Things To Do In Portsmouth

Two-Hour Wine-and-Chocolate-Tasting Class for Two or Four at Attrezzi (Up to 54% Off)

Attrezzi

Portsmouth

Wine and chocolate experts pair gourmet chocolates and truffles with private-label wines

$130 $65

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Three or Five 45-Minute Personal Training Sessions at Fitness Together (Up to 66% Off)

Fitness Together, Newburyport MA

Multiple Locations

Certified personal trainers lead workouts focused on cardio training, resistance training, or nutritional guidance

$210 $75

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Daniel Duarte Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA (50% Off)

Daniel Duarte Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Mma

North Hampton

We offer kids, women’s only, and adult programs. Classes are Monday to Friday. Beginner classes are forming now!

$100 $50

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10 Martial Arts Classes at Guy Chase Academy of Martial Arts (50% Off)

Guy Chase Academy Of Martial Art

Portsmouth

Ten classes from the legendary martial arts academy, now serving two locations

$100 $50

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Paint-and-Sip Party for Two or Four at Baron Art Studio (Up to 50% Off)

Baron Art Studio

North Hampton

Participants follow easy, step-by-step instructions to finish a canvas painting while enjoying BYO drinks

$50 $26

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Yoga In ME (Up to 76% Off)

Yoga In ME

South Eliot

Students gain strength and flexibility as they stretch and breathe their way through yoga poses

$99 $24

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Night Terrors Haunted Woods Walk or Zombie Zip Tour at Take Flight (Up to 50% Off)

Take Flight Aerial Adventure Course

Kittery

Haunted walk features five terrifying stops; zombies invade a labyrinth of bridges and catwalks

$15 $8

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For the past several decades, Bowl-O-Rama has been carefully tended to by the Genimatas family. Over its history, the alley has retained much of its original 1950s charm but, as co-owner Dale Genimatas says, "We are always updating and doing new things." Dale operates the alley with her husband and sister-in-law, who she says have been involved with Bowl-O-Rama their entire lives. Dale began working at the facility in 1979 and has since seen it grow to include a total of 28 candlepin lanes, computerized scoring systems, and a food-and-beverage kitchen where chefs bake hand-tossed pizzas and appetizers that include chicken tenders and cheese sticks. Throughout the year, the family hosts open-bowling hours and special events, closing only on Christmas Day to let the pins celebrate with their families. With each weekend comes the return of cosmic glow bowling, and each year brings annual fundraisers such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl-A-Thon. "It's a very electric environment," says Dale, reflecting on the scores of players and benefactors that come together each year to support the organization.

599 Lafayette Rd
Portsmouth,
NH
US

Jody and Bjorn Turnquist opened 3 Bridges Yoga with the philosophy that yoga should warmly embrace practitioners of all skill levels. As a result, they offer Vinyasa-style classes for beginners and advanced yogis. The Turnquists and other certified instructors teach postures and breathing techniques in a room heated to 75-80 degrees with lessons that focus on basic postures and alignments in addition to more intensified bending. With sun streaming through expansive windows and spilling out onto cork floors, their studio lends itself to a practice more peaceful than swimming through a pool of warm chamomile tea.

185 High St
Portsmouth,
NH
US

Christina Eadie, master of glass, has worked with the medium for more than 30 years. Accents In Glass serves as a supplier, a gallery, and also a classroom, where glass artists can stock up on materials or improve their skills. Courses are available in glass fusing and stained glass, where students of all skill levels can craft beautiful, panels, bowls, and little glass candies to teach food thieves a lesson.

222 State St
Portsmouth,
NH
US

Before they journey down Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror, riders sit facing each other aboard a two-person tube. But they won't actually see one another for long, since the aptly named doctor has designed a 300-foot jaunt whose twists and 40-foot plunge unfold in complete darkness.

The pitch-black tunnel is just one of many heart-pounding attractions at the more than 26-acre Water Country that have helped make Water Country the Parenting NH Magazine's Family Favorite Award for Best Water Park in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Additionally, visitors can dash down the 422-foot-long Racing Rapids slide, navigate a quarter mile of waterfalls and caves along Adventure River, or float in a wave pool with 700,000 gallons of water. Water Country likewise caters to youngsters with giant tipping buckets and a 40-foot-long pirate ship complete with slides.

During full days of sliding and splashing, guests can rest at one of the park's shaded cabanas and enjoy an array of tasty snacks and sweets from nearly 10 food options scattered throughout the park, including stands specializing in Dippin' Dots and fried dough.

2300 Lafayette Rd.
Portsmouth,
NH
US

When they hear the churning Atlantic surf lapping at the edge of the store, located directly across the beach in Rye, just outside the metro area, the trained staffers at Summer Sessions don't just hear the ocean—they hear the call to adventure. To that end, they equip customers with wave-taming equipment ranging from surf- and skimboards to standup paddleboards. They purchase new boards from Rusty, Riviera, and Costa Rican Customs and wetsuits from Rip Curl and O'Neill each season, ensuring that customers can learn using their own gear. In addition to housing a coffee shop and convenience store, Summer Sessions also maintains a stable of rental boards and, on special demo nights, lets visitors test out its stock of boards to find a fit from varied lengths and styles.

The team members' commitment doesn't end with gear. They also help new beach-goers ride their first waves, guiding students of all skill levels into the water to teach basic surfing or paddling mechanics. Coaches also lead camps for children and adults and always maintain a ratio of one teacher to every five students to allow proper individual instruction.

2281 Ocean Boulevard
Rye,
NH
US

Equipment: Weights, mats, stability balls, suspended wood floor

Students should bring: Cross training sneakers, water bottle (also available for sale)

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 5?10 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2009

Registration required: No

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Get ready to have some fun.

Honore Laflamme, owner of Jubilation, espouses a simple fitness philosophy: "As long as you are moving, sweating, and smiling, you are doing it right," she says. She describes her mission as making exercise fun. She couches hard work such as Zumba, yoga, and Pilates in an energetic atmosphere of low lighting and funky tunes that are akin to "being at a party with your friends." She leads every class in a space with a suspended wooden floor, which helps absorb impact to lessen the strain on joints and avoid bothering the mole people that live downstairs.

2800 Lafayette Rd
Portsmouth,
NH
US