Covering a mere eight miles, New Castle is the smallest town in New Hampshire and could be by far the most beautiful.
Incorporated in 1623, the island includes quaint New England homes, Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel, UNH marine research laboratory, Coast Guard station, and Forts Constitution and Stark.
For us, the crown jewel of New Castle is the Great Island Common. The Common is a pristine 32-acre recreational park.
You can pack a snack or a lunch and utilize one of their many picnic tables or benches. In the summer, there is a public bathhouse for your convenience.
In the winter you can pick up a hot coffee in Portsmouth, which is only four miles away, and still enjoy the spectacular views. You might also find a small ice skating rink open if the temperatures cooperate.
We still owe some dear friends for telling us about this wonderful place because it is a real treat for us to spend time there with the grandkids. They love the playground, eating a picnic lunch, exploring the tide pools and watching the seagulls.
We visit there several times a summer and usually find ourselves there other times throughout the year. The scenery and lovely surroundings are a must if you live near or are visiting the NH seacoast area.
The common is open year round. During the summer months, there is a nominal entrance fee ($3 or less) for non-residents.
What’s not to love – a day trip that includes a playground, lighthouses, water views, seagulls and beautifully maintained green space.