(Rye, NH) Seacoast Science Center (SSC) will reopen for public visits on weekends only this summer, starting July 4th, after nearly four months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Open Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm, visits will occur within 2-hour time sessions of 10am-noon, noon to 2pm, and 2-4pm. Advance reservations are highly recommended for SSC visitors; walk-in visits will be subject to availability. Reservations are required for entry to Odiorne Point State Park. You can purchase both Seacoast Science Center and park tickets at seacoastsciencecenter.org.
Modifications have been made throughout the building and to exhibits, and new safety protocols are in place that follow and exceed N.H. Covid-19 Reopening Guidance, Safer at Home Guidance for Museums and Attractions, and U.S. Center’s for Disease Control. Visitation will be limited to less than 50% normal capacity.
Visitors will have access to all live animal aquaria, including the Indoor Tide Pool Touch Tank and new Restoring Reefs Exhibition in the Eversource Gallery. Some high-touch interactives at exhibit stations will not be available.
While group programs will not be held for visitors this summer, SSC naturalists will be at-the-ready with resources to guide your experience as you explore Odiorne Point State Park with our family. You can grab a Choose Your Own Adventure sheet or stay hands-free and view or download them on their website.
“We are committed to taking every measure to keep our community safe and look forward to welcoming you back,” said Provazza. “We encourage all to review our safety protocol and visitor guidelines on our website before planning a visit.”
The Center’s Seaside Safari Summer Day Camp is in session Monday-Fridays during July and August. “We made the choice to open to the public on weekends only this summer so we could offer our camp families the childcare service, focussed on outdoor environmental education, they have valued, trusted and counted on for years. We will alter our schedule in September.”
The Seacoast Science Center is located within Odiorne Point State Park, Rt. 1A, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH. To make reservations, visit www.seacoastsciencecenter.org.