- Our list of the best things to do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, features the top 200 nearby activities — including 101 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Portsmouth, NH has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Museums & Galleries, Sights & Landmarks, and Entertainment & Shows.
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Prescott Park is a ten-acre park containing over 500 flower varieties on the Piscataqua River. In addition to trails to view the flowers, the park contains four historic buildings, and is often the home of juried art shows and performance art performances.
Explore the history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from the 1600s to 1954, at the Strawberry Banke Museum. The 10-acre outdoor museum with costumed interpreters offers 42 historic buildings on their original foundations.
The USS Albacore Museum hosts the USS Albacore submarine, one of the earliest submarines in the United States Coast Guard. The area also has a gift store, an audio tour where people can learn more about the submarine, and an area to pay respect to all those who served.
With the help of the Gundalow Company, guests can sail on a traditional reproduction of a flat-bottom gundalow barge that was once so prevalent in the local waterways. Cruises run during three separate times during the day from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
The Isles of Shoals are nine rocky isles that lay six miles off shore. Cruises are available to see the isles, while on the island is the White Island Light, the Unitarian Oceanic Hotel, a few summer houses, and the Shoals Marine Research Laboratory.
Portsmouth Harbor Cruises has a 2 1/2 hour sunset cruise, a 1 1/4 hour Portsmouth Harbor cruise, and a 2 1/2 hour Isles of Shoals cruise. Additionally, when fall leaves are at their best, the company offers an Inland River and Fall Foliage cruise that is 2 1/2 hours long.
Visitors can explore the region of Newcastle on motorized Segways through Seacoast Segway Tours. The guide is experienced with the Segways and provides tips to visitors for operating it. He also explains the history of the region during the tour.
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The Redhook Portsmouth Brewery and Cataqua Public House, built in 1996, offer regional beers, along with tours to show how the beers are made. The site often hosts special events and it is the only place in Portsmouth to get German style rye beer, because they grow the ingredients.