’s operated as a portable lunch car. It’s been in its permanent location since the 1970s and has established itself as an iconic stop for classic comfort food in an authentic diner setting.
Garrison City Beerworks
(455 Central Ave, Dover) A nanobrewery in downtown Dover specializing in New England style hazy beers, along with a sampling of sours, saisons, stouts and lagers. Street Taco Kitchen is on site with creative options that pair perfectly with their craft brews.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
(6 Washington Street, Dover) Interactive exhibits and activities inspire innovation and creative thinking at this Seacoast museum. The exhibits explore arts, science, and culture with hands-on learning for kids and families alike.
Garrison Hill Fire Tower
(Abbey Sawyer Memorial Highway, Dover) This observation tower is often referred to as Dover’s secret jewel. Climb the tower for panoramic views of the surrounding area. On a clear day, you can see the White Mountains and the Isles of Shoals.
, (85 Adams Point Road, Durham) A favorite local spot for the meadows, forests, woodlands, tidal marshes and the rocky shoreline that offers views of Great Bay. This area is considered one of the best for birdwatching so watch for bald eagles! NH Fish and Game maintains some of the trails here and has a fun Scavenger hunt to help you explore.
(19 High Road, Lee) An oasis of lush gardens await visitors at Bedrock Gardens. The gardens span almost 40 acres and include sculptures, meadows, a pond, and benches in just the right spots to sit and enjoy the beautiful views.
If higher education plans are in your future, include visits to colleges and universities on your summer road trip! NH is home to a diverse mix of schools, explore the options here