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Isles of Shoals

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Address: Portsmouth, NH
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Not handicap accessible

Took the boat trip out. Decided to go with the round trip instead of the day visit. Day visit is a total of 6 hours, with not a lot to do on the island once you're there. (You... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Kutztown
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Took the boat trip out. Decided to go with the round trip instead of the day visit. Day visit is a total of 6 hours, with not a lot to do on the island once you're there. (You need to make lunch reservations at the Oceanic) Great trip around the islands and back through the harbor. Pending tide levels the... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This amazing ship has just had many amazing upgrades. So many options here, Narrated tour, Whale watch, dance and the incredible lobster feed. Our company decided to mix it up this summer and host the employees summer party on the Thomas Leighton. Lobster, steamers, corn on the cob and a 2.5 hour tour of our incredible harbor. Can't get any... More 

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

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
18 helpful votes 18 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
33 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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
32 helpful votes 32 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
66 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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341 reviews 341 reviews
147 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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Additional Information about Isles of Shoals

Address: Address: Portsmouth, NH
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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