Moonset over Portsmouth Harbor tugs. Photo by David-J Murray, Clear Eye Photo
Picking apples at Applecrest Farm. Photo by NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Visiting boaters can dock overnight in Portsmouth's Prescott Park Marina.
Boaters of all types can enjoy Portsmouth Harbor.
Launching a boat at Pierce Island in Portsmouth.
New Hampshire’s slice of Atlantic Ocean waterfront is slight—only 18 miles long—but it offers a host of possibilities for outdoor adventure.
At family-friendly Hampton Beach, you can surf the ocean swells, windsurf, kiteboard, or charter a fishing boat. Local species include striped bass, bluefish, sharks, tuna, cod and haddock. If you bring a kayak or paddleboard, you can spend hours exploring the tidal creeks that wind deep into the surrounding marshes.
Another great coastal destination is Rye Harbor, which makes an ideal jumping-off point for trips to the remote ad beautiful Isles of Shoals, some seven miles east. You can also explore Rye Harbor State Park. Sea kayaking can be enjoyed just outside the harbor.
A bit farther north, Odiorne Point State Park offers miles of hiking and biking trails that lead through a variety of coastal habitat. The park is also home to the Seacoast Science Center, featuring exhibits aimed to intrigue young minds. The Odiorne Boat Launch is an ideal spot to launch a paddling trip into the many creeks and coves of the lower Piscataqua River.
The hip city of Portsmouth makes a great base camp for outdoor trips on the river and beyond. It features cobblestone streets, a pleasant downtown filled with charming shops and restaurants overlooking the harbor, and the beautiful waterfront Prescott Park, where visiting boaters can arrange for overnight dockage.
It’s easy to visit this archipelago of rugged islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
Hikers, photographers, and birders will find numerous opportunities for appreciating nature in this coastal enclave.
A varied coastline, loads of restaurants, and great fishing are just a few reasons for recreational boaters to consider a trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.