New Hampshire June 17, 2017
These 9 Charming Waterfront Towns In New Hampshire Are Perfect For A Daytrip
Sure, we all know that Portsmouth and Weirs Beach are awesome places for a summer day trip. But if you’re looking to shake things up a little bit, why not consider spending a few hours in a different town? From the more familiar Wolfeboro to the often-overlooked Harrisville, these towns are all great spots to enjoy the best waterfront scenery that New Hampshire has to offer.
1. North Hampton
North Hampton Beach is an absolutely lovely place to spend a summer day. If you want a break from the water, tour Fuller Garden or go to Throwback Brewery for some lunch and a delicious beer.
Located on beautiful Squam Lake, Holderness is home to an elite prep school and several popular restaurants. Climb up Rattlesnake Mountain for the ultimate view of the water.
On the shores of beautiful Silver Lake, Madison is a perfect place to disconnect from it all. Enjoy one of the lake's quiet beaches, check out the Madison Boulder, or take a ride on the Silver Lake Railroad if you grow tired of relaxing by the water.
This old mill town is a National Historic Landmark, and wandering around its downtown looking at the gorgeous river and popping into shops is a fun way to pass a summer afternoon. Pop into the Harrisville General Store to pick up snacks!
The quaint town of Woodstock overlooks the beautiful Pemigewasset River, and also contains Lost River Gorge. Both provide ample opportunity for photography and reflection.
6. New Castle
New Castle is comprised entirely of islands, so pretty much the whole town has a waterfront view! There are plenty of places to relax and watch the waves - and the whole town can be reached via bridges. There are two historic forts in town to explore. When you've seen all there is to see, stop for a drink at the historic Wentworth by the Sea hotel!
Wolfeboro, a charmer on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, has been a favorite vacation destination for many years - but it's worth a visit year round. You'll find charming shops, beautiful homes, and plenty of places to relax by the lake.
Home to the beautiful Odiorne Point State Park and the Seacoast Science Center, as well as several lovely beaches and business offering whale watches, surf lessons, and sport fishing, Rye is the perfect place to really get in touch with the ocean.
Right on the Contoocook River, Peterborough is probably one of the artiest towns in New Hampshire. Visit for your fill of performance, literature, and natural beauty - along with quirky shops and restaurants.
Which of New Hampshire’s waterfront towns is your favorite?