Boating has inspired many historical discoveries, such as the first sighting of America and teetering on a paddleboat while holding multiple engagement rings as a sure-fire marriage proposal. Discover your own spectacular means of proposing while soaking in the Atlantic coast with this Groupon.
$14 for a Three-Hour Historic Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor Tour (Up to $28 Value)
The historic tour whisks away sea adventurers on a narrated sightseeing tour of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Portsmouth. The nine-island journey passes by three stately lighthouses, five historical forts, a grand resort hotel, and a castle-like prison nicknamed the "Alcatraz of the East." Along the way, a historian enlightens island skimmers on the significance of each island and its surrounding waters, imparting stories about local shipwrecks, pirates, and sailors. Aboard the Victorian–style steamship M/V Thomas Laighton, passengers can ogle the archipelago's history-laden grassy hills and buildings as well as passing wildlife. See the full schedule for tour departure times.
Though Isles of Shoals Steamship Company sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Isles of Shoals Tours
Dedicated to upholding company founder Captain Arnold Whittaker’s passion for seafaring, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company owners Robin and Bob Whittaker introduce guests to the rich history and scenic beauty of New England’s harbors, estuaries, and islands on a variety of daily cruises. The heart of their operation is the Coast Guard–inspected and certified M/V Thomas Laighton_, a replica Victorian steamship replete with a brass staircase and open-air sundeck. During tours, a licensed captain and seasoned crew steer the ship to destinations such as the Isles of Shoals, a scenic area located a few miles from the U.S. coast and 3,577 miles from the Portuguese coast, which affords passengers a chance to glimpse historic forts and lighthouses. Additionally, fall-foliage tours along the Piscataqua, Cocheeco, and Salmon Falls Rivers, Dover Point, and Great Bay offer waterside views of color-changing flora. Along with public cruises, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company also rents out its majestic vessel for private events and hosts field trips that introduce passengers to local marine life.