In 2010 and 2011, we camped at the Hampton Beach Campground four times and enjoyed every day there. We were in a Minnie Winnie in 2010 and a Coleman Travel Trailer in 2011.
If you like a good river view and easy access to the beach, it is a wonderful area. There are 28 good-sized sites, full hook ups, picnic tables, and fire rings. It is a flat area with no trees, and there are on-site Rangers who tightly manage the area.
If you are looking for trees and don’t like rules and quiet times, this may not be your place of choice. We have trees at home, love the water views, and feel safe knowing there are rangers on site 24/7.
The campground is within walking distance of downtown Hampton Beach where there are blocks of shops and a large variety of other beach related attractions as well as a nice playground.
About half an hour away is Portsmouth, NH, which is a beautiful, quaint New England town with many historic homes, wonderful restaurants, Prescott Park with its beautiful flowers and many festivals, and the wonderful Strawbery Banke area.
Another option if camping isn’t your thing but you like the beach, there is also a wonderful public parking area, picnic tables, bathroom facilities, and beach access that allow you to enjoy the beach for the day.
And, if you love sand sculpting or have never seen it, then you absolutely want to check out the Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition.
Granddaughter (11) – I like the walking distance to the beach and the individual fire rings. It is also a good place to use a telescope.