Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Portsmouth, New Hampshire? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Portsmouth, N.H.?”
Portsmouth is a quaint New England coastal town just an hour’s drive north of Boston. It’s a place that doesn’t mind flexing its old-school charm, with 17th-century brick and slate buildings, a historic working seaport and cobblestone streets. It fronts the Piscataqua River, just half a mile from the ocean and a short bridge ride away from tourist hub Kittery, Maine. This is a walkable city (bring your comfiest shoes, though) with lots to explore. You’ll find nationally acclaimed local breweries like Smuttynose alongside antique stores, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and boutique shops. It’s one of those places that embodies New England vibes, but the secret is kind of out on New Hampshire, in general, as the state reported record tourism numbers in the fall of 2021. Don’t let the crowds deter you, though — Portsmouth has plenty to do year round. When you are planning your trip, here’s what to do, see, eat, drink, and more, on New Hampshire’s seacoast.