Hampton Beach State Park

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160 Ocean Blvd
Hampton, NH 03842
Phone: 603-926-8990
603-227-8706 (Lifeguards)
603-227-8700 (Parking Information)
603-227-8717 (Events/Group Use)

Activities and Amenities


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.

Make a Reservation

Reservations are required Fridays - Sundays only until 10/12. All NH State Park lots will provide parking at 100 percent capacity at metered parking areas. Parking reservations are available at Hampton South Beach and Wallis Sands.

Reserve Parking at Hampton South Beach 

Please Note: Recreational Vehicles (RV) must purchase 2 reservations. If your RV has park plates, you must purchase one reservation at full price and one reservation with park plate discount as the park plate only covers parking fee for one parking space.

Dropping off of passengers and items in parking areas is not permitted and is subject to a fine.

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 and reservations are required until Veterans Day. Equestrians will need to reserve a spot for their vehicle as well as their trailer (2 spots = $30). Contact the park directly or see our Admin Rules for more information.

Operating Schedule

Please Note: Dates and times are weather dependent and subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly. 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.

Bathhouses will operate at 50 percent capacity. Please wear a facemask when using the bathhouses and when aroind large groups of people.

Hampton Beach: Full Time Gates Operating Hours Unstaffed
   Metered Parking 6/1 - 8am-midnight N/A
   Haverhill St. Bathhouse 
   (M St.)
6/1   8 a.m. to 8 p.m. N/A
   Marine Memorial Bathhouse 
   (A St.)
6/1 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. N/A
   North Beach Bathhouse 
   (High St.)
6/1 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. N/A
   Seashell Bathhouse 
   (beach side)
6/1 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. N/A
   South Pavillion Bathhouse 
   Bathhouse (F St.)
6/1 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. N/A
Hampton (South Beach) 6/1   8 a.m. to  6 P.M. N/A

Lifeguard Schedule:

  • Main Beach - 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • North Beach - 10:15 to 5 p.m.

The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.


Parking fee is $15 per passenger vehicle for the parking area at South Beach. NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free. Season passes are available.Recreational Vehicles (RV) must pay $30 as they require 2 parking spaces.

Weddings and Events at Hampton Beach State Park

Hampton Beach State Park offers a variety of affordable, unique oceanfront locations that will make any wedding, family reunion, corporate retreat or special occasion an unforgettable one!

  • Seashell Oceanfront Pavilion - All-in-one setting for your special occasion! Exchange vows in the sand with the sound of waves breaking in the background and have a prelude cocktail reception on the wrap-around Oceanfront Terrace. Offers all the amenities of a first-class wedding facility.
  • South Pavilion Oceanside - This exclusive oceanfront banquet room is perfect for intimate parties looking for a premier oceanfront location at an affordable price. The South Pavilion Oceanside is a popular private retreat for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary parties, birthday parties and reunions.
  • South Beach Pavilion - Located at the southeastern most tip of New Hampshire and renown for its beautiful sand dunes, sea grass and miles of sandy beach. With views of Hampton Harbor and a picturesque rock jetty, this pavilion is a famous retreat for family gatherings and business outings.

Seacoast Weddings, Meetings and Events Guide (4.26MB) 
Seacoast Weddings and Events Brochure

RVing at Hampton Beach State Park

The only RV park directly on the New Hampshire coast at the mouth of the Hampton River. The park is located south of the main part of Hampton Beach on Route 1A at the Seabrook-Hampton town line. Route 1A can be easily reached from I-95 by either Route 101 or 286. The campground, with 28 sites, is open for reservations from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. It is open for walk-in camping beginning TBD.  Camping Policies.

Hampton Beach State RV Park Map /  Hampton Beach State RV Park Information/Policies

Reservations for the 2020 season beginning 6/1.
Reserve an RV campsite at Hampton Beach State Park through ReserveAmerica.com
or call 1-877-647-2757

RV Park Schedule:
Pre-season Full-Time Closing Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
  6/1  Reservation only October 25, 2020 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. $50 (water/electric/sewer hookups)

A park store is located in the day-use area. Restaurants, entertainment, and other services are offered along Rt. 1A, just a short walk north. The park is close to many area attractions, including whale watching, saltwater fishing charter boats, sandy beaches, and swimming.

Discover the Power of Parks Programming

Interpretive, nature-based programs will be offered at Seacoast State Parks all summer long as part of the Discover Power of Parks. Programs will be presented by our SCA Interpretive Rangers in the park each week. Check out the seacoast program schedule for more information. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required.

Are pets allowed at Hampton Beach State Park?

Pets are only permitted in the park from October 1 through April 30 only. All other times pets are not permitted.  See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

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. Cigarette Butt Campaign.

Beach Advisories

For listings of current advisories, please visit the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services Beach Advisories website page.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs (603-227-8722).

Additional Seacoast Beaches

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

Interesting Facts

Hampton Beach gets five stars for water quality in the Natural Resources Defense Council's new report, "Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches." For the full report, visit the NRDCwebsite.

Lifeguard chief, Jim Donahue celebrated 50 years of service in 2009!