105 Marcy St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-431-8748
Prescott Park is a ten-acre urban green space posed on the edge of the Piscataqua
River just blocks from downtown Portsmouth. The Park is composed of manicured
gardens, wide lawns, three boardwalk piers, and two public boat docks with 26
public slips. Paved walkways weave their way throughout the space, and picnic
tables, grills, and shelters are dotted throughout the grounds.
The park is open year round, and in warmer months, Prescott Park is home to the Prescott Park Arts Festival. During the warm months of summer and spring, this expansive space is host to various music performances, theatre shows, big screen movies, and other special events. If you are looking for things to do in Portsmouth NH with the whole family, this is a great place to visit.
14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-433-1100
The Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor history museum associated with Portsmouth’s
oldest remaining European settled neighborhood, the South End.
The museum is comprised of 40 historical buildings dating back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, the oldest of which originated around 1630. Currently, ten of these buildings are open to the public. They have been restored, preserved, and outfitted with authentic period pieces. Staff members dress in period clothing and provide visitors with the unique history of each home, illustrating the family who would have lived there at that time and the lifestyle they would have led.
Throughout the museum, exhibits demonstrate the specific details typical of the buildings, grounds, and early inhabitants of the time. The Strawbery Banke Museum is one of the top attractions in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
154 Market St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-436-8221
The Moffatt-Ladd House is a historic mansion-turned-museum located in downtown
Portsmouth across from the Old Harbor. The home, originally built in 1763, is
now a National Historic Landmark, and it was opened to the public in 2011.
28 Chestnut St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-436-2400
The Music Hall is a nearly 1,000-seat venue in Portsmouth considered to be the
oldest theater in New Hampshire and the 14th oldest theater in America. For
nearly five generations, the Music Hall has been graced with performances by
many notable characters, including multiple Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize
9 Market Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-431-2538
The Portsmouth Athenaeum is a locally run and independently managed, non-profit
library, gallery, and museum located in the downtown core of the city. The Portsmouth
Athenaeum dates back to the early 1800s when the citizens of Portsmouth mutually
joined their educational resources in order to elevate other members of the community.
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-436-8433
Discover Portsmouth, located downtown, is owned and operated by the Portsmouth
Historical Society. It is designed to provide visitors with information on local
sites, attractions, and historical facts and features.
600 Market St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-436-3680
The USS Albacore is a submarine whose unique shape pioneered the field of watercraft.
Initially used for research, this vessel has a very specifically designed hull
that allows her to move quickly and with incredible agility. The submarine was
designed to operate during World War II, and the design of the shape of the ship
made a profound impact on other designs during maritime war operations.
125 Bow St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-433-4793
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre is a year-round, community-based professional performance
company based in Portsmouth. The Seacoast Repertory Theatre puts on multiple performances
throughout the year. The company provides an annual scheduled calendar of upcoming
events, and they also offer classes, private lessons, workshops, and camps to
all age groups.
40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-427-9197
Located in a late 1860’s building, Book and Bar provides guests with a unique
entertainment and dining combination. This unique eatery and pub has the feel
of a bookstore because of its many shelves of books. Beer, wine, coffee, and tea
products are served throughout the day alongside a bistro menu of sandwiches,
soups, salads, and small plates.
29 Ceres St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-431-0887
Located in downtown Portsmouth, Black Trumpet Bistro is open to guests for dinner.
The small bistro is known for serving globally infused, internationally flavored
dishes using a combination of both classic and unexpected flavors and ingredients.
The menu is based on seasonality and availability, and therefore it changes regularly.
143 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-436-3205
This historic mansion-turned-museum was once the home of shipbuilder, merchant,
Revolutionary War hero, three-term governor of the state of New Hampshire, and
signer of the constitution John Langdon. The home is a magnificent Georgian style
mansion, once referred to as the first home of its stature by President George
Washington. After several generations of Langdon family residency, the home transitioned
to a museum.
165 High St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-817-2773
Earth Eagle Brewing is a local brewery and gastro pub known for its wide selection
of microbrews. Earth Eagle’s selection of beer varies based on season and availability,
and the on tap options are regularly updated on the Brewery’s website and social
44 Durham St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 800-724-3567
Seacoast Helicopters’s Dream Flights program is a 90-minute chopper ride over
a variety of scenic East Coast landscapes, including downtown Portsmouth, the
Atlantic Ocean beach, four nearby lighthouses, or the isle of shoals.
80 Hanover St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-427-2959
Located in downtown Portsmouth, Shalimar India serves authentic North Indian and
Punjabi dishes for lunch and dinner. The menu offers both classic and contemporary
takes on a variety of North Indian favorites along with an expansive drink menu
of both wine and beer choices.
10 Ceres St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-431-5510
Posed on the shores of the river facing tugboats, docks, and fisherman, you will
find Old Ferry Landing. Open for lunch and dinner during the warmer spring and
summer months, this authentic East Coast seafood shack serves standard seafood
pub fare, caught fresh and locally, along with a selection of beer and its signature
cocktail, “the Jimmy.”
7 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-766-1616
Inspired by a trip to Europe and the variety of beautiful and functional salt
products available throughout international markets, a local Portsmouth couple
opened Salt Cellar, an educated and resource-backed shop designed for the distribution
of high quality salt products. Salt Cellar provides over 50 variations of salt
for usage in food preparation, bath and body products, health related purposes,
and as salted confections.
315 Market St, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Phone: 603-431-5500
Six miles off the coast on the border between Maine and New Hampshire are six
small islands that compose the Isles of Shoals. Each island has its own unique
character and story; one hosts a renowned religious conference center while another
is the alleged site of notorious pirate Blackbeard’s honeymoon. Today, the rustic
and remote islands are most commonly enjoyed from aboard a cruise ship that takes
passengers alongside the islands for a short and scenic tour of the region.