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Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

State Hwy 16, North Conway, NH 03860
603-356-2137
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in North Conway
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Science Museums, Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: This private, non-profit science and educational center is a working observatory designed to measure the unique and often extreme weather conditions... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Charlottetown, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We took the bus up Mount Washington and were very glad that we did not drive. We had opportunity to look around and not not worry about the safety of driving. Also had the advantage of a friendly, knowledgeable guide/driver. He had us laughing and was very patient with a lot of questions. The drive up took about 40 minutes... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I should have known better having physically climbed Mt. Washington several times in the past. And the keeper of the gate at the beginning of the auto road did tell us it was cloudy and windy. But when we got to the top, only my 8+ year old granddaughter and I were brave enough to battle the elements and get... More

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Oakdale, Connecticut, United States
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This Observatory is not on the Mt Washington summit, as some reviews write it. This is a small museum on the main strip (Rt 16) in the town of North Conway (about 12 miles South of Mt W. The Discovery Center has many interactive exhibits, including a replica of the original summit station which simulates the occurrence of the world... More

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Mansfield Ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This an adventure everyone should take at last once to the top of MT. Washington. I took the van ride up and glad I did. The monologue from the driver as we passed different places was interesting. You see more since you are not watching the road every second of driving. The observatory is an amazing place to gather weather... More

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Mt Washington Observatory is a can't miss family adventure. There are three ways to arrive at the facility. The Cog Railway which is great for kids and older adults, the auto road and for the physically fit there are several hiking trails to the top. I believe the best and easiest hiking trail is the Mt Jefferson trail . Mt... More

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Turner Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was interesting but a bit boring for our 4 yr old. They have a few things that we found neat and fun facts, not a lot for kids as of hands on things were limited (3 or 4) but very clean and friendly folks at the center. It took us about 20 min before the kids said they were... More

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Charlton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Took the cog railroad to the summit.. Expensive but worth it as the views are awesome.. You have an hour or so to check out the area..Small museum at the visitor center.. Would go again ...It was 77 deg at the base and it dropped to 52 with a fog bank that rolled in..Dress accordingly.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The observatory itself is average but the views are terrific. What we enjoyed most is the cog railway ride up and down.

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Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

As others have said, it is one heck of a drive with no guardrails and some really amzing drop-offs. My boyfriend and I had debated between taking the cog railroad and driving up- we ended up driving only because when we logged online to see what the view was at the top, it seemed cloudly and spending $20-some dollars to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were on our way north on rt 16, headed to visit Mt. Washington, when we saw this museum and stopped in. Staff were very nice and helpful, facility has hands on weather education. We really liked the 10 min movie on weather atop Mt. Washington.

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