Things To Do In & Around Portsmouth, NH
Escape to the exquisite coastline of New Hampshire and discover all the delightful things to do in Portsmouth and the surrounding Seacoast New Hampshire region. Once one of the busiest shipping ports in the country, Portsmouth has blossomed into a bright arts and cultural scene. Step back in time on a local walking tour among downtown streets lined with preserved architecture and living history museums. Spend an afternoon in the surf at one of New Hampshire’s beautiful beaches or enjoy a harbor cruise to see Portsmouth in another light.
You’re close to a wealth of things to do in Portsmouth when you stay at The Port Inn, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member. And don’t forget to check out our curated list of Portsmouth restaurants under local dining.
“A surprising little city of contrasts: touristy and local, cultured and blue collar, historically preserved and scrappy…” – The New York Times
Events in Portsmouth, NH
Stay up to date with events in Portsmouth, New Hampshire during your stay at our boutique hotel! Local venues such as The Music Hall and Prescott Park host frequent shows and concerts, especially during the summer season. We’ve got the local’s perspective on what to check out during your stay, such as the autumn foliage at the end of September.
Check out the Portsmouth Events Calendar for all of our top recommended upcoming events!
Bowl-O-Rama Family Fun
Warm-up your bowling arm for some fun the whole family can enjoy! There's also an arcade (we've got a soft spot for a good game of skee ball), and a food and beverage area to refuel.
Breakfast Hill Golf Course
Built on 170 acres, this quaint 18-hole golf course is located right in Greenland, NH. This course has been ranked in the top five of Golf Week magazine and was awarded four stars as one of the best places to play by Golf Digest.
Take a one-of-a-kind craft brewery tour along the shores of New Hampshire on a private bus
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Take the kids on a learning adventure for the day. The Children’s Museum has lots of hands-on activities for kids, focused on a blend of art, science, and cultural experiences.
Downtown Portsmouth Boutique Shops
Downtown Portsmouth is lined with unique shops, where you can find everything from fashionable apparel to locally crafted artisan goods and gifts.
Fox Run Mall
Enjoy excellent deals, sales events, and more at Portsmouth's best kept secret for shopping!
Guided and Self-Guided Tours
Travel back in time and discover the area's rich history dating back to the 1600s. Choose from a number of guided and self-guided tours that will take you through Portsmouth's cobblestone streets, historic homes, colonial Black Heritage Trail, and more!
See the Great Bay, Lamprey River, and Piscataqua River on a traditional reproduction of barge boats. It's easy to sail like a local aboard a private or public charter.
Isles Of Shoals
Discover a variety of cruises and walking tours through the Isle of Shoals, dotted with islands and beautiful views!
Kittery Shopping Outlets
Kittery Outlets is one of the top shopping destinations in the area and the perfect environment for a little retail therapy.
Learn about wine blending, blind wine tastings, and team-building activities that are perfect for corporate retreats.
Pease Golf Course
This gorgeous and rather entertaining golf course offers a unique golfing experience with its proximity to the Pease runway.
Port City Bike Tours
Calling all cyclists! Port City Bike Tours has guided tours that will take you all over Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Gas Light
One of our favorite waterfront restaurants has live music on their deck every night, all summer long!
Portsmouth Harbor Cruise
Explore the waterfront by boat, whether you'd prefer to sail or cruise! The Portsmouth Harbor Cruises will guide you past the Isles of Shoals, through inland rivers, and into the sunset.
Music, arts, movies, theater, and special events! There is so much happening at Prescott Park in Portsmouth. Check their events calendar to find out what's happening while you're in the area and don't miss all the excitement at Prescott Park. https://www.portsmouthnh.com/calendar
Sagamore Golf Course
Perfect for newcomers and experienced players, his 18-hole golf course is right between Hampton and Portsmouth.
Seacoast Repertory Theater
Broadway-level shows right in the heart of Portsmouth.
Seacoast Science Center
Great for children and families to take part in educational programs on the environmental history of New Hampshire's seacoast.
Strawbery Banke Museum
Immerse yourself in over 300 years of local American history. One of the top things to do in Portsmouth, this historic attraction has something for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and families looking to step back in time.
The Crossings at Fox Run Mall
Conveniently located in tax-free, Newington, NH, The Crossings provides an open-air shopping experience filled with a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options.
The Music Hall
Visit the oldest theater in the state for breathless musicals, hilarious live comedy, and literary readings.
University of New Hampshire
Our boutique hotel is near The University of New Hampshire! Discover the work being done on campus or attend Graduation Weekend, held just minutes away from our University of New Hampshire hotel.
Explore this remarkable submarine designed by the US Navy to test top-secret features used on modern-day submarines. This designated National Historic Landmark is open to the public for self-guided tours, where you'll be able to explore the control room, bunkrooms, and equipment used by crewmembers at sea.
Our hotel near Water Country in New Hampshire is perfect for an afternoon of fun with the whole family! A local landmark for over 30 years, Water Country has rides for every age group so your toddlers and teenagers will both have an awesome time. This attraction is a favorite of locals and guests alike, as it’s the largest, cleanliest, and friendliest water park in New England!.