WANDER THROUGH HISTORY!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT
New England history meets the salt sea in this walkable city, where tugboats still ply the Piscataqua River and 17th- and early-18th-century buildings cozy up with modern treasures. You’ll find three independent bookstores, a flock of cool cafés, and fun stores, including G. Whillikers Toy Shop. Dive into three centuries of history at Strawbery Banke Museum, an outdoor history museum right downtown, or take a short drive to explore lighthouses, islands, and Hampton Beach, with its wide sandy beach, warm water, and classic boardwalk fare.
Prescott Park offers harborside boat-watching, formal flower gardens, grassy lawns for picnics and running—and a top-notch outdoor music series featuring more than 20 summer concerts.
EAT & SLEEP
At Flatbread Company, kids can sit on a log bench and watch locally sourced pizza toppings, such as maple-fennel sausage and organic veggies, melt in a fiery clay oven (don’t miss the maple lemonade). The Homewood Suites by Hilton Portsmouth offers roomy accommodations starting at $109 a night.
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Local fishing boats tie up at downtown docks.