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Isles of Shoals

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Address: Portsmouth, NH
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Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.

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Beautiful Islands

My husband and I traveled out to Star Island for the day in August. It was so hot!! But we really enjoyed wandering around the island checking out all the sights. Our boat trip... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cindy A
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I traveled out to Star Island for the day in August. It was so hot!! But we really enjoyed wandering around the island checking out all the sights. Our boat trip out was nice and the boat crew shared information about the surrounding islands. The hotel on the island was like stepping back in time, but beautiful.... More 

1 Thank Cindy A
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Either on a private boat or a charter boat, the Shoals are a short ride from Portsmouth and a nice short day trip. There's not a lot to do when you get there but it is still worth it. If you can, make arrangements before hand to see Celia Thaxters garden on Appledore, that is wonderful. Aplledore Island is privately... More 

1 Thank jackjrt
Rye Beach, New Hampshire
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

This island has the history of great fishing pirates murder and great artists. Try the pump organ at the church and the ice cream parlor.

2 Thank mdinola
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This iconic island stay was fabulous. Accommodations are not modern or deluxe, but the atmosphere is timeless and the island is magical. Don't miss your chance if you ever are invited to an event there, or even to walk around on a day tour.

3 Thank Deborah P
New Hampshire
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44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

The day was way too hot for this but we had already booked our tickets ahead of time. With that said they did a great job! The boat was comfy and clean (with a bar!!) and a person gave a great history of the area and what we were passing as we headed out to sea. The same person led... More 

2 Thank Steve B
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a great activity to do with your family when visiting the sea coast NH area. Tales of love, hauntings and historical drama engage the mind and imagination while your senses feasts on the sights and sounds of the area.

Thank Ana A
Pembroke, NH
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

I had never seen the Isles of Shoals before except from the beach on very clear days. My husband and I took a helicopter ride over them through Seacoast Helicopters out of Portsmouth, NH (see my review under their company). This was by far the best way to see them!

Thank MGilbert
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212 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Just my observation, I would not take children out to the Shoals. This is a pleasurable afternoon, with good weather for couples. There is nothing to do when one goes to the Isle of Shoals other than enjoy the ride and walk around the island. I enjoyed the trip as did my wife, but we are 62 and enjoy simple... More 

9 Thank Ronald H
New Castle, NH
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8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

We took the Thomas Laighton out to the island and stayed there for 3-4 hours just roaming the island, took a picnic lunch and browsed through some of the buildings - interesting history.

2 Thank redcoatNewCastle
Deering, New Hampshire, United States
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

I have lived in NH for 30 yrs and never took this tour until last week. Lovely little boat ride out to Star Island where you can take a walking tour and then explore yourself. The views on the boat and the island are fabulous!! You see forts and lighthouses as you travel to the island. The Captain narrates and... More 

3 Thank BranLil

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