Looking to get out of Boston or New York City for an end-of-summer rendezvous? C&J’s buses are here to help you get to where you want to go. We may be biased, but one of our favorite places is without reservation, the New Hampshire Seacoast area. With a rich history and variety of activities for all ages, it’s the perfect place to mark the end of your summer vacation.
Interested in learning more? Keep reading for a list of some of our favorite things to do in the area.
What to Do
Arts and Entertainment
There’s no shortage of cultural attractions within Portsmouth and the Seacoast. Head to Prescott Park, located on the banks of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, for live music, theater, and other family-friendly events (such as the famous Seacoast Chowder Festival). The Music Hall is a Seacoast gem located right downtown that features musical performances, renowned authors, and numerous movie screenings. No matter when you visit, you’ll be able to duck into the air-conditioned theater for a top-notch show. Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club and the legendary Press Room are great places to catch some live music, as well. A little further north, you can check out the world-class performances at the Ogunquit Playhouse, which puts on classic plays in a fun, rustic setting.
Enjoy the Food
Nearly any city you go to is known for its incredible eateries, and the Seacoast is no different. Suffice it to say that you can find nearly any type of food you might be looking for, but we’re obviously known for our famous New England cuisines.
Craving a lobster roll or fresh oysters? Restaurants like Surf in Portsmouth or The Franklin are your go-to place for a more elevated experience. Looking for something less upscale but still boasting great lobster rolls? Head over the border into Maine and enjoy the homey comforts of Warren’s Lobster House or the roadside charms of Bob’s Clam Hut.
No meal is ever complete without dessert. Whether you’re craving a delicious baked good or cake (maybe from Popovers on the Square or La Maison Navarre) or an ice cream cone (might we suggest Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream or Izzy’s Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream), chances are you can find what you’re looking for.
Experience Local History
Portsmouth was first settled in 1630, so there’s plenty of rich history to explore. Even just walking around the downtown area can take you back in time. There are plenty of historical tours, like the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, as well as the Strawbery Banke Museum. It’s a living history museum—meaning you can see live reenactments and tour guides wearing historical costumes—spread throughout downtown Portsmouth. Roam through homes featuring colonial, Victorian, and early 20th-century architecture, and beautiful gardens blooming with flowers, herbs, and decorative trees.
No matter what you’re in the market for, chances are you can find it in downtown Portsmouth. If you’re searching out a unique vintage find, head over to Cotillion Bureau or Wear House. Pick up a unique handmade tote from Sea Bags, where all of the items are made from recycled sails! Finish your beach read sooner than you expected? Check out the Portsmouth Book and Bar or RiverRun Bookstore to find a replacement.
There’s no shortage of outdoor activities for you to check out. Whether it’s driving up the coast and visiting some of the incredible mountains throughout the state, you can find the environment perfect for you. For example, you could take a trip up to Ogunquit, another beautiful coastal town that matches the majesty of Portsmouth. Along with the vibrant downtown shops and restaurants, we recommend checking out the World Within to rent a kayak and paddle around the gorgeous Ogunquit River. You’ll get to paddle through the heart of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, where you’re likely to see wildlife such as deer, herons, geese, and maybe even a moose!
Where to Stay
Affordable accommodation can be found almost anywhere in Portsmouth and as your preferred travel partner, C&J is here to help. We’ve partnered with select Marriott brand hotels to offer a special 15% discount for C&J riders. If you are looking to stay in Portsmouth, you can take advantage of these savings at the Fairfield Inn Seacoast.
If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime stay, Wentworth by the Sea, is a luxurious hotel situated right on the ocean. Located just a few minutes outside of Portsmouth in New Castle, the town is home to quaint historic houses and beautiful ocean vistas. Built in 1874, the hotel offers breathtaking views of the ocean and opportunities for seaside golfing.
The C&J Experience
No matter when you’re traveling, our coach buses are full of all the amenities you need to make your trip as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We recently revamped our ticketing system to help you book with confidence. When you purchase your ticket, your seat is guaranteed and you can change your reservation for free anytime before your trip. Learn more about it here.
When you’re ready, you can check out bus schedules and buy your tickets, and manage your trip through your C&J account or online. We take the stress out of traveling–no more time spent fighting summer traffic or rushing to a crowded airport. Our comfortable, safe, and reliable buses from the city will get you to Portsmouth and the Seacoast before you even know it!