Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #11, 25 February 2008

Hello, my name is Cynthia, a mermaid from the cool waters of New England. Thank you for visiting my collection of articles on coastal New England. A new article is posted here every two weeks.

If you missed any of my previous articles, you can find links to them here.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth lies along the New Hampshire coast at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. North of the river is the state of Maine. Portsmouth was first settled in 1623 and given its current name when it was incorporated in 1653. Here is a map.

The Albacore Museum and Park contains the prototype for modern submarines, which was built in Portsmouth. The park is located at 600 Market Street and is open from 9:30am to 4pm, Thursday through Monday from Columbus Day to Memorial Day.

Water Country is New England's largest water park. Attractions include Adventure River, Giant Wave Pool, Pirate's Lagoon, and Tahiti Tree House. My kind of place! The park will begin its 2008 season on June 7th.

During the summer, Prescott Park is alive with flower gardens and a summer arts festival. Be sure to bring your camera. Across the street is the Strawbery Banke Museum, dedicated to preserving the history of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Harbor Light, Portsmouth, NH     Oracle House at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH

The Seacoast Science Center is located south of Portsmouth in Rye, NH. The Science Center invites you to "get your hands wet" through their exhibits and programs relating to marine education.

When it is time to eat, there are a number of fine restaurants worth mentioning. The Green Monkey on Pleasant Street is one such place. The Green Monkey serves American cuisine in a comfortable setting. Visit Sakura Japanese Restaurant on Pleasant Street when you're in the mood for the finest traditional Japanese food. At breakfast, try the Friendly Toast on Congress Street.

Shalimar serves fine Indian food at the intersection of Hanover Street and Fleet Street. The Bugaboo Creek Steak House can be found on Woodbury Avenue, just over the border in Newington, northwest of Portsmouth. All of these restaurants have received excellent reviews.

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As always, if you should see me in the water, be sure to wave!

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People do occasionally see me in the water...

Man: A mermaid!
Cynthia: Hello.
Woman: I am enthralled, watching her move through the water.
Man: Such a setting truly inspires the imagination.

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