Things To Do in Dover and Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Discover all the charming things to do in Dover, New Hampshire! Whether you have a few days or a few hours to spare, we can help you make the most of your time in seacoast New Hampshire. Allow yourself to become enveloped in a distinct Dover style during your stay at The Garrison Hotel, a new boutique hotel with an upscale sensibility and roots in local history. Center yourself amongst New Hampshire beaches, the historic town of Dover, and vibrant Portsmouth history.
Within the lobby of our hotel is an exhibit of artifacts on loan from the Woodman Institute, an engaging museum within New Hampshire’s oldest intact garrison house. Engage with the power of the past during your stay in our cosy rooms and let us recommend our favorite things to do in Dover.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Take the kids on a learning adventure for the day. The Children’s Museum has lots of hands-on activities for kids, focused on a blend of art, science, and cultural experiences.
Downtown Portsmouth Boutique Shops
Downtown Portsmouth is lined with unique shops, where you can find everything from fashionable apparel to locally crafted artisan goods and gifts.
Fox Run Mall
Enjoy excellent deals, sales events, and more at Portsmouth's best kept secret for shopping!
Garrison Hill Tower
Garrison Hill Tower is a 76-foot-tall observatory atop Garrison Hill in Dover, New Hampshire, United States. The current tower, made of iron and painted green, was built in 1993 and is the third tower to exist on the hill. The park in which it stands is listed on the National Register of Historical Places
Granite State Gowler Tours
Take a one-of-a-kind craft brewery tour along the shores of New Hampshire on a private bus for 15.
See the Great Bay, Lamprey River, and Piscataqua River on a traditional reproduction of barge boats. It's easy to sail like a local aboard a private or public charter.
Isle of Shoals
Discover a variety of cruises and walking tours through the Isle of Shoals, dotted with islands and beautiful views!
Kittery Shopping Outlets
Kittery Outlets is one of the top shopping destinations in the area and the perfect environment for a little retail therapy.
Come together for a series of team-building exercises that will delight your friends and engage your team! Contact Danielle Sullivan for custom programming, with activities such as:
Group Paint & Sip
Modern Wine Tastings
Blindfolded Wine Tasting
Portsmouth Harbor Cruise
Explore the waterfront by boat, whether you'd prefer to sail or cruise! The Portsmouth Harbor Cruises will guide you past the Isles of Shoals, through inland rivers, and into the sunset.
Music, arts, movies, theater, and special events! There is so much happening at Prescott Park in Portsmouth. Check their events calendar to find out what's happening while you're in the area and don't miss all the excitement at Prescott Park. https://www.portsmouthnh.com/calendar
Sagamore Golf Course
Perfect for newcomers and experienced players, his 18-hole golf course is right between Hampton and Portsmouth.
Seacoast Science Center
Great for children and families to take part in educational programs on the environmental history of New Hampshire's seacoast.
Strawbery Banke Museum
A historic cornerstone of Portsmouth, Strawbery Banke is not only a living museum but a collection of gorgeous and unique spaces. Strawbery Banke offers outdoor spaces for breathtaking weddings.
Puddle Deck: A spacious lawn ideal for sprawling tented events.
Goodwin Garden: Lush with Victorian flowers and pathways perfect for intimate receptions.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich Memorial Garden: A quiet grove with brick pathways through gardens.
The Music Hall
Visit the oldest theater in the state for breathless musicals, hilarious live comedy, and literary readings.
University of New Hampshire
Our boutique hotel is near The University of New Hampshire! Discover the work being done on campus or attend Graduation Weekend, held just minutes away from our University of New Hampshire hotel.
Our hotel near Water Country in New Hampshire is perfect for an afternoon of fun with the whole family! A local landmark for over 30 years, Water Country has rides for every age group so your toddlers and teenagers will both have an awesome time. This attraction is a favorite of locals and guests alike, as it’s the largest, cleanliest, and friendliest water park in New England!.
The Woodman, founded in 1916, is a traditional early 20th-century style natural science, history, and art museum with exhibits for all ages. The campus is home to four buildings, which include the Woodman House (1818), the Hale House (1813), the William Damm Garrison (1675) and the Keefe House (1825). The museum’s collection includes hundreds of colonial artifacts; comprehensive mineral, shell and fossil gallery; mounted animal specimens; fine art and furniture; an extensive collection of militaria; local history objects; and much more.