The Seacoast Science Center is the perfect place to explore, discover, and connect with nature - especially the salty kind. The entire family will be enthralled by the world of marine science, from snails to whales. Once you visit, you will know why so many people come back again and again; rain-or-shine, year-round.
There's always something to see and do. Get your hands wet and hold a sea star, chain cat shark and other sea creatures. Get up close and personal with a blue lobster, red anemones, graceful seahorses and camouflaging flounders. You'll be captivated by the Center's collection of marine mammal skeletons; it ranges from the giant skeleton of Tofu, a humpback whale, to a harbor porpoise: the smallest whale.
Every hour on the hour you can join in a visitor program. Most programs are indoor creature features, but we go outside when the weather allows. Visitor program themes are listed daily on our Calendar.
Include time to explore the beautiful coastal trails of Odiorne Point State Park. You'll meander through woodlands, past WWII fortifications, near a pond, by a salt marsh and along the rocky shore from where you can see four light houses. Many of the trails are easy to walk and wheelchair accessible. The Carol Lincoln Memorial Playground, located near the piney picnic grove, is the perfect outdoor play place. Food services are not available, but healthy snacks can be purchased in the Center.Look for daily updates on Facebook and Twitter. Questions? Call us at 603-436-8043.
Winter HoursNovember-February Open Saturday-Monday and school vacation days, 10am-5pm, and for scheduled programs. Members can visit any day of the week, year-round; just call ahead.
Summer HoursMarch-October Open daily, 10am-5pm
Seacoast Science Center Admission
(SSC admission does not include required Odiorne Point State Park fee, charged Memorial Day-Labor Day)
|Under age 3||FREE|
|Active Duty Military*||FREE|
Odiorne Point State Park Admission
(Admission booth staffed seasonally; does not include admission to SSC)
|Under age 6||FREE|
|NH Residents, 65+||FREE|
*The Seacoast Science Center is a Blue Star Museum participant, offering free admission to active duty military (plus up to 5 family members) free admission from Labor Day-Memorial Day (May 26-September 1) 2014. Learn about other participating museums here.
Address & Phone Number
Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, NH 03870 | 603-436-8043
Some GPS devices direct you several miles south of Odiorne Point State Park and the Seacoast Science Center in error.
Route 1A south, to the Center, is OPEN. The road sign is a little hard to decipher (Science Center Str8 Ahead), but you do not have to take the detour if traveling south on Rte. 1A. Only through traffic must detour while road construction to install a new pipe line in Rye is underway.
From 95 North or South
Take exit 5 on I-95 North or South to the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. Take Route 1 By-Pass South to Beaches/Hamptonand continue south to Route 1. Turn left onto Elwyn Road. At the roundabout, go half way around and turn onto Route 1A South. Continue for 1.8 miles and look for our sign.
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