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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Amesbury
Category: Ranches/Farms
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Ranked #2 of 8 attractions in Amesbury
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: A NATIONAL LANDMARK & WORKING MUSEUM. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building. We... more » Owner description: A NATIONAL LANDMARK & WORKING MUSEUM. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building. We offer classes, exhibits, tours, repairs, boat building and more.Established in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory. Lowell’s is the only remaining survivor of the area’s world-renowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. Building more than 2000 boats in 1911, this business was one of the first in the Nation to employ a seminal form of assembly line manufacturing.With the founding of his company, Simeon Lowell made radical innovations to traditional boat design. Known for their efficiency, durability and sea worthiness, Lowell dories became the heart and soul of the Gloucester fishing fleet. In the waning days of the great fishing industry, recreational boaters turned to Lowell dories for the same qualities that attracted the fishermen. Rowing clubs, hunting camps, the Boy and Girl Scouts and the Lifesaving Service all sought Lowell dories and skiffs for their maritime experiences.Conveyed through seven generations of the Lowell family, Lowell’s Boat Shop was passed to the Odell family in the 1980’s and then to the Newburyport Maritime Society in the 1990’s. In 2006, Lowell’s was purchased by Lowell’s Maritime Foundation, an independent non-profit group with the mission of leading this National Landmark and Working Museum through its third century of wooden boat building.We urge you to Experience the Lowell Tradition by being a part of the continuing history of America’s oldest working boat shop. « less
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Ranked #3 of 8 attractions in Amesbury
Category: Sports Complexes; Sports
Owner description: The Amesbury Sports Park is a place like no other. The park boasts the steepest and fastest snow tubing hill in New England... more » Owner description: The Amesbury Sports Park is a place like no other. The park boasts the steepest and fastest snow tubing hill in New England and offers up to 12 lanes for snow tubing. There are currently nearly 1,000 tubes that can be operated when the park is at full capacity. Two lifts service the hill – a conveyor belt lift that guests stand on and an old fashioned handle tow lift that allows riders to sit in their tube as they are pulled up to the top of the hill. Once at the top of the hill, guests are permitted to link up in groups and slide down together or ride solo. The annual Spring Splash competition draws adventurerers from all over New England. Enter the pond skimming competition! Snow tubers compete for distance and bragging rights as they skim over the icy pond. There is an onsite Pub which offers traditional pub fare including pizza, burgers, salads, appetizers, hot chocolate, cold beer and more. Looking for something fun to do with the kids during New Hampshire February school vacation week? The Amesbury Sports park has discounts and deals for winter fun! Military personnel and employees of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard get FREE snow tubing admissions with valid ID from February 25 through March 1,2013. Guests of Armed Services personnel will receive $5 off their admission during that time. Not in the service? Support our week long food drive from 2/25/13 through 3/1/13 to benefit the NH Food Pantry - each guest who brings a non-perishable food item will receive $5 off their admission. In warmer months, the Amesbury Sports Park is home to extreme obstacle foot races such as the Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, Run For Your Lives and more. The 7th Annual Brew Fest on 9/21/13 features 100 beers, 6 live bands, and BBQ and will draw 7,000 people to the all day event. Large festival concerts are also on the docket, with dates and details coming soon.The park is also home to Zorb riding, the sport of rolling down a large hill in an 11 foot inflatable sphere. There are two different types of Zorbs – water and harness. Up to 3 people can enter the water globe with 10 gallons of water. When the ball is rolled down the hill, guests slosh around like they are in a self contained water slide. The harness ball allows guests to remain dry as they strap themselves into a 7 point harness. When the harness ball is rolled down the hill, guests tumble head over heels all the way to the bottom. It is truly an experience you will never forget! Summer tubing is also offered in summer months. It’s just like snow tubing but without the snow. Guests ride up the conveyor belt lift, then sit on the hard bottomed tube and ride down 3 Neveplast (artificial ski surface) lanes. People remain dry for the most part, although intermittent mist is used to keep the tracks lubricated and fast. The park features artificial turf fields which can be used for soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football, field hockey, and cricket. There is a full service function hall onsite that features cuisine by renowned Chef Kevin Jacques. The private function room can accommodate up to 150 guests, or the entire facility itself can be rented for private outings. Relay races and obstacle course packages are available for team building outings, and snow / summer tubing birthday party packages are offered for kids. Offsite catering is available to fit any budget. Monthly wine dinners are well attended and typically sell out weeks in advance. Reservations are required for the 4 course gourmet meals perfectly paired with sommelier selected wines. « less
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Ranked #4 of 8 attractions in Amesbury
Ranked #5 of 8 attractions in Amesbury
Category: Historic Sites; Sightseeing Tours
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Ranked #6 of 8 attractions in Amesbury
Category: Dinner Theaters; Performances
Owner description: The only true dinner theater in N.E. open year round. Great, affordable shows with delicious, full-service meals! Wonderful... more » Owner description: The only true dinner theater in N.E. open year round. Great, affordable shows with delicious, full-service meals! Wonderful evening out! 100% handicapped accessible. « less
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Ranked #7 of 8 attractions in Amesbury
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Owner description: Observe life as it was for the Bagley family, with whom Mary Baker Eddy (the founder of Christian Science) stayed as a guest.... more » Owner description: Observe life as it was for the Bagley family, with whom Mary Baker Eddy (the founder of Christian Science) stayed as a guest. Learn more about her first students, her visit to Amesbury resident John Greenleaf Whittier, and her life in Amesbury. Some original furnishings and Bagley family belongings are on display throughout this 18th-century home.Guided tours May 1-October 31 on specific dates (see our website for details). Also open by appointment. Museum shop. $5 suggested donation, children under 12 free. « less
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