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Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center

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Address: 6 Fletcher St., Manchester, NH
Phone Number: 603/626-3474
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Science and History: Both Free and Fun!

If you are in Manchester by yourself or with the kids; this free science attraction is well worth an hour of your time. Situated on the historically important Amoskeag Falls on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a little gem of a free museum that kept us busy for 90 minutes while we were about the only people there. The parking lot and signage is a bit confusing; it's a bit of a hike downhill to the museum from the parking area; but really nice helpful staff and great hands-on exhibits. I'd driven by dozens... More 

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you are in Manchester by yourself or with the kids; this free science attraction is well worth an hour of your time. Situated on the historically important Amoskeag Falls on the Merrimack River it it a functional hydro power plant with a working fish ladder. It is especially wonderful in the spring (April/May) when the native fish are working... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

While some reviews may diss this attraction, the "fishways" and this location (Amoskeag) has a great and important place in North East history. Operating on a shoestring budget with amazingly dedicated staff, this location is well worth the visit whether you have lived in the Queen City your entire life, are a transplant, or are passing through. Learn about fish,... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We were here in September, so not much was happening here. I'm sure its much more interesting when the fish ladder is operational for spawning fish (May/June.) It is a rather small place with minimal displays.

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Whitman, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Admission is free but a donation is appreciated. No fish were running when we stopped by and the ladder was dry. We checked out the exhibits and my kids did what kids do. It was simple and interesting but not exceptional. We would love to come back and see the fish or participate in one of the programs they run... More 

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Northport AL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The weekend we were there it open so we were able to view the fish going throught the ladder. Great for families with younger children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Took my five-year old grandson there for one of their educational events, he totally loved it. Trained staff run programs geared to different ages to teach conservation and educate about wildlife. A tank of baby salmon greets visitors in the foyer and other wildlife reside there as well, even a Timber rattlesnake!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I had a little spare time after a meeting...what to do in Manchester? The reviews of the art museum said it was $10 to get in, and the Milyard Musuem closed at 4. So off to the fish. First of all, its confusing. You park, and see a little sign for portage on one side, and a uninviting building on... More 

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Deerfield, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

The Amoskeag Fishway is an excellent thing to do in Manchester, NH. The fish ladder on the Merrimack River has viewing windows where you can watch fish work their way up the ladder. On our visit we saw a number of very large carp and some smaller fish. The learning center has some displays with turtles, toads, an eel, fish... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The fish ladder was awesome. I am a big fisherman but learned a few things i never knew about salmon. Also saw a real live rattle snake up clos. That was an unexpected treat!

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