This upbeat New England village boasts a mighty boardwalk—and now it’s the must-visit beach boardwalk of the summer!

By Lauren Phillips
June 05, 2017
Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images
Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images

Every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, our readers are voting for the best spots of the summer—and this week’s winner for the Best Beach Boardwalk is in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire!

Located almost midway between Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts, on New Hampshire’s short Atlantic coastline (less than 20 miles!), Hampton Beach is a charming destination both for a summer day-trip and a weeklong getaway. This old-school boardwalk boasts summer pleasures galore, with all the fresh seafood you can eat, a long stretch of shops facing the water, a wide sandy beach, and a world-famous sand sculpting competition.

The beachfront Sea Shell stage, a centerpiece of the 1.3-mile-long boardwalk, hosts free concerts all season long; another Hampton Beach hallmark, the Hampton Beach Casino, has offered classic arcade games to beachgoers of all ages since 1899. A swim in the crisp Atlantic Ocean here is the perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months, and, when you're in Hampton Beach, there’s nothing better than a stop at Blink’s Fry Doe for a sweet treat after a day on the sand.

Congratulations to last week’s winner for Best Lobster Roll, The Clam Shack, in Kennebunkport, Maine! Click here to see all the winners so far, and don’t forget to vote in this week’s competition: What’s the Best Beach Hotel in the World? And keep an eye on our Best of Summer 2017 voting schedule to make sure you don’t miss a single competition!

Congratulations, Hampton Beach!