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Isles of Shoals

Portsmouth, NH
+1 603-431-5500
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Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“star island” (66 reviews)
“day trip” (18 reviews)
“great trip” (11 reviews)
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Portsmouth, NH
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"star island"
in 66 reviews
"day trip"
in 18 reviews
"great trip"
in 11 reviews
"oceanic hotel"
in 4 reviews
"boat ride"
in 9 reviews
"thomas laighton"
in 6 reviews
"numerous trips"
in 2 reviews
"marine biology"
in 3 reviews
"private boat"
in 3 reviews
"other islands"
in 3 reviews
"main island"
in 3 reviews
"white island"
in 2 reviews
"snack bar"
in 6 reviews
"navy yard"
in 4 reviews
"like stepping back in time"
in 3 reviews
"guided tour"
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"captain john"
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Reviewed July 29, 2016

Idyllic! What a nice trip out to this beautiful, storied island. This may have been the first, therefore the oldest, non native settlement in America. Even before Ponce de Leon (and being from St. Augustine that is not a distinction easily handed off). Worth the...More

Thank cantbackup
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Reviewed July 29, 2016

Took a ferry ride to Isle of Shoals. The captain did a good job narrating the tour however the downside was the boat was very small with only two long benches, one of each side and they were uncomfortable and even more uncomfortable because the...More

1  Thank carrondawn
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

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...More

3  Thank CMLS2014
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Reviewed July 24, 2016 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....More

1  Thank Fletch1946
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

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...More

1  Thank Jake_MA_11
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Reviewed July 17, 2016

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...More

1  Thank MS06
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Reviewed July 17, 2016

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
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Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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Reviewed July 8, 2016

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...More

Thank Jeannie W
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Reviewed July 8, 2016

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...More

Thank hollybelle210
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naw444
July 29, 2017|
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Response from buzz333 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on their ability. The ground is a bit uneven so it's not perfect but if you go slow and they are pretty steady on their feet you should be ok. I believe I saw someone in a wheelchair but not complete sure?? Around... More
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kharper48
March 1, 2017|
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Response from jackjrt | Reviewed this property |
I know you can not dock on Appledore island, but I think you might be able to on Star Island, where the hotel is.
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PainterCalifornia
February 9, 2017|
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Response from Deborah P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can walk around on Star Island. There are also daily tours to some areas of the other islands there too. It's a beautiful place. The ride out on the boat is also wonderful, not too long, but nice to see Portsmouth... More
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