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Isles of Shoals

Portsmouth, NH
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Ranked #5 of 28 attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Islands
Description: Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Our conference group took this cruise and it was quite enjoyable. But, the buffet offered no local seafood - just barbequed chicken, pulled pork & hot dogs - hardly what I'd consider to be representative of the area food.

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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95 reviews 95 reviews
37 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We took the Heritage boat to the islands. Drew the capt.. did a narration of all the points of interest on the way out and back. Ask him questions and he's happy to let you know about other things that have happened and seen in his many years as capt.

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Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Take the Oscar Laighton and stop on Star Island for a guided tour and learn about the history of the island. Sit on a rock overlooking the ocean or stop in the hotel for an ice cream or lime ricky and sit for a bit in one of the rocking chairs on the expansive hotel porch.

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Rumney, New Hampshire
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We booked our tour through Uncle Oscar Island Cruises. We live closer to Rye than to Portsmouth and the cost was almost 1/2 what the Portsmouth company charged. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful island. The Captain of the small ferry (20 passenger max) was very informative both on the ship and the island. I would highly recommend... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This tour is awesome. Mother in law was visiting from overseas and she cannot walk well anymore, challenge was to us to find some sights we could enjoy... We chose the steamship out of Portsmouth and were not disappointed! Bar and food on board, the proverbial 3 hour tour was fantastic. Family atmosphere, GREAT guide talking about the history (being... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I would recommend this tour to all -young, not so young, honeymooning and not so much, Vistas were all so pretty, music was just as nice (live) and bartenders were eager to please, It was a bargain at what ever we paid!

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New Hampshire
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Thomas Laighton Ferry to the Isle of Shoals is New Hampshires best tourist attraction. As a senior, 67yo., I am always looking for a bargain. 4 hour trip, 3 hours on the river before entering the open blue of the Atlantic. Upon arrival we were offered a one hour guided tour of Star Island. Our onboard guide told a... More

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Southbridge, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Theres plenty to do in NH .I love lighthouses so I did the cruise from Rye Harbor with Lighthouse Historian etc.Jeremy D'Entremont narrating.

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Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

What a nice mini cruise to the Isle of Shoals. The ship was a good size and our trip was narrated as we went. Very informative about what we were passing by in the harbor as well as the islands. Star Island part of the Shoals has a history of its own. I am sure if it was open to... More

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New York, NY
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Took a boat trip with Portsmouth Cruises to the Isles of Shoals. Lovely trip and interesting historically.

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