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Isles of Shoals

Portsmouth, NH
+1 603-431-5500
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On an island in the middle of offshore.

I traveled by boat with a group to Star Island and loved every minute of the ride, the guided tour... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2016
audrey p
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
An excellent offshore experience

The boat trip out of Portsmouth to the Islaes is a must! The guide gives very informative... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2016
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“day trip” (18 reviews)
“great trip” (11 reviews)
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

I traveled by boat with a group to Star Island and loved every minute of the ride, the guided tour, the meandering trails, the seagulls and the lodging.

1  Thank audrey p
Reviewed 26 April 2016

The boat trip out of Portsmouth to the Islaes is a must! The guide gives very informative historical background about the significant points of interest as the boat slowly departs from the harbor. The arrival on the main island offers a most enjoyable and relaxing...More

4  Thank Zanzibari_Aaron
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Going out to the Isle of Shoals is a nice boat ride and overall experience, even if you choose not to go onto Star Island.

Thank Ron T
Reviewed 16 April 2016

This is our favorite summertime jaunt. You leave your troubles behind as you enter an incredibly beautiful world. Please don't tell anyone about this place, or else everyone will want to go there.

6  Thank Persille
Reviewed 25 February 2016

Once you get off the boat you feel as if you are in a different world. Time slows down, the whole pace of life slows down. If you want to taste the island life take one of the tours that drops you off and picks...More

2  Thank ITProjectManager
Reviewed 22 February 2016

Whether it's the tour of the islands with the history lesson or the 3 hour stop over on Star Island. It's a must do if you are in the area. The 3 hour Star Island trip gives you time to explore the island, pack a...More

4  Thank peterr1185
Reviewed 10 February 2016

We took a boat tour of the Isles going out of Portsmouth, but didn't stop at any of the islands -- it was just a harbor cruise that went around the isles -- but it was beautiful and informative. I love looking at these Isles...More

Thank NHjo
Reviewed 27 January 2016

Taking the 45 minute ferry ride off the coast to Star Island, and living a week in an historic, funky wooden hotel suited me fine. Wonderful, long-table meals, walks along the rocky ocean water, even simply sitting in a long line of rocking chairs. I...More

4  Thank MK_in_VT
Reviewed 11 January 2016

We took the cruise out to the island as the sunset and had a great time.. This city is one of my favorites...

1  Thank yelaboi77
Reviewed 27 December 2015

I have made numerous trips out to the Isles of Shoals, and have become more and more enamored by them each time. FRom the trip in boat out there, to the amazing history, and the feeling of being in the middle of ocean, I cannot...More

Thank Dennis G
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29 July 2017|
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Response from buzz333 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on their ability. The ground is a bit uneven so it's not perfect but if you go slow and they are pretty steady on their feet you should be ok. I believe I saw someone in a wheelchair but not complete sure?? Around... More
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.
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