The Top Things to See and Do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire


9. Take a Cruise to the Islands

Enjoying ferry cruises to Portsmouth’s scenic offshore islands is a popular option for visitors. You can visit the Isles of Shoals, Peirce Island, and more.

The Isles of Shoals are made up of six small islets that straddle the border of New Hampshire and Maine. Desolate but beautiful, each of the six members of the Isles of Shoals also has its own unique story, which you can learn more about during a guided boat tour. On the other hand, Peirce Island is a 27-acre island just off Portsmouth’s south end. Owned and operated by the city, Peirce Island is a perfect place to take a stroll or enjoy a beautiful view, as it features a surprising variation of landforms including meadows, tidepools, cliffs, and salt marshes.

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