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Portsmouth
Don your walking shoes, breathe in the ocean air and set out to discover this picturesque maritime town. You can join one of several organized walking tours or explore on your own. Portsmouth is filled with old homes and museums, and you'll have your pick of fascinating historic sites. Climb aboard the USS Albacore, a retired U.S. Navy submarine offering tours and exhibits. View an 18th-century garden, striking stairway and period furniture at the Moffatt Ladd House, the home of William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, or follow a costumed guide through the John Paul Jones House, home of the Revolutionary War naval hero. For a broader look at the city's history, visit Strawbery Banke Museum... more Don your walking shoes, breathe in the ocean air and set out to discover this picturesque maritime town. You can join one of several organized walking tours or explore on your own. Portsmouth is filled with old homes and museums, and you'll have your pick of fascinating historic sites. Climb aboard the USS Albacore, a retired U.S. Navy submarine offering tours and exhibits. View an 18th-century garden, striking stairway and period furniture at the Moffatt Ladd House, the home of William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, or follow a costumed guide through the John Paul Jones House, home of the Revolutionary War naval hero. For a broader look at the city's history, visit Strawbery Banke Museum, where over 40 buildings have been assembled to depict Portsmouth life from 1695 to 1950, complete with costumed actors. If you know architecture, Portsmouth's array of Colonial, Federalist and Neo-classical styles will dazzle you. Weary of walking? Sit down for a meal at one of Portsmouth's fine eateries or relax on a narrated harbor or whale-watching cruise. less

All things to do » Things to do

Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum
Owner description: View and visit some of the numerous buildings at this 10-acre outdoor museum that traces the history of this seaport town, with costumed interpreters providing demonstrations of... more Owner description: View and visit some of the numerous buildings at this 10-acre outdoor museum that traces the history of this seaport town, with costumed interpreters providing demonstrations of trades and insights into earlier Portsmouth times. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; History Museums
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USS Albacore Museum
USS Albacore Museum
Owner description: Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny... more Owner description: Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; History Museums
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Market Square
Market Square
Owner description: The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity with art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, ethnic restaurants and many original... more Owner description: The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity with art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, ethnic restaurants and many original 17th-century buildings. less
Attraction type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Prescott Park
Prescott Park
Attraction type: Parks; Gardens
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Isles of Shoals
Isles of Shoals
Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
Attraction type: Islands
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Lexie's Joint
Lexie's Joint
Ranked #1 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American
Shio
Shio
Ranked #2 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Moxy
Moxy
Ranked #3 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: Tapas
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Wellington Room
Wellington Room
Ranked #4 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American, French
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Cava
Cava
Ranked #5 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Martin Hill Inn
Martin Hill Inn
$105 - $200
Ranked #2 of 4 Portsmouth B&B and Inns

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Pebble Cove
Pebble Cove
$80 - $175
Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Rye
Wells - Ogunquit Resort Motel
Wells - Ogunquit Resort Motel
$58 - $248
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Moody

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
$199 - $396
Ranked #2 of 18 hotels in Portsmouth
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The Port Inn
2.5 of 5
The Port Inn
$161 - $233
Ranked #4 of 18 hotels in Portsmouth
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Portsmouth
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Portsmouth
$146 - $293
Ranked #5 of 18 hotels in Portsmouth
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

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Stage Neck Inn
4.0 of 5
Stage Neck Inn
$274 - $414
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in York Harbor
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Stage Neck Inn
4.0 of 5
Stage Neck Inn
$274 - $414
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in York Harbor
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