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Isles of Shoals

Portsmouth, NH
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Ranked #3 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Islands, Outdoors
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Owner description: Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
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Scarborough, Maine
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
43 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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166 reviews 166 reviews
76 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Columbus, OH
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49 reviews 49 reviews
26 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We took the four hour "Star Island Walking Tour" trip. We enjoyed the time on the boat and the commentary although the commentary was often difficult to hear when outside on a deck. We had to move near a speaker to understand there but could hear fine inside. The one hour walking tour on Star Island was enjoyable and interesting... More

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Millville, DE
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114 reviews 114 reviews
7 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Took my niece and nephew on the boat ride to the Isle of Shoales and the first part through Portsmouth harbor was great with a superior narrative. Saw a couple of boomers at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. The Isles of Shoales were nothing great but the trip was interesting - would have been better off taking the harbor cruise. Note... More

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Avon, Colorado
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This was my second time at the Isles of Shoal. The islands are beautiful and the hotel at Star Island is the perfect setting for a family holiday. We did a trip where you were able to get off the boat at Star Island and walk around, which I highly advise.

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