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Wicked Awesome Hampton Beach, NH!
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A summer favorite, Hampton Beach is a New England coastal destination that captures the essence of a honky-tonk summer...or commotion at the Ocean!

Article by Eric H.
If you enjoy a lively honky-tonk summer scene with a touch of relaxation available, then you'll love the oceanside resort community of Hampton Beach, N.H.

Bombastic and at times, overwhelming, Hampton Beach never pretended to be a mild-mannered vacation destination. It's a place where the drinks flow but the traffic doesn't.  For the most part, however, Hampton Beach is safe and quite popular as a family travel destination. Yes, you will find the weekend partier/inappropriately dressed (or lack of) crowd here, but the reality is that there is something for everyone in Hampton Beach -- most prominently from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekends.

For better or worse, Ocean Boulevard is a sight to behold, including a boardwalk, souvenir shops, arcade games and amusements, miniature golf, fried dough and seafood, ice cream and pizza stands, restaurants, cottage rentals, hotels, motels, and the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom for entertainment. What is often forgotten amongst the overstimulating array of commercial offerings is that Hampton Beach offers one of the most impressive stretches of beach in northern New England. Even with so many people swimming and sunbathing, there always seems to be a spot for everyone. Once on the beach, it's easy to relax and distance oneself from all the Ocean Boulevard commotion.

For an even more peaceful experience than the main beach, try spacious Hampton State Beach (Tel. 603-926-3784) near the Hampton Beach Bridge on Route 1A with its soft sand, tide pools, RV camping at the campground, snack bar and convenience store.

Additionally, Fourth of July and summer Wednesday fireworks displays, many children's events, sandsculpting competitions (June 18-29), 80 free evening concerts, and the amazing Hampton Beach Seafood Festival ("The Seacoast's top restaurants serving our world famous New England seafood. Lobsters, fried clams, shrimp, BBQ ribs, steak tips," etc.)  held the first weekend after the Labor Day Weekend make Hampton Beach even that much more of a worthy travel destination.

Hampton Beach might not be for everyone, but, then again, maybe it is. Those who love Hampton Beach might stay a few days and those who tell you they dislike Hampton Beach just might stay a whole week!

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