Embark on a 40-mile cruise along New Hampshire’s historic seacoast, following the Colonial New Hampshire Seacoast Ride
where you’ll take in 300+ years of history and unique foliage views along the way.
New Hampshire continues to closely monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 and the Delta variant. As a reminder, you are encouraged to contact any property prior to visiting to find out if there are any changes in hours or specific reservation requirements.
- Portsmouth Harbor Cruises (64 Ceres Street, Portsmouth) Kick off your road trip with a relaxing river cruise showcasing the foliage-drenched coastline of the Cocheco River. Cruise along New Hampshire’s industrial waterfront and get an up-close view of the state’s rich port history!
- Prescott Park Gardens Photo Opp (105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth) Discover an autumn wonderland of bloomed gardens in an oceanside setting at Prescott Park Gardens. You’ll want to have your camera ready to capture the oasis of auburn, crimson, and gold colored flowers in full bloom!
- Fort Constitution Historic Site (25 Wentworth Road, New Castle) Pack a picnic to enjoy on the historic grounds of Fort Constitution, a former military installation with origins dating back to the 1700s. Feel history come to life as you explore the fort’s stone remains and take in views of the Piscataqua River and the Atlantic Ocean awash in autumn’s seasonal glow.
- Great Island Common Photo Opp (Tabbutt Memorial Way, New Castle) Explore the 32 acres of seaside splendor at Great Island Common. Pack a picnic, wander the trails, or simply enjoy the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. And be sure to scope out the silhouette of an artist painting his canvas to pose with for your photo opp!
- Odiorne Point State Park (570 Ocean Blvd, Rye) Discover the rocky shore along Odiorne Point, where beautiful views of the ocean take center stage and the remnants of former military installations can be found along the shoreline. Bring your bike or simply walk along the paved bike path in the park, and if you have time, stop in to the onsite Seacoast Science Center to learn more about the natural ecosystem and ocean preservation!
- Applecrest Farm (133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls) It wouldn’t be a fall road trip on New Hampshire’s seacoast without a visit to Applecrest Farm, New Hampshire’s oldest and largest apple orchard! The farm is chock-full of fun fall experiences, including traditional apple and pumpkin picking, storybook hayrides, a corn maze, fresh cider donuts, and even live music and events all season-long on the weekends!
- American Independence Museum (1 Governor’s Lane, Exeter) Discover New Hampshire’s revolutionary history at the American Independence Museum. Over 300 years of history are well-represented through hundreds of artifacts, original site buildings, and a knowledgeable staff who keep the past alive.
- Smuttynose Brewing Company (105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton) Finish off your adventure with a visit to the family-friendly Smuttynose Brewing Company headquarters. You can sample craft brews in the outdoor beer garden amongst the colorful foliage, play disc golf on the brewery’s grounds, grab lunch or dinner at the onsite restaurant, or simply relax with a brew in their tasting room!
Henrys' Market Cafe (52 Main Street, New Castle), Epoch Gastropub
(90 Front Street, Exeter), The Old Salt Restaurant
(490 Lafayette Road, Hampton), Atlantic Grille
(5 Pioneer Road, Rye)
Exeter’s downtown hosts a truly wonderful collection of great local businesses lined along Water Street. Here, you can visit the ‘Best Toy Store in New England’ at Whirlygigs
, peruse travel and outdoor gear at Travel & Nature
, or choose a selection of artisanal chocolates from La Cascade Du Chocolate
to take with you on the road!