Many people merely pass though NH on I-95, headed to Maine. We're glad to be of service, but don't overlook NH's own
enchantments. Selected by their interstate proximity, some are educational, some are fun, some are 'classic' NH,
and some are simply unusual. Please consult their web sites as many have fees, and limited or
seasonal schedules. If you are headed to a beach area, consider bringing a roll of quarters. (Parking is $2.00/hr)
These directions presume you are traveling north. Consult Google or MapQuest if traveling south.
Green indicates the
travel time from the highway in minutes, and
Blue indicates the amount of visit time we recommend you
- 90) would indicate the attraction is 10 minutes from the highway (including parking) in normal traffic, and plan on spending 90 minutes for a reasonable visit.
If you want to venture further afield, get a complete list of NH attractions by clicking here.
Exit 1 - NH-107, Kingston/Seabrook, Seabrook
The Science & Nature Center (15
- 40-60) - The center is located on the campus of the Seabrook Station's nuclear power plant, and is the site where 1,414 protestors were arrested on May 1, 1977. Learn about nuclear energy and the ecosystem that surrounds the plant.
Exit 2 - NH-101 / Exeter-Hampton, Hampton
Hampton Beach (15
- 1-4 Hours) - Large clean Atlantic beach. Parking on street, centrally located beach house with full facilities. Opposite typical beach boardwalk shops.
Exit 3 - NH-33, Greenland/Portsmouth, Portsmouth
Jenness State Beach (20
- 1-3 Hours) - Clean Atlantic beach on nice sand. Parking lot. Bathhouse, concession stand. Best NH beach for beachside picnics.
Wallis Sands Beach (25
- 1-4 Hours) - Clean Atlantic beach in rugged coastal surroundings. Parking lot. Concession stand. Picnic tables.
Water Country (15
- 2-6 Hours) - NH's largest water park.
Exit 3B - NH-33, Portsmouth
Great Bay Discovery Center (15
- 1-2 Hours) - Interpretive exhibits about the Great Bay Estuary and the amazing creatures that call it home. .
Exit 4 - NH-16 N / US-4 W, Portsmouth
Fox Run Mall (10
- You tell us!) - Medium sized mall located just north of I-95 on the Spaulding Turnpike.
Exit 5, Portsmouth
Garrison Hill Tower (20
- 20) - A historic 76 foot tower atop Garrison Hill in Dover. On a clear day you can see both Mt. Washington and the Isle of Shoals. Picnic tables and a small playground. Free, open year 'round.
Seacoast Science Center (20
- 1-2 Hours) - Be enthralled by the world of marine science, from snails to whales. hold a sea star, chain cat shark and other sea creatures. (Center is within a state park. Park fees apply also!)
Exit 7 - Market St. Portsmouth/Downtown, Portsmouth
Strawberry Banke (15
- 1-3 Hours) - An authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life..
For More Information
Prescott Park (15
- 30+) - A city park with over 10 acres of riverside lawns, public gardens, piers, docks, and an island picnic area. Portsmouth has numerous gardens. See list here.
USS Albacore (5
- 45-60) - A full sized retired US Navy research submarine on display. Small museum, ship tours and gift shop.
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