WEEKEND SUGGESTIONS FOR VISITING PORTSMOUTH & THE SEACOAST OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AND SOUTHERN MAINE ON A BUDGET.
Catch a concert by Grammy-award winning artists or the stage production of Peter Pan by the riverside at Prescott Park Arts Festival! No charge – donations accepted. www.prescottpark.org. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your feast in the Prescott Park gardens or across the small bridge on Four Tree Island which juts out into the waterway and looks back on Prescott Park.
Cruise around Portsmouth Harbor and out to the Isles of Shoals with narrated tours on two ships and one sailing barge. The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, Portsmouth Harbor Cruises and the Gundalow Sailing Barge have a variety of cruises around Portsmouth Harbor, Great Bay, and some out to the Isles of Shoals just six miles off the coast of Portsmouth. Prices vary by tour destination and length, but range from $10 to $25 for children and $12 to $35 for adults, with some discounts for infants, military and seniors.
Tour Strawbery Banke Museum and play vintage lawn games with the kids! Admission into the historic homes: $20 adults; $10 ages 5 – 17, FREE under age 5. $50 Family Rate for 2 adults and children under 17. General admission tickets are good for TWO consecutive days. www.strawberybanke.org.
Drinks On The Decks….we’ll meet you there! Sip some sparkling water or be adventurous with one of the creative cocktails our mixologists have devised while you enjoy the sunshine, the river boat traffic, and the amazing sunsets along our famous decks.
Explore the Albacore Submarine Museum on a guided tour of one of the most advanced U.S. Navy submarines built before atomic submarines. $7 adults; $3 children; discounts for infants, military and seniors.
Perfect beach day? Break out your swimsuits and sunscreen for a fun-filled day at one of the many beaches from southern Maine through the 18 miles of New Hampshire sea shore. Hampton Beach Center has a wide variety of entertainment including beachwear shopping and arcade games.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Hundreds of cache sites are in and around Portsmouth. Visit www.geocaching.com.
An American Treasure celebrating 135 years, the Music Hall’s historic theater and Music Hall Loft offer year round programming for children and adults, from live theater and concerts to comedies to musicals to age-appropriate movies. Tickets prices vary depending on productions and audiences.
The Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park offers interactive and educational programs on the natural and environmental history of New Hampshire’s seacoast. Include time to explore the beautiful coastal trails. It wouldn’t be summer on the Seacoast without enjoying a picnic and great music at Music-by-the-Sea concerts.
Food, glorious food. Portsmouth is a vibrant coastal culinary destination that honors its colorful history, heirloom food-ways and sustainable practices while remaining passionately engaged in creating an extraordinary dining experience. Hospitality is built in – in Portsmouth, there are more restaurant seats than residents – so the entire city can go to dinner and still have room for company! www.GoPortsmouthNH.com/EAT.
Portsmouth is a waterfront community with a small town feel and big city amenities, including lodging for every taste, style and budget. We have dog friendly, kid friendly, business friendly, romantic inns and more!
Needing some retail therapy? Explore unique, locally-owned shops and boutiques in downtown Portsmouth – ALL TAX FREE. Looking for your favorite brand stores? Next door Newington features the Mall at Fox Run – yes, ALL TAX FREE. Just over the bridge in Kittery, Maine, are the Kittery Premium Outlets featuring more than 60 of the trendiest shops you’ll want to browse.