Destination guide

Hampton is a haven for beach bums and history buffs alike

Perched on New Hampshire's laid-back Atlantic coast, Hampton is a seaside community bursting with small town charm. Many make a beeline straight for Hampton Beach, a vibrant village district overlooking an expansive stretch of powdery white sand. It thrums with activity during the summer holiday season, with retro amusement arcades and treasure-filled gift shops to keep the troops entertained, as well as handsome historical homes and mesmerizing museums. And with a wealth of Hampton vacation rentals to choose from, you're sure to find your ideal home-away-from-home.

Things to do

Immerse yourself in Hampton's history

You'll find a wealth of enthralling attractions practically on the doorstep of your Hampton vacation rental. For an immersive trip back in time, be sure to swing by the Benjamin James House. Built in 1723, this elegant Georgian colonial home has been lovingly restored to its former glory, both inside and out. If you're still hankering to learn more about local history, the Tuck Museum is home to a host of equally beautifully preserved period buildings, including a 19th-century one-room schoolhouse, a primitive fire station, and an utterly charming white clapboard beach cottage.


Open-air entertainment and fishy festivities in Hampton

The excitement never ends in Hampton, with all manner of festivals, concerts and one-off events taking place throughout the year. Every night from May until September, the open-air Seashell Stage hosts free concerts, with local bands performing everything from old-school jazz and blues to modern pop hits, while weekly firework displays bring a touch of colorful magic to the clear night sky. Each September, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival takes over town, with eclectic live entertainment, charming arts and crafts stalls, and all manner of mouth-watering delicacies to sample, from rich, buttery lobster rolls to addictive deep-fried clams.


Lazy summer days in Hampton

Hampton is blessed with blissful summer weather, with warm, sunny days and refreshingly mild evenings. Naturally, Hampton vacation rentals are in high demand during the peak months of June to August, so be sure to book early if you're planning a visit during this period. The shoulder months of May and September are also lovely times to visit. The weather is generally pleasant, and fewer out-of-town visitors means that you may land a great deal on accommodation. Winter sees temperatures plunge, with a good chance of snowfall between December and February, so you'd be well advised to wrap up warm.

Natural features

Crystal-clear waters and magical marine life

Hampton Beach State Park is famously one of the cleanest beaches in the United States, with impeccable water quality, making it a safe and spectacular destination for all the family. Those crystal-clear waters are home to an amazing diversity of marine life. If the idea of freshly-caught haddock for dinner sounds appealing, why not embark on a deep-sea fishing expedition? Or rally the whole family and head out on an unforgettable voyage in search of majestic humpback and minke whales, and graceful Atlantic white-sided dolphins.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Hampton

Fly into Portsmouth, NH (PSM-Portsmouth Intl.), the closest airport, located 10 mi (16.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Lawrence, MA (LWM-Lawrence Municipal), which is 21.2 mi (34.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Hampton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 531 vacation rentals near Hampton. From 245 Houses to 77 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hampton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Hampton?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hampton:

  • Hampton Beach: 200 vacation rentals
  • York Beach: 396 vacation rentals
  • Rye Beach: 274 vacation rentals
  • Seabrook Beach: 88 vacation rentals
  • York Harbor: 408 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Hampton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Hampton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hampton Beach State Park: 753 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Gaming Casino: 751 vacation rentals
  • Casino Ballroom: 758 vacation rentals
  • Casino Cascade Water Slide: 767 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ocean Discovery Center: 751 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hampton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Hampton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 245 Houses in Hampton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hampton include:

  • Cottages: 77 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 166 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 77 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Hampton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 22 vacation rentals with pool available in Hampton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.