Portsmouth, NH, USA

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Portsmouth, NH, USA

Portsmouth vacation rentals

Escape to the historic seaport of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, a maritime town in New Hampshire dating back to the 1600s, is a choice spot for a relaxing getaway with family or friends. With a large variety of Portsmouth vacation rentals to choose from, you’ll find yourself at ease during your stay. Here, you can picnic among the flowers, sail down the Piscataqua River, kayak around the islands, check out a U.S. Navy submarine, and explore historic sites dating back to as early as the 17th century.

Portsmouth riverbank parks and sailing trips

As you head out from your Portsmouth vacation rental, grab your family, picnic food, and a blanket and get over to Prescott Park, a flower-filled expanse on the banks of the scenic Piscataqua River. From June through August, you can experience exciting live music on Wednesday evenings at the Portsmouth Harbor from a variety of indie, folk, and R&B acts. If you’re in the mood for a refreshing breeze in your face, from June through October you can hop aboard a full-sized reproduction of a historic gundalow, a type of commercial cargo barge that once frequented the river here.

Living history and waterpark thrills in Portsmouth

There are several historic sites in Portsmouth, NH. Step back in time at the Portsmouth Strawbery Banke Museum, where you can stroll through a historic village. The museum features over 37 restored buildings, some of which are as old as the 17th century. Next, take a self-paced tour through a retired U.S. Navy submarine, the U.S.S. Albacore. Your kids will love hearing about daily life on the sub, as told through recordings by the former crew. For some summertime fun, slip into your bathing suit and enjoy water rides at Water Country, New England’s largest water park.

Portsmouth’s balmy summertime breezes

Warm summers abound in Portsmouth, where the average daily high temperature is around 80°F in July. Portsmouth weather features an ever-present ocean breeze to help cool you down during the summer months, and the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean means that the winter temperatures are relatively mild. However, snow lovers will be happy to note that there is an average snowfall of over 55 inches each winter. Whether you choose a sun-filled farmhouse in the winter or a historic waterfront home during the summer, Portsmouth vacation rentals will give you a cozy base where you can recharge each evening after your daily explorations.

Inhale the ocean air at Portsmouth

The town of Portsmouth—equidistant from Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts—gazes out over the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Looking across its banks you can spot Kittery, Maine, home of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Portsmouth is 3 miles in from the shores of the Atlantic and sits atop an outlet of a tidal basin for 6 rivers. Portsmouth vacation rentals will be near a coastline featuring plenty of sand and lobster traps. A gathering of small islands called the Isles of Shoals—named in 1614 by Captain John Smith of Pocahontas fame—sits 6 miles off the coast.