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Hampton Beach State Park


160 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH 03842

Hours and Fees

Regional Park Office: 603-227-8722
Park Patrol: 603-227-8700
Lifeguards: 603-227-8707
RV Campground: 603-926-8990
Event/Group Use Coordinator: 603-227-8717

Metered Parking
starts April 1, 2023, 8 am-midnight
Haverhill St. Bathhouse (M St.) Closes for the season, 10/31, 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Marine Memorial Bathhouse (A St.) Open year round, 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
North Beach Bathhouse (High St.) Open year round, 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Seashell Bathhouse (beach side) Open May 27, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, closes 9/6
South Pavilion Bathhouse (F St.) Open year round, 7:30 am - 10:30 pm

Park Operating Schedules

See Metered Parking & Citation Information

The final day of Ocean Lifeguard coverage is Monday, September 11, 2023. It may continue beyond this date, but it is weather dependent. Starting Tuesday, September 5, Ocean Lifeguard coverage hours are 10:15am to 4:45pm, for the remainder of the season.

*Operating dates and times are subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly.

This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting.

Off season use: This park is always open for recreation unless otherwise posted. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.

Activities and amenities

Fishing Restrooms Swimming Horseback Riding
Beach-front park office Beach-front park office
People on beach People on beach
Beach Beach
Lifeguard stand Lifeguard stand
Beach-front park office Beach-front park office
Beach Beach
Family walking on beach Family walking on beach
Couple on beach Couple on beach
People at beach People at beach
Park office Park office

RIP CURRENT ADVISORY, September 14, 2023:

As Hurricane Lee approaches New England and the New Hampshire Seacoast it will bring high surf and strong RIP CURRENTS.  The forecast currently is calling for wave height to be 8 ft or higher which will create strong RIP CURRENTS.  The conditions will be monitored closely by the NH State Beach Patrol - Ocean Lifeguards.  Red flags will be flown, if necessary, which indicates High Hazard/Restricted Swimming.  Ocean Lifeguards coverage will be on Hampton Beach only with Guards on duty from 10:15 AM - 4:45 PM.  For those planning on visiting the Seacoast please check in with the Ocean Lifeguards.  

The forecasted surf will create strong RIP CURRENTS along with FLASH RIP CURRENTS.  RIP CURRENTS present a danger for any swimmer or surfer no matter what their ability level may be. Please see below for RIP CURRENT tips:

  • If you do not know how to swim, do not go in!
  • Swim where there are Lifeguards on duty
  • If caught in a RIP CURRENT stay calm - Do not panic 
  • Do not fight the current, go with it 
  • Swim along the shoreline (parallel) until out of the current
  • Only swim to shore once out the current 

About the Park

Beach Advisories

Hampton Beach State Park provides year-round recreation, with Atlantic ocean-front facilities situated along miles of sandy beach. Activities in the park include swimming, fishing, picnicking, and RV camping with full hook-ups in the campground.


A live webcam of Hampton Beach can be found at Beach Cam Hampton Beach


Find Additional Seacoast Beaches and Parks:

Hampton Beach State Park - South Beach
North Beach
North Hampton State Park
Jenness State Beach
Wallis Sands State Park

Odiorne Point State Park
Rye Harbor State Park

Visiting With Your Pet

Pets are not allowed on the beach from May 1 to September 30. Pets are allowed on the beach from October 1 to April 30. Animals must be on a standard or rectractable leash not greater than 6 feet in length. Animal owners shall clean up any waste eliminated by their animals and place it in a trash can or remove it off-site. See our Visiting With Pets webpage for more information.
Equestrians: Riding in the Off-Season
Horseback riding is permitted on Hampton Beach from October 1 - April 30.
Parking is available at the South Beach lot. Contact the park directly or see our
administrative rules for more information.


Parking Information

See Metered Parking & Citation Information Page

Metered parking is located throughout the coast along Route 1A from Hampton to Rye. Most spots are managed by multi-space pay stations. Spots managed by multi-space pay stations require a receipt to be posted on the dashboard of your vehicle. 

Restaurants, entertainment, and other services are offered along Rt. 1A. The park is close to many area attractions, including whale watching and saltwater fishing charter boats.


Keep Your Parks Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle. Help keep the beaches clean and dispose of cigarette butts in the appropriate receptacles. 

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Visit our Accessibility page. For more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.

Additional Resources

Hampton Beach State Park Map
Hampton Beach State Park Aerial Photo
Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce
Hampton Beach Area Calendar of Events
Hampton Beach History 

For information about sea life visit the 
New England Aquarium 
Blue Ocean Society Discovery Center

Information about Monarch Butterflies
Endangered Piping Plovers

Seacoast Weddings, Meetings and Events Brochure
Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.
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