What Are Some Attractions in Portsmouth, New Hampshire?

Some of the most popular attractions in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, include the Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park, Market Square, the USS Albacore Museum and the Isles of Shoals. Helicopter and boat tours of the area are also popular.

Strawbery Banke Museum features buildings recreated from different time periods ranging from the 1600s to the 1950s. Period actors staff the buildings and interact with guests in characters from their eras. Visitors can also enjoy gardens and an on-site restaurant.

Prescott Park is a public park adjacent to the water, and it offers free admission. Visitors can watch boats in the harbor, enjoy the gardens, and catch occasional free outdoor concerts.

Market Square is the historical center of the city and home to a variety of shops and restaurants. The main visitor's center of the city is located in Market Square, and it is a good starting point to get free maps and learn about local activities.

The USS Albacore Museum, named for the submarine testing prototype used in the design of modern nuclear submarines, is another draw in the city. The museum offers free self-guided recorded tours.

Visitors can take boat tours of the Isles of Shoals and disembark for tours in some locations.