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Isles of Shoals

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Address: Portsmouth, NH
Phone Number: 6034315500
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Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.

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Day trip to Star Island

With out of town guests we went on a quick trip to Star Island from Portsmouth. It is fairly small, easy to walk around and feels like going back in time. Beautiful sunny day made... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

With out of town guests we went on a quick trip to Star Island from Portsmouth. It is fairly small, easy to walk around and feels like going back in time. Beautiful sunny day made all the different. Without much in our backpack we were able to purchase some bagels and cream cheese at the local snack shop.

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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Star Island is only a short boat ride away from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and provides a perfect way to immerse yourself in the history of the area. The island and the other island in the group is beautiful, and seems anchored in the 18-19th century. The tour is very informative and during the summer you can get lunch on island.... More 

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Beverly, mass
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to Appledore island for an overnight adventure. No Roads on the island. Everything is on foot on uneven trails Don't consider if at all handicapped. It was nesting season for the Gulls and they were quite aggressive when you were anywhere near them or their nests. Island is beautiful, Quiet (Except for the gulls) and peaceful with great sun... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the half day trip including a walking tour of Star Island. Had a perfect amount of time on the island - not sure what we would have done on the longer trip. The walking tour was very informative as was the narration on the boat.

Thank MS06
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fabulous 4 hr trip!! Way better than I thought it would be and the history is just mind boggling...If you ever have the chance to go YOU SHOULD!!!!

Thank Denise B
Irving, Tx.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a boat ride over and spent several hours exploring and snacking on our picnic. It is beautiful and serene and a feel of simpler times past.

Thank royalwintin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The two plus hour ride was very nice. Clean boat, bar service with snacks. But the best part was Dave! He was the man who told you how to park in their lot, and then came aboard to narrate almost the entire cruise. Be sure to find a spot where you can hear him clearly. What he had to say... More 

Thank Jeannie W
Bedford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fabulous 1/2 day trip! It's been on my bucket list for 3 years now, and finally made it! The Isle of Shoals Steamship company is an easy and affordable, and very comfortable. We took the trip over to Star Island, then got off for the guided tour....the guide was very personable and informative, but we wandered off to... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Both times I have anchored here once back in nineteen ninety nine and just this past June have both been two of my favorite nights ever anchored. Only 7 miles from the entrance to the Piscataqua River

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Newington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We enjoyed a boat tour around the Isle of Shoals. Interesting history of the people who lived here, fishing industry etc. Beautiful rock formations, light houses. Interesting birds.

Thank Jackie33855

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