$15 for a Historic Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Boat Tour with Isles of Shoals Steamship Company (Up to $27 Value)


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In a Nutshell

  • Historian-narrated tour
  • See nine islands off the coast
  • Lighthouses & historic landmarks
  • Great for birdwatching

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Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 6 per person. Reservations required. Schedule subject to change due to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 today's Groupon: for $15, you get a ticket to the Historic Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour with Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about 60 miles from downtown Boston (up to a $27 value). This deal is only valid for weekday tours.

The Historic Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour whisks sea-adventurers away on a narrated, historical sightseeing tour of the Isles of Shoals, located a few miles from the U.S. coast and 3,577 miles from the Portuguese coast. On the nine-island tour, you will gently pass 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 will enlighten island-skimmers on the significance of each island and its surrounding waters, imparting stories about local shipwrecks, pirates, sailors, and the Bumper Boat Mutiny of 1743. Aboard Victorian steamship M/V Thomas Laighton, passengers can ogle the archipelago's grassy hills and buildings and make casual acquaintances with giant bluefin tuna.

The three-hour tour also affords birdwatchers the chance to cross a few avian species off their "must spot" list, with terns, gulls, and Foghorn Leghorn freely roaming the islands. Stop watching wildlife infomercials of sleazy sea turtles hawking their electric knives and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Isles of Shoals while soaking in a warm summer's day.

Schedule is subject to change due to weather.


Examiner.com had this to say:

  • The in depth knowledge of the captain, the roomy decks, and the unique nature of the Isles of Shoals tours offered by Island Cruises make it an absolute must for birdwatchers of all experience levels, and even those with no prior experience at all. – Brad Sylvester

Four TripAdvisors give the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company a hearty four stars, and three Yelpers give it a heartier 4.5:

  • The narrator [sic] was very informative with the usual history and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. It was a tour well worth our time. We enjoyed it very much. – Allysoncatherine, TripAdvisor
  • I'd recommend this cruise to anybody. – redeco, TripAdvisor

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.

Customer Reviews

Thanks to Groupon for calling our attention to this tour. We went on a beautiful day and thoroughly enjoyed the trip!
Laurie U. · September 26, 2013
It was a lovely journey to a special place.
Maureen M. · September 25, 2013
We had a wonderful experience at the Isles of Shoals Tour. The day was beautiful and the crew was fabulous. The moderator was well versed and the running commentary was factual and interesting. I would definitely recommend the Isles of Shoals Tour.
Jan M. · September 25, 2013
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