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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

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Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum
Owner description: Museum houses open in December only for Candlelight Stroll: Saturdays Dec 12 and 19, 5-9 pm and Sundays, December 13 and 20, 4-8 pm. Guided Holiday House Tours offered Dec 26-31... more Owner description: Museum houses open in December only for Candlelight Stroll: Saturdays Dec 12 and 19, 5-9 pm and Sundays, December 13 and 20, 4-8 pm. Guided Holiday House Tours offered Dec 26-31, 10 am to 2 pm with last tour starting at 2 pm. Labrie Family Skate outdoor ice rink at the museum is open daily 9 am to 9 pm (except for occasional private rentals). less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; 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: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Prescott Park
Prescott Park
Attraction type: Gardens; Parks
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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: History Museums; Specialty Museums
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Isles of Shoals
Isles of Shoals
Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
Attraction type: Islands

All places to eat » Places to eat

Lexie's Joint
Lexie's Joint
Ranked #1 of 195 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Surf
Surf
Ranked #2 of 195 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ristorante Massimo
Ristorante Massimo
Ranked #3 of 195 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
Popovers On The Square
Popovers On The Square
Ranked #4 of 195 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Soups
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Row 34
Row 34
Ranked #5 of 195 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

York Harbor Inn
3.0 of 5
York Harbor Inn
$106 - $292
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in York Harbor
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Union Bluff Hotel
3.0 of 5
Union Bluff Hotel
$110 - $310
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
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Union Bluff Hotel
3.0 of 5
Union Bluff Hotel
$110 - $310
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
3.0 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
$120 - $263
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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Port Inn Portsmouth
3.0 of 5
Port Inn Portsmouth
$96 - $131
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Portsmouth
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Portsmouth
$114 - $205
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Stage Neck Inn
4.0 of 5
Stage Neck Inn
$210 - $244
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in York Harbor
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Cliff House Maine
4.5 of 5
Cliff House Maine
$247 - $677
Ranked #30 of 37 Hotels in Ogunquit
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