Welcome to Portsmouth, New Hampshire—the heart of the seacoast! This charming riverfront city was settled in the early 1600’s and maintains its historic appeal with colonial homes and brick-lined sidewalks. While the history is preserved and well-maintained, modern-day amenities and a vibrant city feel give Portsmouth new life. Situated along the banks of the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth is just minutes from the New Hampshire and Maine beaches. It’s also just an hour’s drive from both Boston and Portland,  making Portsmouth an ideal New England destinationPortsmouth is located just across the river from beautiful Kittery, Maine, and is also just a short drive (or bike ride) from the sandy shores of New Castle, and Rye, New Hampshire.


There are endless opportunities for fun here in Portsmouth. In the summer, a show at Prescott Park Arts Festival is a must. Rides aboard the many public boats will create unforgettable memories. Browse the pocket gardens of charming south end neighborhood homes. Enjoy meals outdoors, and stroll along the Memorial Bridge to take in sweeping views of our beloved Piscataqua River! And don’t forget the ice cream! 

If you’re into history like we are, be sure to visit some of Portsmouth’s historic homes that are open to the public during the summer months. Strawbery Banke Museum is one of Portsmouth’s first settlements, while individual homes are also open through Historic New England.

Portsmouth New Hampshire Sunset John Paul Jones House Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge Portsmouth NH Strawbery Banke Museum Portsmouth NH

Portsmouth is home to nightly entertainment ranging from live music and concerts, to plays, musicals, theatre, and dance! This area is very supportive of the arts so be sure to take in a variety at the many venues in town. And on the first Friday of every month, enjoy local gallery artwork at Portsmouth’s Art ‘Round TownIn the winter months, stay cozy indoors at one of Portsmouth’s many upscale restaurants. And perhaps take the fun outdoors and go for a skate at Puddle Dock Pond! Enjoy local craft beers at many of the city’s local breweries. And pop into independently-owned boutiques that make Portsmouth bustle with energy every month of the year—especially during the holidays! There are so many things to do in Portsmouth, NH every day. Below are some free sights to see! 


Prescott Park

South Mill Pond Playground

The Piscataqua River

Peirce Island and Four Tree Island (for a picnic!)

Market Square (the heartbeat of town)

South End

West End

Memorial Bridge