New Hampshire’s only seacoast town, Portsmouth is a coastal jewel that offers much to see, do and taste. Read on for activities and attractions within a short distance from our Portsmouth NH inn. Click here for recommended restaurants in the area.
Albacore Park. It’s not really a park. Take a tour of the USS Albacore and see what life inside was like. This historic sub was built and maintained at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1953. Visit: 600 Market Street. (603) 436-3680
Strawbery Banke. Strawbery Banke Museum illustrates the lives of historic New England with restored homes from four centuries and working artisans. Visit: 14 Hancock Street. (603) 433-1100.
Portsmouth Harbor Cruises. Take a cruise aboard the Heritage and enjoy the entertaining, light hearted and informative journey on the Piscataqua river. Bonus: a full service bar on board! Visit: 64 Ceres Street. (603) 436-8084.
Prescott Park. Relax and enjoy the wonderful sights of the Portsmouth waterfront. Featuring over 10 acres of botanical gardens, walking paths, docks, and grass areas for people to enjoy. Don’t miss the summer arts festival. Visit: at Marcy Street. (603) 436-2848.
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Every Friday at 3PM and Saturday at 11AM, take a free tour of the brewery. In addition, check out their brewpub, the Portsmouth Brewery, on Market Street. Visit: 225 Heritage Ave. (603) 436-4026
Redhook Brewery. Tour the brewery and learn about several locally brewed beers for only $1. This tour includes 3-4 samples of beer and a complimentary tasting glass for those 21 and over. Visit: 35 Corporate Drive (603) 430-8600.
Portsmouth Harbor Trail. A great way to enjoy historic Portsmouth. Entwined along the trail are 10 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, 10 National Historical Landmarks, and over 70 points of scenic and historic significance. Guided tours are available as well.
Seacoast Rep Theatre. Since 1988, The Rep has hosted over 400 mainstage shows and youth productions. Located just below the inn, the Seacoast Repertory Theatre hosts a variety of drama, musical and children’s theater. Visit: Right downstairs! 125 Bow Street (603) 433-4472.
While Portsmouth itself does not have a beach, there are some wonderful beaches within a short drive. We can provide beach towels for your use.
Ogunquit Beach — Ogunquit, ME
Voted one of the top ten beaches in the U.S. Walk along the pristine beach, see waves crashing into granite cliffs and evergreens rising above the birch trees on the Marginal Way. This silty sand beach is reminiscent of Caribbean sand beaches. Pair a day at the beach with one of the incredible shows at the Ogunquit Playhouse, located 25 minutes north.
New Castle Beach — New Castle, NH
Small, picturesque sandy beach, 10 minutes from Portsmouth, has the U.S. Coast Guard Station at one end and a large seaside park at the other end. The beach is somewhat rocky and the water is colder than at most Seacoast beaches. Parking is available at Great Island Common, where there is a small admission charge.
Hampton Beach — Hampton, NH
Home of the annual sand sculpture competition and less than a twenty minute drive south. Hampton Beach features a large beach, a state park beach, a children’s playground, bathroom facilities, and an abundance of shops and restaurants on the strip.
Wallis Sands State Beach — Rye, NH
Not in the mood for the bustle of Hampton Beach? Visit Wallis Sands State Beach. This beach has a snack bar, rental store, and changing and bathroom facilities. Wallis Sands State Beach is a wonderful place to relax on the New England Shore. 15 minutes from Portsmouth.
Portsmouth, NH. Downtown Portsmouth has endless options for those looking to shop. Primarily small, independently owned boutique shops, Portsmouth has everything from simple souvenirs to luxury leather bags and designer clothes. Besides Ceres, Market, and Congress Streets, be sure to investigate State and Deer Streets for additional finds.
Kittery Outlets. With over 120 shops, The Kittery Outlets shops have something for everyone looking to shop off-price. Just a 5 minute drive north on Route One. Visit: Kittery, ME. (888) 548-8379.