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Address: 570 Ocean Blvd, In Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, NH 03870-2131
Phone Number: +1 603-436-8043
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Located within scenic Odiorne Point State Park, the Seacoast Science Center...

Located within scenic Odiorne Point State Park, the Seacoast Science Center connects people to the wonders of the ocean through exhibits, programs, touch tanks and unique outdoor experiences. Our live animal exhibits feature the amazing creatures that live in the rapidly changing Gulf of Maine ecosystem, from whales to snails. Our engaging programs make learning about the ocean fun for visitors of all ages. Our hands-on science exhibits, from undersea exploration to marine debris, motivate families to become caretakers of our blue planet. Come visit the Center and also explore the rocky shoreline, sandy beach, saltmarshes and woodlands of Odiorne State Park.

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Fun time at July Concert Series

We had a wonderful time attending Joshua Tree concert, they have concerts every Thursday night in July, bring your dancing shoes, some chairs or blanket, food if you like but they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Suesmcd
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Boston, Massachusetts
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89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great spot to learn about the oceans. The kids complete a checklist while they explore and earn a sticker at the end! The aquariums are very interesting and have some fish from our own ocean. There is also a touch tank! It's also a great spot on the water for views/pictures. At low tide you can explore... More 

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Heidi D, Public Relations Manager at Seacoast Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing this informative review - you definitely enjoyed some of our favorite activities during your visit. Our location within the state park is indeed a bonus because of amenities like the playground and miles of shoreline to explore. We hope you'll visit again! More 

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108 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time attending Joshua Tree concert, they have concerts every Thursday night in July, bring your dancing shoes, some chairs or blanket, food if you like but they do have some there. You can purchase beer/wine, you're not suppose to bring it in they do check coolers.

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Heidi D, Public Relations Manager at Seacoast Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for posting about our summer concert series - it's a perennial favorite with music lovers of all ages. The series is also our biggest fundraiser of the year so while you're having fun, you're supporting our mission of ocean education. Gates open at 5 pm and all concerts start at 6 pm - hope to see you at... More 

Boston, MA
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent an afternoon here when we arrived in NH and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of hands-on activities for kids, and beautiful surroundings for exploring. Admission is reasonable for a smaller museum ($10 per person), and we easily spent 2 hours there enjoying the museum before walking around outdoors to explore the park. A small well stocked gift shop and knowledgeable,... More 

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Heidi D, Public Relations Manager at Seacoast Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your detailed review. We agree - between the Science Center and the state park, there is plenty to do so families can plan to spend a whole day here. We're glad your family had a great visit and hope you'll come back in the future. More 

Ripton VT
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We took our 7 and 10 year old girls, and they had a blast. On arriving at the museum, a bunker in the man-made hill next door is evident, but there is only a single sign describing when + why it was built. The bunker is sealed up. There are gun emplacements around the site, but all that remains are... More 

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Heidi D, Public Relations Manager at Seacoast Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post this detailed review and suggestion to visit at low tide ... tidepooling is one of the most popular activities in the park. We're glad to hear your girls had fun and we hope you can make a return visit in the future. Odiorne Point State Park is part of the NH State... More 

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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Returning from Maine on a rainy day, we had planned to go to an outdoor experience and wound up changing because of the weather. I'd heard of SSC before but we have never been there. My 7 yo son had a wonderful time especially with the interactive activities. We spent about 2.5 hours there without feeling rushed to see it... More 

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Heidi D, Public Relations Manager at Seacoast Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your review, Stephanie - glad to hear you and your son loved your visit to SSC. Definitely come back on a nice day. Because we are located in Odiorne Point State Park, there are lots of places to explore: the rocky shore, a beach, trails through the woods and a big playground.... More 

Natick, Massachusetts
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70 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

We visited here on our return from Coastal Maine back to Boston. We were looking for somewhere along the way, and were pleased. It coast $51 for a group of 7 (2 seniors, 2 adults, 3 kids). At first I thought that might be a little high because it seemed a little small. However despite the size, our kids were... More 

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Heidi D, Public Relations Manager at Seacoast Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post this review. Our touch tank is indeed a highlight for many of our visitors! More 

Andover, Massachusetts
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128 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I've taken my kids here since they were old enough to climb the rocks. I'm familiar with the area and have found it is the best place in the area for tidepooling and learning about the ocean and the ecosystem. UNH Students use the area for oceanography, little kids can find starfish, periwinkles, dogwelks sea urchins.....I would not recommend it... More 

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New Hampshire
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

We have been here with the kids (3 and 5) a few times, and they think it is great. Being able to touch the sea animals in the tank is a big hit. To me, it is run down, dirty, a lot of the exhibits are actually falling apart and it is not childproofed in any way (lots of electrical... More 

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Leland, North Carolina
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85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

We were staying in the area and with inclement weather, looked for something to do indoors. This is a good stop regardless of weather issues. The surrounding grounds are inviting, if weather permits. The center has hands on exhibits and tanks with some impressive residents. I found the blue lobster intriguing, and saw enormous lobster claws of a giant lobster... More 

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Heidi D, Public Relations Manager at Seacoast Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our center. We hope you will be able to visit again sometime when the weather is better, so you can enjoy all the beautiful grounds of Odiorne State Park in addition to our indoor exhibits. There are actually 7 different ecosystems within the park, from the rocky shore and... More 

Hampstead
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

This is a gem on the NH coast. The museum has something to offer for all ages. The parks is lovely and the hiking trails are fun.

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