Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center
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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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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,747 contributions
Oct 2021
I left a review on the drive up, under the Mt. Washington Auto Road. I’ll just talk about the Observatory/Visitor Center in this review. The Visitor Center has a ranger information station, restrooms, a very small gift shop, a small restaurant and a museum downstairs. To enter the museum, you are given tokens (free, since you already paid to drive up) to enter the little museum. There are a number of short films, but as the museum was fairly crowded and no one was wearing a mask, we did not stay to watch them. On the desk, where you receive the tokens, there is a large display of the weather conditions that was rather interesting. On the other side of the Visitor Center, you can walk slightly up some rocks to take a picture near the Summit sign. You can also walk out on the observatory platform, but when we visited, there was no visibility and the wind was strong enough that it was difficult to even stand. Obviously, if you’ve driven up Mt. Washington, the Visitor Center is worth visiting – but it would not be worth driving up just for the Visitor Center.
Written October 21, 2021
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e26
New York City, NY491 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
I’ve done many summit/peak drives around the world and this was one of the worthy ones, especially in the North East! Gorgeous views for miles on a summer July day. We had clear visibility though some overcast but it cleared up here and there while we were up in the summit. It was chillier but not too bad. Definitely come w an extra jacket and maybe even a hat and gloves if you tend to get cold easily or have health issues. It wasn’t too windy but was blustery in some parts of the summit. The drive isn’t bad if you’re used to driving in tight conditions (hail from NYC where we are used to this). Shift into low gear on the way down and lots of pull outs to give your car brakes a break on the steep way down (can smell the rubber burn in some areas of the road)!

Spent about two to three hours here (from ascent to descent). Really enjoyed it and highly recommend for those who love beautiful vistas and not too strenuous. Easy walk around the top and there are clean bathroom facilities and food etc. (though better to bring your own food of course)! Wasn’t too crowded on a Sunday and no rsvps needed if driving your own vehicle. Price was expensive (charge by car, driver and # of passengers) but the views are worth it!!! You can also download the app and listen to an audio tour while in your car.
Written July 11, 2021
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gitlaw
Phoenix, AZ65 contributions
Jul 2021
The benefit of the Mt. Washington Auto Road is that you can tell if you will be going to the summit on a clear day or not. You only need about an hour at the summit. The Auto Road provides a downloadable app that gives you a narration for your drive up and down. I recommend this way to get to the summit compared to the Cog Railway - which might be fun for children and people who are afraid of mountain driving. It is certainly more cost effective to drive and you avoid the potential of COVID exposure that you have on the Cog Railway. Great views of the Presidential Range from the mountaintop. It is cold up there!
Written August 1, 2021
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yalibrarian
San Antonio, TX320 contributions
Sep 2021
Many of you know that Mt. Washington has some of the wackiest, most unpredictable weather. The museum on top has great information on the meteorology technology, historical highlights and tragedies, and a plethora of ecological info (flora, fauna, habitats). There's also a restaurant, gift shop, bathrooms, and various viewing spots. It is quite a bit cooler, so be sure to dress in layers. Accessible through hiking (only if you're quite fit), the cog railway, a shuttle bus, or the auto road. We drove and it was $39 for the driver/car and $14 for adult passengers (includes museum entry and a bumper sticker). If you have any fear of heights, do not take this route. It is very steep, very narrow, with lots of curves.
Written October 2, 2021
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SuperAdventure
Williamsburg, VA110 contributions
Jun 2021
I almost skipped this on our trip through the Northeast and I am so glad I didn't. We decided to take the auto road. I read a lot of reviews on this and some people describing it as dangerous. I thought the drive was fine. If you are not afraid of heights and can drive in your lane you will be fine. The roads are fine. There is one section that is dirt road, but it was fine driving up and coming down. We took a ton of stops on the way up and down to see the amazing views. Bring warm clothing. I couldn't believe how many people were at the top in shorts or t-shirts. We were bundled up in jackets, hats and gloves and we were still cold. It was 34 degrees with 60 mph winds in the middle of June. We also enjoyed driving because we could take our time at the top and see the museum, take pictures, enjoy the view, and have hot chocolate at the small cafeteria. There is also a little gift shop up there. If your in the area be sure to stop by Mt. Washington and remember to dress warm.
Written June 27, 2021
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Amy T
Northampton, MA1,371 contributions
Jun 2021
You don't want to miss a trip to the summit of Mt. Washington if you're in the area. You can drive your car to the summit from Pinkham Notch or you can take the cog railway up the mountain (which is what I did). Bring a hat, jacket and low expectations for a clear view if you're coming. It's VERY cold and windy at the summit no matter what month of the year. The observatory is well done and the museum is worth the time to peruse. With some of the most extreme weather anywhere in the country, Mt. Washington weather discovery area is not to be missed.
Written June 17, 2021
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deepak10561
Ahmedabad, India232 contributions
Jun 2022
We a group of 4 friends visited this and we used railway path to reach observatory. it cost USD 80 per person. there is another way to reach there is by Road and it cost USD 40 per car so much cheaper and more adventurous. Dont decievd by Ground weather as you may find nice warm weather in 90s down but when you reach top it can be in 30s with heavy wind. so take all your winter cloths including hand gloves and head band to protect ear and nose. they have shops where you can buy warm clothes though.
Written June 18, 2022
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William Johnson
1 contribution
Oct 2020
The place has an amazing view of the surrounding hills. We had heard that the weather can be a deciding factor, so we used climacell.co for an accurate forecast. We planned our trip when it was sunny and clear. Fortunately, we could go inside, since we made reservations beforehand (there are restrictions due to Covid-19), and the view made the trip worth it. Would love t visit again.
Written October 27, 2020
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Steven L
Syracuse, NY862 contributions
Sep 2020
This was an interesting and informative center to visit at the summit of Mount Washington.
Before our trip, I had read that making a reservation was a good idea in this COVID atmosphere as the number of visitors was being limited. We had no problems entering and re-entering and noticed that people without reservations had to queue up and wait their turn to go in.
Written October 2, 2020
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Nirav Banker
21 contributions
Jun 2019
One must visit Mt Washington on repeated occasions depending upon different weather conditions. Surrounded by snow clad mountains it offer magnificent view. Wind velocity is tremendous and the moment you go up hill wind and temperature changes dramatically.
Written February 9, 2020
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