When you think of NH one of the first thing that comes to my mind is hippie towns. Well, at least Portsmouth is but I loved it. It’s a great town to go walk around in for the day (spending your money at all the expensive stores they have to choose from) and it’s actually a lot bigger than you may think. There are tons of stuff to do, especially at night between the bars and clubs with live music and the restaurants are awesome. While you’re there you can always do the regular family vacation thing by looking at the Strawbery Banke Museum or the flower fields planted every summer but there’s a ton of other fun stuff to do while you’re there (and not so boring).
If you’re looking for a beach head over to the Hampton Beach. It’s one of the nicest beaches around and its raked every day to get all that gross stuff out of the sand. Less sea shells but you’ll still be able to find them. Just remember, you’re in New England the water is pretty much always cold but this one is a little warmer than most!
If you’re looking for Willy Wonka’s world, you’ve almost found him. One of the best breakfast places I’ve been to is the Friendly Toast down in Portsmouth. The waiters are awesome and there’s unusual things in there from life-sized nutcrackers to poodle lights. It’s a fun place to eat and delicious. Their homemade bread…oh so good (go for the cheddar jalapeno).
If you’re looking for somewhere to find good seafood here’s the place. It’s decorated in modern retro and they have any fish you can think of. The oysters on the half shell are so good and there’s 4 different kinds to choose from. The fish ranges from shark to tuna to shrimp scampi and every dish has its own twist. The desert wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but still gets a thumbs up.
There’s tons of other places to try, if you’re looking for a good coffee head over to Breaking New Grounds. The people are very friendly there in Portsmouth and it’s very safe, great for going out to live music and clubs. If you want to go on a scenic boat ride try for a sunset cruise, it’s about the best time and the prettiest time to go. There’s also a touch tank down in the Harbor that you can go to look at for free. Also, while you’re down there look around at the street art on walls displaying local artists with portraits of sharks to large mouths with legs. It’s a sight to see.