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Boasts one of the most spectacularly scenic locations in the country.

Welcome to Rye

A beautiful coastal town steeped in history.
The town of Rye, New Hampshire, boasts one of the most spectacularly scenic locations in the country. Though its population only comes in at about 5,600, this tiny town on the Atlantic has the longest coastline of any New Hampshire coastal town. It also claims four of the nine Shoal Islands.
Throughout the centuries, Rye's transitions include industrial fishing, farming, and a major resort center. Today, Rye stands primarily as a residential area. Rye's weather consists of all four seasons, with the winters often a bit chillier than in other parts of New England. Most tourist activities take place from late June to mid-September. Rye also enjoys a fabulous show of color when the leaves turn in the autumn.

What to Love

  • Long Atlantic coastline
  • Steeped in history
  • Isle of Shoals
  • Beautiful beaches
  • State parks and green spaces

Local Lifestyle

The residents of Rye enjoy more of a rural community than in many other New England towns. Most people own their homes, and the neighborhood has a delightful array of green spaces to enjoy. Water sports and nature activities are prevalent in Rye. The residents and tourists of Rye also enjoy some excellent restaurants and unique shopping experiences.
And though Rye may lean more toward rural, the town's citizens are close to the best of both worlds. They are only an hour away by car from Boston, and the Shoal Islands are only about 10 miles off the Atlantic coast.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

With its northeast location on the Atlantic, it's no surprise that Rye's restaurants specialize in seafood, especially lobster. The Rye Harbor Lobster Pound serves hot lobster rolls, and they even add lobster soaked in sherry to their clam chowder. Petey's Summertime Seafood recently celebrated 30 years of serving the freshest seafood all year round. They also deliver and do catering. They offer whole lobster, steamers, and lobster mac-and-cheese, among other delicious options. 
If you're looking for something a bit more upscale with a more diverse menu, check out the Carriage House. This elegant establishment serves culinary creations you won't find anywhere else. Many consider dining at the Carriage House a genuinely memorable experience.
Christine's Crossing represents one of the unique shopping experiences in Rye. Christine sells charming furniture, art, home décor, and clothing in a beautifully renovated historic barn. Summer House Furnishings offers another option where you can shop in Rye to make your beach house or any house stunning.

Things to Do

Rye on the Atlantic Coast's natural setting provides many gorgeous beaches, such as Jenna State Beach and Wallis Sands Beach. State parks such as Rye Harbor State Park and Odiorne Point State Park offer hiking trails and other recreational activities.
Then there is the mystique and allure of the Isles of Shoals. They provide terrific fishing with the historical backdrop of pirate tales.
Rye also hosts the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival. This five-day festival recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and featured some of the biggest names in music. For the most part, the festival takes over the town of Rye for five days in late August.


The public schools serving Rye receive high ratings, but one of the most notable schools is Rye Country Day School. This school, established in 1974, focuses on early childhood education. The Rye Country Day School received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Overview for Rye, NH

5,511 people live in Rye, where the median age is 56 and the average individual income is $85,738. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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56 years

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Around Rye, NH

There's plenty to do around Rye, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Société, La Mulita Coffee, and The Islander Cafe.

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Dining 4.67 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.6 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.82 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.07 miles 28 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.56 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.67 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars

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