Beach Tour

Discover downtown Portsmouth and the NH coastline from the air

Quick Details

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes

Group tour details: Up to four people in a larger turbine helicopter

Check-in details: Arrive 15 minutes prior to flight time

Take-off location: Pease International Airport, 44 Durham St, NH 03801

Explore the New Hampshire coastline and beaches in style!

Our beach tour departs from Portsmouth Airport toward the Piscataqua River and follows it from Dover Point to the ocean. Along the way, you see historic Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, including the old naval prison. You also see three Portsmouth bridges: the I-95 High Rise, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge (“The Middle Bridge”), and the Memorial Bridge. And of course, the famous Portsmouth tugboats are in full view!

As we approach the ocean and head south along the NH coastline, you get fantastic views of two lighthouses: Portsmouth Light and Whaleback Light. You also see five military forts that formerly guarded Portsmouth Harbor. Sights include all the popular beaches, including Hampton, Pulpit Rock Tower, Rye Harbor, and expansive salt marshes.

We reverse course over Seabrook Beach just before catching a glimpse of the Boston skyline and Gloucester, MA, in the distance. As we head back up the coastline, the Isles of Shoals and White Island Light can be seen in the distance.

The tour then provides a closer look over historic downtown Portsmouth, passing over Rye, NH, with a great view of the historic Wentworth hotel on New Castle Island. Back in Portsmouth, we pass over Pierce Island and make a turn around the city with views of Prescott Park, Strawberry Bank, the North Church, Market Square, and more!

Finally, we turn back toward the old Pease Air Force Base and enjoy the sight of the Great Bay Estuary and the USS Albacore submarine Museum as we head in for our landing.