Fun Things To Do In Portsmouth NH - Tour The USS Albacore Submarine

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We recently took our grandsons, Jack and Thomas, to tour the USS Albacore Submarine in Portsmouth.


Built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the early 1950's, Albacore was the first Navy-designed vessel with a teardrop shaped hull built specifically to operate under water.  It was the prototype for the Navy's nuclear powered submarine force.

Albacore was placed in commission in December of 1953 and decommissioned in September of 1972. In 1984 she was towed from Philadelphia and returned to Portsmouth.

She has been at her current location, Albacore Park in Portsmouth, since 1985.

The USS Albacore, once a research submarine, now preserved as a museum, offers self-guided tours to the public.

You walk through at your own pace.

There are red buttons positioned throughout that trigger audio recordings. The recordings are very interesting, offering personalized stories from actual past crew members and information regarding different features of the sub.


Jack and Thomas LOVED their tour of the USS Albacore! 

It's a pretty cool experience walking through a submarine, but very hard to imagine a crew of 55 living and working inside such a confined space.


I highly recommend taking a visit to the USS Albacore.

Thumbs up from Jack and Thomas!





Open year round, Daily 9:30 - 4:00

Memorial Day to Columbus Day 9:30 - 5:00

January and February only open on weekends



Adults  $7.00

Retired Military (20 years)  $4.00

Children 7 - 17  $3.00   

Children under 7 and Active Duty Military are FREE


 Located at 600 Market Street, Portsmouth NH


"In 1989, Albacore was designated a National Historic Landmark due to her contributions to submarine design.

In 2000, she was further honored with the designation of being a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark for her many unique systems and a Historic Welded Structure for her hull.

In May of 2005, Albacore was inducted into the Submarine Hall of Fame in Norfolk, Virginia for her contributions to submarine engineering and tactics."


For more information on hours, pricing, family rates and group rates,

call 603.436.3680 or visit their website.

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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
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I know my kids would like this adventure being that it is summer

Jul 21, 2017 06:07 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sharon. What a terrific post. I love the pictures and your descriptions.

Jul 21, 2017 07:42 AM #3
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Looks like the boys had a great time exploring all the areas of the sub!

Jul 21, 2017 08:36 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That looks like a lot of fun to visit.  The boys look like they had a great time.  A

Jul 21, 2017 09:15 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Sharon I can bet you there is no little boy who wouldn't LOVE a tour on a submarine - big boys for that matter too!!

Jul 21, 2017 09:20 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I toured the German U-boat in Chicago and was amazed at how samll the insides were. The pressure of deep dives requires an outer hull that compresses.

Jul 21, 2017 10:29 AM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Wayne Martin  it's different, not something most people have the chance to do.

Harry F. D'Elia  I would like to take the other grands there sometime. I know Jack and Tom would love to go back again.

Sheila Anderson  Thank you!  It was a fun visit and I know others would enjoy it.

Belinda Spillman  They couldn't believe how many bunks there were and how SMALL they were.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  It was fun. Very hands on. You can touch most everything which is something kids love to do!

Jul 21, 2017 10:35 AM #8
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS  One thing I forgot to mention is that my son (daddy to Jack and Tom) works at the shipyard. He actually does electrical work on submarines. It was even more interesting for the boys because of that.

Joe Pryor  I would find it extremely difficult to live in such a tight space, and that is above way I would want to be underwater in that thing!



Jul 21, 2017 10:38 AM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharon, this would be SOOO much fun, and you guys sure looks like it was a blast.  It is so reasonably priced too.

Jul 21, 2017 10:39 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Sharon - Jack and Thomas really look like they were all in.  I think it is a great place to visit.

Jul 21, 2017 11:16 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- I bet Jack and Thomas will remember this trip for a longgggg time!!!  They look like they fit right in!  And did you tour it?

Jul 21, 2017 12:14 PM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Joan Cox  Very reasonable....actually only cost us $14 for "family" rate so both boys were free!

Grant Schneider  Fun and educational! They actually went through twice. They didn't want to leave.

Kathy Streib  I was right there with them. I took all the pics. I've been through many times. We took my parents a couple of years ago and they really liked it too.


Jul 21, 2017 01:55 PM #13
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a fun adventure, Sharon. They will remember the ship and those memories will stick forever.

Jul 21, 2017 05:55 PM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Debbie Reynolds  Especially since their dad works on submarines and they had no idea what a submarine was like inside. Now they know!

Jul 22, 2017 07:25 AM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon -- one thumb up would be sufficient but two thumbs up tells me a tour of USS Albacore is a must see/must stop destination in Portsmouth NH.   

Jul 22, 2017 02:38 PM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Michael Jacobs  It could be uncomfortable for a very tall person or someone suffering from claustrophobia, but other than that....awesome!

Jul 24, 2017 06:23 AM #17
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It is scary, for me, to realize that that submarine was still in service and tied up next to us once or twice while I was still on active duty. I am so old Sharon Tara 

Jul 24, 2017 10:32 AM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,  I went to my 41st high school reunion on Saturday. I feel old too.

Jul 25, 2017 05:59 AM #19
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I remember touring submarines as a child and realized that I could never have a job like that but, totally appreciate those who serve in that capacity, Sharon! It's always a great thing to share with your children!

Jul 31, 2017 08:22 PM #20
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Debe Maxwell, CRS  Especially meaningful to these two guys because their daddy works on submarines as an electrician.

Aug 01, 2017 06:54 AM #21
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