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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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Hot Choclate on a freezing mountain top: Perfect Combo

Being on top of the world feeling .(.it was a very cold windy and clear day ) could feel the cold entering my blood slowly but what a feeling it was first time got chilled to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Being on top of the world feeling .(.it was a very cold windy and clear day ) could feel the cold entering my blood slowly but what a feeling it was first time got chilled to the bone feeling. The view from the top was perfect could see the Quebec border. If you are fit and love adventure please climb... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The discovery center explains the amazing weather experienced on Mount Washington - allow 20 to 30 minutes. You get the by cog railway, van or your own car (the latter two use an 8 mile mountain road up about 5,000 feet). Be warned, the weather at the top can be chilly, windy, and changeable.

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Derry, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I have been there twice once I road the train which was great with all the scenery and mountains, it was like it was out of photographs. The next time we drove up to the observatory (make sure your car is in good shape), the views from as far as the eye can see was spectacular, the colors of the... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I've been to the Observatory twice. This is a great place to get out of the wind of Mt. Washington and recover before you begin your decent. The observatory has a small gift shop and post office (or it did in 1997) where you can send off postcards and such. They also have a long list of people who have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great place that describes weather and gives awesome depictions of how a real bad storm is and how it is made. That is only one part... discover the rest!

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Johnston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The kids love going from one interactive display to another. There is so much information available about weather in general. The short movie about life on the top of Mount Washington is interesting.

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Wanaka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The road is steep and about 7and a half miles long. Drive carefully. There are stunning views all the way. Arriving at the top in breath taking. There is also a cog railway that you can take and it is a 3 hour return journey. Very interesting learning about the role of the weather station.

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Mt Washington Cog Railway is one way up. Or you can drive BUT be extemely warry of weather and traffic. When there are no clouds you can see the Atlantic to the southeast and Canada to the north. This is the highest peak in New England and the weather can be very tricky. Yes, they do get snow in summer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

From Pinkham Notch I went up the Tuckerman Trail to Lion's Head Trail. The first 2 miles are relatively easy, dirt path with a gradual ascent. Made me think "Wow 6,200 ft. is easy" From there it is grueling 2.2 miles with huge elevation gain on boulders that you just can't get great footing on. Tuckerman's was closed to crevices... More 

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Carver, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had never been to the top of Mount Washington. We drove up with the family. I do not like heights very much and it is a steep mountain ride with curves and traffic coming down the mountain as well. You have to drive carefully. The kids thought the ride up was great. Once we reached the top and my... More 

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Additional Information about Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

Address: State Hwy 16, North Conway, NH 03860
Phone Number: 603-356-2137
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  White Mountains  >  North Conway
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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