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“Beautiful way to represent Portsmouth” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Prescott Park

Prescott Park
105 Marcy Street, next to Portsmouth Harbor, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-8748
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Ranked #1 of 24 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Gardens, Parks, Outdoors
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meredithj
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“Beautiful way to represent Portsmouth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This park is well-used and well-loved. Tons of music and food festivals, along with plays and music events (last year we enjoyed Romeo and Juliet, and the ChowderFest, among other things). A lovely place to bring children (no dogs allowed), and walk around, look across the water to Kittery, spot seals, fish and water fowl, etc. Grab lunch downtown and eat it at Prescott Park! I was just there the other day enjoying a coffee and bagel and it was o relaxing to look out at the water, watch the bridges, see the boats go by etc. Beautiful park and we are lucky to have it in Portsmouth. Limited parking, but there is some street parking, or the parking garage is only about a 10 minute walk away.

Visited February 2014
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“Outdoor concerts and summer plays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Always something great going on at the park. The performers are very entertaining and the musicians are from all over the us and canada and are inspiring talented people

Visited July 2013
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Rumford, Maine
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“Always Beautiful! Filled with spring/summer activities!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

What a gem of a park! It is one of our favorite places in all of New England or even in the USA.
There is no lack of spring and summer acitviies! They have live shows (we mised Annie this year, but thoroughly enjoyed the Wizard of OZ and Willie Wonka in prior years), concerts (the likes of Sean Covin (2012) and Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins (2013). The shows are always free or 'suggested donations of around $5. There are weekly movies on large screens or chowder or chili competitions which have introduced us to some of our now favorite restuarants in the area. There are many other events for kids of all ages, including a fairy house competition in the early Fall, showcasing over 100 whimsically designed fairy houses.

But even when there is no acheduled activity this park is charming and beautiful. There are beautiful gardens with walking paths and fountains, plenty of shade trees and benches. Or you can take a short walk on the pier and watch the pleasure boats cruise up and down the the Piscataqua River and under the draw bridge that connects NH and Maine. It may be small (in size only) compared to other city parks, but its a perfect spot for a picnic lunchin Spring, Summer or Fall.

The park is across the street from Strawberry Banke and one block from Bow St (where the Seacoast Rep theater and many fine restaurants are located. 1/4 mile further and you are right in the heart of the downtown activity.

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful park with great character”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We took a walk over to Prescott Park on our last afternoon in town. It was beautiful and right by the water they were having a concert that night so people were setting up tables and the band was having sound check. I thought was really cute that they were having a concert in the park! The park itself was really clean and really pretty with benches facing the water. It was a perfect place to take a relaxing stroll.

Visited August 2013
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Stratham, New Hampshire
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“What a fantastic venue for a summer concert!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Prescott Park, right on the water in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an idea place for seeing summer concerts and theater. You may buy tickets for a single event or do what we regulars do: take a table for the entire season (summer only). You'll get great value for your money, with a terrific view of some really wonderful performers. Last summer's line-up included Richard Thompson, Ruth Moody, Judy Collins, Mary Chapin Carpenter with Marc Cohen and a few others. The year before we saw Shawn Colvin. The acoustics are great, the crowd is mellow but spirited and the view is exceptional. Highly recommended!

Visited August 2013
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