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Town of Rye NH

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Rye, New Hampshire is a quaint town nestled in Rockingham County. Known for its stunning coastline and New England charm, Rye offers an idyllic setting for both full-time residents and visitors.

Geographic Location

Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, Rye boasts the longest coastline in New Hampshire, stretching eight miles. Its serpentine beaches are a sight to behold, attracting beach lovers from all walks of life. The town is also home to several state parks, offering ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.


Rye holds a rich history, dating back to the first New Hampshire settlement established by David Thompson in 1623 at Odiorne's Point. What was initially a part of Portsmouth called Pannaway, eventually became the town of Rye.


Rye is known for its popular attractions like Wallis Sands State Beach and Odiorne Point State Park, which houses the Seacoast Science Center. Rye Harbor offers picturesque views and opportunities for boating.

The town's history can be explored at the Rye Historical Society, which provides insights into the town's past. The Isles of Shoals, a group of islands located six miles off Rye's coast, also serve as a significant attraction. One of its more popular Summer destinations is Rye Beach. A beautiful location for a vacation or weekend getaway, with miles of sand dunes as well as a pebble shoreline. 


From luxurious hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, Rye offers a variety of accommodations to fit every traveler's needs. One standout property is Shang-Rye-La, offering beachfront accommodations steps away from Jenness State Beach.


Rye is part of the Unit-50 school district, which also serves the towns of New Castle, Newington, and Greenland. It is home to Rye Elementary School, Rye Junior High, and Portsmouth High School. Additionally, the town has two private schools: Rye County Day and the Children's House Montessori School.

Rye, New Hampshire is more than just a seaside town. It's a place where history, nature, and community intertwine, creating a unique destination that enchants all who visit.

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