77 Days on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire state line: Day 59 – Hampton Beach, NH
With 60% chance of rain, we were still determined to go to the beach today. After all, our exchange student from Spain, Lili, is used to getting into the Atlantic on the north side of Spain, we had to let her see a US beach, right? So, where do we go from Pelham NH on a cloudy day? Hampton Beach, NH! Initially, I was headed for North Hampton Beach, but since I had driven to Hampton NH so many times recently due to Tim’s purchase on Ashworth Ave, that’s where we ended up!
On our drive to Hampton Beach, NH, it poured rain and I asked the 3 girls several times, “are you sure you want to go to the beach?” ”Of course, Mom!” was unanimous. After all, they expected to get wet in the water, so what’s the difference if the rain gets them too? We ate lunch in the car as soon as we arrived (after getting a fantastic free parking spot right on the street) and suddenly the rain stopped. The girls ran into the very clean bath house, changed, and were out on their way with the boogie boards and wet suits down to the beach!
The water at Hampton Beach is much too cold for me (especially since my wetsuit was on someone else AND there was no sun), so I opted for sitting on the beach (and using the umbrella to stay dry in a couple of passing showers).
If you’ve never been over to the beach, you may like Hampton Beach. Certainly there are a lot of shops, restaurants, and activities to do in the area if the sun isn’t out and chances are, if you’re from this area, you will probably run into someone you know. The drive from Pelham was only about 50 minutes with no traffic, so I considered it a reasonable trip for even a half day! :)
If beaches aren’t your “thing”, you may find something else you like in NH to enjoy the outdoors! Look on the NH State Parks website for other ideas.
Do you have a favorite beach other than Hampton Beach I should write about? Tell us about it below! Thank you!