Discover Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Along New Hampshire’s tiny, 18-mile coastline, at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, is a unique seaport city, replete with stunning coastal beauty, authentic New England charm, and well-stepped in American history. A favorite destination for a New England getaway, here are just a few of the many places we suggest you make a point to visit.
Begin your visit with a stop at Discover Portsmouth on Middle Street, Portsmouth’s primary welcome center offering visitors guidance on local sites, attractions, and historical facts about the city, as well as a popular walking tour of the city. We suggest you make reservations as space is limited.
Next stop is Strawbery Banke Museum, an outdoor history museum comprised of 40 historical buildings dating back to the 17th century. Currently 10 are open to the public, and we suggest planning to spend 2-4 hours touring the grounds.
Prescott Park, a ten-acre urban green space, located across from Strawbery Bank, is your convenient next stop. This is the perfect spot to bring a picnic lunch and relax along the Piscataqua River.
Heading back into the center of town, stop by the Portsmouth Brewer for a refreshing beer on top, or if you prefer a sweet treat, Annabell’s on Merchant Street offers dozens of delicious ice cream flavors.
Portsmouth also offers wonderful shopping. If you are looking for a souvenir book we suggest stopping by River Run Bookstore, Tugboat Alley, or Vogel’s Hallmark Shop.
If you have more than just a day to spend in Portsmouth, then the Isles of Shoals is a must. Located 6 miles off the coast between Maine and New Hampshire, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers daily trips to this unique cluster of islands. Visitors are welcome to tour the Star Island grounds and to make a stop at the hotel gift shop.
While these are our top locations to visit during your stay in Portsmouth, be sure to check out the historic homes in the city. They included the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, Governor John Langdon House, Oracle House, Wentworth-Gardner House, John Paul Jones House, and many more. To view a complete listing of the houses, go to: http://www.portsmouthhistorichouses.org/.
Enjoy discovering Portsmouth!