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Isles of Shoals

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Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
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Portsmouth, NH
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great way to spend a quiet, relaxing day with family. Bring a picnic or buy something there. Lots of history and trails to explore. Wonderful place for the family to explore.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DQShaw
Reviewed October 17, 2018

We took the 4-hour walking tour on a beautiful sunny summer day. Interesting to learn the local history while enjoying the views of Portsmouth and the Islands. Loved being out on the water and then having time to leisurely walk around the island. Took the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dennis C
Reviewed September 23, 2018

The Isle of Shoals Steamship Company offers a 4 hour Star Island walking tour that is well organized and executed. On the way out you get a tour of Portsmouth Harbor and learn a lot about its history, including the five Forts that surround it,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bergbahnn
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Took morning self-guided trip. Very comfortable ship and Star Island allowed us to have a nice hike on a beautiful day.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AcePutney
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This boat trip up Lake Winnipesaukee was informative and fun on a beautiful, sunny, lazy Sunday afternoon....you can bring your own lunch & buy drinks on it or buy everything onboard. I brought my lunch, bought my beverage. interesting & a beautiful ride up the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

This is a must do! The captain of the boat explains a lot of history behind the Isles of Shoals as well as the surrounding areas. This cruise takes about 2.5 hours and worth every penny! Make sure to bring along sunblock and a light...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jessica M
Reviewed August 10, 2018

The boat ride out is beautiful and the island has so much history! So many seals at the Isles of Shoals!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tifany C
Reviewed July 29, 2018

Went here on a nice sunny summer day. Very nice cruise. I really enjoyed walking around the island and visiting the garden. I wished I could spend the night here. Maybe another time

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank JimmyHNH
Reviewed July 28, 2018

Took the day trip out of Portsmouth which is 5 hours on the island. Beautiful day for it. Walked the full perimeter and found some truly beautiful spots. Take the free walking tour for the history. Pack a lunch and bring water as the food...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

I haven’t been to the isle of shoals since I was a child. We took the 3.5 hour ferry out of Portsmouth. It left Portsmouth at 4pm. We purchased our tickets on line that day. The ferry looked pretty full. It was a beautiful day....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Rui F
August 18, 2018|
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Response from O9232VQpeterb | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can get burgers/dogs at the grill by the dock OR you can make plans to eat in the hotel - best to call ahead.
July 20, 2018|
Response from gkolanchick | Reviewed this property |
There is no beach. You can swim in a roped off area at the boat landing where the kids from the religious retreat swim but I doubt you will want to