Seacoast Beaches

Seacoast State Parks are hiring

Are you looking for a rewarding summer job at the beach. It's not all sun and fun, but its a great experience and its on the beach. We are hiring. Openings are available in maintenance, park crew, meter patrol, ocean rescue at all seacoast state parks.
Interested applicants can contact or call 227-8722.

Hampton Beach State Park Beach Grading begins Thursday May 7
While the seacoast beaches continue to be closed, the annual grading of Hampton Beach is scheduled to begin on Thursday May 7th.  The grading needs to be done to be ready for when the beach does open, even if that is much later this year.  The grading is necessary to remove the depressions in the sand from winter storms that cause rip currents, removes the artificial dunes, prepares the beach for trash raking, and levels the beach to provide for ADA access and generally easier access to the water.   

All NH State Park seacoast sand beaches, bathrooms and parking areas are closed

This includes Hampton Beach State Park (Seashell, South Beach and North Beach), North Hampton State Beach, Jenness State Beach and Wallis Sand State Park. The Hampton boardwalks and sidewalks are open for pedestrian use only. 

There are 5 State Park beaches along the New Hampshire seacoast. Below is some information that might assist in planning your visit to the coast. 

Hampton Beach State Park's North and South Bathhouses are now open. Check signs for up-to-date bathhouse operating hours. 

Seacoast Beach Lifeguard Schedule

All Dates and times for the 2020 season are TBD.
State Beach Lifeguard Operating Dates Lifeguard Hours
Wallis Sands May 28th through September 5th 10 am to 5 pm daily
Jenness June 14 through mid-August 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily
Hampton  June 8 through September 5 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
North Beach* June15 through Mid-August 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
North Hampton* June 15th through Mid-August 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily

*Due to the early return to school by a large percentage of lifeguard staff the end dates at North Beach and North Hampton State Beach most likely will be in late August.

Beach Warning Flag System

Please note that flags can change throughout the day depending on current conditions, so check the flags frequently.


Rip Currents

For more information about rip currents, please visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service website.   Download in English | Download in Spanish | Download in French

Beach Advisories

For information on beach advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services website page on Beach Advisories.

Visiting With Your Pet

Pets are restricted seasonally at most of our seacoast beaches. They are not allowed on the beach from May 1 to September 30. Pets are allowed on beaches from October 1 to April 30. Note: Pets are prohibited year-round at North Hampton State Beach.
State Beach Pets Not Allowed Pets Allowed
Wallis Sands May 1 - September 30
October 1 - April 30
May 1 - September 30
October 1 - April 30
May 1 - September 30
October 1 - April 30
North Beach
May 1 - September 30
October 1 - April 30
North Hampton
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.

Seacoast Beaches Parking Options

For information about parking options at Seacoast Beaches, visit our Parking Options web page.

Boating Access Options

For information about boating in New Hampshire, visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game boating webpage.