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YMCA of the Seacoast
550 Peverly Hill Rd.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 431-2334

Ages: 0 - 14+

The YMCA of the Seacoast is a great spot for family recreation, offering a variety of camps (both summer camps and school vacation camps), open swim opportunities and swim lessons, kids' yoga, classes, and more. Click here for current info.

Free child care is available during certain hours while mom and dad work out, too, and there are parents' nights out for (potty-trained) kids ages 3 and up.

Hours: Click here for current hours

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Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool
110 Portland Ave.
DoverNH 03820
(603) 516-6085

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool is a 50-meter competition pool located at 110 Portland Avenue, next to the Dover Ice Arena.

The pool is mainly used for competitive and recreational swimming as well as occasional lessons during the summer. There is also a large grassy area for kids to play on, and the pool can be rented out for private parties.

As the pool is often closed for swim meets, call to confirm hours before your visit.

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Lake Winnipesaukee
Alton Bay
AltonNH 03810

Ages: 0 - 14+

Lake Winnipesaukee is a 72-square-mile glacial lake in the heart of central New Hampshire's Lakes Region area. It is a popular spot year-round for boating, swimming, and all manner of water sports, including snowmobiling and ice fishing when it freezes over in the wintertime.
 
Alton Bay is the closest point on the lake to the New Hampshire Seacoast, about 40 miles from downtown Portsmouth. The other towns bordering the lake are:
 
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Peirce Island
Peirce Island
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 431-8748

Ages: 0 - 14+

Peirce Island is a 27-acre island owned by the city of Portsmouth that separates the Piscataqua River from the Portsmouth's South End. It features an outdoor pool, walking paths, playgrounds, and boat launches.
 
The park is open for fishing and boat launching 24 hours a day, year round. For all other activities, park hours are:
 
  • June 1 - October 1: Sunrise - 11:00 pm
  • October 2 - May 31: Sunrise - 7:00 pm

For dog rules, click here
 
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Peirce Island Outdoor Pool
99 Peirce Island Rd.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 427-0717

Ages: 0 - 14+

Originally built in 1937 and fully refurbished in 2003, the Peirce Island Outdoor Pool is a perfect place to spend a hot, sunny summer afternoon. With a length of 100 yards, a width of 33 yards, and a gently sloping depth from 18 inches to six feet, it provides space for every age and ability.

For info on swimming lessons, swim schedule, and rates, click here

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Portsmouth Indoor Pool
Andrew Jarvis Dr. (next to the high school)
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 427-1546

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Portsmouth Indoor Pool offers swim classes and open swim sessions for Portsmouth residents and non-residents alike. There's a one-meter Duraflex diving board and a ramp for wheelchair access into the pool, as well as some exercise and fitness equipment.

Rates & hours: Click here. The pool is closed for maintenance during the month of August.

 

 

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Portsmouth Recreation Department
30 Spinnaker Way
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 766-1483

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Portsmouth Recreation Department offers a wide array of camps and activities for children, teens, and adults throughout the year. 

For the current brochure, click here

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The Works Family Health & Fitness Center
23 Works Way (formerly 246 Rt. 108)
SomersworthNH 03878
(603) 742-2163

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Works in Somersworth is an 80,000-sq.-foot multipurpose health club owned by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
 
It's a comprehensive family activity and fitness center, featuring both indoor and outdoor family aquatic centers, summer and school vacation camps, kids' races, after-school programs, various supervised kids' programs, and more.
 
Unsurprisingly, with all the activities offered by The Works, it's also a great place for kids' ...
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