Adam Richman's Guide to Portsmouth

Read our guide for traveling to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a city of about 21,000 people. It sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River and has an active harbor and waterfront area. As a matter of fact, you can watch the harbor right from your computer with this cool webcam. The city hosted President Obama's town hall in 2009 and is often a stop for presidential candidates as they hit the trail. Our favorite part ... the tax-free shopping!

Man v. Food Nation traveled to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to try some signature hot dogs and one seriously stack omelet. While visiting the seacoast city, Adam Richman and the crew got to experience the restaurants and attractions. Here are some of our picks for where to go, eat and stay.

How to Get There
There are several different options for traveling to Portsmouth, New Hampshire:

Interstate 95 and US Route 1 are an easy drive from the north and south. NH Route 101, a four-lane divided highway, provides access from the west.

The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is 50 miles west of Portsmouth and has flights by all the major airlines. An hour south of the city is Boston's Logan Airport which has both domestic and international flights. There is a bus that runs from the airport to Portsmouth.

Riding the Train
Amtrak's Downeaster is available from Boston and Portland, ME to nearby Exeter, Dover and Durham, NH.

There are marinas in Portsmouth, New Castle, Newington and Hampton, NH, as well as Kittery, ME to dock your boat.
Getting Around
Once in Portsmouth you have several options in terms of transportation:

It is easy to get around the city with a car and there are rental companies. One word of warning, on the official government site for the city of Portsmouth there is a whole section dedicated to parking and appealing tickets. Make sure you are careful if you have a car.

There are many different taxi services you can call on in the Portsmouth area. You can also hire a car if you want to get to places like the airport.

COAST (Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation) runs both buses and the Portsmouth/Please Trolley. Both have several different routes that you can take. The fares vary from $.50 to $1.50. Check out the schedules and routes on the COAST site.

One of the fun ways to tour around the city is by Segway. Seacoast Segway Tours offers several tours and each includes time for training on the transporter.
Where to Go
Prescott Park Arts Festival
Throughout the year the park has festivals, concerts, shows, and activities for kids. Everything from the new Fish and Lobster food festival to performances with the Seacoast Repertory Theatre like the Wizard of Oz.
Address: Marcy Street & Atkinson Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Portsmouth Harbour Trail
Known as the best walking city, and you can see it all of Portsmouth on foot. Choose from one of three tours and let the guides show you highlights like historic homes, tugboats, the waterfront, Market Square and Prescott Park.
Address: Tours depart from Market Square
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Strawberry Banke Museum
This outdoor museum features 10 acres of houses, shops and gardens that have been restored to show what life was like for the people of the neigborhood from Colonial times to World War II. Guides dressed in authentic clothing of the period are there to answer questions. It's open May to October and admission runs $15 per adult, $10 per child and $40 per family.
Address: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth NH, 03801
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University of New Hampshire

The university has a little over 14,000 students and offers a full range of undergraduates and graduate degrees. The Wildcats participate in all sports including football, ice hockey and skiing. It is here that we found our challenger Paul "Chappy" Chapman.
Address: 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824
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Children's Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington St., Dover, NH
The museum offers lots of hands on activities for kids including a dinosaur area, a post office, a science center, a nature area and lots more fun.
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Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

Learn all about the history of Portsmouth and the Piscataqua River on one of 4 cruises. They last between 1-2 1/2 hours.
Address: 64 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Ceres Street
Stroll down this street for lots of unique shops and restaurants. Don't forget the tax-free shopping.
Address: 34 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Where to Eat
While known for their seafood, Portsmouth has restaurants offering many different types of cuisine. Here are some to try out:

The best place for dogs and burgers on the seacoast.
Address: 175 Fleet St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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The Friendly Toast
Head here for a great place for breakfast including the Sklarmageddon omelet.
Address: 121 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café
This upscale dining restaurant is known for their seafood & raw bar.
Address: 150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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106 Kitchen and Bar
For New England cuisine with a New Orleans flair, this restaurant serves up some creative cuisine.
Address: 106 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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JP's Eatery
This restaurant isn't in Portsmouth but is near University of New Hampshire. It was the location of the Slapshot Challenge done by a UNH athletics director.
Address: 38 Main St, Durham, NH 03824
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Where to Stay
Once in Portsmouth there are many hotel options. Here are some that rated well with visitors:

The Port Inn
505 US Route 1 Bypass, at Portsmouth Traffic Circle, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Residence Inn Portsmouth
Address: 1 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
100 High St, Portsmouth, NH, 03801
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Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
Address: 250 Market St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
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