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 and Portsmouth Harbor tour from Isles of Shoals Steamship Company (up to a $28 value).
The historic Isles of Shoals and 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 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 bird watchers 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.
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.
315 Market St.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801