Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard the Challenger)
- Date: Aug 14, 2022
- Age Restriction: None
- Boarding Time: 12:50 PM
- Departure Time: 1:20 PM
- Duration: 3.75 hours
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This cruise goes out to Star Island aboard the M/V Challenger pictured above. Return to Portsmouth is aboard our larger vessel the M/V Thomas Laighton. Star Island visitor fee is included in ticket price. This cruise allows approximately 1 hour on Star Island.
Covid update: We are awaiting Star Island's covid policies regarding admittance to buildings. Masks not required outside. Updates to follow.
No need to print your tickets. We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.
Enjoy our narrated Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor Tour with the added bonus of a self guided walking tour on Star Island! You'll hear the fascinating history and lore of Portsmouth Harbor as we navigate 10 miles of river and ocean out to Star Island, one of the first footholds for settlement in the new world. In the 1800's, Resort hotels were built on Star and Appledore Islands and the Shoals became one of the most popular vacation spots on the New England Coast. You'll see the Oceanic hotel, which rivaled the grandest hotels of the time and is still in operation today. You may walk through the replica of Gosport Village, a fishing outpost dating back to the early 1600s which includes the picturesque Stone Chapel and several cottages. You'll also see the tallest gravestone in the state of New Hampshire, the John Smith Monument, and the Caswell Cemetary.