An Insider’s Guide to the Most Instagrammable Spots in Portsmouth, NH
It’s been on countless “best-of” and “must-see” travel lists. In fact, National Geographic proposed Portsmouth as being the country’s, “Greatest Small Town.” It’s considered one of the best places to live in New Hampshire, New England and even the country. With the rich history, countless shops and restaurants and plenty of adventure, there is certainly no question that Portsmouth, New Hampshire is truly a magical place. Many travel from all over the world to visit this charming New England town and if you’re fortunate enough to call Portsmouth, New Hampshire home then you know just how amazing this coastal town is.
In the peak summer months, there are thousands of tourists roaming the streets of Portsmouth. Tasting the latest on tap at the many microbreweries, sipping lattes at quaint coffee shops, dining al fresco at The Decks and exploring historic museums with a Canon camera strapped over shoulders and iPhones clicking away all to capture their next social media post. Because let’s face it, if it’s not posted on social media, it didn’t happen, right?
The love I have for this city is immeasurable. I feel so fortunate to call the Seacoast my home and have our family grow up and explore everything Portsmouth, New Hampshire has to offer. So for those who are travelling to the city or for those who live here and already know the best spots to capture those IG moments, here are the most Instagrammable spots in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The Portsmouth Welcome Sign
Right off Interstate 95, a classic tourist spot as you head into charming downtown. The Portsmouth Welcome Sign is the perfect start to your Portsmouth adventure. It’s easy for kids to climb and large enough for the entire family/tour group to fit into an iconic shot. Let the adventure begin!
Memorial Bridge From North Pier
The Memorial Bridge is without a doubt one of the best spots for a photo op in Portsmouth. The bridge is built over the Piscataqua River and connects not only the town of Portsmouth and Kittery but the two coastal states of Maine and New Hampshire. You can see the bridge as you venture through Portsmouth but the best spot to snap a photo is from North Pier. The Pier is within the grounds of Prescott Park and the sights are impeccable. Imagine, tugboats, large ships from overseas, across the river is the Naval Shipyard. I could go on and on…
Portsmouth Love Wall
Just footsteps away is the next Instagrammable spot in Portsmouth, aptly named, the Portsmouth Love Wall. The coastal “wall” is lined with dozens of signed padlocks with the names of those left behind. The Love Wall concept originated in Paris and the locks symbolize undying love and inspire others to share through art.
Prescott Park Gardens
Overlooking the Piscataqua and the Naval Shipyard, Prescott Park is best known for their Summer Concert Series featuring live concerts, family-friendly plays and entertainment. Within the Park are the Prescott Park Gardens. A picturesque oasis filled with lush vegetation and thought of by many as the best Instagrammable spot in the city. It’s a must-see if you’re travelling or a regular go-to for local photographers.
Located in the center of Market Street is Portsmouth’s North Church. It’s grounds are the hub for everything from street performers to activist protests. At night, a spotlight shines upon the steeple and can been seen throughout the city. It can’t be missed.
The Portsmouth Tugboats are quintessential Portsmouth. Docked adjacent to the iconic Decks, the Tugs can be seen working hard throughout the year towing ships and overseas vessels as the enter the Piscataqua River.
Bow Street Hidden Stoop
Portsmouth’s Bow Street is lined with restaurants, shops, and local residents. When you reach the top of Bow Street’s hill, there is a little stoop that overlooks the Piscataqua River and the views are impeccable. Be sure to sign your name on the fence post!
Portsmouth Music Hall
Aside from the fact that so many great musicians, comedians and musicals come to the Portsmouth Music Hall, the exterior boasts a new sign that is resembles that of Broadway. If you’re in town for a show or just passing through, it’s a must-see.
Do you have any other Instagrammable spots in Portsmouth? Let me know in the comments below!
Check out my Portsmouth Summer Bucket List.