5 Perfect Picnic Spots on the Seacoast

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family eating at picnic table
Enjoy the best picnic spots on the Seacoast

It’s summer on the Seacoast and what better way to enjoy in than a summer picnic! Get the family together and visit one of these awesome spots on the New Hampshire Seacoast and Southern Maine. These five perfect picnic spots on the Seacoast are just a taste of the best this region has to offer!

Fort Stark

211 Wildrose Lane, New Castle

With a large grassy lawn, historic fort, and sandy beach, Fort Stark is the perfect place to take your family for a picnic. Enjoy a meal at one of the picnic tables, then kick a soccer ball around or fly a kit. Fort Stark is open from 9 am to 7 pm in the summer and has free parking. If you love this spot, you might enjoy some of our other recommendations for Seacoast forts.

picnic at fort stark
Picnic at Fort Stark

Odiorne Point State Park

570 Ocean Blvd, Rye

A new playground, picnic areas, ocean, and hiking trails make this state park a great choice for a summer picnic. Picnic tables dot the mowed lawns with views of crashing waves and distant lighthouses. The kids will be happy with the brand new playground and exploring the tidepools. In addition, there’s an awesome trail system. Walk the 3 mile loop around the perimeter – enjoying views of sandy beach, forest, and historic sites. A detailed trail description is available in Seacoast Hikes and Nature Walks

odiorne point picnic
Odiorne Point picnics with views of the seashore. Photo courtesy of visitnh.

Great Island Common

301 Wentworth Road, New Castle

With over 30 acres of lawns and beach, the Great Island Common is a perfect place to take the family for a Seacoast picnic. This gated park is open from 9 am to 9 pm daily with a nonresident fee of $15 per vehicle. In addition to greenspace and beach, the children will enjoy the playground. 

picnic area at Great Island Common
Picnic area at Great Island Common. Photo courtesy of New Castle.

Little River Park 

39 North River Road, Lee

Little River Park has one of the best playgrounds for little kids on the Seacoast. In addition, it has an awesome trail system, baseball field, and basketball court. A large covered picnic area is perfect for a shady meal. Be aware that occasionally this area is rented out for parties, etc. There’s plenty of free parking here and porta potties for visitors. Kids will love the epic sandbox and climbing structure. 

little river park in lee
Little River Park in Lee, NH

Fort Foster

Pocahontas Rd, Kittery Point

The whole family will enjoy the shoreline, beach, playground, trails, fort, and views at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine. There are multiple places to set up your picnic and access to bathrooms. This gated park is open May-October. Nonresidents are charged $20 per vehicle fee for entry. Consequently, there’s plenty to do besides picnicking. Dogs are also allowed at this park. Enjoy the breathtaking views at this fabulous summer spot.

fort foster picnic area
Fort Foster picnic area

Picnicking on the Seacoast

There’s an abundance of beautiful places to picnic on the Seacoast. Before heading out, make sure to find out if there’s a charge for parking and the hours the location is open. Lastly, make sure to dispose of all trash and waste responsibly – in most cases, pack out your trash. What’s your favorite picnic spots on the Seacoast?

Enjoying the beach after a picnic at Fort Stark

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