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Things to do in Portsmouth

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Music Venue
“The Grand Dame of the Portsmouth arts scene. Top notch international music, dance, theater and live cast Opera from the Met. Also features the best cinema and programs such as NHPR's Writer's on a New England Stage. A truly great place for a show. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“The hot spot of Kittery! Their deviled eggs are 100/10. Don’t like deviled eggs? You will after you try these. “The Black Birch is built on community; it is a small, cozy restaurant. At times the room becomes noisy and raucous as friends, neighbors, and strangers meet and gather to share a conversation and dinner. We are shaped by our community; the neighbors and partnerships we build along the way.” I would eat here every night of the week if I could. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Museum
“Voted Yankee Magazine's best historic village. Step back in time at this outdoor living history museum.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cafe
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“People travel from Boston for their crullers and almond croissants. Breakfast sandwiches available too.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“Home of the wonderful Prescott Park Arts Festival....music, shows, and a large green lawn for your chair or blanket.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“One of the most remarkable summer venues on the east coast. Why? Its a park on the water. Its top quality acts are seen by voluntary donation. Its big enough to feature superb and eclectic artists and small enough to feel like you really saw them. There are also films and a musical that runs the season. Get there early and lay down a blanket to reserve your spot or "rent a spot"- the website explains how. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bakery
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“healthy, or not, your choice! best baked items, salads and sandwiches around. not a lot of seating inside, nice outdoor tables”
  • 27 locals recommend
Water Park
“Huge! Seasonal! Spend the whole day! (Get your $ worth...pricey..but a blast!)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great seafood restaurant on the marsh, across from the beach. Rooftop bar. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Chef Matt Louis, who trained with Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, is a community favorite. At Moxy (his first of three restaurants, see: The Franklin and soon to open, Luigi's) he serves up small plates (tapas) with an America twist. Not only do his dishes feature local ingredients, he pushes the boundaries by including ingredients like green crab, an invasive species on the coast of Maine. This is a place to share food. Reservation recommended. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Like Korean food? This is the place to go in Kittery. Fresh, local ingredients. Kim chi galore. Open for lunch and dinner.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“When our family comes to town hankering for good seafood that is not fried, this is the place we go. Really fresh fish, inventive sauces and side dishes. Lovely, low-light atmosphere. Best to get a reservation. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The original location of this quirky chain. Breakfast all day. Plus lunch and dinner too. Weekend? You will wait. Go a few doors up to La Maison Navarre and get yourself a latte, maybe a macaron for later. Settle in and wait for a really big breakfast. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
History Museum
“It's a submarine!!! great stories and experience of its history. Walkthrough at your own place. My kids loved the periscope”
  • 8 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“The home of contemporary art and performance in Portsmouth. Live acts as well as a spacious gallery. Great taco and tequila bar on site. Open a few years this has quickly become the hub for innovation and community in our region. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A solid public house with thoughtfully created (pub) food and its own tasty beers on tap. Plenty of vegetarian options. After dinner go downstairs and play pool in the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. ”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“The hot spot of Kittery! Their deviled eggs are 100/10. Don’t like deviled eggs? You will after you try these. “The Black Birch is built on community; it is a small, cozy restaurant. At times the room becomes noisy and raucous as friends, neighbors, and strangers meet and gather to share a conversation and dinner. We are shaped by our community; the neighbors and partnerships we build along the way.” I would eat here every night of the week if I could. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Cafe
“People travel from Boston for their crullers and almond croissants. Breakfast sandwiches available too.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great seafood restaurant on the marsh, across from the beach. Rooftop bar. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Chef Matt Louis, who trained with Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, is a community favorite. At Moxy (his first of three restaurants, see: The Franklin and soon to open, Luigi's) he serves up small plates (tapas) with an America twist. Not only do his dishes feature local ingredients, he pushes the boundaries by including ingredients like green crab, an invasive species on the coast of Maine. This is a place to share food. Reservation recommended. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Like Korean food? This is the place to go in Kittery. Fresh, local ingredients. Kim chi galore. Open for lunch and dinner.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“When our family comes to town hankering for good seafood that is not fried, this is the place we go. Really fresh fish, inventive sauces and side dishes. Lovely, low-light atmosphere. Best to get a reservation. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The original location of this quirky chain. Breakfast all day. Plus lunch and dinner too. Weekend? You will wait. Go a few doors up to La Maison Navarre and get yourself a latte, maybe a macaron for later. Settle in and wait for a really big breakfast. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Gastropub
“A solid public house with thoughtfully created (pub) food and its own tasty beers on tap. Plenty of vegetarian options. After dinner go downstairs and play pool in the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. ”
  • 12 locals recommend

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