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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Portsmouth New Hampshire, a Charming and Historic City

Portsmouth New Hampshire, a Charming and Historic City
Portsmouth, New Hampshire being the most popular seasonal destination attracts thousands of visitors during the warm weather months. Portsmouth is a charming and historic city of about 22000 people. It makes for a popular day trip from points throughout the region and it ranks as one of the oldest surviving cities in the United States. Portsmouth offers a long list of unique activities to visitors. The city is unique mix of the historic and the modern which you can see on full display. Portsmouth is a beautiful coastal destination with a charming harbour, green urban parks, diverse museums, historic mansions and unique attractions.

Here’s a list of the best attractions and enticements that lure visitors to Portsmouth. 


Cruise to Portsmouth’s scenic offshore islands is a popular option for visitors. You can visit the Isles of Shoals, Pierce Island and more. The Isles of shoals are made up of six small islets that straddle the border of New Hampshire and Maine. Each of the six members of the Isles of shoals also has its own unique story. You can learn more during a guided boat tour. On the other hand Peirce Island is a 27 acre island just off Portsmouth’s south end. Peirce Island is a perfect place to take a stroll or enjoy beautiful views as it features a surprising variation of landforms including meadows, tide pools, cliffs and salt marshes.

Make a splash at water country: when summer days heat up in Portsmouth, treat your munchkins to a splashtastic day at water country largest water park. An enormous 700000 gallon wave pool is just the start. Whether you prefer the lazy pleasure of floating along Adventure River or the adrenaline rush of slides and rides like Thunder Falls and Wild Canyon. The cool fun is unlimited with your all day ticket.

The music hall, Portsmouth New Hampshire is nearly 1000 seat venue. It is considered to be the oldest theatre in New Hampshire and the 14th oldest theatre in America. For nearly five generation the Music hall has been graced with performances by many notable characters, including multiple Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winners. Spend an evening with a legend, catch a touring musical theatre production and watch provoking films.

Prescott Park is a gorgeous attraction providing a free and accessible public park to residents and visitors. It stretches along the river from State Street to Mechanic Street. Prescott Park is perfect for a picnic visit. The formal garden showcase fountains, tree lines, walkways, a flower wall and a rose garden. In the summer months the park is a home to the Prescott Art festivals as series of outdoor musical performances plays.

Night life at Portsmouth is more accurately described as “Pub Life”. Step out to award winning restaurants, enjoy entertainment on stage and onscreen and live music every night of the year. One can find poetry readings in pubs, literary events and micro talks, night time shopping at boutiques and galleries. Taste craft beers, wine sampling and intriguing cocktail at late night spots.

Some of the best top Portsmouth Bars and clubs are: 


Press Room Bar, Federal Cigar Bar, Thirsty Moose Tap House and oar house, Birdseye Lounge and Village square Restaurant.

Have Breakfast any time: Portsmouth is such a foodie town you’ll struggle to decide where to spend your dining dollars meal after meal. Many of the city’s beloved breakfast destinations serve their a.m. specialities all day. You can have breakfast at The Friendly Toast, Popovers on the Square and The Roundabout Diner. Anytime is a good time for Pulveriser Pumpkin cakes.

Evening sunset and light Cruises: As a relaxing end to a busy day or to begin a night on the town, come aboard the Heritage for a jaunt around the Harbour. Relax with your favourite cocktail and enjoy the night-time sights of the Seacoast. Get yourself in to the beauty of a sunset or into viewing the spectacular lights of the city.

Romantic things to do for couples in Portsmouth: feeling loved and on the lookout for something nice to do with your significant other than on Valentine’s Day” or just thinking about doing something nice with the person you love in the coming weeks?

Fret not we’ve put together a list of romantic things for couples. 


Ice skating: for something classically romantic but a bit different from your usual dinner, why not take your significant out for ice skating? Planet ice in Gosport offers different deals so you can share the night with the people you love.

Walk in the Rose garden: Serene, quiet right next to the seafront and home to over 40 varieties of rose, a pretty perfect spot to take your other half this Valentine’s Day.

Get a break: Why not treat yourselves to a really posh getaway at Florence House Hotel in Portsmouth. They also offer a range of spa treatments in your room using Neals Yard and OPI products.

Last but not the least plan a picnic. If the weather permits there are loads of great places to take a blanket and some tasty nibbles. The seafront, Canoe Lake, top of the hill near South sea Castle and Portsmouth Hill are some of the picnic spots.

Enjoy a massage as a couple: Treat yourself and your partner to this unique special treat. Portsmouth skin and beauty offer a couple massages where you can chill and chat whilst the therapist works on you both side by side.

Indoor Attractions: Portsmouth city has a wealth of activities for darker days and when the wet weather sets in. There’s a wealth of tourist attractions, museums, shopping centres and eateries to keep you occupied whilst sheltering from the rain.

Take cover and shoot up some friends at Action Stations.

Shop under cover at Gun wharf quays Designer Outlet

Visit the Blue Reef Aquarium

Get lost inside the award winning Mary Rose Museum

More rain free shopping at Casvades Shopping Centre

Take the family swimming at the Mountbatten Centre

Watch the rain clouds roll in over the Solent from South sea Beach cafe.

Visit the Clarence Pier Amusements where the games arcade area is fully covered and is the perfect hideaway when the rain starts to fall.

The shopping Downtown Portsmouth is lined with cute boutiques and shops. Walk down Congress Street and circle around the many side streets for a variety of art, antiques, clothing, local goodies, book, fine jewellery and more. Market Square is situated in the centre of Downtown and is the start of many local walking tours. Visit the galleries, browse the old fashioned shops and explore one of the many 17th century buildings. Tugboat Alley is known for a local tradition, with nautical themed gifts and collectible for all ages, The Book and bar is located in the Old custom House which offers a relaxing and no media atmosphere with a wide selection of used books and small cafe. The best part about shopping in Portsmouth” is no sales tax.

Portsmouth offers a long list of unique activities to visitors. So do visit this country.

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