The Seacoast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Seacoast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Fuller Gardens


    Arthur Shurtleff, a noted landscape architect from Boston, designed this late-1920s estate garden in the Colonial Revival style. In a gracious...Read More

  • 2. Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden


    The period interior of this striking 1763 mansion tells the story of Portsmouth's merchant class through portraits, letters, and furnishings...Read More

  • 3. Odiorne Point State Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    These 135 acres of protected seaside land are where David Thompson established New Hampshire's first permanent English settlement. Several signed...Read More

  • 4. Strawbery Banke Museum


    The first English settlers named what's now Portsmouth for the wild strawberries along the shores of the Piscataqua River. The name survives...Read More

  • 5. Wallis Sands State Beach


    This family-friendly swimmers' beach has bright white sand, a picnic area, a store, and beautiful views of the Isles of Shoals. Amenities: food...Read More

  • 6. Woodman Museum

    Historic Home

    This campus of four impressive, historic museums consists of the 1675 Damm Garrison House, the 1813 Hale House (home to abolitionist Senator...Read More

  • 7. Albacore Park


    Built in Portsmouth in 1953, the USS Albacore is the centerpiece of Albacore Park. You can board this prototype submarine, which served as...Read More

  • 8. American Independence Museum

    Historic Home

    Guided tours of this museum that celebrates the nation's birth focus on the family who lived here during the Revolutionary War. Among 3,000...Read More

  • 9. Applecrest Farm Orchards


    At this 250-acre farm, pick apples and berries or buy freshly baked fruit pies and cookies and outstanding homemade ice cream. A bistro serves...Read More

  • 10. Great Bay Estuarine National Research Reserve

    Visitor Center

    Just inland from Portsmouth is one of southeastern New Hampshire's most precious assets. In this 10,235 acres of open and tidal waters, you...Read More

  • 11. Isles of Shoals

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Four of the nine small, rocky Isles of Shoals belong to New Hampshire (the other five belong to Maine), many of them still known by the earthy...Read More

  • 12. Jenness State Beach


    Good for swimming and sunbathing, this long, sandy beach is a favorite among locals who enjoy its light crowds and nice waves for bodysurfing...Read More

  • 13. John Paul Jones House

    Historic Home

    Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones lived at this boardinghouse while he supervised construction of the USS America for the Continental...Read More

  • 14. Phillips Exeter Academy

    Educational Institution

    The grounds of this elite 1,100-student prep school, open to the public, resemble an Ivy League university campus. The school's library is one...Read More

  • 15. Portsmouth Farmers' Market


    One of the best and longest-running farmers' markets in the state showcases seasonal produce along with regional treats such as maple syrup...Read More

  • 16. Prescott Park


    Picnicking is popular at this 3½-acre waterfront park near Strawbery Banke, whose large formal garden with fountains is perfect for whiling...Read More

  • 17. Redhook Ale Brewery


    Guided tours of this brewery take just under an hour and end with a beer tasting; participants receive a souvenir tasting glass. You can also...Read More

  • 18. Warner House

    Historic Home

    The highlight of this circa 1716 gem is the curious folk-art murals lining the hall staircase, which may be the oldest-known murals in the United...Read More

  • 19. Water Country

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    New Hampshire's largest water park has a tube ride, a wave pool, and 15 waterslides. ...Read More

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