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Isles of Shoals

Portsmouth, NH
+1 603-431-5500
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Portsmouth New Hampshire and Isles of Shoals Cruise
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Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good27%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 14 May 2017

My husband and I traveled out to Star Island for the day in August. It was so hot!! But we really enjoyed wandering around the island checking out all the sights. Our boat trip out was nice and the boat crew shared information about the...More

1  Thank Cindy A
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Either on a private boat or a charter boat, the Shoals are a short ride from Portsmouth and a nice short day trip. There's not a lot to do when you get there but it is still worth it. If you can, make arrangements before...More

2  Thank jackjrt
Reviewed 2 December 2016

This island has the history of great fishing pirates murder and great artists. Try the pump organ at the church and the ice cream parlor.

2  Thank mdinola
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This iconic island stay was fabulous. Accommodations are not modern or deluxe, but the atmosphere is timeless and the island is magical. Don't miss your chance if you ever are invited to an event there, or even to walk around on a day tour.

3  Thank Deborah P
Reviewed 16 September 2016

The day was way too hot for this but we had already booked our tickets ahead of time. With that said they did a great job! The boat was comfy and clean (with a bar!!) and a person gave a great history of the area...More

2  Thank Steve B
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a great activity to do with your family when visiting the sea coast NH area. Tales of love, hauntings and historical drama engage the mind and imagination while your senses feasts on the sights and sounds of the area.

1  Thank Ana A
Reviewed 10 September 2016

I had never seen the Isles of Shoals before except from the beach on very clear days. My husband and I took a helicopter ride over them through Seacoast Helicopters out of Portsmouth, NH (see my review under their company). This was by far the...More

Thank MGilbert
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Just my observation, I would not take children out to the Shoals. This is a pleasurable afternoon, with good weather for couples. There is nothing to do when one goes to the Isle of Shoals other than enjoy the ride and walk around the island....More

9  Thank Ronald H
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We took the Thomas Laighton out to the island and stayed there for 3-4 hours just roaming the island, took a picnic lunch and browsed through some of the buildings - interesting history.

2  Thank redcoatNewCastle
Reviewed 25 August 2016

I have lived in NH for 30 yrs and never took this tour until last week. Lovely little boat ride out to Star Island where you can take a walking tour and then explore yourself. The views on the boat and the island are fabulous!!...More

3  Thank BranLil
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Is it possible to dock on the island with our own dingy boat and walk around ?
2 March 2017|
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Response from jackjrt | Reviewed this property |
I know you can not dock on Appledore island, but I think you might be able to on Star Island, where the hotel is.
Can one walk around the Isles of Shoals? I have read they might have closed it.
10 February 2017|
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Response from Deborah P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can walk around on Star Island. There are also daily tours to some areas of the other islands there too. It's a beautiful place. The ride out on the boat is also wonderful, not too long, but nice to see Portsmouth... More
Swetha S
Does any cruise operate in January or February?
12 January 2017|
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Response from KVWC77 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I know of.....wild weather out there in the winter!