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Albacore Park

600 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 603-436-3680
Explore the fastest submarine of her time, the USS Albacore. The 205-foot vessel, whose moto was "Praenuntius Futuri" (Forerunner of the Future), pioneered the teardrop design used by modern submarines and was used as a laboratory to test new control systems, dive brakes, sonar systems and hydrodynamics. Open May 1-Columbus Day.

Children's Museum of Portsmouth

280 Marcy Street, Portsmouth NH, 603-436-3853
A year-round arts and science museum featuring more than 19 hands-on exhibits, housed in a charming historic building. The museum is a place for kids of all ages to explore, create and experience the wonders of science, nature and art--right up close. Exhibit themes range from dinosaurs, space and lobstering, to music and sound, communications and world cultures. Air-conditioned and accessible for standard wheelchairs. They invite visitors to "come on in and get curious with us." www.childrens-museum.org

Great Bay Stewards/Sandy Point Discovery Center

89 Depot Road, Stratham NH, 603-778-0015
A wildlife preserve on Great Bay featuring a discovery center with exhibits, and miles of nature trails that ring one of the world's most diverse estuarine areas. Wheelchair accessible. www.greatbay.org

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

315 Market St., Portsmouth, N.H. 800-441-4620
Cruise aboard the Victorian style steamship M/V Thomas Laighton through Historic Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals. Enjoy our legendary narration of ghosts, pirates, buried treasures, lighthouses, and more. Daily Sightseeing Cruises, Star Island Picnics, Dinner Cruises, Party Ships, and Fall Foliage Cruises to the Great Bay Wilderness Area. Full service bar/snack. Dockside touch tank. Private charters. Handicapped accessible. Easy access. 1 hr. north of Boston, Exit 7 off I-95. Choose your adventure online at www.islesofshoals.com or call for a schedule.

Prescott Park Arts Festival

Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH, 603-436-2848

The festival is a summer-long celebration of the arts featuring outdoor theatre, music, dance, children's performances, and special activities like the renowned Chowder and Chili Festival. The PPAF opens its season the first week of July and continues throughout the fall with the Renaissance Festival. For details, pick up a festival schedule at the Chamber or visit www.artfest.org

Seacoast Repertory Theatre

125 Bow Street, Portsmouth H 603-433-4472
The Seacoast Repertory presents a year-long program of live theatre in its riverside location. Upcoming children's productions include "Stewart Little" and "Wizard of Wonderland." www.seacoastrep.org

Seacoast Science Center/AudubonSociety of New Hampshire

570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye H 603-436-8043
A year-round discovery center featuring local marine and history exhibits, a 330-acre park, walking tours, workshops and aquarium displays. The main center also features a gift shop stocked with a wide selection of books, tapes, toys and other learning aids for children of all ages. Wheelchair accessible. www.seacentr.org

Strawbery Banke Museum

Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 603-433-1100
Ten-acre historical site packed with interesting displays; live demonstrations of nearly forgotten crafts including boatbuilding, blacksmith work, pottery, needlecraft, and much more. The museum's Dunaway Store Gift Shop is a treasure trove of hard-to-find period arts and crafts. Stop by the Chamber for the museum's 2002 schedule of events. www.strawberybanke.org

Tugboat Alley Tugboat Rides

Ceres St., Portsmouth, NH (603)430-9556
Cruise the Piscataqua River on "TUG ALLEY TOO", a 38' working tugboat. Charters are available for up to six passengers. For more information, call Tugboat Alley or visit www.tugboatalley.com

Water Country Water Park

Route 1, Portsmouth H 603-436-3556
New England's largest waterslide park. Great family fun featuring a huge wave pool, slides, raft rides, Adventure River and more for all ages. Spend the day. Open mid-June through Labor Day. www.watercountry.com

York's Wild Kingdom

Route 1, York Beach, ME H 207-363-4911800-456-4911
Amusement park and beachside zoo filled with arcade games, rides and lots of fun for the kids. www.yorkzoo.com


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