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Why Portsmouth Is, Quite Possibly, the Most Magical City In America

Why Portsmouth Is, Quite Possibly, the Most Magical City In America
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Portsmouth’s Seaside Charm

Now as then, Portsmouth’s seaside existence is an important part of its charm. For example, those of you interested in having some fun near or in the water can head out to one of the numerous beaches in the region.

Rye Beach is a quiet refuge from the busy world, while Hampton Beach is ideal for all kinds of activities such as swimming, surfing, and socializing with family and friends. The beaches around Portsmouth provide a broad range of experiences for any type of beach lover.

Much of Portsmouth’s seaside charm consists of its many five-star restaurants. Each morning, people sitting in one of the numerous waterfront establishments can watch as local fishermen head their boats out onto the surrounding waters. As evening approaches, the same people sitting in the same establishments can watch as local fishermen return in their fishing boats loaded with the catch of the day.

You can experience the freshest and finest seafood cooked in a distinctly New England style at the Surf Restaurant on Bow Street. A few doors down, at the Dolphin Striker food, can range from grilled salmon and seared tuna to baked scallops and a stuffed lobster. Naturally, these establishments serve other foods as well.

If seafood is not your first choice, you can find restaurants that offer excellent Mexican, Italian, and good old American dishes, as well. Simply put, those visiting Portsmouth should make sure to step into Poco’s, the Library or Portsmouth Brewery to sample their excellent cuisine.


Portsmouth’s Diverse Cultural Scene

Portsmouth New Hampshire photo
Photo by Dougtone

The other part of Portsmouth’s charm consists of its culture, both in the past and in the present.

First and foremost, it is important to note that Portsmouth’s rich historical heritage has had an enormous impact on its current appearance.

Since Portsmouth was so economically important in the earliest parts of American history, its most affluent residents showed their wealth by building beautiful and lavishly ornamented houses in the Colonial, Georgian, and Federal styles. Most of these houses are still standing in this modern time and can be readily seen as part of Portsmouth’s historical charm.

Other signs of Portsmouth’s rich historical heritage can be seen and experienced at Strawberry Banke. Strawberry Banke is an outdoor museum of the earliest European settlement of New Hampshire, featuring ten houses that have been opened for the pleasure of the public.  Numerous costumed role players provide visual demonstrations of the lives of early settlers.

More interesting still, the outdoor museum is across the street from Prescott Park, which consists of ten acres of waterfront given over to flower gardens, water fountains, and a view of the Portsmouth harbor that is exceptional.  Do not miss this!

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    1. It was however, as the article states, “incorporated as a town” in 1653. The author was not indicating when it was “founded”. In that case 1623 is indeed correct. Cheers ☼

  1. I agree. Came here to visit in 1982 and never left. The Halloween Parade mentioned is the best parade in America. And stop by next Saturday (6/10) for Market Squate Day, a fun day in the City.

  2. I guess it’s ok if you like fauxteenth century luxury condos, and enjoy outdoor malls for yuppies-it’s a high class tourist trap. The Halloween Parade is about all it has going for it-with a few occasional exceptions. It’s best days are behind it, what remains is a dolled up corpse and a bloodless stone.

    1. Could not have said it better than that. I grew up here, it used to be an interesting little city. Now its a playground for the wealthy and rude. RIP Portsmouth.

  3. Last I knew, there were at least 4 venues for live theater in Portsmouth. Artists had ample opportunities to mingle with folks at festivals and exhibitions, and Portsmould was/is the regional shopping center for an area comprising over 300,000 people. A “dolled up corpse” and a “bloodless stone”? That sentiment is unlikely to be that of an objective observer.

  4. WE AGREE AND HAVE BEEN THERE TWICE. THE RIVERS OCEAN AND YOU TWO MAKE IT A WONDERLAND FOR US. HOW IS EVERYTHING IN YOUR HOME AND IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED A HOTEL. LOVE MOM AND CARLTON

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