- Our list of the best things to do in Rye, New Hampshire, features the top 220 nearby activities — including 107 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Rye, NH has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Museums & Galleries, Sights & Landmarks, and Entertainment & Shows.
- The results below include the top 16 things to do within the city of Rye, NH , followed by 204 popular activities in nearby cities, including Portsmouth, Hampton, Newburyport, Ogunquit, Ipswich, Haverhill, Rockport, Amesbury, Dover, Durham, Exeter, Kittery, South Berwick, Seabrook, Gloucester, New Castle, Rochester, Candia, Derry, Lee, North Hampton and Salem
Whale enthusiasts flock to Granite State Whale Watch, Inc., a touring company heaquartered in Rye, New Hampshire. Tourists regularly encounter humpback whales, pilot whales, right whales and many other fascinating marine species.
Whale-watching excursions led by Atlantic Whale Watch depart regularly from New Hampshire's Rye Harbor. The company also conducts chartered fishing expeditions in the Atlantic Ocean. Call or email Atlantic Whale Watch to make reservations.
Affording a lovely view of the Isle of Shoals, the Wallis Sands State Beach is one of the most popular in New Hampshire. The beach has a clean, sandy shore and a soft bed in the shallow areas, making it popular with children and families.
At the Seacoast Science Center, visitors can play on a playground, take nature walks, and see four lighthouses. Visitors can also participate in educational programs to help them understand sea life better with most programs being geared to children.
Island Cruises has several cruise offerings for exploring the New Hampshire seacoast, from their informative lobster trips to their 2 to 3 hour tours of nearby islands. Lunch and dinner are also available on their Star Island Walkabout.
Atlantic Queen II Deep Sea Fishing offers activities on their 80' long ship like fishing and whale watching, as well as charters. Fishing trips last a half or full day, and children under 12 fish free with an adult.
In addition to selling surf boards and other accessories, Summer Sessions Surf Shop offers a variety of surf programs for visitors of all ages. The lessons provide training on how to use a surf board with knowledgeable instructors.