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Fort McClary State Park
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Fort McClary State Park featuring a park, military items and heritage elements

Look out across Portsmouth Harbor from this beautifully restored coastal fortification and discover the fort’s museum and military heritage.

Fort McClary State Park is home to the cherished Fort McClary State Historic Site and the steadfast structures that have stood overlooking the harbor for over 275 years. Trace Fort McClary’s fascinating timeline across five wars and learn about military technology and architecture through the decades at the museum housed within. Stroll around the fort’s spacious grounds and take in unbeatable views of the Piscataqua River from the fort’s strategic position on Kittery Point.

Walk across the grassy reserve and admire the fort’s interesting architecture. The hexagonal blockhouse went through several modifications throughout its centuries-long tenure. For this reason, it presents a unique insight into advances in military technology. Coastal defences were first established here in the 17th century, but the fort as you see it today was founded in 1809.

Enter the blockhouse to find a comprehensive museum, which explains the role that Fort McClary played in its active years. This building was built in 1845 and has been expertly restored to its former grandeur. Look through the narrow windows and spy boats sailing along the river and yachts moored in the harbor. Look across Pepperrell Cove to see Gooseberry Island and Fishing Island, or gaze across the river to Fort Point on the opposing banks in New Hampshire.

Make your way across the grassy foreshore and spot the ruins of some of the fort’s defensive structures. Peer over the defensive walls and look down on the rocky shoreline. The picturesque grounds make for an ideal location to enjoy a picnic. Feel the sea breeze and watch the Portsmouth Harbor yachts as you relax on the grass. There is also a picnic shelter for larger groups.

Fort McClary State Park is located on Kittery Point, near Maine’s south-westernmost point. It is a 5-minute drive east from Kittery. Parking is available on-site. The park’s museum and facilities are open to visitors between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, but the site’s grounds are accessible year-round. There is a small fee charged for accessing the site and museum.

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Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
3 out of 5
23 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH
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Great Island Inn
Great Island Inn
3.5 out of 5
3 Walbach St, New Castle, NH
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Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH
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Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
3 out of 5
23 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH
The price is NT$4,493 per night from May 16 to May 16
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
Great Island Inn
Great Island Inn
3.5 out of 5
3 Walbach St, New Castle, NH
The price is NT$4,165 per night from May 16 to May 16
Great Island Inn
Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH
The price is NT$7,723 per night from May 19 to May 19
Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
Enchanted Nights Bed & Bath
Enchanted Nights Bed & Bath
2.5 out of 5
29 Wentworth St, Kittery, ME
Enchanted Nights Bed & Bath
Residence Inn by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown/ Waterfront
Residence Inn by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown/ Waterfront
3 out of 5
100 Deer Street, Portsmouth, NH
The price is NT$4,697 per night from May 19 to May 19
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Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
3 out of 5
100 High St, Portsmouth, NH
The price is NT$4,674 per night from May 19 to May 19
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Ale House Inn
Ale House Inn
4 out of 5
121 Bow Street, Portsmouth, NH
The price is NT$4,462 per night from May 17 to May 17
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Kittery Inn and Suites
Kittery Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
70 US Route 1 Bypass, Kittery, ME
The price is NT$3,040 per night from May 24 to May 24
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AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth
AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth
3.5 out of 5
299 Vaughn Street, Portsmouth, NH
The price is NT$4,474 per night from May 19 to May 19
AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth
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