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Address: 570 Ocean Boulevard, In Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, NH 03870
Phone Number:
+1 603-436-8043
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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The Science Center brings together marine life from all over New England on a smaller scale than the New England Aquarium. In addition to the biology of the area, there is also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 November 2016
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Weare, New Hampshire
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Peabody, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My grandkids love it here ! Lot of interesting thing for them to do . They love the dory you can pretend to fish in, the fish are painted to represent the local fish caught in the waters in the area . The touch tank is also a favorite, filled with starfish shells and the like. The staff is very... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

This is a fun and educational place for everyone with spectacular views. Inside, there are wonderful exhibits, including a couple of very rare lobsters and a touch tank. And outside...well, you never know what you're going to see. A snowy owl on one visit and a submarine being towed from the naval yard on another visit. It is especially nice... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review. You included many of the unique learning opportunities that can be found here at Seacoast Science Center - there is something to see and do in every season. Our website calendar lists all of our annual events and can be helpful in deciding when to plan a visit. More 

Halifax, Canada
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I easily spent three hours at this centre and enjoyed every minute. Staff are universally excellent and provided information about their expertise which seemed to be abundant. The kids who were there seemed to be having a wonderful time.

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

Thank you for your review. We do pride ourselves on having a friendly and knowledgeable staff so we are glad to know you had positive interactions with everyone. The Center is a great place for visitors of all ages but we especially enjoy the opportunity to educate children on how important a healthy ocean is to all life on earth.... More 

Weare, New Hampshire
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65 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

The Science Center brings together marine life from all over New England on a smaller scale than the New England Aquarium. In addition to the biology of the area, there is also some coverage of the history. The grounds are beautiful and kids will love the touch pool.

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Thank Rem4
Heidi D, Public Relations Manager at Seacoast Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a review. Our smaller size and seaside location within Odiorne Point State Park make us a favorite among families for day trips. Kids can explore and meet sea animals up-close inside then also go out to the rocky shore for tide-pooling, hike trails to see former military bunkers and play on the playground. We don't have... More 

Phoenix
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63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Although the sea life inside of the center are beautiful to look at, the center itself is very small. Can only take up about an hour's worth of time. The real adventure is going out to the beach right behind it and watch the waves hit up on the shore. It was a beautiful day for it though.

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New Freedom, Pennsylvania
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The information about deep water diving was interesting and we enjoyed the fish exhibits but the price was a bit high for the size of the science center.

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Thank Marie H
Florida
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20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

For the price, there's not much here. Sure, you can walk around the building and see exhibits that someone thought might depict topics of interest, but kids won't be impressed. The best thing was the touch tank, where the kids headed immediately. After that, they were bored. And, I should add that there was hardly anything for them to touch... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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403 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

The Seacoast Science Center is a great place for the whole family to learn about whales and other marine life the Gulf of Maine. It’s located in Ordione Point State Park, so the family can spend the whole day enjoying two attractions in one place. There are two separate admission charges. There was a wonderful interactive exhibit on Tofu, a... More 

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

Thank you taking the time to write such a detailed review of your recent visit to the Seacoast Science Center, Maurene! We're happy you had such a great visit and appreciate your noticing our exhibit upgrades - we are always working on changing things up so more frequent visitors will have something new to discover. We hope you'll come back... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Maybe more interesting for very young kids. Our 5 and 7 year olds didn't find much to do for more than an hour. I think most of the touch tank exhibits were taken out for a birthday party. It cost us $10 to park, then $30 for a family of 4, and it was interesting for about an hour.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Very clean and well presented venue for people of all ages to view marine life. The tanks of different fish were well laid out and easy to view..

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Our staff and volunteers work hard to make our environment welcoming for visitors and informative for all ages. More 

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