Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Step into a slice of American history. The town of Portsmouth in New Hampshire was founded in the 17th century when it became a major supplier for revolutionaries during the Colonial Times. It brought in so much wealth and assistance that the town flourished and solidified itself as one of the most historically-rich locations in America. Tourists will find the number of attractions to be overwhelming, so it’s important to have a plan in-place of all the important places you want to visit. Refer to our list for some of the most prolific.

1: Strawbery Banke Museum

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Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

This is the original settlement in Porsmouth, just outside the mouth of the Great Bay in Piscataqua River. The museum is actually a collection of houses that have stood since 1623. You get to step inside history and see what conditions were like for our settlers, as well as admire the craftsmanship and hardwork it took to make a living back in the colonial days.

Market Square
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2: Market Square

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Address: Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801

As the name suggests, this is where commerce bloomed in Portsmouth. Market Square had tons of traffic going through this square at all times, thanks to ships bringing in endless supplies of foreign and domestic goods. Shops and artists flourished, and you’ll find many a new merchants here selling their wares in the spirit of the old days. Stop by and purchase some local goods to support the economy of Portsmouth.

Prescott Park
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3: Prescott Park

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Address: 105 Marcy St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Prescott Park incorporates delightful patio nurseries of enduring and yearly blossoms, an exhibit on cultivation, arts space, and open docks, and additionally a place to sit and appreciate the blooms and harbor activity. The recreation center is known particularly for its astonishing tulip shows in the spring, and in summer for its beds of splendid annuals. The Prescott Park Arts Festival brings music and theater exhibitions each year. You can’t miss it!

Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden
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4: Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden

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Address: 154 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Voyages through its renovated surroundings start in the Great Hall, with French picturesque backdrops dating from around 1820, accompanied with intricate carvings. Since the first records of the house's development still exist, an incredible arrangement is thought about its history and the nearby specialists in charge of its extraordinary beautification projects. Unique family decorations incorporate remarkable cases of locally-made and English-made furniture, and one of the family representations is by Gilbert Stuart himself—a man of many talents.

USS Albacore Museum

5: USS Albacore Museum

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Address: 600 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

For those interested in military history, climb aboard the USS Albacore. This submarine was made to be the fastest in the world at its unveiling, but it never saw a day of service. Instead, its spirit lives on through the conceptual breakthroughs that have since been applied to today’s submarines. It’s a very unique experience to walk through a submarine, even when it’s not submerged. The hull is massive, even if the quarters may be cramped. You’ll learn a lot on a quick tour through the museum.

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