Portsmouth, NH

Welcome to Portsmouth, New Hampshire—the heart of the seacoast! This charming riverfront city was settled in the early 1600’s and still 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 have given Portsmouth new life, appealing to locals and visitors of all ages. Situated along the Piscataqua River, minutes from the New Hampshire and Maine beaches, and an hour drive from both Boston and Portland, Portsmouth is the ideal New England destination, with so much to offer—in every season!

Things to Do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

There are endless opportunities for fun here in Portsmouth. In the summer, a show at Prescott Park Arts Festival is a must, and rides aboard the many public waterfront vessels 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!

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 and through the Discover Portsmouth Center.

Portsmouth is home to nightly entertainment ranging from live music and concerts, to plays, musicals, theatre, and dance! This area is very supportive of all forms of art so be sure to take in a variety at one of the many venues in town. And on the first Friday of every month, enjoy local gallery artwork at Art ‘Round Town! In the winter months, stay cozy indoors at one of Portsmouth’s many upscale restaurants, or 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!

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Prescott Park

Piscataqua River

South End Neighborhood

Market Square

Memorial Bridge