When we were invited up North, our first stop was Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This trip was filled with a bunch of “firsts” for my mother and myself. While in town we explored much of what the area had to offer. Several things we found by simply walking to them. Others we did take a small drive to experience. After a full 8 days, it was an area I would love to come back with the rest of my family. If you are interested in a day or extended visit; this Family-Friendly things in Portsmouth New Hampshire guide will help!
Take a day to explore the Strawbery Banke Museum. It’s a collection of historic houses saved by many of the locals. Each building is set in different past times. From a Carpentry shop, a Victorian Children’s garden to Marden-Abbott old time Grocery store. From the moment we entered the property we were set back in time and began learning new things at every stop. With 32 buildings (including a tavern), roleplaying characters and even a chicken coop there is a little something for all ages.
Walking the streets of Portsmouth, New Hampshire for souvenirs was a must! They have all sorts of different places to dip in and take a look around. I bought my trip magnet at the Tugboat Alley gift shop. While in the shop I saw the tug boats in the harbor. We came down to them to take some pictures. It’s a great thing to do and during Seasonal times they offer different local tours on various boats.
I first tasted New England Clam Chowder while on this very trip at Colby’s Breakfast and Lunch. It was divine and I can see why locals flock to this establishment. It is pretty well known for it’s breakfast so arrive early if you don’t want to wait long. They do try and get you in as fast as they can and offer beverages outside while you wait. I highly recommend a stop here if you are in town.
What I love most about Portsmouth, New Hampshire are the brick laid streets strung with artistic alley ways. From artistic murals, artsy statues, stickers you name it this place houses creativity. Need a great bakery item? Stop in at Elephantine Bakery just down this alley way pictured above. We had the Almond Crescent, YUM!
Que the “Jaw” theme song because the USS Albacore Submarine deserves it! The Navy tested top-secret features on it, that led to the high-speed silent operation used on modern U.S. submarines. In all it’s preserved, beached glory check it out as well as The Ghost, a tactical vessel.
Venture a short drive to view the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. We had a little trouble finding parking which can be difficult while in the Portsmouth area. While on the way over to this we did see a pull off (park) where you could sit and have a nice lunch while watching fisherman bring in their daily catches.
Check out staying at the Residence Inn. We found this to be a great location during our visit. As I mentioned above finding parking could have been an issue during our stay. This hotel does offer Valet as well as front street paid parking. With all-suite, extended-stay amenities it is perfect for housing families. The penthouse suite is the way to stay! Having a nice full kitchen (complete with a dishwasher), separate bedroom suite and two TVs made our stay so accommodating. We could easily unwind, share a meal at the dining table and had plenty of space. Plus the city and harbor views are stellar.
Rain or shine this city has plenty of Family-Friendly things in Portsmouth New Hampshire to do. I hope you found this travel guide helpful and take a look at more articles on this website. We try and stay as up to date and accommodating to all your traveling adventure needs. Have suggestions for this area, leave a comment below!