We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Isles of Shoals

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Portsmouth, NH
Phone Number:
+1 603-431-5500
09:00 - 18:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.

Book In Advance
More Info
USD 119.00*
and up
Portsmouth New Hampshire and Isles of Shoals Cruise
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 157 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 111
  • 40
    Very good
  • 4
  • 1
  • 0
1600 history

This island has the history of great fishing pirates murder and great artists. Try the pump organ at the church and the ice cream parlor.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 December 2016
Rye Beach, New Hampshire
Add Photo Write a Review

157 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 156: English reviews
Rye Beach, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This island has the history of great fishing pirates murder and great artists. Try the pump organ at the church and the ice cream parlor.

Thank mdinola
Level Contributor
25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This iconic island stay was fabulous. Accommodations are not modern or deluxe, but the atmosphere is timeless and the island is magical. Don't miss your chance if you ever are invited to an event there, or even to walk around on a day tour.

2 Thank Deborah P
New Hampshire
Level Contributor
44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

The day was way too hot for this but we had already booked our tickets ahead of time. With that said they did a great job! The boat was comfy and clean (with a bar!!) and a person gave a great history of the area and what we were passing as we headed out to sea. The same person led... More 

1 Thank Steve B
Level Contributor
21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a great activity to do with your family when visiting the sea coast NH area. Tales of love, hauntings and historical drama engage the mind and imagination while your senses feasts on the sights and sounds of the area.

Thank Ana A
Pembroke, NH
Level Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I had never seen the Isles of Shoals before except from the beach on very clear days. My husband and I took a helicopter ride over them through Seacoast Helicopters out of Portsmouth, NH (see my review under their company). This was by far the best way to see them!

Thank MGilbert
Level Contributor
193 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Just my observation, I would not take children out to the Shoals. This is a pleasurable afternoon, with good weather for couples. There is nothing to do when one goes to the Isle of Shoals other than enjoy the ride and walk around the island. I enjoyed the trip as did my wife, but we are 62 and enjoy simple... More 

8 Thank Ronald H
New Castle, NH
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We took the Thomas Laighton out to the island and stayed there for 3-4 hours just roaming the island, took a picnic lunch and browsed through some of the buildings - interesting history.

2 Thank redcoatNewCastle
Deering, New Hampshire, United States
Level Contributor
33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I have lived in NH for 30 yrs and never took this tour until last week. Lovely little boat ride out to Star Island where you can take a walking tour and then explore yourself. The views on the boat and the island are fabulous!! You see forts and lighthouses as you travel to the island. The Captain narrates and... More 

3 Thank BranLil
Dunedin, Florida
Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Discover history and tall tales by your cruise to the shoals. Let your imagine run wild with skulll sails.,pirates,gold and greed. A learning center for marine biology and ocean studies. to university lab-enjoy and explore.ARGH-where' the rum???

1 Thank dunedindames
Scituate, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

catch a ferry out of Portsmouth to travel out to the isles. great history goes along with the old hotel on the island.

1 Thank jbmorgs

Travellers who viewed Isles of Shoals also viewed


Been to Isles of Shoals? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Isles of Shoals and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
6 days ago
Frisco, Texas
over a year ago
New York
over a year ago

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Isles of Shoals staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?