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Isles of Shoals

Portsmouth, NH
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Ranked #6 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Islands
Description: Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
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Deering, New Hampshire
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125 reviews 125 reviews
50 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed a beautiful 2 hours on the island. Next time I am going for a full day. We enjoyed sitting in rocking chairs on the porch of the hotel. The butterfly bushes were full of beautiful butterflies. We enjoyed the science aquatic center picking up starfish crabs and scallops. Loved walking around the island enjoyed the beautiful stone buildings and... More

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Plymouth, MA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

It helped that the day was perfect for being on the water, flat calm seas and plenty of sunshine. The narration of points of interest was good without being annoying, they talked for about half an hour on the way out and about the same on the way back. Star Island, with the Oceanic hotel, it quite charming and it... More

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Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We took the boat out of Rye Harbor on the fishing boat Uncle Oscar.. Nice boat ride out and the Captain was very knowledgeable. We had the option to dine with the guests that were staying on the island for a small fee. I recommend taking the trip from Rye Harbor because you are able to get off the boat... More

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Alexandria, VA
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98 reviews 98 reviews
10 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

On a crystal-clear August Monday, the boat was packed: extra chairs brought out to accommodate crowd. This made for an uncomfortable hour long ride to the Star Island. Once there, it was a delightful setting: an optional tour of the island by an excellent guide, rocking chairs on the porch of the grand old hotel, watching sailboats enter and leave... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We watch the Isles, from 10 miles away, all summer and imagine what it is like out there - then we can go and find out. The lovingly reproduced Celia Thaxter garden is beautiful. The scene from the Isles of the other isles and of the coast inspire the artist in anyone. The old hotel, the lighthouse, the small cabins... More

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Boston
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222 reviews 222 reviews
47 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A fun excursion and picnic to this island, ten miles out and another time and world. Run by a church trust, this is idyllic for reading, sitting and looking out to sea from the hotel porch.

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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99 reviews 99 reviews
38 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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