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    Take a boat trip to the Isles of Shoals

    by kooka3 Written Jul 12, 2003

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    The Isles of Shoals are a group of islands about 7 miles off the coast. They are split between New Hampshire and Maine. I would suggest taking a boat trip - otherwise you're stuck with a distant view of the islands. Plus, it's a cool trip! Boat trips run from about April to November. You can take just a harbor tour or a tour with a stop-off at Star Island. On Star Island, you can take a tour to learn more about the fishing and community history of the Isles. There wer also murders in the 1800s on Smuttynose Island, the next isle over from Star; they'll tell you more about those, too (or read Weight of Water by Anita Shreve; that weaves in the history with the story as well).

    Star Island has a conference center on it, but is not open to the general public. There is also a science research center on Appledor Island that is run by UNH and Cornell.

    If you take the trip out on the boat, you'll get to see a lot of sea life: Lots of fish if you pay attention, lots of different birds, and if you're lucky, you'll see the harbor seals that have taken up residence on one of the islands.

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    Strawberry Banke

    by kooka3 Written Jul 10, 2003

    This is one of those must-do-once-in-your-life historical sort of things. There are many old houses that are down by the water from the "olden fishing days" in the 1600s. There's quite a bit to see and learn, so it's worth doing. Even if you don't buy a ticket to go into the homes, it's a beautiful area to walk around.

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    Take a walk around the...

    by TeDMe Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Take a walk around the downtown and the water front. Here is a
    Web Virtual
    Walk just for you,  so you will get the taste :)
    Another interesting site is the Albacore Park which is
    the site of a world-famous, Portsmouth-built submarine the USS
    Albacore.   The USS Albacore was a prototype for today's
    submarines.  It and the USS Nautilus, the
    first nuclear-powered submarine, formed the roots of modern undersea
    fleet.  It is interesting to walk inside the vessel.  I was lucky in
    my visit and met a gentleman who served on board the submarine.  He took us
    around and share his experience of living in its very tight space.

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    We parked the car here and...

    by acemj Written Aug 25, 2002

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    We parked the car here and were able to cover most of the town on foot in just a few short hours. There are some great looking restaurants and shops all around Portsmouth, but we were so full from our lobster in Portland, that we didn't eat here.

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    Strawbery Banke

    by acemj Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This historic district requires an admission ticket which gives you access to the restored colonial town with its 42 historically preserved homes and its original grid street pattern. Inside, actors dressed in colonial garb re-enact scenes from daily life back in the late 1600s.

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    Strawbery Banke Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 5, 2013

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    This museum is named after the original town name and preserves original buildings from various periods of the town.

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    Point of Graves

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 2, 2013

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    This old graveyard house the oldest affluent members of the town. Guides are avaiable at the entry to the cemetery.

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    Colonial Architecture

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 2, 2013

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    The city is filled with New England Colonial architecture, especially the landmark North Church. Stop by the nearby visitor's center for walking maps

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    Strawbery Banke c 1630

    by grandmaR Written Sep 29, 2011

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    When we lived in New England, my parents came up to visit and we went to Strawberry Banke

    Kidsby sign Mother and kids coming around the corner My dad resting on a porch steps My mom taking a photo
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    Peirce Island/4 tree Island

    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 26, 2011

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    A short walk from downtown is the Peirce Island/ 4 tree island park. Its the sight of an old civil war fort.

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    Market Square

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the heart of the city. Many shops and restaurants are located here. Most of the buildings are 18th and 19th century.

    Market Square Market Street The Old North Church A nearby 19th century house Another historic house
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    South End-Sites and everyday living

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    The south end is the more residentail living area. It is quiate and has small streets and many older colonial and clapboard style homes. VEry nice to take a stroll block to block.

    View looking down a street View of another street. Children's Museum in south end Lobster boats dock here with the catch
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    Histortic Sites in town

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    There are numerous buildings and structures that depict the times, and are well preserved. Throughout the town, they have kept the old time ambiance to make it feet like the 1800's.

    Daniels House-now city Administration North church in the square Statre Street in town Market Square by North Church Long range view of Market Square
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    JUST LOOKIN' AROUND

    by Rich62 Written May 23, 2008

    HERE ARE FIVE MISCELLANIOUS PHOTOS TAKEN AS WE DROVE THROUGH PORTSMOUTH.

    PLEASE CLICK THE PHOTO TO SEE THE OTHERS.

    PISCATAQUA RIVER BRIDGE ON THE FREEWAY CROSSING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE ON HIGHWAY 1 STREET SCENE IN PORTSMOUTH STREET SCENE IN PORTSMOUTH SEEN ALONG THE WAY NEAR PORTSMOUTH
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    Prescott Park

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 25, 2006

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    This is a pleasant, green oasis in the middle of the city. It offers a respite from the noise and traffic.

    Prescott Park Fountain in the park Monument to Revolutionary hero William Whipple A visiting youth orchestra, from Russia
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