10 Best Places in New England to visit in Summer

3) Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

It’s known as “the premiere” vacation spot on the New Hampshire coast. The now famous annual Sand Sculpting Competition takes place here for 5 days in June. Master sculptors from around the world compete for top honors and the $15,000 in prize money. The annual beach Catamaran Regatta also takes place in June. It draws many spectators to watch champion and novice sailors compete in races throughout the 2-day weekend event. It’s held close to the shore so spectators can see the races relatively close-up, while admiring the spectacular beauty of the colorful sails. Concerts on the Seashell hosts a series of 80 free shows, which run from June through September. For the more adventurous, a local fishery company has been offering deep sea fishing and whale watching tours for over 60 years. There’s also the Casino Cascade water slide, the largest in Hampton Beach.