Fun Things To Do In Portsmouth

Portsmouth, NH is arguably the most versatile city in the state. It is known for being a city of rich history and cultural with many historical sites to visit. It is home to a lively downtown area with an abundance of trendy shops and food. Its location on the Seacoast provides nature lovers with a multitude of sight-seeing, outdoorsy activities. Here are some of our favorite places that cover all the bases.


Strawbery Banke Museum. In the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life. The museum is a place for children, adults, multigenerational families and groups to gather to explore eight heritage gardens, 32 historic buildings and traditional crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, the stories told by costumed role-players and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery. See for details.


Franklin Oyster House. In 1867, the Franklin House of Fleet Street shucked and served oysters to the Portsmouth locals. Nearly 150 years later the Franklin Oyster House revives the tradition, serving oysters from East and West to pair with progressive dishes and cocktails. Happy Hour is seven days a week serving $1.25 Oysters. 25 cents from each Happy Hour oyster will go to The Music Hall, a community minded nonprofit arts organization featuring the very best in music, cinema, comedy, and literature.  See  for details.


The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company. This place has been operating for over 25 years cruising the Piscataqua River and Isles of Shoals. They offer a variety of cruises to suit nearly everyone. Whether you are with family, friends, co-workers, students or hosting a special celebration, our crew looks forward to welcoming you aboard. Come cruise with them and take in the breathtaking NH seacoast. Visit to book one of many different cruises.


Water Country Amusement Park. Looking for fun things to do in New England with kids? Water Country offers more top attractions than anywhere else! With 26-acres of kid’s attractions and rides, plus plenty of dining options, there is fun for everyone! Their attractions include fearsome giant water slides, laid back rivers and pools, and play areas made for kids. Check out for details.


Redhook Brewery. Built in 1996, Redhook’s brewery in Portsmouth, NH was established to provide East Coasters the same quality and fresh Redhook beer that loyal drinkers on the West Coast were accustomed to for years. The expansive grounds are home to many events and festivities during the summer months, including the popular Redhookfest, usually held in August, which has hosted musicians such as Donovan Frankenreiter and Blues Traveler. And of course, their $5 brewery tours have long been known as one of the best deals in the area. Check out for upcoming events.


Earth Eagle Brewings. Their mission is to craft exceptional ales of all sorts, known and otherwise, by embracing a Belgian-inspired, pre-reformation spirit in which delicious hops are but one of the myriad of ingredients to be employed in the alchemy of brewing. Their establishment provides one of the most unique environments focusing on Empyreal Ales, Wonder Gruits, & Creative Pub Fare. Check out for details.


New England Lighthouse Tours. They offer private roads to the seacoast’s most historic and beautiful landmarks. Your tour guide, Jeremy D'Entremont, has been photographing and writing about lighthouses for about 30 years, and he is the founder of the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses and the historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation. He has lectured on his favorite topic all along the New England coast. See for details.


Pints of Portsmouth. These Brew tours allow you to spend a glorious day exploring the booming New Hampshire microbrewery scene. This will be an all-inclusive day out that provides a unique, fun way to experience beer with friends like never before. You can put down a deposit right on their tour calendar page at


Seacost Helicopters. Witness the beauty of the New Hampshire, Maine or Massachusetts seacoast from the skies with an Adventure Tour with Seacoast Helicopters.  Whether you are visiting for the first time or have lived here your whole life, Seacoast Helicopters guarantees an experience that you will never forget.  They offer the highest levels of safety and service for aerial views of the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth’s newly reconstructed Memorial Bridge, coastal light houses, the NH White Mountains and much more. Check out the Adventure Tour at


Portsmouth Kayak Adventures. These are kayak and stand-up paddle board tours lead by professional guides with basic instruction. Check beautiful sights of the scenic coast of Portsmouth along with historical and biological factoids. They also offer kayak, stand-up paddle board, and bike rentals. Check out the sunset and full moon night time tours at


Surf. Since opening in 2002, Surf has set the standard in New Hampshire for fresh, exquisitely prepared seafood. Guided by Chef and owner Michael Buckley, Surf has built a reputation for truly imaginative cooking using only the very freshest fish and shellfish. This commitment to freshness can be tasted in everything we prepare. Voted Best Seafood in New Hampshire, Surf offers a wonderful combination of service and culinary expertise in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Check out


Ristorante Massimo. The elegant Ristorante Massimo is nestled in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Ristorante Massimo's world-class Italian cuisine and quaint brick and stone ambiance transports guests to Florence, Rome, and Venice. Run by renowned restaurateur Massimo Morgia, Ristorante Massimo offers dishes from all regions of Italy—using New England culinary delicacies to deliciously transform timeless Italian favorites. Call (603) 436-4000 for reservations or see for details.

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25 Jul 2017

By Trevor Shaw