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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Attractions

What to See and Do in Portsmouth


Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


WHAT TO SEE & DO - PORTSMOUTH ATTRACTIONS


HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS

Discover Portsmouth Center
Portsmouth Historical Society
43 Middle St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-8420
www.portsmouthhistory.org

This information and orientation center, which made its debut in 2008, is an excellent starting point for your exploration of Portsmouth.

A view from Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, New Hampshire
View from Castle in the Clouds

John Paul Jones House
43 Middle St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-8420
www.portsmouthhistory.org

Built in 1758 for sea captain Gregory Purcell, this Georgian mansion earned its place in history when Revolutionary hero John Paul Jones rented a room here in 1777 from the widow Purcell.

Governor John Langdon House
143 Pleasant St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-3205
www.portsmouthnh.com

Self-made Portsmouth merchant and shipbuilder John Langdon was a signer of the U.S. Constitution, three-term governor of New Hampshire and one of George Washington's hosts when the president visited the seacoast city in 1789.

Strawbery Banke
420 Court St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-433-1100
www.strawberybanke.org

Explore Puddle Dock — a remarkably preserved, four-centuries-old Portsmouth neighborhood at this living history museum.

Learn about New England's fishing industry at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

Castle in the Clouds
Route 171
Moultonborough, NH 03254
603-476-5900
www.castleintheclouds.org

Enjoy scenic views of Lake Winnipesaukee and a fascinating tour of Thomas Plant's "castle" at this 5,500-acre historic estate in New Hampshire's Lakes Region.

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-0470
maritimegloucester.org

Learn about Gloucester's fishing industry and the marine world that lies offshore, see wooden boat restoration in progress, and hold a sea star in your hand at this multifaceted museum.

Rocky Neck Art Colony
Rocky Neck Ave.
Gloucester, MA 01940
978-282-0917
www.rockyneckartcolony.org

Meet dozens of artists in their studios and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at America's oldest continually working art colony.

CRUISES

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
315 Market St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-5500
800-441-4620
www.islesofshoals.com

Explore the waters off Portsmouth with this boat tour company, which offers evening dinner and party cruises in addition to daytime sightseeing excursions.

LIVE MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT

The Press Room
77 Daniel St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-5186
www.pressroomnh.com

The Press Room is Portsmouth's place for live blues, jazz, folk, R&B and Latin Jazz music seven nights a week.

The historic North Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
North Church

Spring Hill Tavern at The Dolphin Striker
15 Bow St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-5222
www.dolphinstriker.com

There's live music nightly in the tavern at this upscale restaurant, located on the site of the Spring Hill Well, which began supplying water to the city of Portsmouth circa 1761.

Daniel Street Tavern
111 Daniel St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-430-1011

This bar and pool hall hosts live music Thursday through Saturday nights and karaoke on Sundays.

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-2400

With its chic new lobby and impressive line-up of shows, the Music Hall, a 900-seat theater built in 1878, is one of New England's most historic — and most vibrant — entertainment venues.

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
169 Ocean Blvd.
Hampton Beach, NH 03842
603-929-4100

Headline acts perform during the summer months at this oceanside venue, which opened its doors in 1899.

SHOPPING

Kittery Outlets
Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904
888-548-8379
www.thekitteryoutlets.com

Find deals on everything from family apparel to housewares at the more than 100 factory outlet stores that line Route 1 in Kittery, Maine, located just over the state line from Portsmouth.

The L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine
L.L. Bean Flagship Store

L.L. Bean Flagship Store
95 Main St.
Freeport, ME 04033
800-559-0747, ext. 37222
www.llbean.com

Venerable Maine retailer L.L. Bean never closes the doors of its flagship store, an institution on Maine Street in Freeport for nearly a century.

Cold River Vodka
437 US Route 1
Freeport, ME 04032
207-865-4828
www.coldrivervodka.com

See how spuds become super-premium spirits at this distillery, which has won acclaim just three years after its owners first cooked up the idea of making vodka from Maine potatoes.

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Hampton Beach
Ocean Blvd.
Hampton Beach, NH 03842
603-926-8717
www.hamptonbeach.org

Soak up the sun and the nostalgic vibe at New Hampshire's classic beach destination.

Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club
101 North Rd.
North Hampton, NH 03862
603-964-5341
www.sagamorehampton.com

Daily fee golf has been a tradition at this family-owned public course in the heart of the Seacoast region since it opened more than 45 years ago.

Pease Golf Course
200 Grafton Rd.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-433-1331
www.peasegolf.com

Golf 27 holes without leaving Portsmouth at this well-maintained course, founded as a private club in 1901, acquired by the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and now operated by the state of New Hampshire.

The Man at the Wheel Statue in Gloucester, Massachusetts commemorates sailors lost at sea
Man at the Wheel Statue, Gloucester

Wentworth by the Sea Country Club
60 Wentworth Rd.
Rye, NH 03870
603-964-5341
www.wentworthbytheseacc.com

Guests at the Wentworth by the Sea hotel have access to this members-only, oceanview, 18-hole championship course.

America's Stonehenge
105 Haverhill Rd.
Salem, NH 03079
603-893-8300
www.stonehengeusa.com

Much like Stonehenge in England, this attraction's astronomically aligned stones are an unexplained phenomenon. Snowshoes are available to rent for those who want to explore the site during the winter months.

Prescott Park
105 Marcy St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-8748
www.cityofportsmouth.com

Donated to the city of Portsmouth by sisters Josie and Mary Prescott, this 10-acre waterfront park is a lovely place for a stroll and the site of concerts, music festivals, cook-offs and other special events in the summertime.

RESOURCES

New Hampshire Tourism
P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd.
Concord, NH 03302-1856
603-271-2665
www.visitnh.gov


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