Wallis Sands State Beach, Rye

#4 of 7 in Beaches in New Hampshire
Wallis Sands State Park is a small state park located on the Atlantic Ocean in the town of Rye, New Hampshire. The park offers swimming at a sandy beach with a bathhouse and picnicking. The Isles of Shoals are visible from the beach. The parking lot can accommodate about 500 cars. The park charges a $15 per car fee that covers the use of the facilities.During the 19th century and early 20th century, Wallis Sands was a Life-Saving Station of the United States Life-Saving Service and subsequently was a station of the United States Coast Guard. The station was discontinued around 1938.
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  • New Hampshire has a small coast, but this is one of the special spots. Usually not crowded, perfect for families with young kids and still within easy reach of restaraunts and some shopping.  more »
  • I have to admit, I HATE Seaweed and Kelp touching me. Visit here to see what it was all about on a very busy day for beaches and OMG! I was horrified at the amount of seaweed there was in the water!!!...  more »
  • The State Beach itself is small, perhaps a hundred yards wide, and 50 yards deep at low tide, BUT the State beach is immediately adjacent to another public beach that's almost a mile long. The two are...  more »
  • Beautiful clean beach, soft sand w/ hardly any shells. The beach house was so close to where we had our stuff, cold showers and rinse off station. extremely close parking. Great beach for little ones. Many older kids w/ boogie boards. (I want 1 now!) The water was full of red seaweed today, but I'll take it. Totally worth the $15 parking if your going to be there all day. Definitely recommend this place.
  • Nice small and quiet beach in Rye. About the length of a football field. Lots of parking (free in off season) and not as packed as Hampton. Few roadside lobster shacks in the area, but otherwise not overly populated. Has restrooms all summer long and reverts to port-a-potties in the off season. Nice public green and plenty of benches.
  • Nice small beach to bring the family. Four stars because I wish the girl's bathroom showers and changing rooms had doors instead of small curtains. I love the little store to buy tops and snacks.
  • Very nice beach with full facilities. Clean restrooms, showers, and snack/lunch store. Can be very crowded at high tide and a nice day!
  • I love everything about this place. Free military parking, is a bit secluded, and the view is nice. They also have a picnic area and a snack stand. Be aware no fires are permitted.. including grills. Bring your picnic basket instead. Oh you have to take your own trash (which I love the idea)

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