Hampton is Rye’s neighbor, with Hampton Beach as a major summer tourist/seasonal area on New Hampshire’s coastline. It has around 14,000 residents, and consists of Hampton Beach, Hampton Beach State Park & Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. It offers residents more affordable housing & lifestyle, with its own school district which includes Winnacunnet High School.

Walking, Biking & Driving

Hampton Beach is a popular tourist destination with a one-mile boardwalk, perfect for a walk! US Route 1 and NH 27 are the major roads through Hampton. During summer months, Route 1 can be slower to travel through.

The Scene

Hampton Beach is the center of the action. A one-mile boardwalk and Hampton center offer food, restaurants, candy stores, gift shops, mini-golf & amusement arcades. There are also weekly concerts and movies at The Seashell Stage, and weekly fireworks during the summer months. The annual Seafood Festival takes place in September and an elaborate sand sculpture competition takes place in the summer as well. Restaurants include The Old Salt Restaurant at Lamie’s Inn, the Hampton Airfield, Smuttynose Brewery, Jumpin’ Jacks Java, Lupe’s 55, Bernie’s Beach Bar & The Ashworth Hotels’ restaurants which includes The Breakers Restaurant. Hampton Beach Casino & Ballroom includes a full casino and is a major concert venue in the area.


Settled in 1638, the town draws its name from a parishioner, Reverand Stephen Bachiler, who formerly preached in Hampton, England.