If thirteen miles of seacoast are the crown of New Hampshire tourism, Portsmouth is its finest jewel. The city is host to thousands of visitors each year that come for the cities scenic beauty, historic sites and unique shopping and dining experiences. First settled in the early 1600s, the village was known as Piscataqua. It would later be named Strawberry Banke because of numerous wild strawberries growing along the banks of the Piscataqua River.

When the town was incorporated in 1653 the name was again changed to Portsmouth for John Mason, colony founder and former captain of the port of Portsmouth, England. Portsmouth was once one of the nation’s busiest seaports and shipbuilding facilities. The city was an important place during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. It has also been home to several notable historic figures such as John Paul Jones and William Whipple.

Also at home in Portsmouth is The Music Hall, a 900-seat theater first opened in 1878. The theater now is run by a non-profit and continues to offer a wide variety of live theater, cinema and music.

Today, the city is a reflection of the nation’s history. At every turn one is greeted by it. Strawberry Banke, now a museum, is the location of a number of Portsmouth’ historic homes There are also numerous house museums throughout the city’s limits. Amidst all of this history is modern Portsmouth, numerous small and specialty shops interspersed with several restaurants offering enough local flavor to sate even the most discerning palate. In 2008 the city was named one of the “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Portsmouth provides a variety of accommodations to suit all your visiting, vacationing and business needs. Comfortable and affordable getaways, family vacations and the best in business traveler treatment. Whether a B&B, Country Inn, Motel or Hotel, you can find lodging accommodations to suit your taste.

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Known best for some of New England’s freshest seafood, Portsmouth also offers numerous other fine restaurants. Portsmouth, NH is located in the heart of Seacoast New Hampshire. An active family vacation spot with ocean surroundings and some of the Seacoast’s best restaurants and seafood. Enjoy harbor view restaurants and outside dining while enjoying the best fried clams and lobsters in New England. For the best area restaurants and dining out in Portsmouth NH.

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Enjoy exciting & fun family activities like Shopping & Dining, Concerts & Outdoor Plays, Entertainment, Cultural Center, Water parks & Water slides, Whale Watching, Deep Sea Fishing, Harbor Cruises. Learn more here.

Some events happening around the area:

Childrens Day
Chowder Fest
Brew Fest
Chili Cook-Off
Market Square Day
Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival
Prescott Park Arts Festival
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
Candlelight Stroll
First Night 


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