The stars aligned. The weather was perfect. It was the weekend and we didn’t have any other plans. We were finally able to go as a family to the beach!
On Saturday, June 30th we took the kids to Hampton Beach. I was surprised at the lack of traffic around the beach but maybe it was because of the route that my phone’s GPS led us on. The main strip was packed so we continued past until we saw a retaining wall to our right. I pulled over and found another less crowded beach just beyond the wall.
I parked the car and fed the coin-operated meters. It was a little expensive at 25 cents for 7 1/2 minutes ($2/hr). I used all of the change in my car and we only had enough for just over an hour.
Once on the beach we set up our new Kelty beach cabana. It was easy to set up with its 3-pole design. The wind made a little trickier because the wind kept blowing the material around. I’m really glad we bought it. It was spacious, provided lots of shade, and had good ventilation.
Now that Daniel is a little older and is more self-aware, he is very cautious about unfamiliar surroundings. So it was unsurprising that he did not like being in or near the water at all! Instead he was content sitting just outside of the cabana and filling his bucket with wet sand.
I brought Matthew toward the water and helped him stand in it. He definitely didn’t mind the cold water rushing over his feet. He also enjoyed rolling around inside of the cabana.
It was a relaxing time. It felt a little rushed since we could only stay for about an hour. But I’m glad we got to take the kids to the beach.
It has been several years since I last visited Hampton Beach but I was impressed with whatever updates were made in and around the area. It was remarkably easy to find our way back home. Once we packed up, we double-backed along the strip, took a right at the Route 95 sign, and followed the road for about 15 minutes to the highway. It was such a pleasant experience; I can’t wait to go back there again!