1. Pierce Island - Scenic Trailways/ Walk
Located over a causeway from Portsmouth's southend is Pierce Island. Throughout the island there are five waterfront overlooks that are connected by a series of stone dust walking trails. The overlooks give you views of the Naval Shipyard, the historic south end of Portsmouth, and the three Piscataqua bridges. These spots offer some of the best views in the city and are a great place to take a picture or have a picnic. While walking on the trails you can read about the island on interpretive signs that are posted throughout your journey. Along the trails on the western part of the island is the Pine Grove area where there is a wooden bridge, stone benches, picnic tables and a beautiful water vista. The island features a variety of wildlife and vegetation including Northern climax forests such as hardwood, oak and maple trees that shade the island. There is a parking area at the trailheads.
- New Fisherman's Memorial on Pierce Island Visit the newly reconstructed Fishermen's Memorial at the Portsmouth Fish Pier on Peirce Island. The site was dedicated in 1987 with the placement of a granite stone inscribed: "In memory of those who fished and were called away, with prayers for those who fish today." The stone has been relocated from its original site but remains the center piece of the memorial. The new site has a panoramic view of Four Tree Island and the Piscataqua River, along with a granite bench and lighthouse accent. The memorial honors New Hampshire's maritime heritage, its fishing history and community, past and present. From the entry way of the Portsmouth Fish Pier, the public is invited to continue down to the pier to take a closer look at the fishing vessels and working waterfront of Portsmouth.
2. Portsmouth Harbor Cruise
Harbor tours, sunset cruises and Isles of Shoals trips, May to September. The narrated cruises are casual, sometimes amusing, always informative. Whether discussing the birdlife of the inland waterways, the folklore of the Isles of Shoals, the ship building history of Portsmouth harbor, or just musing on the ever changing tides of the Piscataqua, the captains always have something of interest to offer.
3. Kittery Outlet Malls Located at the gateway to Maine, Kittery has been a vacation
destination for over 100 years. With more than 120 famous name outlet stores including Anne Klein, Banana Republic Factory Store, Big Dog Sportswear, Calvin Klein, Coldwater Creek, Crate and Barrel, J. Crew, OshKosh, Nine West and Waterford Wedgwood it is one of the largest shopping destinations in New England. Whether you are here for a few days or a few hours, discover the Kittery Outlets and see why we are called America’s Maine Street for Shopping.
4. Portsmouth Kayak Adventures Portsmouth Kayak Adventures offers kayak rents, kayak and stand-up paddle board tours led by lead by professional guides and basic instruction, and bike rentals.
5. Water Country - Family Water Park Water Country, a 47-acre water park, located south of Portsmouth on Route 1, is touted as New England's largest, cleanest, safest, and friendliest water park with more than a dozen high-excitement slides and rides. Some of the water rides go through waterfalls and caves and are up to 1/4 mile long. The park has everything from shallow pools and a Tahiti Treehouse all the way to high-intensity looping inner-tube rides. Bring lunch, sunblock, and change of clothes.
6. York's Wild Kingdom - Family Park & Zoo Meant more for a nostalgic charm of an old-time amusement park, York's wild kingdom offers a variety of family rides, paddle boats, an 18-hole miniature gold course, a butterfly tent, petting zoo, a haunted house, and Maine's only white Bengal Tiger. The zoo is ringed by woods and has an impressive variety of exotic animals. There is no charge to enter the amusement park - many people going to York Beach come just to enjoy the ocean views from the Ferris Wheel and share the seaboard's largest fried dough.
7. The Ledges Golf Club
1 Ledges Drive York, ME 03909
The Ledges Golf Club offers the finest golfing experience on the seacoast. Rugged, New England terrain frames a setting where your concentration will be broken by spectacular scenery, outstanding course conditions and various woodland inhabitants.
Web Site: www.ledgesgolf.com