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5 Things to Do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Inspired by Garnet Hill

Inspired by the beauty of nature, Garnet Hill is a local, artisan-crafted brand we can’t help but love. So when we learned they’ll be featuring their original fashions and home décor at a pop-up shop just minutes from Portsmouth, New Hampshire this summer, we knew a day trip to the quaint coastal community would be in order.

After we pop up to New Hampshire for a little shopping, we’ll be eager to make a day of our trip and check out these must-see Portsmouth attractions while in town.

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Located on an active military facility in New Castle, New Hampshire, Portsmouth Harbor Light (also known as Fort Point Light, New Castle Light, and Fort Constitution Light) is view-able from several roads and surrounding shorelines.

The maritime landmark is part of New England history and was built in 1877 on the grounds of an old Revolutionary War fort. For more information and tour schedules, visit the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses website. To sail the harbor and see views of the lighthouse from the water, check out Portsmouth Harbor Cruises.

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Prescott Park

Enjoy free admission any time of year to lovely Prescott Park, whose idyllic grounds are comprised of over ten acres of walking trails and a gorgeous variety of gardens along the Piscataqua River.

The perfect destination for a picnic (tables and grill areas are throughout) the waterfront park was donated to the City of Portsmouth around the turn of the century by sisters, Josie and Sarah Prescott. The gift is one that keeps giving today, with residents and tourists alike able to admire the award-winning botanical space whose florals may inspire you to whip out your gardening tools at home.

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Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

Bringing kids along for the ride?  With children’s fashions and accessories available at Garnet Hill, they can shop with you and then look forward to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire later.Featuring an art gallery and exhibits like Build It. Fly It, Cave Explorers, and Dino Detective, the kid-friendly destination is fun and educational with dozens of scheduled activities each day!

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Isle of Shoals Steamship Company

Take a trip on a Victorian-style ship through Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals for a nautical experience that’s unique to the area. With whale watching expeditions and tours whose guides tell tales of pirates, treasure, and ghosts — this is one ship that will entertain any crew gliding through Portsmouth!

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USS Albacore Museum

A research submarine, the USS Albacore was designed by the Navy and built in Portsmouth. It featured groundbreaking engineering and design, making it the prototype for modern submarine fleets. Visitors can walk the ship and learn about its historical significance via guided tours and audio stations featuring recordings by former crew members.

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What will you discover this summer? Explore the natural beauty of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and find out!