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Fort McClary State Park

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 £95
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown

23 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Music Hall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Constitution Historical Site and Kittery Outlets. Discover Portsmouth and Market Square are also within 5 minutes.

    Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown £90
    Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown

    Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown

    100 High St, Portsmouth, NH
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Market Square and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Constitution Historical Site and Kittery Outlets. Tugboat Alley and Portsmouth Brewery are also within 5 minutes.

      Coachman Inn £62
      Coachman Inn

      Coachman Inn

      380 US Route 1, Kittery, ME
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Kittery, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tanger Outlets Kittery and Kittery Outlets. Kittery Historical and Naval Museum is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

        Waterfront Cedar Log Home All Rooms Have Water View Often Jaw Dropping Sunsets
        Waterfront Cedar Log Home All Rooms Have Water View Often Jaw Dropping Sunsets

        Waterfront Cedar Log Home All Rooms Have Water View Often Jaw Dropping Sunsets

        21 Bond Rd, Kittery Point, ME
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Kittery Point, this holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Fort McClary State Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kittery Outlets and Kittery Historical and Naval Museum. Warner House and Seacoast Repertory Theatre are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Portsmouth and Maine Seacoast - Ocean Views - Comfy Beds - Hot Tub Too!
          Portsmouth and Maine Seacoast - Ocean Views - Comfy Beds - Hot Tub Too!

          Portsmouth and Maine Seacoast - Ocean Views - Comfy Beds - Hot Tub Too!

          115 Pepperrell Rd, Kittery Point, ME
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Fort McClary State Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kittery Outlets and Kittery Historical and Naval Museum. Warner House and Seacoast Repertory Theatre are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Sweet Cottage With Ocean Views and Water Access
            Sweet Cottage With Ocean Views and Water Access

            Sweet Cottage With Ocean Views and Water Access

            15 Bowen Rd, Kittery, ME
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Kittery, this cottage is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Fort McClary State Park and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Kittery Outlets. Kittery Historical and Naval Museum and Warner House are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Great Island Inn £121
              Great Island Inn

              Great Island Inn

              3 Walbach St, New Castle, NH
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Offering direct access to the beach, this New Castle apartment building is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and Fort Constitution Historical Site. Fort Stark State Historic Site and Prescott Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa £201
                Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa

                Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa

                588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Fort Stark State Historic Site and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Fort Constitution Historical Site. Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and Wentworth by the Sea Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).