1190 Lafayette Rd.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 433-3338
Fax: (603) 431-1639
The center is a forestry educational facility open to the public and boasting an extensive trail system, tree identifications, salt marsh habitat, and numerous landscape and garden demonstrations.
Bored on a lazy afternoon, simply head to the Water Country water park. From slides, pools to special stuff for kids, this amusement park has it all. Catering to the entire family, the Water Country has something for everyone. Check website for details.
Originally a working farm and home of New Hampshire's first Royal Governor Benning Wentworth, the not-for-profit Wentworth-Coolidge Commission sponsors tours, lectures, exhibits and concerts May through October. Art classes and student internships are also offered year-round. Picnics are welcome.
Founded by Peter Egelston and his sister, Janet, in 1994, Smuttynose Brewing Co. is one of the best breweries in New Hampshire. It's unique moniker, Smuttynose, has been inspired by one of the largest islands in New Hampshire's Isles of Shoals. Specializing in mild brews and those with medium range alcohol content, the Shoals Pale Ale was its flagship beer, that has garnered a huge fan-following over the years. Tours of the brewery are regularly conducted, and they end in a delightful tasting session of fresh brews.
Merchant James Rundlet's home rises above the street proclaiming his early success in the textile trade with its finely veneered furniture and modern household conveniences. The formal gardens, orchard, and attached outbuildings remain as first used by Rundlet.
The only lighthouse on the mainland of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Harbor Light (also known as Fort Point Light, New Castle Light, and Fort Constitution Light) was constructed in 1877 on the grounds of Fort Constitution, a Revolutionary War fortification. The Coast Guard still owns Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and maintains it as an active aid to navigation, but the organization "The Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse" is licensed to care for the tower, oil house, and wooden walkway. Contact them for available tours.
Experience the rich history of Portsmouth NH as told through its cemeteries featuring special events and programs listings, gravestone restoration projects, and noteworthy Portsmouth citizens of the past.
Located across Middle Street, John Paul Jones House was the residence of brave and the very first sea warrior of United States, John Paul Jones. It is now a museum that tells of the local history and culture of Portsmouth. Call ahead for details.
The Music Hall is one of Portsmouth's landmark locations. Built in the 19th century, the theater hosts literary evenings, musical performances, dance,, theater, Broadway performances and more, making it an integral part of the local cultural scene. Having hosted artists and performers from Mark Twain to Gilbert and Sullivan and Patti LuPone, the theater, recently restored to its original glory in 2008, is a true must-visit while in the town. Historic tours of the hall are available twice a week on Wednesday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 2pm at USD12.50 and include other attractions like the Moffatt Ladd House, USS Albacore Museum and Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail. The tickets are available online, at the box office or via phone. For additional details on what is on at the Music Hall, visit the website.
John Langdon, merchant, signer of the Constitution, and three-term Governor of New Hampshire, built this imposing house, which was once visited by George Washington. The handsome garden features restored perennial beds, a rose and grape arbor, and a pavilion. The grounds may be rented for weddings and other occasions.
The Wentworth-Gardner House is a fine example of Georgian style architecture. Featuring excellent furnishings, a huge garden area along with a barn and a wharf; the mansion houses some incredible artworks that will capture every visitors attention alike. One of the most prominent features of the museum house includes its attention to proportion and balance. All in all, an iconic and distinctive site that has great exteriors and interiors to boast of.
Ensconced by the Piscataqua River, the Prescott Park is tranquil park that is visited by several locals and tourists for its scenic environs and pleasing atmosphere. The park is crowded by music enthusiasts especially during the Prescott Park Arts Festival.