First Street Business Brokers is headquartered in the fabulous town of Portsmouth, NH. Portsmouth sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, a short, wide river that divides New Hampshire and Maine. Portsmouth, is a historic seaside community of approximately 21,000 residents that is well-known for it’s architecture, thriving downtown shopping district, great restaurants, summer-time theater and music and much more.
The Next Time You Visit Portsmouth, New Hampshire, consider visiting these places:
The Music Hall – a 900-seat theater originally opened in 1878. The theater is now run by a non-profit organization and was recently renovated. The venue hosts musical acts, theater, dance and cinema. Just around the corner from The Music Hall’s landmark Historic Theater, the Loft offers the same fabulous on-stage and on-screen programs but in a contemporary intimate setting (124 seats), with gourmet food and cocktails that can be taken right to each seat.
Prescott Park Arts Festival – presents outdoor music, theater, and dance performances during the summer months. Located downtown next to the Piscataqua River.
Seacoast Repertory Theatre – a professional non-profit theater that is “committed to contributing to the cultural richness of the Seacoast region through the shared experience of live theatre and the collaboration with community arts organizations”.
3S Artspace – a nonprofit alternative arts organization that combines the only midsize, flexible performance space of its kind in the area, a large, non-commercial gallery with affordable artist studios above, and an affordable and approachable restaurant serving as a local hub, ideal as a gathering place for patrons and locals alike.
3S is dedicated to presenting and supporting bold, emerging art and entertainment and cultivating an informal space for the exchange of ideas and creativity. 3S has been years in the making, years of careful planning, collaboration and programming within our community. It opened it’s doors in March of 2015 – a very exciting addition to Portsmouth!
Strawbery Banke Museum – is in “the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life.” In December 2014, Strawbery Banke opened an outdoor skating rink.
USS Albacore Museum & Park – a museum featuring the USS Albacore, a U.S. Navy submarine used for testing, which was decommissioned in 1972 and moved to the park in 1985. It’s open for you to go on a tour.
Buckminster House – built in 1725, formerly a funeral parlor. Tours are available.
North Church – a historic church, the steeple is probably the most photographed building in town visible from all over.
New Hampshire Theatre Project – a theater organization that produces contemporary and classical works and offers educational programs.
The Player’s Ring Theater– “Since 1992, the mission of The Players’ Ring has been to promote the efforts of local artists through the production of original works, while providing an affordable theatre space to local production companies. “The Ring” as we know and love it, nurtures all artists and provides an environment where artists can thrive, grow, take risks and make daring choices.”
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse – first established in 1771, the current structure was built in 1878 and is open for monthly tours from May through September. It’s located on Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor in New Castle, NH.
Market Square Day – the Market Square Day Festival and 10K Road Race takes place on the second Saturday in June each year.
Other Historic House Museums:
Richard Jackson House (1664)
John Paul Jones House (1758)
Governor John Langdon House (1784)
Tobias Lear House (1740)
Moffatt-Ladd House (1763)
Rundlet-May House (1807)
MacPheadris-Warner House (1716)
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion (1750)
Wentworth-Gardner House (also called Wentworth House) (1760)
Some of our Favorite Restaurants Portsmouth:
Jumpin Jays – local seafood restaurant with terrific atmosphere and nice corner location downtown. Off season, they feature a Tuesday night “Shuck A Buck” deal on all their oysters.
Black Trumpet Bistro – family-owned bistro and wine bar in the heart of town. They also have an upstairs wine bar that is more intimate and casual with views of the water and tugboats.
Cava – tapas and wine bar with innovative food, located down a cool alley in downtown.
Moxy – modern and innovative american tapas that’s all about “farm to table”.
Cure Restaurant – american comfort food that won’t disappoint. Great option for a delicious lunch.
Surf – delicious seafood with a great view, pretty flashy inside and next door is their sushi restaurant.
Portsmouth Brewery – if you are looking for a great beer, fun atmosphere and quality food, then this is your place. They also have great gluten free options.
Street – do you want to know where all the locals go? Street is it! It’s in an odd location but is so worth the trip. It’s all about street food – eclectic, casual and a fun bar scene.
Green Elephant – another fairly new restaurant with excellent food but with a twist. It’s a Vegetarian Bistro that will make you forget about meat.
Franklin Oyster House – if you love oysters, progressive dishes and interesting cocktails, head to this fairly new establishment. They also have a great happy hour seven days a week from 4-6pm, $1.25 select Oysters.
We could easily go on and on about the food in Portsmouth… don’t let this list stop you from exploring many other yummy restaurants in and around the town.