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Seacoast Science Center

570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, NH
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Rye
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Natural History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Exhibits relating to the natural and cultural history of the New Hampshire seacoast area.
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Ossining, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

There's not much to see in this place. I don't know about the trails and whatever else because it was too cold on the day we visited, but the inside of the "science center" building has not much going on except lame exhibits which don't even really work and some poor lobsters stuck in tiny tanks. I felt sorry for... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The Seacoast Science Center offers lots of hands-on activities and special events for adults and children. While it's easy to breeze through and say, "That's nice," you'll get a lot more from your visit if you schedule it at a time when they're presenting some history or seacoast science, or during a class. Parking can seem expensive, but if you... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is the best time of year to go. Few crowds and no parking fees. Discover new trails every time I go. You can walk on trails at the water's edge or go through paths in the woods. Also no issue with bugs in mid Sept. I also like their gift shop and have found fun and educational toys for... More

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Leominster, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I totally enjoyed this place, indoors or outdoors...The exhibits are interactive and educational. They have a touch tank and we were also able to feel some other fish at a "show" where we learned about horseshoe crabs, skates and some type of shark. Took lots of pictures. Oh, and my kids loved it too...lol WORTH THE MONEY!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We made our way to the right around the corner of the beach to a shallow cove where the water was still warm(ish) and saw starfish, baby lobsters, baby eels and baby crabs. It's a hoot...go there. Take bug spray - the mosquitos are the size of B52s.

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St. Louis, Missouri
13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went with all adults and really enjoyed our visit. However, I kept wishing I had my grandchildren to share the experience. The museum is interactive and very well done. Lots of information, fish I had never heard of and an opportunity to hold starfish, urchins and more. I will be going back.

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New Hampshire
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83 reviews 83 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

A really nice exhibit space which my grandchildren enjoyed. I actually enjoyed the stone sculptures on the walkways. I spent as much time outside as inside. Would go again.

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New England
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We have been for years and years. They often change exhibits so you keep wanting to go back. The touch tank is amazing and has a variety of animals for kids to check out. This is also one of the most beautiful spots on the seacoast, with picnic tables for lunches and playground on the ocean. It is a favorite... More

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Revere, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a good place for the area and it's not overpriced like Boston's aquarium. Kids can touch small sea creatures like starfish in their tank so what else do you need. When you let them touch stuff at the aquarium that's what they really remember. And as far as I know we didn't pay for parking on the weekend... More

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Dover, New Hampshire
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The website is wonderful but the actually place is not worth the price! First of all you have to pay for parking per person ?!?! Then the "center" is about $8 per person and it has nothing but a blue lobster, some star fish and a bunch of things that need to be dusted or revamped ! There was no... More

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