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Isles of Shoals

Portsmouth, NH
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Ranked #5 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Islands
Description: Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
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Columbus, OH
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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109 reviews 109 reviews
6 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
35 helpful votes 35 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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Plymouth, MA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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

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
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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223 reviews 223 reviews
47 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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