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Siberian Husky running on NH beach

Best New Hampshire Beach

Are you looking for the best New Hampshire beach to enjoy an ocean air excursion with your pooch? I’ve shared my favorite North Shore Beach and now I’d like to share my favorite Seacoast beach. Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, NH, is a picturesque beach known for its stunning views of the ocean, soft sandy beach, and clear blue waters. It’s the perfect spot for an adventure with your dog AND it’s a great location for photos!

My husband and I recently headed up the NH coast to introduce Halo to the beach! Halo has been with us for 4 months now and we were long overdue for a beach trip. We weren’t sure how she would react to the crashing waves. She was definitely intrigued by them (even gave a few head tilts to the water) and we had a great time, despite the bitter cold and overcast day. Halo isn’t afraid of much!

Husky running on beach in rye NH
Halo’s first beach adventure


Before heading out to the beach, be sure to check the dates that are “dog friendly” for the beach. Each New England state has different “rules”. Most are around October through April/May, and some are even specific times of day, like before 8 AM or after 6 pm. In Rye, NH, dogs are permitted on the beach during the off-season which is October 1st – April 30th.

Siberian Husky running on NH beach
Halo running on the beach

The Beach

The drive up coastal NH is a pretty one! Wallis Sands beach is about a half mile long. It has plenty of interesting sights and smells for your dog to discover, including the salty ocean air, seashells, and marine life. There is also a nearby nature trail that your dog can explore.

There is a leash law. Dogs must be leashed. I was happy that people were following this rule as I’m not a fan of unfamiliar dogs running up to me. I wanted to make note as you don’t see leash on Halo and I did edit that out in post processing of the images – easy peasy!

Ocean air smells at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, NH
Halo enjoying the ocean air smells

The Rocks

Wallis Sands Beach is bordered by Rocks that form a barrier. Just north of the beach are several spots along the road that you can park your car and walk out on the rocks to catch the sunrise. We weren’t lucky to get a sunrise on this day, but it was still a breathtaking morning!

Halo is a confident pup and she had no problem walking out on the rocks for a few photos. It rained on our drive up, and we were pleasantly surprised that the rocks weren’t slippery at all.

Husky on the rocks in rye, nh
Posing on the rocks


A beach adventure is perfect for bonding with your dog! Wallis Sands Beach is a 40 minute drive for us from Georgetown, MA, so not far at all!

Your dog loves spending time with you and enjoys being included in family activities, I’m sure. Create some fun memories with your furry companion on the beach – maybe a stroll, a game of fetch, running through the soft sand, making a dog pal friend, or simply relaxing on a rock with a good book, your dog by your side.

Siberian Husky bonds with dad
bonding with dad


If you know me and my love for a great breakfast spot, of course I’m happy to share where you should head after your morning beach jaunt! Just a 12 minute drive further north we headed to Lil’s Cafe in Kittery, Maine. Ummm…. YUMMMMM! I will give them a vote for THE best cruller’s around! The Maple cruller (YES, MAPLE!) with glaze was amazing and paired perfectly with their freshly brewed dark roast coffee – a WIN!

lil's cafe kittery maine
Maple cruller, cinnamon cruller, almond croissant and jelly

Around the Circle

This week’s post is part of a pet photographer’s blog circle and it’s all about fresh air. Click on the link at the end of each post to follow along. Next up Endless Mountains PA photographer, Elaine Tweedy, takes a look at some of the best horseback riding trails to enjoy in the region this Spring and Summer. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Best New Hampshire Beach”

  1. Love the shots of Halo especially the one of smelling the air. The donut picture is really making me hungry for a delicious maple cruller!!!

  2. A great location to visit and do photography! Halo looks like she rather enjoys the beach. And those doughnuts & crullers… DROOL!!!!

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