Drawn to the area by the salt meadows – an ideal place to raise cattle – Hampton was established in 1638 by English puritans from Massachusetts. Hampton remained a quiet area up until the 19th century; most citizens lived modestly and took to farming or cattle rearing. When a railroad running through Hampton was completed in 1840, this quiet town was changed forever. With easier travel to Hampton, tourists began to flood the town to enjoy the long stretches of beach. Today, Hampton is still a popular vacation destination and most of its local economy is centered around tourism.
Related Day Trips:
- Hampton Beach State Park – Beautiful, long stretch of beach that’s within walking distance to lots of shops and restaurants. http://www.hamptonbeach.org/
- The Purple Urchin – A restaurant and bar that serves typical fried food and seafood. Has a great location, most seats have a great view of the ocean. http://www.purpleurchin.net/
- Blink’s Fry Doe – A great place to grab some fried dough. They have tons of different toppings.