Winter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Top Cruising Destinations: Experience the Charm of Historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire – Even in Winter!

The winters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire have just as much to offer as the summers, and every event mixes the perfect balance of charm and history. Portsmouth is a town rich in history, having provided the gunpowder that helped fuel the American Revolution; its first settlers even contributed to the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving. Boasting one of the nation’s oldest and busiest ports, Portsmouth welcomes you to explore its rich, authentic history while sharing the vibrancy and character of unique, locally-owned shops and restaurants and community events that engage those of all ages.

Public docking space is available at Prescott Park Boat Dock and from the moment you step off your boat, you will have a variety of things to do right at your fingertips.

Downtown Portsmouth offers everything from fine-dining, to locally owned shops, to historic museums and galleries.

Strawberry Banke Museum is a must-see all year round, highlighting the history of Portsmouth. This living history museum offers a variety of things to see and do, ranging from touring historic buildings and beautiful gardens to taking part in interactive exhibits such as hearth-cooking workshops and even a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink at Puddle Dock Pond for the entire family to enjoy.

When you’re ready to take a break from the day’s activities and warm up with a few beers, Portsmouth offers a variety of wonderful breweries. Check out Granite State Growler Tours — a company that provides an assortment of tours through some of the area’s best local breweries. Plan to participate in their most popular tour, Saturday Beer Run, and take advantage of visiting the following local spots:

The Market Square area is famous for being the center of commerce in Portsmouth since the mid-1700s and today, its waterfront areas have been given a shot of new life with vibrant shops and restaurants. This area is landmarked by the North Church which stands over the square and dates back to 1854. Portsmouth may have been an area previously considered only a “summer sailing” destination, but with the new events that highlight their season all year-round, Portsmouth is making our list of best destinations to visit this year.

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