New Hampshire June 15, 2017
The 9 Best Spots In New Hampshire For A Waterfront Picnic This Summer
Summer is beginning, and that means it’s picnic season! Winters are long here in New Hampshire, which means we need to make the most of nice weather – and that means eating as many meals as we can outside. There’s something extra special about a picnic by the water, especially on a hot day when those breezes feel so good. Here are 9 of our favorite spots to spread out a blanket and relax.
1. Prescott Park, Portsmouth
You couldn't dream up a more perfect picnic destination than Prescott Park. The park has it all - gorgeous formal gardens, rustic New England seaside buildings, and even a walkable causeway to a small island with covered picnic tables and restrooms. In the summer, enjoy your picnic with weekly entertainment thanks to the Prescott Park Arts Festival, which brings in fantastic performers for concerts open to the public. Bring a blanket and your dinner and you're good to go! If crowds aren't your thing, come any other night for a more peaceful picnic experience.
2. Great Island Common, New Castle
This 32 acre public park has fantastic ocean views and many great spots for a picnic. If you aren't a New Castle resident there is a small entrance fee, but it's totally worth it.
3. Ellacoya State Park, Gilford
This state park on the shores of Winnipesaukee has plenty of picnic tables and grills, as well as campsites if you want to stay the night. Be sure to get there early, as admission is limited.
4. Odiorne Point State Park, Rye
Enjoy incredible views of the open ocean and a lighthouse from this state park. There are plenty of trails to walk on after your meal, and you can even explore the ruins of an old military fort if you like.
5. Greenfield State Park, Greenfield
This 400-acre park includes ponds, bogs, and an undeveloped lake front - so if you'd like to get away from it all this is a perfect place. There are walking paths to enjoy, as well as a small camp store for those items you forgot.
6. Lake Massabesic, Manchester
This lake is Manchester's water supply, so there's no swimming allowed - but it's pristine and beautiful, the perfect spot to relax with your lunch.
7. Echo Lake Beach, Franconia
Nestled in Franconia Notch State Park, this beach offers spectacular mountain views and the chance to swim in a crystal-clear lake before or after your picnic.
8. Crawford Notch State Park, Hart's Location
Whether or not you plan to take on the trails in this state park, it's a gorgeous spot for a picnic. The views of the White Mountains simply can't be beat.
9. Hampton Beach, Hampton
Sure, Hampton Beach is always packed - but for good reason. If you want a beach picnic this is the place to be. Plus, you don't need to limit yourself to squashed sandwiches - there are plenty of options for delicious treats if you want to buy something fun.
Pack up your towel and some sandwiches – it’s time for a picnic! Just be sure to check hours and admission fees before you go.