The Seacoast

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  • 1. Odiorne Point State Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    These 135 acres of protected seaside land are where David Thompson established the first permanent English settlement in what is now New Hampshire...Read More

  • 2. Strawbery Banke Museum

    Garden/Arboretum

    The first English settlers named the area around today's Portsmouth for the wild strawberries along the shores of the Piscataqua River. The...Read More

  • 3. Albacore Park

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 4. American Independence Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This museum celebrates the birth of the nation. The story unfolds over the course of a guided tour, which focuses on the Gilman family, who...Read More

  • 5. Applecrest Farm Orchards

    Farm/Ranch

    At this 400-acre farm, you can pick your own apples and berries or buy freshly baked fruit pies and cookies, homemade ice cream, and many other...Read More

  • 6. Fort Constitution State Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    The original military outpost on the island of New Castle was built on this site in 1631 and rebuilt in 1666 as Fort William and Mary, a British...Read More

  • 7. Fuller Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 8. Great Bay Estuarine National Research Reserve

    Information 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

  • 9. Hampton Beach State Park

    Beach–Sight

    A long, sandy strand at the mouth of the Hampton River, this beach has a boardwalk edged by restaurants, attractions, and hotels. There's a...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Jenness State Beach

    Beach–Sight

    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

  • 12. John Paul Jones House

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 13. Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 14. Museum of Art

    Museum/Gallery

    Notable items in this gallery's collection include 19th-century Japanese wood-block prints, Boston expressionist works, and art of New England. ...Read More

  • 15. Phillips Exeter Academy

    Educational Institution

    The 1,000-plus students of this elite high school give Exeter a certain youthful energy. The grounds, open to the public, resemble an Ivy League...Read More

  • 16. Portsmouth Farmers' Market

    Market/Bazaar

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

  • 17. Prescott Park

    Fountain

    Picnicking is popular at this waterfront park, whose large formal garden with fountains is perfect for whiling away an afternoon. The park contains...Read More

  • 18. Redhook Ale Brewery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    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

  • 19. Wallis Sands State Beach

    Beach–Sight

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

  • 20. Warner House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

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