Top 7 Things to do in Portsmouth, United States

March 3, 2018 Phylicia Berquist

Portsmouth is a city in and the county seat of Scioto County, Ohio, United States. Located in southern Ohio, it lies on the north bank of the Ohio River, across from Kentucky, just east of the mouth of the Scioto River. The population was 20,226 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Portsmouth

1. Portsmouth Floodwall Mural

425 Front St, Portsmouth, OH 45662-3822
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5 based on 217 reviews

Portsmouth Floodwall Mural

Reviewed By Peggy L - Dansville, New York, United States

We heard about the flood wall murals and thought it sounded interesting but we were surprised at how beautiful and detailed each one was. I found myself taking a photo of them all - there are 54 I believe. The other surprise is the size. Huge!

2. Shawnee State Park

4404 State Route 125, Portsmouth, OH 45663-9003 +1 740-858-6652
Excellent
51%
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4 based on 130 reviews

Shawnee State Park

Reviewed By Kyle S

We spent a pleasant afternoon hiking the trails of this tranquil state park . It was very peaceful and quiet. There are camping facilities, a lodge and restaurant, as well as a golf course, none of which we visited.

3. Ghosts in the Attic

518 2nd St, Portsmouth, OH 45662-3809 +1 740-353-6111
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5 based on 20 reviews

Ghosts in the Attic

Reviewed By Rome M - Taylors, South Carolina

Whenever my wife and I are in the Portsmouth area, we go to the greatest shop downtown, Ghosts In The Attack.
We never leave empty-handed from there. I believe they have about 52 vendors and that gives you quite a bit variety. The prices are reasonable and the staff friendly.
If you love antiques, you need to go to Ghosts In The Attack.

4. Southern Ohio Museum

825 Gallia St, Portsmouth, OH 45662-4137 +1 740-354-5629
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5 based on 5 reviews

Southern Ohio Museum

Reviewed By KetteringTraveler - Dayton, Ohio

The Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth has a great collection of Native American ("Indian") artifacts upstairs. The collection might be organized and labeled a bit better, but it is extremely well lit and the artifacts themselves (stone tools, copper bracelets, etc) are top quality.

The upstairs also features some rather strange art from a Portsmouth artist whose name I forget. A couple of his pieces were good.

Downstairs, in the main gallery, was miscellaneous art from Portsmouth artists. Some of it was good. I think the downstairs exhibits change constantly so by now it's probably something entirely new.

The museum has nice public bathrooms. The staff was friendly. The tiny gift shop had some nice stuff, including some whimsical animal figures, at prices that seemed high to this cheap Kettering resident.

5. Portsmouth Cinemas

1623 Chillicothe St, Portsmouth, OH 45662-3477 +1 740-355-3456
Excellent
33%
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Portsmouth Cinemas

Reviewed By Roger R - Piketon, Ohio

Visited on a Friday evening around 6pm. Watched KungFuPanda3 in 2-D with our two boys. There's really nothing negative that we experienced at this cinema. The seating was comfortable. The screen was large and the sound was good. Popcorn and soda was fresh and tasted good. Prices were within reasonable expectations. Parking was good. Bathrooms were conveniently located and they were clean. All the workers that I encountered were friendly.
I have read other reviews, mostly from Google, and was a bit cautious about visiting. Most of the reviews were very negative. But I really did not have issues at all. Very enjoyable time.
I will mention that the seating arrangement is a bit odd. We sat in theater 7 and there were probably 9 or 10 rows of seating. The first three were up front, separated by the walkway and then fourth row was wheelchair accessible. The remaining upper rows was only accessible from one side. So, if you sat in seat 16 on the right, you must walk the entire row to the left to enter/exit. Not very convenient for bathroom/snack runs in the middle of the movie for anyone in the entire row. Not sure why they designed it this way. Seems to be a bit of a fire hazard as well.

6. Portsmouth Raceway Park

25648 Oh-73, Portsmouth, OH 45663 +1 740-354-3278
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4 based on 1 reviews

Portsmouth Raceway Park

Reviewed By Bart-Lisa-Bryant - Scottsville, Kentucky

We recently visited Portsmouth Raceway park for the 37th annual DWTC. This was our first time here. The races were well organized. There was no time wasted with the lineups. Everything seemed to run smoothly. We never saw or heard of anyone acting unruly. It's good to be a part of an event that still prays before the races begin and everyone still honors our country, the flag and those who fought for and are still fighting for our freedoms. All vendors and ushers are very courteous and helpful. The only reason I gave this a 4 star and not a 5 star is because there is a lack of trash cans in the parking lot and camping area. Good clean fun! Overall, will definitely go back and highly recommended!

7. Hidden Treasures

540 2nd St, Portsmouth, OH 45662-3809 +1 740-285-7818

A delightful, family owned business. With antiques, collectibles, art & more.

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