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Isles of Shoals

Portsmouth, NH
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Ranked #3 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Islands
Description: Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
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Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
57 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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19 reviews 19 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
6 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
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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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Deering, New Hampshire
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125 reviews 125 reviews
50 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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