Close

Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center

Address: 100 Deer St. at 22 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Blue Mermaid

409 The hill, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Serendipity

41 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

British Bee Company

103 Hanover St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Prelude

65 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

BRGR Bar

34 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH 03801

G. Willikers Toy Shop

13 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Row 34

5 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Ceres Street Wine Merchants

39 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

John Paul Jones House

43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Governor John Langdon House

143 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Portsmouth Athenaeum

Private membership libraries were first created in the 18th Century for the mutual edification of their members and to elevate the educational resources available in the community. This non-profit membership library and museum was incorporated in 1817 and is one of only twenty left in America today. The museum and reading room are open to the public and house over 40,000 books and an art gallery.

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

View the Seacoast from an exhilarating perspective. For three decades, these narrated cruises of Portsmouth Harbor, the Isles of Shoals, and the New Hampshire waterfront have been a favorite activity both for locals and vacationers.

The Warner House

Hauntingly original in appearance, this is one of the oldest urban brick mansions in the United States. Come experience the social life of the Portsmouth family who occupied the Warner House for six generations. Their long, fascinating history is told through rooms furnished with many of the original family pieces, documented by estate inventories and early photographs.

Moffatt-Ladd House

The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden is a National Historic Landmark that has been open to the public as a historic house museum since 1912. One of America's finest Georgian mansions, the house was built for merchant John Moffatt between 1760 and 1763. During the Revolution, it was the home of General William Whipple, one of New Hampshire's three signers of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Katharine Moffatt Whipple.

Portsmouth Historic Graves

Pay homage to New England’s early settlers at one of Portsmouth's several ancient burial grounds, dating back to the early 18th century. Many notable Portsmouth residents are laid to rest here, including one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Portsmouth Historical Society at the John Paul Jones House

The house was built in 1758 for Gregory Purcell, a sea captain and merchant. John Paul Jones, colonial America’s first sea warrior and the “Father of the American Navy", was a tenant of the Widow Purcell in 1781 while he supervised the building of the Navy’s ship America nearby. The Society's portrait collection in particular is one of the most extensive on the Seacoast.

Discover Portsmouth Center

The former Portsmouth city library has been converted to a “one stop” central gateway to the historical, cultural and artistic venues of greater Portsmouth as well as a new exhibition site displaying the art and history of the Seacoast region. Take in the 12-minute “Welcome to Historic Portsmouth" video and browse the ever-changing art exhibits.

Portsmouth Harbor Trail

There’s no better way to spend a summer day in Portsmouth. The Harbour Trail passes more than 70 points of scenic and historic significance, including 10 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, 10 National Historic Landmarks, and three homes maintained by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. Along the way, you'll visit Market Square and Prescott Park, and sneak a peek at some of the city's grandest historic homes.

Seacoast Repertory Theatre

“The Rep" is housed in a warehouse of the former Portsmouth Brewing Company; it offers live, accessible theater to its visitors, as well as award-winning youth programs.

Water Country

Take an exhilarating plunge at New England's largest water park. You’ll have your pick of thrilling slides, rides and wave pools. Cabana rental is available for those looking for a break from the sun and fun.

Redhook Brewery

Belly up to the bar at this famous craft brewery, located a couple of miles outside of downtown Portsmouth. You can take a brewery tour for a buck, then wind up your visit by sampling several of their tasty brews.

Urban Forestry Center

This scenic 180-acre property includes a garden and a wildlife sanctuary. For those looking to walk, hike, ski or snowshoe, there are several self-guided trails. Be sure not to miss the tidal salt marsh on Sagamore Creek during your visit.

The Music Hall

This 906-seat theater was built in 1878 and claims to be the oldest operating theater in New Hampshire and the 14th oldest in the United States. The facility includes two spectacular buildings – including a marvelous late 19th Century Victorian theater. Enjoy a wide range of dance, music, and literary events at a venue the Boston Globe called "the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's Seacoast."

Isles of Shoals

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company sets sail from Portsmouth Harbor, offering cruises to the nine islands located six miles off the New Hampshire coast. Cruise options include party cruises, historic cruises, fall foliage cruises and island walkabout and stopover cruises, which allow visitors to explore the Islands’ attractions, lighthouses and harbors.

USS Albacore Museum

Step aboard the USS Albacore, a submarine commissioned in 1953 to conduct underwater experiments and serve as a model for future submarine design. An audio tour of the submarine kicks off in the Museum's adjacent Visitor Center, and a Memorial Garden honors those who lost their lives while serving on submarines.

Seacoast Science Center

Located in historic and waterfront Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH, the center is a popular destination for families and students to learn about the environmental history of the New England coast. Enjoy a wide range of exhibits and programs designed to appeal to all ages, backgrounds and learning styles. From the pre-K Treks-4-Tots program to the winter Heritage Dinner Series, from nature walks to expedition travel, there is something for everyone.

The Kittery Outlets

With more than 120 famous name brand outlet stores including Anne Klein, Banana Republic Factory Store, Big Dog Sportswear, Calvin Klein, Coldwater Creek, Crate and Barrel, J. Crew, OshKosh, Nine West and Waterford Wedgwood, the Kittery Outlets are one of the largest shopping destinations in New England. Whether you are here for a few days or a few hours, see why Kittery is called “America’s Maine Street for Shopping.” 

Peirce Island

From Prescott Park, cross the bridge to the 27-acre island known as the "crown jewel of Portsmouth." Separating the Piscataqua River from the city's historic South End, Peirce Island is a popular spot in the summer with a pool and several walking trails. From here, you can also visit Four Tree Island, a scenic park on the water with great views of the city.

Prescott Park

Prescott Park offers one of the city’s favorite urban escapes for nearly 40 years. Dotted with lush lawns, brilliant gardens, meandering paths and secluded picnic spots, it is also home to the Prescott Park Arts Festival, which draws some of the best names in music to the park each July and August.

Puddle Dock Pond

Portwalk Place

Stock And Spice

Tugboat Alley

Bliss

Bull Moose Music

City Shoes

Federal Cigar

Gus and Ruby Letterpress

La Femme Intimates

Lively Kids

Market Square Jewelers

Portsmouth Book & Bar

Puttin on the Glitz

Lizology

Stonewall Kitchen

Profile Coffee

Green Elephant

Agave Mexican Bistro

Black Trumpet

Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe

The Library Restaurant

Martingale Wharf

Moxy Restaurant

The Oar House

Portsmouth Gaslight Co

Radici

Ristorante Massimo

River House

Old Ferry Landing

The Rusty Hammer

Strawbery Banke Museum

Revisit New Hampshire’s earliest days at this outdoor history museum located in Portsmouth's oldest neighborhood. Situated on 10 scenic acres, the museum is composed of 42 restored houses and shops dating back to the 1600’s. Several buildings are open to the public throughout the year, with staff members in period dress on hand to explain the significance of museum exhibits.

Strawbery Banke Museum

Revisit New Hampshire’s earliest days at this outdoor history museum located in Portsmouth's oldest neighborhood. Situated on 10 scenic acres, the museum is composed of 42 restored houses and shops dating back to the 1600’s. Several buildings are open to the public throughout the year, with staff members in period dress on hand to explain the significance of museum exhibits.

Wholly Macro

Franklin Oyster House

St. John's Church

Pay your respects at the oldest Episcopal parish in New Hampshire and visit the "Vinegar Bible" – one of the very few remaining of its kind in the country. It's so named because it contains a misprint of the word "vineyard" in one of its parables (reading "vinegar" instead). The Vinegar Bible isn't St. John's only claim to fame; President George Washington attended a service here back in 1789 as well. 

Portsmouth Downtown

Explore Beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire

There’s a big difference between staying in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and actually experiencing Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Perched on the banks of the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth is one of New Hampshire’s most elegant and beautiful towns, with a historical downtown area featuring tree-lined streets and meticulously restored 18th Century colonial buildings. Despite its history and working class maritime roots, the town has a youthful character, with tourists and locals filling its many eclectic cafés and boutiques. Fascinating museums and historic houses offer a glimpse into the town’s rich past, while the nearby coasts of New Hampshire and Maine offer easy access to beloved New England traditions like clambakes and shore side lobster feasts.

Whether you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly attraction, would like to soak up some local flavor or just have a few hours to kill between meetings, Portsmouth truly has something for everyone. Below you’ll find a short list of some of the most popular things to do in and around Portsmouth.

READ MORE

READ LESS

All

St. John's Church

Franklin Oyster House

Wholly Macro

Strawbery Banke Museum

The Rusty Hammer

Old Ferry Landing

River House

Ristorante Massimo

Portsmouth Gaslight Co

The Oar House

Moxy Restaurant

Martingale Wharf

The Library Restaurant

Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe

Black Trumpet

Agave Mexican Bistro

Green Elephant

Profile Coffee

Stonewall Kitchen

Puttin on the Glitz

Portsmouth Book & Bar

Market Square Jewelers

Lively Kids

La Femme Intimates

Gus and Ruby Letterpress

Federal Cigar

City Shoes

Bull Moose Music

Tugboat Alley

Stock And Spice

Portwalk Place

Puddle Dock Pond

Prescott Park

Peirce Island

The Kittery Outlets

Seacoast Science Center

USS Albacore Museum

Isles of Shoals

The Music Hall

Urban Forestry Center

Redhook Brewery

Water Country

Seacoast Repertory Theatre

Portsmouth Harbor Trail

Discover Portsmouth Center

Portsmouth Historical Society at the John Paul Jones House

Portsmouth Historic Graves

Moffatt-Ladd House

The Warner House

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

Portsmouth Athenaeum

Governor John Langdon House

John Paul Jones House

Ceres Street Wine Merchants

G. Willikers Toy Shop

British Bee Company

Serendipity

Blue Mermaid