Each season offers different experiences for your conference attendees.  Here are some sample activities to help you build your custom itineraries.  We would be happy to work with you and make suggestions for your specific group.

Below are the group-friendly attractions, restaurants and activities on the Seacoast!


StrawberyBankeLoveItLogoStrawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH

Contact: Jonathan Brown, Director of Visitor Services
jonbrown@strawberybanke.org | (603) 433-1110
Strawbery Banke Museum tells 300+ years of history through buildings and gardens on their original foundations – and the families who lived here – in the waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock.

From May 1 through October 31, groups take self-guided tours. Upon arriving at the Museum, their friendly staff will give your group an orientation and site overview. Guests will then be free to stroll the grounds. Suggested 1 ½ – 2 hours to tour the Museum.

In November and December, the Museum is open for group tours in conjunction with their November weekend guided tours, Candlelight Stroll (first 3 weekends in December) and Decorated Holiday House Tours after Stroll. Call for more details.

Guided tours are available, and led by informed docents. There is an additional fee of $250 per group (maximum 25 people) for these tours. Special tours: Archaeology, Architecture, Gardening, Maritime History.

Strawbery Banke is the #1 TripAdvisor Attraction in Portsmouth, NH.  The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke demonstrating traditional boatbuilding crafts and skills opens in May 2016.

– Figtree Kitchen Café in the TYCO Visitor Center
– Pickwick’s at the Banke Museum Store
– Seasonal outdoor skating rink
– Coach parking
– Complimentary admission for driver & group leader

Group Rates:
$15.00 per person for groups of 10 or more adults
$8.00 per person for youth groups (Scouts, Y’s, etc.)



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Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH

Contact: Tanya Gahara, Sales Manager
sales@islesofshoals.com | (603) 399-6406

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers day trips and themed cruises through Portsmouth Harbor and to the Isles of Shoals.

Isles of Shoals Tour – Join them aboard the Victorian style M/V Thomas Laighton and experience the fascinating legends of the New Hampshire / Maine Seacoast in this 3 hour tour. Little known but historically crucial, the legendary Isles of Shoals, located 6 miles off the coast, are an intriguing archipelago of 9 islands steeped with history. As you glide through Portsmouth Harbor, you will see a unique working port with tugboats, tankers, the nation’s oldest and active naval yard. Groups of 25 or more: $23 pp.

Star Island Walking Tour – This is an exciting 4 hour tour, which includes a scenic, narrated historic cruise to and from Star Island as well as an optional guided 30-minute walking tour of the magnificent island presented by the Isles of Shoals Historian. Groups of 25 or more: $30 pp.

Star Island Day Visit – This tour allows guests to spend the afternoon on Star Island and explore all the island has to offer. Don’t worry! The M/V Thomas Laighton will be back to pick you up at Star Island after your 4-hour stay. Groups of 25 or more: $37 pp.

Portsmouth Harbor Tour – Cruise through the smooth waters of the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor and enjoy a cocktail and the view from their top-deck Tiki Bar as their Historian points out local points of interest. This 1.5 hour excursion is perfect for guests looking to explore Portsmouth Harbor from a unique perspective. Groups of 25 or more: $17 pp.

Lobster Clambake Dinner Cruise – Come dine aboard the Victorian style steamship. Join them as they cruise through the smooth waters of the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor while you feast on a traditional New England Clambake dinner brought to you by Foster’s Downeast Clambake. Call for pricing.


– M/V Thomas Laighton holds 275 passengers
– Indoor and outdoor seating
– Coach parking
– Galley snack bar
– Cruises May 1 – November 1




Granite State Growler Tours
45 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH

Contact: David Adams, Owner
david@nhbeerbus.com | (603) 964-0284

Granite State Growler Tours is a local craft brewery tour company. They take groups of 14, 28 or larger with prior arrangements at $55 per person on tours of breweries and distilleries. They know where to take larger groups and can arrange for meals (at additional cost). They operate any day of the week and their range is from the North Shore of Massachusetts to York, ME, to Portsmouth, Dover and Manchester, NH.

All beer tastings are included in the price. Guests get to meet and talk with brewers and enjoy exclusive access to some of the brewhouses. They also entertain guests on the bus with fun history of beer and brewing in New Hampshire.




Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
64 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH

Contact: Travis Glazier
tglazier22@gmail.com| (603) 430-9122

Built in 1837, this building is the former home of the city’s first utility, the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. Over the last 170 years, it has stood the test of time, including Portsmouth’s “Great Fires.” Today the restaurant is appointed with rich textures of wood, brick and copper, paying homage to the Gas Light Company’s role in Portsmouth’s storied history. In fact, every week we burn more than a cord of aromatic wood in the brick oven kitchen to prepare our unique wood-fired cuisine.  Diners can choose from the Gas Light Grill and seasonal deck, the Pizza Pub, and a private event space in the Third Floor Club.

We offer a variety of traditional fare such as our customers’ favorites, lobster stuffed haddock and fish & chips. Our rotisserie and wood-fired items include chicken, steaks, burgers and more. We will provide a complimentary meal for the tour guide and coach operator for groups over 30.



Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell perform at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. June, 2014

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell perform at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. June, 2014

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH

Contact: Ashleigh Tucker
atucker@themusichall.org| (603) 766-2202


The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, NH campus – the landmark 1878 Victorian theater, and the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner.

Corporate conventions, ticketed events, and trade shows are our specialty—sales conferences, product launches, team building programs, educational seminars, employee or client appreciation gatherings, annual meetings, red carpet premieres, and holiday parties. You will love working with our professional, friendly, highly experienced staff—your personal event team.

Whether you are a community organization aiming to raise funds through a special production, or an independent promoter, The Music Hall can help you create a memorable event.

This year, The Music Hall’s Historic Theater’s bathrooms were voted Runner Up for Best Bathrooms in in America – a contest run by Cintas Corporation. Open year-round!



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Shop Portsmouth
Year-round, with special offers
Memorial Day to Columbus Day

Contact: Caitlin Thayer, Visitor Services Coordinator
visitorservices@portsmouthchamber.org| 603-610-5510

Many of Portsmouth’s locally owned and operated downtown shops will offer specials to groups who have notified the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce of their arrival dates.  Tax-free shopping in New Hampshire’s unique shops is a must-do for visitors looking for locally made, unique to New Hampshire and current fashion trend products.




Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast
March 31 – April 9, 2016

Contact: Amanda Beaulieu, Restaurant Week Coordinator, events@portsmouthchamber.org | 603-610-5511

Introduce yourself to Portsmouth, a year round culinary destination by taking advantage of the great values during Restaurant Weeks Portsmouth & the Seacoast.  With extraordinary three-course meals featured at a great price for lunch and dinner: $16.95 and $29.95, the Seacoast restaurant scene provides every kind of cuisine imaginable – much of it locally sourced – at establishments ranging from chef-owned restaurants to local breweries. With over 45 participating restaurants, you’ll want your groups to stay multiple days to enjoy more than one!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook at Go Portsmouth NH and stay up to date by visiting our website: www.restaurantweekportsmouth.com.

Sponsored by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast is a bi-annual culinary event that spotlights the area as a culinary and cultural destination.