14. Tour a boardwalk
Tacky T-shirts and fried dough litter the boardwalks of New England, a decidedly honky-tonk way to spend a day at the beach, and certainly one that reminds of days gone past. In New Hampshire, Hampton Beach is the most recognizable boardwalk, but be sure to also consider Salisbury Beach. Enjoy some arcade fun, cotton candy sweetness, or peruse one of the many surf shops along the walk.