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Portsmouth Harbor Trail

Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Ranked #19 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The Portsmouth Harbour Trail is similar to Boston's Freedom Trail in that it links together many of the historic homes, the working waterfront... more »
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Fairfax, Virginia
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263 reviews 263 reviews
241 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stopped here on our way to Maine and had a very pleasant experience taking in the sights. Very good seafood places and shops galore.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I went up to spend a gorgeous spring day and it was a huge disappointment. The websites make it sound as if the walk is something easily done and a nice way to spend time. Abbreviated trails and hard to find areas, I wasn't impressed. I wouldn't recommend this attraction.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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76 reviews 76 reviews
45 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Portsmouth is a nice place to visit. Lot's of scenery, architecture, and good restaurants. I recommend taking a walk and a drive along the harbor road. Then stop at the old historic fort Fort Constitution. From the shoreline you can see the old Portsmouth Navy Prison, an old gothic castle like structure.

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Birmingham, UK
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a great activity to do, especially if you can go on the guided walking tour which meets on select days of the week and starts from the tourist information booth outside Breaking Grounds coffee house in Market Square. My husband and I were fortunate to do this tour with Connie, a very knowledgable tour guide who has been... More

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Folsom, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This was a great way to spend a couple of hours in Portsmouth. I really love taking these walking tours because you feel like you get insight into the region from a local perspective. First, I need to tell you it was raining but it didn'tr dampen anyones enthusiasm, the guide or the eight participants. It was a very interesting... More

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New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Who knew Portsmouth was so cool? Loved this guided tour. Learned an awful lot. Glad we did it on our first day. An easy and relaxing walking tour.

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Springfield, MA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Who knew signers of the Declaration of Independence lived in town (and that there's a tree that was planted by one of the signers from a chestnut he brought back from that occasion)? Naval capatains, John Paul Jones, who essentially founded the US Navy? You'll find these locations and more on the Portsmouth Harbor Trail, a sort of Freedom Trail... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The descriptions of the harbor trail made it sound like the Freedom Trail in Boston, which is nothing close. The Chamber of Commerce no longer publishes its self-guided tour, despite their online claims, so although you can pick up a map there are no descriptions of sites either on the map or on the buildings, so you don't know what... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

I just love all the sights and sounds.Their are still alot of historic buildings left and even some of the roads and sidewalks bring you back to a simpler time.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

Industrial harbor does not yield many impressive views.

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