Summer is one of the best seasons to be in New Hampshire, as the weather allows for plenty of time to explore the immense amount of natural beauty the state has to offer. Luckily, the seacoast has plenty of great swimming holes where you can go enjoy the warmth of the season, as well as revel in New Hampshire’s beauty.
Jenness State Beach, Rye
Jenness State Beach provides the classic beach experience. Only 25 minutes away from UNH, this beach has the feel of a private establishment without all the restrictions. Though parking is limited, the beach makes up for it with awesome waves and a close proximity to ice cream parlors and restaurants in the area.
Wiswall Bridge, Durham
This spot is only 10 minutes from UNH, and is a popular attraction for younger adults looking for a little bit of a thrill. Due to its hidden location, this swimming hole attracts mostly locals and is a great, low-key place to swim. Most visitors try their luck at jumping off the bridge. If you’re a thrill seeker, be safe and jump at your own risk.
Water Country, Portsmouth
Though this location isn’t exactly a natural swimming spot, Water Country is one of Portsmouth’s biggest water-based attractions. As New England’s largest water park, Water Country welcomes kids and adults alike. Day or season passes can be purchased and parking is available on site. This place is fun for the whole family, and all your friends too.
Mendums Pond, Barrington
Owned by UNH, this pond is the perfect place to go for a day of summer fun. Day passes are only $6 for adults and canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available for a mere $5/hour. Located only 15 minutes from campus, Mendums is a great place to avoid the chaos of a beach, but still be able to do fun summer activities.
Hampton Beach, Hampton
Hampton Beach is the ideal destination for those seeking more than just a swim spot. Complete with a boardwalk, this beach has famous restaurants, arcades, stores and a casino for entertainment. It has a huge shoreline where beach-goers swim and soak up sun and is only 35 minutes from campus.