Located in Rockingham County on the shores of New Hampshire, Portsmouth is a prime example of a historic New England city. First settled in 1630 and incorporated in 1653, Portsmouth was one of the first major settlements formed by English pilgrims, who named their new home after a city of the same name in the south of England. Once one of the busiest port cities in all of America, Portsmouth has a lot of history behind it and is now one of the most-visited New England cities, with people coming from far and wide to admire the beauty of this coastal location and witness its unique charms for themselves.

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There are plenty of fun things to do and see in Portsmouth. The 19th century North Church is one of the city's prettiest landmarks, for example, while Prescott Park is a beautiful space to spend some free time. The USS Albacore Museum and Strawberry Banke Museum also attract many visitors in the area, but one of the best places to spend a day is down at Portsmouth Harbor. The water here stretches out to form a natural border between the states of New Hampshire and Maine and has seen an incredible amount of boat traffic over the years. Simply walking around the harbor can be highly relaxing and enjoyable, but actually heading out on a Portsmouth Harbor cruise is even better.

Best Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

Exploring the Portsmouth Harbor by boat is a wonderful way to get a brand-new angle on one of New England's prettiest and most historic coastal locations. Portsmouth Harbor Cruises (64 Ceres St. Portsmouth, NH 03801 - 800 776-0915) is one of the leading cruise operators at Portsmouth Harbor, offering a range of tours to suit every kind of traveler. Read on to learn all about the best Portsmouth Harbor cruise options you might like to try when next visiting this beautiful coastal city.

- Harbor Cruise

For a pure Portsmouth Harbor cruise experience, the classic Harbor Cruise is a great choice. This cruise lasts just over an hour and travels all around the historic harbor of Portsmouth. Passengers on board will be amazed and inspired as the captain narrates the journey, sharing fascinating facts and stories about the history of the harbor, making this tour both educational and entertaining. The cruise will pass by a range of unique landmarks including forts, lighthouses, and luxury residences, so be sure to bring your camera along to snap some photos and preserve those magical memories forever more.

- Isles of Shoals Cruise

The Isles of Shoals Cruise is an option for people who want to cruise out of Portsmouth Harbor and see the local scenery. Not far from the coast of Portsmouth, the Isles of Shoals can be found. There's a lot of history behind these iconic islands, with each one having its own stories to tell involving everything from pirates to pilgrims. This Portsmouth Harbor cruise is quite a lengthy one, running for over two hours in total. As well as admiring plenty of man-made landmarks across the isles, you'll also get many great chances to spot some wildlife, including many different species of birds.

- Evening, Sunset & Lights Cruises

The Evening, Sunset & Lights Cruises offer something a little different for tourists and locals at Portsmouth Harbor. This cruise takes in the harbor in the early evening, as the sun is going down, giving you some stunning views of the glowing skies and shimmering waters. This tour features light narration and lasts for around an hour in total, and there's a really romantic, intimate atmosphere on board, perfect for couples. If you're planning a special date with a special someone, a Portsmouth Harbor cruise at sunset could be a great option.

- Wine Cruise

The Portsmouth Harbor Wine Cruise provides a fun and exciting way to indulge all your senses in one wonderful experience. This cruise takes in the beautiful sights and sounds of the harbor, allowing passengers to marvel at the various lighthouses and old buildings, listen to the gentle splashing of the waves, and enjoy every second of the ride as they taste an assortment of delicious wines. Cheeses and crackers are also provided and a wine expert will be on board to teach you more about each bottle. Five wines will be served in total and you’ll be eager to take a few of them home by the time you step back on dry land.