North Hampton Neighborhood Guide for Families

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North Hampton is a beautiful town that’s one of the few to border the Atlantic in New Hampshire. Settled in 1639, this small area of about 14 square miles has a population of around 4,300. Its seaside area is its most historic as it was a fashionable summer resort area in the 19th century. North Hampton has so much character and history packed into a small but gorgeous sport.

North Hampton is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Rye to the northeast, Greenland to the north, Stratham to the west, and Hampton to the south. If you’re considering moving to North Hampton, NH, read on for more awesome info. 

Why Moms Love North Hampton, NH

The town of North Hampton is in a great spot! There are great schools, gorgeous beaches, and plenty of fun stuff to do. The welcoming community makes this a great place to live. 

North Hampton Neighborhood Guide
North Hampton Neighborhood Guide
North Hampton, NH
North Hampton Neighborhood Guide for Families

Photos, Clockwise from top left: North Hampton Beach and Snowy Sunset by Jeff Cote, Beach Cottages by Emily Musella, North Hampton Beach by Chris Eisold

North Hampton Neighborhood Guide for Families
North Hampton State Beach by Cheryl Beliveau, click for details

Playgrounds, Parks & Attractions

North Hampton Beach, pictured left, is one of New Hampshire’s five state beaches. With parking, showers, and a nice sandy beach, it’s a perfect place for a family fun day. 

If it’s playgrounds you want, visit Dearborn Park or North Hampton School, find a full listing on North Hampton’s town recreation page

Little Boar’s Head is North Hampton’s oldest and most historic district. This 1.5 mile stretch along Ocean Blvd. boasts gorgeous architecture from the Late Victorian and Edwardian time periods. It was a popular destination for beach-goers in the 19th century and had notable visitors like FDR, William Taft and Governor Alvan Fuller of Massachusetts. 

When the weather begins to change, take a trip to Fuller Gardens and enjoy three acres of beautiful curated displays: from a rose garden to a koi pond, there’s something for everyone. Formerly the site of Governor Fuller’s estate, these gardens are open from May to October. 

Childcare & Schools

There are several childcare options in or near North Hampton, NH. In addition to child care centers, there are options for preschools as well. Uniquely, the local elementary school offers and on-site preschool for children ages 3 to 5, making the adjustment into elementary school all the smoother. 

North Hampton is part of the School Administrative Unit #21 along with Seabrook, Hampton Falls, and South Hampton. Students attend North Hampton School for grades K-8. NHS is a school of about 360 kids with a student:teacher ratio of 10:1. 

Along with students from Hampton, Hampton Falls, South Hampton and Seabrook, North Hampton students then move onto Winnacunnet High School in Hampton for grades 9-12. This top-rated high school, rated 13 in the state by Niche, serves about 1000 students with a student:teacher ratio of 10:1. 

Shops & Restaurants

Even though North Hampton, NH is small with its population of around 4,400, there’s much to do!

Some favorite restaurants:

  • Throwback Brewery is a gem! Come for the beer but stay for the outdoor seating, great locally-sourced food and fun events. Yoga at the brewery? Yes! Cribbage? Why, sure! Live music? That, too!
  • The Juice Box is tiny but mighty! From lattes to acai bowls, this healthy living spot serves up delicious food and drink for all.
  • Seacoast Soups is a favorite for busy parents. Pick up incredible take-home meals and make your life easier and tastier. 
  • Ronaldo’s is the perfect spot for a casual Italian or seafood meal. The portions are large (leftovers!!!) and so is their wine list.
  • My Brick Oven Pizzeria is the perfect local pizza place. You can order in, takeout or have it delivered. 
  • The Copper Lantern is a go-to breakfast and lunch spot. They’ve got great donuts and you can order breakfast all day. 
  • Al’s Seafood is a town favorite. With a market serving the freshest seafood available, you can choose to eat your fish in or out!
  • The Barley House is also a favorite. There’s great outdoor seating, happy hour and even trivia. 
  • The Airfield Cafe is a must with kids. Eat your breakfast or lunch and watch the planes take off! In good weather, sit outside!
  • The Beach Plum is right on Ocean Blvd. Grab a lobster roll and stay for some ice cream!
  • Donut Love is the place for donuts. Featuring flavors like Maine Blueberry and Chocolate Sea Salt, you really can’t go wrong. 

When it comes to shopping in North Hampton, it’s hard to overlook the LL Bean Outlet store. Get all your outdoor equipment ready and head out on a nearby easy hike with your kiddos. With the gorgeous beach nearby, hit up the local surf shop, Pioneers. Need a moment of zen? Try some yoga at Soleil or Prasada


North Hampton, NH has a great public library. From weekly movies to toddler and baby story times, there’s a lot going on.

During the winter months, parents and their kids adore Luv 2 Play or Junior Gym. It’s critical to have these indoor play places for kids to run and be silly when the weather isn’t great.

Follow North Hampton’s Recreation Department on Facebook and you’ll show many special community events they offer! Old Home Day is a yearly favorite for residents of North Hampton. On the second Saturday of August every year, the community gathers for family-friendly games, live music and good old fashioned fun. There’s always a yearly trip to see the Red Sox, an Egg Scramble at Easter and plenty of rec sports and camps throughout the year. 

North Hampton is a wonderful place to live and a great town in which to raise a family!

North Hampton Neighborhood Guide for Families

Beth Parolisi

Berkshire Hathaway Home Servies
Verani Realty
111A Maplewood Drive
Portsmouth NH 03801
Cell: 603.944.0805

Licensed Sales Person State of NH
Associate Broker State of Maine
Certified Residential Appraiser New Hampshire  & Massachusetts 

As a top Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Verani  Realty, Beth Parolisi has a vibrant real estate career marked by her strong analytical, communication and negotiating skills-essentially, everything that is needed to deliver extraordinary results in the real estate market.

Having started as a real estate appraiser in 1985 and gone into the sales end of the business in 2007, Beth sees market trends coming, unfolding and going. She’s walked, appraised and sold through many market cycles-which has given her a unique ability to develop accurate insights and forecasts about the performance of real estate in multiple fronts and contexts.

More than a market expert, Beth provides a first class service to her clients as a top Luxury Collection Specialist in the Seacoast. When it comes to real estate, solutions and sales are the name of the game, and Beth masters it by bringing consistent value to her clients, who recognize her dedication and performance.

Beth represents an abundance of properties in all of the communities along the New Hampshire & Maine Seacoast. Her peers respect her and come to her for insights and advice, and Beth is known to blend her methodical and outcome-driven positioning with an always friendly touch. A twenty-five year resident of Rye, Beth and her husband Ed love the many benefits of living on the beautiful New Hampshire Coast.

Beth is always available for “all things” real estate. Just a call, text or email away, Beth is ready to help in any way. Whether it be answering a simple question or guiding you or a loved one through the process: email today!

North Hampton Neighborhood Guide for Families