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Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

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Address: State Hwy 16, North Conway, NH 03860
Phone Number: 603-356-2137
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Description: This private, non-profit science and educational center is a working...
This private, non-profit science and educational center is a working observatory designed to measure the unique and often extreme weather conditions on Mount Washington. Through guided tours and exhibits, visitors learn more about the science of meteorology.
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Kids really enjoyed this!

We've been going to N Conway for many years and had always driven by this place, but never stopped. We finally stopped this year, and are glad we did! The kids enjoyed it. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We've been going to N Conway for many years and had always driven by this place, but never stopped. We finally stopped this year, and are glad we did! The kids enjoyed it. We spent about 1.5 hours there, which was perfect. The museum is free, but we left a donation in the donation box. I would definitely go back... More 

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

great little museum in down town North Conway. learn a lot about this mysterious mountain. live feed to the summit is great too. all should go through this treasure .

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Montreal, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Some of us walked to the top...others ran up..others stayed in the car...its such a beautiful experience... The temperature varies from below to the top ...so be prepared.... Bring your camera..... Such nice views...there is a place to snack and little boutique....enjoy!!

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Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom
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59 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Arriving on the cog railway at the summit you then have about 45 minutes before you have to return to the cog railway carriage to go back down. First thing to explain the cog railway is not the only way to get up to the mount Washington summit. You can also drive up there or come by coach. It is... More 

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North Conway, New Hampshire
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Sunny day or rainy day this is a great stop in the Mt. Washington Valley. Great for kids and adults too.

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Canberra, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We travelled to the observatory using the stagecoach, bathed in sunshine at the bottom, the summit was wind blown and foggy, a remarkable experience. The display is well thought out, engaging and informative. It together with the drive to the top was a feature of our holiday.

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New Gloucester, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Great explanation of weather and how it effects us. We really enjoyed the mock up of the observatory during a blizzard. The cat blowing by the window made us laugh. Love how the shack shakes and really makes you feel the wind blowing.

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Evert time we have friends & family in from out of town this is one of out MUST SEE stops. From young & old all have enjoyed their stops here. As a trivia buff I love the display of the extreme weather sites around the world.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

It is only a rather small kind of museum. But there are several hands-on experiments for both children and adults. I was especially impressed with the mountain top experience (I don't know, what the official name was), where you can kind of feel what it's like to be on top of Mount Washington during a snow storm. That really caused... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is a MUST for your North Conway vacation. The ride up is breath taking and NOT for the faint of heart. The road corkscrews up the mountain and you are often literally inches from the edge. Another thing to be prepared for: Ladies - in the summer they check your car in and ask for everyones weight if they... More 

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