Seacoast Science Center
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The Seacoast Science Center, in Odiorne Point State Park, features a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that focus on the fascinating features of coastal New Hampshire. Open year-round, the center features local marine and history exhibits, trails and a playground, walking tours, workshops and .
Children can touch live starfish and sea urchins in the touch tanks, learn about lots of marine-related topics (from turtles to lobstering), and participate in hands-onactivities.
In addition to indoor exhibits and outdoor explorations, the Center offers a variety of programs for children of all ages. Marine and coastal science programs are available for school field trips; Seaside Safari summer camp and vacation day camps are offered to students from kindergarten to 8th grade; and discovery programs are tailored to toddlers and preschool-aged children and their caregivers.
April-October: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, every day
November-March: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday-Monday
Adults $5, 3-12 yrs $2
Members and children under three are free.
Park entrance fee: 12-Adult $4, 6-11 $2, Under age 6 FREE. New Hampshire residents 65 and older are free.
570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH, 03870 map
Phone: (603) 436-8043
From the Portsmouth Traffic Circle: Take Route 1 Bypass South to Beaches/Hampton. After 1 mile the road connects with Route 1 South. Follow Route 1 South approximately 1 mile. At the third traffic light, Elwyn Road will be on the left. Turn left on Elwyn Road, go past the Urban Forestry Center (on your left), then go approximately 1.3 miles to the stop sign at Foyes Corner. Go straight at the stop sign onto Route 1A South. Continue for 1.8 miles, over the wood bridge, past Odiorne boat launching ramp (on left), to the main entrance of Odiorne Point State Park (on left).
- The Center offers membership options, which include perks such as free admission, camp and store discounts, and birthday party possibilities.
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