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Cultural Assets, Historical Assets, Fine Arts, Natural Resources, and Municipal Recreation

This section is designed to familiarize you with Portsmouth's strongest assets: its people, natural beauty, and unique cultural assets. This page is just a starting point. We encourage you to browse the web sites of all of our non-profit arts and culture organizations.

For general Portsmouth sites not affiliated with the City of Portsmouth see:
Portsmouth's pride in its history, art and culture is evident in this thoughtful Art and Culture Plan developed in 24 pages by the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Arts and Culture. The plan recognizes the local economic impact of those who visit the City's arts and culture venues and the role its visual and performance arts play in the City's vitality.

Arts Organizations:
The Button Factory Artist Studios*

The Music Hall
104 Congress St*

New Hampshire Theatre Project
95 Albany St*

Players Ring
105 Marcy St*

Pontine Movement Theatre
135 McDonough St*

Seacoast Repertory Theatre
125 Bow St*

Other Art Organizations

Alabaster Blue
The University of New Hampshire's premier co-ed acappella group.

Garrison Players
Local community theater group, performing since 1953.

Portsmouth Men's Chorus
A chorus open to all men regardless of musical experience with the aim of fostering community spirit through singing.

Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival
Summer dance festival that includes a week of classes, film, and performances.

Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program
News of Portsmouth's Poet Laureate. Poetry events around the city.

Prescott Park Arts Festival
Outdoor theater presenting large scale productions on the River

Pro Portsmouth
Organizers of the Seacoast's two premier festivals, Market Square Day and First Night Portsmouth.

Seacoast Community Chamber Orchestra
A 40-piece orchestra of local musicians, which plays classical, holiday, and popular music throughout the Seacoast.

Seacoast Guitar Society
A non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and preserving guitar music

Seacoast Jazz Society
The Seacoast Jazz Society is dedicated to preserving, fostering, supporting and celebrating Jazz in the Seacoast region.

The Portsmouth Movement
A Portsmouth-based group of writers offer their works of fiction, poetry and essays.
Historical Societies and Historical Homes
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA)*
Strawberry Banke Museum*
The Portsmouth Historical Society*
Warner House (1716)
Wentwork Coolidge Mansion* (1710)
Governor John Langdon House (1784) SPNEA*
John Paul Jones House (1758)
St. John's Church (1807)
Wentworth Gardner House (1760)
Moffatt-Ladd House (1763)
Rundlet--May House (1807)
Jackson House (1664)

Natural Resources

State of New Hampshire, Division of Parks and Recreation*
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department*

Portsmouth and Vicinity

Fort Constitution, New Castle, NH National Historic Landmark; formerly Fort William and Mary.

Four Tree Island, Portsmouth, NH
Picnic, fishing.

Fort Stark, New Castle, NH
Ocean views.

Great Island Common, New Castle, NH
Beach, picnic, restrooms, parking,

Hampton State Beach, Hampton, NH
Two beach facilities, swimming, picnic, band shell amphitheater, boardwalk, public information services, comfort station, first aid.

Jenness Beach State Beach, Rye, NH
Ocean swimming, parking, bathhouse, lifeguards.

North Beach, Hampton, NH
Ocean swimming, parking, bathhouse, lifeguards.

Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, NH

Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH Educational programs, picnic, tide pools, admission fee, historic & nature walks. (603) 436-7406

Peirce Island, Portsmouth, NH
Picnic, restrooms, parking, fishing, boat ramp, public pool.

Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH
Gardens, site of summer festival series.

Rye Harbor State Park, Rye, NH
Picnic, boating, salt water fishing, parking, public dock, boat ramp and commercial wharf, admission fee.

Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, NH
Nature trails, arboretum, garden, historic house, parking.

Wallis Sands State Park, Rye, NH
Sandy beach, restrooms, eatery, bathhouse, parking, admission fee.

City of Portsmouth, Recreation Department

State of New Hampshire, Division of Parks and Recreation

Seacoast Area Bike Routes (SABR)*

The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce*

(* The above external links are not related to the City of Portsmouth Website in anyway.)

Contact Information

Nancy M. Carmer
Economic Development Program Manager
City of Portsmouth, NH
1 Junkins Ave., Portsmouth,
NH 03801

phone: 603-610-7220
fax:        603-427-1593