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Things to do in Portsmouth + Southern New Hampshire

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Portsmouth + Southern New Hampshire. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Portsmouth + Southern New Hampshire attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Portsmouth + Southern New Hampshire to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Portsmouth + Southern New Hampshire.

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  • Alyson's Orchard

    Set atop an elongated ridge overlooking the Connecticut River, this 450-acre property is as prized for its gorgeous grounds as it is for its apples... More
  • Annabelle's Natural Ice Cream

    Annabelle’s owner, retired doctor Lewis Palosky, thinks of himself as “an artist, not a businessman,” and his credo is evident in the thick—difficu... More
  • Around the Mountain Trail

    Bike the 12-mile Around the Mountain Trail, which runs from Brown Mountain past Eagle Lake. More
  • Canterbury Shaker Village

    Canterbury was a prominent Shaker village for 200 years and stands as a remarkable—and picturesque—example of how Shaker life evolved over time. More
  • Cathedral of the Pines

    The outdoor chapel sits on a bluff and overlooks Mount Monadnock. There's a beautiful altar made of stones donated from every state in the nation. More
  • Emery Farm

    This farm, founded in 1655, is the perfect autumn stop for apple-picking. More
  • Enfield Shaker Museum (and the Great Stone Dwelling)

    The once-haunted inn is now closed, taken over by the nearby Enfield Shaker Museum. Beginning in April, visitors can tour the Great Stone Dwelling ... More
  • Goose Pond

    Cast for bass on this pond, north of Keene (hike there from the trailhead on E. Surrey Rd.). More
  • Maine State Sea Kayak

    Unlike other outfitters in the area, Maine State Sea Kayak brings you to the remote western side of the island on four-hour tours to see osprey, se... More
  • Steve Boucher's Island Bike Rental

    Swing by Steve Boucher's Island Bike Rental in Northeast Harbor to rent a bike and learn the ins and outs of the island's paths. More
  • Strawberry Banke Museum

    The living-museum aims to make history real: costumed docents explain what life was like in Portsmouth from the late 17th to the mid-20th centuries... More

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