Hampton Beach Seafood Festival 2023 – Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival is an event that takes place the weekend after Labor Day each year. The festival includes a variety of food and shopping options as well as some live entertainment. This year was the 34th year for the festival and featured a Tom Petty cover band at the clamshell.

The beach itself is always a highlight

Tom Petty cover band

Nighttime fireworks

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site – Calais, Maine

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais was my “hometown” national park unit. My parents had their retirement home very near to this park and as a National Park fan I used to come here very often. Saint Croix Island sits in the middle of the river between Maine and New Brunswick. In 1604, a French settlement began on the island, three years before English settlements in Jamestown. Saint Croix Island’s settlement was soon abandoned, following a terrible winter. When I visited the park years ago there was little more than a boat ramp and information placard at the site. Today there are extensive informative displays accompanied by statues representing various historical figures. There are rest room facilities and a fully staffed visitor center. There is no access to the island itself to protect its archeological and natural elements but the mainland area is well worth the visit. The neighboring shore in New Brunswick, Canada also has a park and display. It is great seeing small parks like this being properly represented.