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Odiorne Point State Park, Rye

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Odiorne Point State Park is a New Hampshire state park located on the seacoast in Rye near Portsmouth. The location of the first European settlement in New Hampshire, the point got its name from the Odiorne family, who settled on the land in the mid-1660s.Near Odiorne Point is one of the Sunken Forests of New Hampshire.Fort DearbornPrior to 1942, the site of the park was private, expensive oceanfront land. In 1942, during World War II, the site was taken by the United States government for construction of Fort Dearborn. In 1961 the site was sold to the state of New Hampshire.
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  • So much to do here..on hands fun for all ages..inside. outside is nature at its finest..lots of trails along the ocean ... Senior discount!  more »
  • NH has 9 State Parks or historic sites on it's 17 mile seacoast. From Odiorne you can see Maine across the Piscataqua River and the 9 rocky Isles of Shoals 6 miles at sea. Lots of space for strolling,...  more »
  • Odiorne Point is a rocky coastal area with several places to pull off route 1a and park without paying( It is a carry in carry out beach so bring your own little bag for your trash items and bring it ...  more »
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  • Great place to visit, learn about the ocean and also get your hands and feet wet. Almost as many exhibits at the Mystic aquarium, great hands on things to do, wonderful location on the shore and you can get out to tide pools and a rocky beach within minutes to check out things for yourself. Good playground for the little ones within a 3 minute walk as well. Overall an outstanding value for a local place. Parking lot is small so prepare to duel for a spot!
  • Great place. We go in up at the science center. Lots of play area for kids, swing sets, ocean breeze. There is a big tidal pool there that is great for kids as it is so well protected and not crowded at all. Sandy rockish beach and the water access is all rocky for a bit but kids love it. Rock wall to explore with crabs and things, If you have young kids think about the NH Parks pass or plates. Its $85 a year for free entry to all state parks. Odiorne, Hampton Beach, Rye beach, Kingston state park and on and on. What is great is that with kids sometimes you only have a short time or have to leave unexpectedly so might not want to spend the money. With the pass you come and go without worrying about how long you stay.
  • Been visiting Odiorne Point since I was a kid. History, hiking, beach, playground, tide pools, gorgeous views, and WWII bunkers. This is New Hampshire. Seacoast Science Center is a great place to bring the kids. Touch tank and other exhibits will keep them and the adults entertained for an afternoon. Hiking is gentle and easy.
  • Odiorne is an incredible place to visit. Formerly a WWII fort, Odiorne offers spectacular historical sites. In addition to a military history, it was once a residential area as well. Scattered with old foundations, pathways, and monuments, it has a rich history. Odiorne offers a wide variety of outdoor options too - Boating, fishing, paddle boarding, or sitting on the beach, there's something for everyone. Finally, the park sits between a harbour and the ocean. There's always something to see or do. Oh, and the neighboring beaches/parks are great too.
  • Nice spot for jogging, cycling. This is a historical spot for both WW II and first english settlers in new England. There is a kid's playing area and picnic spots. At the sandy beach you could enjoy the sunset. There is sea coast science center to see and touch local marine animals from the gulf of Maine.