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Isles of Shoals

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Address: Portsmouth, NH
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.

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Just a beautiful way to spend a day!

It's so scenic, so beachy, so rustic, so historic, so informative... Take the UNH boat over and listen to the docents explain about their work with marine biology... View the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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southern Maine
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southern Maine
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It's so scenic, so beachy, so rustic, so historic, so informative... Take the UNH boat over and listen to the docents explain about their work with marine biology... View the remnants of Celia Thaxter's garden and then go home and read her writings.... Take a friend and a bottle of water and sit on the rocks and talk.... You won't... More 

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Kittery Point, ME
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This cluster of islands can only be reached by boat. You can land on Star Island with a hotel & conference center, a chapel, several houses, tennis courts, hiking, seminars on a variety of subjects. There is a monument to John Smith who mapped the area in 1614.

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Kittery, Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Truly magical setting 7 miles from Portsmouth Harbor. Islands are loaded with history and unrivaled beauty. A must see for the soul!

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Scarborough, Maine
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78 reviews 78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I have been on this cruise about 3 times. Whenever a friend visits me, we go on this cruise. The history of the Isles of Shoals is amazing. The tour guides are amazing. Walking around on the island and getting some of the history is wonderful. I will surely do this cruise again. Every trip is a new experience.

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Orlando, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

the captain and crew were top notch. we had a historian narrate the history and background of each location as we sailed past. Very interesting and relaxing...non-boat people would even enjoy it!

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The Woodlands, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Star Island is a wonderful place to sail by (or stop and visit) when around Portsmouth or Rye. You rarely get the historical flavor in a place the way you can here! Even if you don't get off the boat, the tour on the Laighton is a sheer delight and has a good narrator of the very interesting local history... More 

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Greenfield MA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
55 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We took the Isle of Shoals all day trip and loved it! The fog the boat had to make it through was a little "scarey" in the early morning, but it burned off by lunchtime. We took a picnic lunch with us, and explored the island and its buildings. It was gull nesting season, but the island guide who gave... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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293 reviews 293 reviews
124 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is an amazing three hour boat ride all around Portsmouth to the Isle Of Shoals. We have gone many times. We go when they have a country band on. We usually know the bands and have a great time. You can purchase small things such as Pizza or pretzels. They serve beer and wine to buy. Down below the... More 

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Boston, MA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We boarded the Isle of Shoals Steamship Company's Thomas Laighton for the one hour Star Island walking tour. The voyage was beautiful and refreshing. It was hard to tune out the commentary which, although interesting, interfered with the sound of the wind and water. (Perhaps a fact sheet or headphones for those who want to listen?) one hour in Star... More 

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Beautiful sunsets,quiet harbor (most days). History on the islands. Visit Star Island,Appeldore and Smuttynose. If you aren't a boater consider the Thomas Laighton ship out of Portsmouth for a afternoon ride.

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