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Great Bay Discovery Center

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Great Bay Discovery Center
89 Depot Rd.
GreenlandNH 03840
(603) 778-0015

Ages: 0 - 14+

Cost: Free

Parking: Yes - Free

Features: Changing Tables, Restrooms

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. Children can get their hands wet in an estuarine touch tank as they learn about lobsters, horseshoe crabs, mud snails and more! Interactive displays about salt marsh farming, salmon migration, plankton, tides, and research on the Bay allow children and adults alike to learn about the Estuary. 

The Discovery Center's season is the first weekend in May to the end of October. When open, the Center days/hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The grounds are open year-round, dawn to dusk.

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Miss Bluebird

  • 5

Reviewed on 05/14/2015

This is, in short, a fantastic place.

As the review states, it's 100% free to visit, and the exhibits are lots of fun--kids can check out horseshoe crabs and learn more about the marine life of our region.

The setting is just lovely, too--lots of trails and marshland to explore, as well as two model boats that are fun for the little ones to climb on and around.

The Center itself is not a big place by any means--I would say an hour there is probably more than enough time--but if you're lucky enough to have a nice day, you can spend a good deal of time exploring outside. ...more

Great Bay Discovery Center