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Portsmouth can be a great base for a fun family weekend in coastal New Hampshire.
Start the morning on Congress St. at The Friendly Toast, a funky, kid-friendly breakfast joint.
After breakfast, head up Congress St. to Daniel St. and all the way to the drawbridge that crosses over to Maine. Take a right onto Marcy St. and head towards Prescott Park. Along the waterfront, Prescott Park has flower gardens, outdoor performances, and lots of free space for kids to burn off some energy. Prescott Park features views of the waterfront and local fishing fleet, an outdoor theatre, flower gardens, and water fountains.
Strawberry Banke is nearby where you can see how the first residents of Portsmouth lived in the late 1600's.
Heading back to downtown Portsmouth, you can walk along Bow Street. There you'll find a number of restaurants with waterfront views. The Stockpot is consistently good, but there are plenty of choices along the block. Make sure you save room because Izzy's Frozen Yogurt on the corner of Bow and Ceres St. or Anabelle's Ice Cream further down Ceres St. are shouldn't miss stops.
Local beaches are a short drive away in Rye, NH. Outlet malls sit a short drive across the border in Kittery.
If you're really adventurous,
Water Country, a large amusement park is a short drive across town. Be warned that summer crowds, especially on weekends, can fill up the park early.