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Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Blvd.
RyeNH 03870
(603) 436-8043

Ages: 0 and up

The Seacoast Science Center, a non-profit marine science education organization, was founded in 1992. The Center's mission is to educate the public about the importance of a healthy ocean, and there's a lot to do and see for visitors of all ages.
 
The center offers visitor programs every hour on the hour, as well as day camps (pre-K - age 8), programs for early learners (infants - age 5), programs for grades K-12field trips, and mor...
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Ghosts on the Banke @ Strawbery Banke
14 Hancock St.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 433-1100

Ages: 0 - 10

October 24-25, 2014 

Come and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke’s famous Halloween celebration. Long-dead sea captains, 17th century shopkeepers and wayward pirates haunt the streets of Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood as you trick or treat safely from house to historic house. 

  • Trick or Treat safely at the museum's historic houses
  • Jack-o-lantern-lit lanes
  • Wandering werewolves & ghostly graveyards
  • For a treat you'll be afraid...
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Children's Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington St.
DoverNH 03820
(603) 742-2002

Ages: 0 - 10

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire is a wonderful place for families, with rotating hands-on exhibits throughout and a dedicated room for little ones age 3 and under. Founded in 1983 in Portsmouth, the museum moved to its current Dover location in 2008.

The entire facility is wheelchair-accessible, and service animals are always welcome. Additionally, noise-cancelling headphones are available to borrow at the front desk. 

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Castle In the Clouds
455 Old Mountain Rd. (off Rt. 171)
MoultonboroughNH 03254
(603) 476-5900

Ages: 0 - 14+

Castle in the Clouds (aka the Lucknow Estate) is a gorgeous 16-room arts-and-crafts style mansion built by eccentric shoe magnate Thomas Plant in 1913-14.

Nowadays, a visit to the Castle in the Clouds, located high in the Ossipee Mountain Range, offers sweeping views, self-guided tours of the mansion, and horseback riding and hiking opportunities, as well as various events

Hours and admissionClick here 

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Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine
142 Free St.
PortlandME 04101
(207) 828-1234

Ages: 0 - 14+

Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families. Exhibits include:

  • An indoor playscape, opened in 2014, for toddlers and preschoolers
  • A camera obscura and light wall
  • The toddler park, reserved for kids under age 3
  • Child inventor exhibit
  • Fire truck 
  • Car repair shop  
  • Lobster boat
  • Market
  • Bank
  • Farm (Oakie Acres)
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Great Bay Discovery Center
89 Depot Rd.
GreenlandNH 03840
(603) 778-0015

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Great Bay Discovery Center is the education hub of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The Discovery Center was recently featured in Parents magazine as the New Hampshire pick for "Fifty states, 50 spectacular attractions that won't cost you a dime any day you visit."

Inside the Discovery Center, visitors are treated to interpretive exhibits about the Great Bay Estuary and the amazing creatures that call it home. Ch...

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American Independence Festival
One Governors Ln.
ExeterNH 03833
(603) 772-2622

Ages: 0 - 14+

July 18, 2015
 
The American Independence Festival is the main event each year at Exeter's American Independence Museum, commemorating the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the townspeople of Exeter on July 16, 1776 (hence the belated, post-July-4 celebration date).
 
The event boasts more than 100 costumed interpreters of history, a reenactment of the horseback delivery of the Declaration back in 1776, and an artisan village...
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American Independence Museum
One Governors Ln.
ExeterNH 03833
(603) 772-2622

Ages: 0 - 14+

Founded in 1991 and located in historic downtown Exeter, the private, not-for-profit American Independence Museum includes the 18th century Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern.

 

Its collection includes one of only 26 surviving copies of the Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence, two rare drafts of the U.S. Constitution, and an original Purple Heart, awarded by General George Washington to soldiers for extraordinary brav...

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An American Celebration @ Strawbery Banke
14 Hancock St.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 433-1100

Ages: 0 - 14+

July 4, 2015 
 
"An American Celebration" is Strawbery Banke Museum's annual salute to America, Independence Day and the joys of summer.
 
Beginning with a US Naturalization Ceremony, Strawbery Banke gives multiple generations the opportunity to enjoy the 10-acre living history museum on a day that American history takes the spotlight.
 
Live music and picnic food sales complement the historic houses and costumed role-players. The childr...
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Blue Ocean Discovery Center
170 Ocean Blvd. (Seashell Complex, North Pavilion)
Hampton BeachNH 03842
(603) 431-0260

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Blue Ocean Discovery Center's mission is to provide a family-friendly attraction at Hampton Beach where visitors can learn about marine life, local and maritime history, and the actions they can take to protect the marine environment.

It is operated by the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine through education, research, and con...

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