10 Things to Do in Stratham That You Shouldn't Miss

January 25, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Stratham is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The town had a population of 7,255 at the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 7,280 in 2013. It is bounded on the west by the Squamscott River. The town is the home of the only U.S. Lindt & Sprüngli factory and the headquarters of the Timberland Corporation.
Restaurants in Stratham

1. Granite State Whale Watch

1870 Ocean Blvd, Rye Harbor, Rye, NH 03870-2718
Excellent
87%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 138 reviews

Granite State Whale Watch

Reviewed By kedavis4 - Wells, Maine

We took our grandson on this whale watch in the hopes of seeing humpback whales and dolphins. We were only able to see one humpback which was not very cooperative as it did not stay up long before taking deep dives. Nevertheless, we did get to see it and my grandson loved it. The crew was friendly and very helpful and they did everything they could to manuever the boat so we would see the whale when it surfaced. While we were disappointed to see only one whale, that is the way of whale watches. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't. We did see a young seal in the water near the boat and, the highlight of the trip, was an Ocean Sunfish laying flat on the surface of the ocean absorbing the sun's rays. It seemed enormous and the captain manuevered the boat so everyone could get a chance to see it. We were able to see its huge mouth and an eye, observing it for quite awhile. At the end of the trip, we were given 3 complimentary tickets for another whale watch because they felt that one whale was not very exciting. The complimentary tickets are good for two years which was a pleasant surprise. Despite the lack of whales, it was an enjoyable outing on the ocean and we will be using our free tickets to try again next year!

2. Flag Hill Winery

297 N River Rd, Lee, NH 03861-6213 +1 603-659-2949
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Flag Hill Winery

Reviewed By SPKinVA - Reston, Virginia

New Hampshire's largest winery was a fun experience. The wines were OK. After all, you're in NH. It's also a distillery. You can try 5 samples (total) for $5.00. If you buy a bottle, the tasting is free. I tried 3 wines, gin, and maple liqueur. Some of our party liked the whites (Niagara and Cayuga). Others liked the port. We took a bottle of the maple liqueur home. I wish they had indoor seating. We would've enjoyed having a glass at the winery.

3. Discover Portsmouth

10 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4305 +1 603-436-8433
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Discover Portsmouth

Start you visit at Discover Portsmouth. We offer a 12 minute film on the city's history, a beautiful museum shop, changing exhibitions, walking tours (Memorial Day - Columbus Day), city map, and public rest rooms. We are open April 1-December 23/

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

Discover Portsmouth, a welcome center operated by the Portsmouth Historical Society, is the first place visitors should go to find all you need to know about Portsmouth, New Hampshire, its history, arts and culture. If you are planning to stay for one, two, three or more days, you will be able to obtain information on historical sites, tourist attractions, plays, movies, art exhibits, hotels, restaurants and tours. View 400 years of Portsmouth history via a 13-minute video. Obtain a map of the downtown area and plan a route to meet your interests. Take a 75-minute walking tour with an experienced Discover Portsmouth guide. Explore the Museum Shop, which offers a great selection of history books, cards, prints, unique jewelry and apparel made by local artists and craftsmen. Located at 10 Middle Street, the welcome center provides visitors with an opportunity to fully explore historic Portsmouth, the hub of the New Hampshire seacoast.

4. Lindt-sprungli chocolate outlet

3 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham, NH 03885-2520 +1 603-772-3614
Excellent
64%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Lindt-sprungli chocolate outlet

Reviewed By HebbieDacker

No visit to this area is complete without a visit to Lindt. The spotless sales area has been redone to include a beverage bar, more sales area, and a cooking/meeting area. Offering the latest flavors and styles of chocolate you can generally score some items that were deemed to be less than perfect. These are sold at a reduced price and are quickly grabbed up by those in the know.
The European candy selection is generally filled with wonderful offerings that aren't always found at all of the retail stores. When you enter the store you are offered a truffle and a smile. Not a bad way to start your shopping experience! The staff take pride in helping you with any special selections you might need and steering you to some of their better deals of the day. This is a very happy place to shop.

5. Throwback Brewery

7 Hobbs Rd, North Hampton, NH 03862-2120 +1 603-379-2317
Excellent
39%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 61 reviews

Throwback Brewery

Reviewed By Wendy F - Nashua, New Hampshire

After roaming around Portsmouth's Fairy Festival with a 3 year old fairy on a hot fall day, Throwback beckoned! The name says it all--it's a throwback to a simpler time with it's casual outdoor seating where children are welcome and pets, too. Just a cool place to sample some great beer and delicious farm to table food in a family-friendly atmosphere.The staff is very friendly and helpful, too. Throwback is definitely the closest I've seen to a German biergarten in NE.

I would give 5 stars but the day we went (a Saturday), Throwback was very busy and the line to order food was quite backed up--there was only one person taking orders so the wait to give the order was lengthy and there was a bit of wait to get the food. However, the saving grace was the farm animals--chickens and some goats. Being able to walk over to see the animals entertained our 3 year old fairy princess and her baby sister.

I still highly recommend Throwback, but if you're plan to visit on a weekend (especially a nice weather-weekend) with small children, you may want to prepare for a bit of a wait.

6. Stratham Hill Farm Park

Stratham, NH
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Stratham Hill Farm Park

100-acre Park That Offers A Variety Of Outdoor Activities From Picnic Tables To Basketball Courts.

Reviewed By gr8passage - United States

A center of recreational activity for the town of Stratham, this park offers lots of activites for the family in all seasons. It's free!!!

7. Phillips Exeter Academy

20 Main St, Exeter, NH 03833-2460 +1 603-772-4311
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
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5 based on 35 reviews

Phillips Exeter Academy

Reviewed By Murray M - Exeter, New Hampshire

Our daughter attended for 4 years and her focus, sociability, leadership and personality improved exponentially....graduated 2015...on to a great university. Tough, but an experience to be obtained if at all possible...scholarships available. We got involved... joined the parents leadership committee.

8. Smuttynose Brewing

105 Towle Farm Rd, Hampton, NH 03842-1806 +1 603-436-4026
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Smuttynose Brewing

Come visit historic Towle Farm, home of Smuttynose Brewing Company, one of New England's oldest and most beloved craft breweries. Take a free tour of our brewery, enjoy a guided tasting (for a small fee) and shop for favorite and hard-to-find Smuttynose and Smuttlabs beers, as well as other goodies in our retail store. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious meal at Hayseed, the Smuttynose public house located on the same grounds, featuring over two dozen beers, a farm-to-table menu and a seasonal beer garden and fire pit. And if you have time, play a round of disc golf while exploring our 17-acre site. The course is free and loaner discs are available in our retail shop.

Reviewed By TeePeeEmDee - Solomons, MD

Outdoor venue, coordinated by Leslie, who did a fantastic job converting my daughter's "vision" into a reality. Smuttynose provided a large, durable tent, portable dance floor, in a lovely outdoor setting on the brewery grounds. We were impressed by how well everything was organized, and by the friendliness of the entire staff. This was Smuttynose's first attempt, I understand, at an outdoor wedding event, which caused me some initial concern, but they came through with flying colors and I highly recommend them.

9. Deciduous Brewing Company

12 Weaver St, Suite B, Newmarket, NH 03857-2307 +1 603-292-5809
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
12%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Deciduous Brewing Company

Reviewed By Nate080411 - Nashua, New Hampshire

We hit this spot up in a series of local breweries and it was a good decision. What stands out off the bat is the nice, relaxing friendly atmosphere. It isn't like other breweries. This one is designed for talking and relaxing while trying samples of the beer. They had 8 beers on tap to try and they were very inventive. Different yeasts, flavors and such that made them stand out in uniqueness. I would suggest hitting this location up no doubt. Worth the visit off the beaten path.

10. USS Albacore Museum

600 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3361 +1 603-436-3680
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 459 reviews

USS Albacore Museum

Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle.

Reviewed By pitterpat000 - Gainesville, Georgia

We stopped in this little park to see the Albacore. The gentleman running the museum was especially friendly and talkative - helped us know how the sub got there and what else there was in the area to enjoy.

Unfortunately, NOTHING else in the area is open the first week of April!

But, the Albacore was wonderful. You can sit in the chairs and touch everything - not like some subs where they've got it all behind plexiglass. It was so much fun to be able to touch and see up close. We really enjoyed this tour! They did a great job with the audio tour and it was great to be able to push the buttons and hear as we walked through.

Plan to spend an hour or so here. There is a little shop and restrooms as well as a little video/museum area.

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